[JPL] JJA Presents "The New Jazz Masters" at Tanglewood Jazz
Festival - 9/3
Bright Moments w/ Jon Hammond
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Tue Aug 29 18:01:52 EDT 2006
Hope to see you at Tanglewood!
The Jazz Journalists Association Presents
The New Jazz Masters
A Panel Discussion on Sunday, Sept. 3 at
The 2006 Tanglewood Jazz Festival
Lenox, MA --The Jazz Journalists Association, an international group of writers, editors, photographers, broadcasters, filmmakers, educators and media professionals, will present a panel discussion [produced by JJA members Dawn Singh and Toni Ballard] entitled The New Jazz Masters. The panel will be held at the Party Tent next to the Koussevitzky Music Shed on the Tanglewood grounds on Sunday, September 3 from noon to 1:30 pm in conjunction with the Boston Symphony Orchestras Sixth Annual Tanglewood Jazz Festival. The event is free and open only to ticket-holders of that days 2pm concert by the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band. For more information, call 508-633-8583.
The Tanglewood Jazz Festival takes place every Labor Day Weekend in Lenox, Massachusetts. The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood is located in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts. The Tanglewood Jazz Festival has become a destination for thousands of music lovers and one of the premier festivals in the country. For more information on the festival, visit www.tanglewoodjazzfestival.org.
Continuing the Jazz Journalists Associations tradition of debating hot jazz issues in public forums, The New Jazz Masters will present a few of todays rising jazz artists and their managers in a discussion about how new jazz artists are born, how they are accepted by audiences, and how they are managed. The panel will be moderated by JJA member Jon Hammond of WRIU 90.3 FM.
Jon Hammond Moderator is host of Bright Moments heard Monday mornings on WRIU 90.3 FM, in Kingston, Rhode Island (www.wriu.org) as well as occasional guest host on WICN 90.5 FM, the NPR affiliate in Worcester, MA, and has had the pleasure of interviewing numerous jazz luminaries. A long time fan of jazz of all kinds, Hammond is a proponent of new artists and eclectic play-lists, treating his listeners to such diverse artists as Todd Rundgren, Art Blakey, Shirley Horn, Steve Turre, Elvis Costello, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Patricia Barber, and Chris Rea. An active JJA member, Hammond served as moderator for the 2004 JJA panel at Tanglewood and produced the JJA panel at the 2005 Newport Jazz Festival.
Taylor Eigsti, one of the brightest new stars of jazz, performs at the festivals Jazz Café on Saturday, Sept. 2 with young guitar phenom Julian Lage, with whom he also performed at last years JVC festival in Newport. Eigsti was Marian McPartlands guest on a live taping of NPRs Piano Jazz at the 2004 Tanglewood Jazz Festival. On the scene since he was a pre-teen, the 21-year-old pianist, composer, and bandleaders Concord Records debut Lucky to Be Me promises even more recognition. His credits include four other CDs, including 2003s Resonance (Bop City Records), which received a 4-star review in Down Beat and reached the top five in national radio airplay, and live performances with such jazz greats as Dave Brubeck, James Moody, and Ernestine Anderson. Acclaimed for his wizardly technique, open attitude, and mature, intuitive style, Eigsti became devoted to the piano after the death of his sister, Shannon, a talented pianist who succumbed to cancer when he was just
three. At age eight, Eigsti opened for his friend and mentor, jazz pianist David Benoit. At 12, he shared the stage with Diane Schuur and also opened for Diana Krall and Al Jarreau. At 13, he sat in with Brubeck, who commented, Taylor is the most amazing talent Ive come across. Remember him.
Mary Ann Topper, who manages Taylor Eigsti, is President of The Jazz Tree Agency. A former classical vocalist and educator, she holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music from Bucknell University and the University of Michigan respectively, with post-graduate work at The New England Conservatory and USC. Topper taught music in the Boston Public School System and helped to pioneer a racially-integrated jazz program during the city's heated desegregation movement of the mid-70s. During a sabbatical studying jazz at USC, Topper decided on a career in the music business and, with encouragement from legendary bassist Ray Brown, founded The Jazz Tree Agency in 1980. Topper's passion for the music, as well as her ability to transform young, unknown artists into renowned jazz stars, secured her status as a major force in the industry. Don Heckman of the LA Times has described her as one of the jazz Pygmalions of the 21st century music scene. On the Top 20 of Jazz Times
magazine's Power Index every year since its debut in 2001, Topper has developed the emerging careers of many young stars, including Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, and Peter Cincotti, while also booking, managing, and producing major tours for some long-established legends in jazz. Over the course of The Jazz Tree's 25-year history, her client list has included such luminaries as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Ray Brown, Jimmy Smith, Freddie Hubbard, J.J. Johnson, and Art Blakey.
Rachael Price, who performs at the Jazz Café on Sunday, Sept. 3, became a jazz lover at age five, after hearing Ella Fitzgerald sing The Lady is a Tramp. I didn't understand the lyrics, says Price, but I liked the feeling it gave me. The 20-year-old from Nashville, Tennessee is a jazz studies major at Bostons New England Conservatory, under the tutelage of Dominique Eade. In 2003, Price was tapped by the GRAMMY® Foundation as a vocalist with the High School GRAMMY Jazz Choir, and she was a semi-finalist at the Montreux International Jazz Vocal Competition in France, where multi-GRAMMY-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon brought the young singer to the attention of her manager after hearing her in her clinic. In 2004, Price wowed the audience (and was the youngest competitor) at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for vocalists, which last time around brought Jane Monheit to prominence and Terry Thornton to resurgence. In August 2005 she made
her professional US jazz festival debut opening for Joshua Redman, a fellow Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition winner. Called a talent with extraordinary potential by Los Angeles Times jazz critic Don Heckman, Rachael often performs with the T. S. Monk Sextet. Prices special gifts have grabbed the attention of not only contemporary artists, but from past music legends as well. Noted actress/singer Kathryn Grayson of MGM fame says of Price, The best young voice Ive heard, period. No one around can even touch her voice and style -- a style all her own.
Ed Keane, who manages Rachael Price, is President of Ed Keane Associates, which he founded in 1996 in Boston, Massachusetts, where hes been a life-long resident. Although he graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Biochemistry, music remained a creative passion. He founded the company to develop his growing interest in the field of artist management and project development after working as an agent for seven years in the talent booking field at Ted Kurland Associates. The first artists to become clients of Ed Keane Associates were renowned GRAMMY-nominated banjoist and fellow Harvard alum Alison Brown and celebrated drummer, bandleader, and educator T. S. Monk. The agency has represented many gifted artists in the genres of jazz, classical, and blues, including legendary composer/conductor/performer David Amram, who composed the music for such classic films as The Manchurian Candidate and Splendor In The Grass; three-time GRAMMY- nominated vocalist Nnenna
Freelon; legendary alto saxophonist Jackie McLean; and rising star, blues/pop singer-songwriter John McAndrew. Since the company was founded, it has expanded to offer talent booking, production, and music publishing services and is divided into three distinct parts: the Booking Division (domestic and international), the Management Division, and Production.
Douglas Purviance is a specialist in bass trombone performances for the jazz idiom and one of the first-call big band jazz musicians in New York City. He is the producer of the GRAMMY-winning CD The Way--Music of Slide Hampton/Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (2004). Purviance has received two other GRAMMY nominations as producer of Lickety Split/Music of Jim McNeely (1999) and Can I Persuade You (2002), both by the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, with whom he appears every Monday night at the world-famous Village Vanguard. A regular member of the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band, the Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Slide Hamptons World of Trombones, Steve Turres Sanctified Shells, and Stefon Harris Grand Unification Theory, Purviance was also a regular member of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He can be head on more than 45 jazz recordings, and he is currently in the orchestra of the smash Broadway hit Wicked. Other Broadway credits
include Man of La Mancha, Sweet Smell of Success and the entire 18-year run of Cats. Purviance is an active jazz educator and serves as vice president of the independent record label Planet Art Recordings.
About The Jazz Journalists Association:
The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) is an international group of writers, editors, photographers, broadcasters, filmmakers, educators and media professionals who institute collegial and educational programs for the appreciation, documentation and promulgation of jazz. As of January 2005 the JJA comprises more than 450 members, mostly in the U.S. and Canada, but also in Australia, Europe, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Moscow, South Africa and South America.
The goals of the Jazz Journalists Association are to promote high standards and respect for our works, to create a professional network, and to increase general interest in jazz. For more information about JJA, visit www.jazzhouse.org.
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