[JPL] NEA Jazz Masters Announced...NYTimes 10/9/06

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Tue Oct 10 17:21:23 EDT 2006


Also, given the attention given to New Orleans, Harold Battiste, Alvin Battiste, or Ellis Marsalis would have been excellent choices among many others, Andrew Hill and Sam Rivers included.
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> From: r durfee <rdurfee2003 at yahoo.com>
> Date: 2006/10/10 Tue PM 05:11:17 EDT
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> Subject: Re: [JPL] NEA Jazz Masters Announced...NYTimes 10/9/06
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> Now that you have started this discussion, I'd say,
> maybe Andrew Hill, currently ailing and still
> creating, "would have been more appropriate."
> thanks...roy
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> --- Jim Wilke <jwilke123 at comcast.net> wrote:
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> > Oh, I could cut him a little slack.   I'll never
> > forget that afternoon 
> > many years ago when I walked into a club where he
> > was booked to set up 
> > for a live radio show that night, and there was this
> > guy with his back 
> > to me playing the most beautiful solo piano version
> > of the aria from 
> > the Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No.5 - I sat
> > and listened in the 
> > empty dark club until he was done and was amazed to
> > find it was Ramsey 
> > Lewis -  all I knew of him was The In Crowd and Wade
> > In the Water and I 
> > was already tired of them then.
> > 
> > One of his recent CDs "Time Flies" has him still
> > flogging those same 
> > two hits, but there's also a beautiful theme from
> > Brahms Symphony No.3, 
> > some Bach, etc.     No, he doesn't belong in the
> > same company as 
> > previous winners, but he is capable of some
> > beautiful piano work when 
> > you get him away from his hits.
> > 
> > He also got some good general audience exposure for
> > some deserving 
> > people like Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Chick Corea,
> > Benny Golson, Kurt 
> > Elling, Dave Brubeck, Eddie Palmieri in his recent
> > TV series.  I'm sure 
> > some viewers who never are exposed to jazz got some
> > idea what the 
> > music's about through the players on this series.
> > 
> > Although none of this makes him a jazz piano master,
> > perhaps the "jazz 
> > advocacy" award would have been more appropriate.
> > 
> > Jim Wilke
> > 
> > 
> > On Tuesday, October 10, 2006, at 01:14  PM, Bob
> > Stockton wrote:
> > 
> > >
> > > If I have to listen to "The In Crowd" one more
> > time.........
> > 
> > 
> > > ----- Original Message ----- From:
> > <s8nochaser at aol.com>
> > > To: <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
> > > Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 2:54 PM
> > > Subject: Re: [JPL] NEA Jazz Masters
> > Announced...NYTimes 10/9/06
> > >
> > > Congratulation to them all. It's a great honor to
> > be sure.
> > >
> > > Now that I understand there is a "campaign" aspect
> > to being selected, 
> > > doesn't make Ramsey freakin' Lewis' inclusion any
> > less strange and out 
> > > of place. In fact his addition as a pianist in the
> > company of those 
> > > who preceed him is a sham, plain & simple.
> > >
> > > Ramsey Lewis joins:
> > > Basie
> > > Teddy Wilson
> > > Jay McShann
> > > Barry Harris
> > > Hank Jones
> > > Ahmad Jamal
> > > Horace Silver
> > > Dave Brubeck
> > > Tommy Flanagan
> > > Marian McPartland
> > > John Lewis
> > > McCoy
> > > Herbie
> > > Chick
> > > Shirley Horn
> > >
> > >
> > > There are times when I'm not the most PC person in
> > the world, and now 
> > > is one of them.
> > >
> > > Even among this year's entries doesn't his name
> > seem out of place? I 
> > > mean, how would one introduce this guy to an
> > audience? Whatever it is 
> > > they'll come up with he's going to sound way
> > better than the actual 
> > > results. "As a long time champion of mostly middle
> > of the road 
> > > offerings, and as the long time host on BET,
> > behind some of the 
> > > softest stuff on the planet, and let's not forget
> > his own multi-decade 
> > > career on piano ocassionally playing a few things
> > that were *nice*, 
> > > and oh BTW, as one of the darlings of PBS/PRI had
> > one hell of a 
> > > campaign............."
> > >
> > >
> > http://www.nea.gov/national/jazz/alljazzmasters.html
> > Here, you can 
> > > find all the previous winners.
> > >
> > > Mike Schwartz/KSJS
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: rdurfee2003 at yahoo.com
> > > To: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
> > > Sent: Tue, 10 Oct 2006 11:21 AM
> > > Subject: [JPL] NEA Jazz Masters
> > Announced...NYTimes 10/9/06
> > >
> > > Masters of Jazz
> > >
> > > The big-band leader Toshiko Akiyoshi, the pianist
> > > Ramsey Lewis and the vocalist Jimmy Scott are
> > among
> > > seven musicians who have been designated Jazz
> > Masters,
> > > the nation’s highest jazz honor, by the National
> > > Endowment for the Arts, The Associated Press
> > reported.
> > > The others are the hard-bop trombonist Curtis
> > Fuller;
> > > the tenor saxophonist and influential flutist
> > Frank
> > > Wess; the alto saxophonist Phil Woods, who was
> > honored
> > > in the composer-arranger category; and Dan
> > > Morgenstern, director of the Institute of Jazz
> > Studies
> > > at Rutgers University, who was chosen in the jazz
> > > advocacy category. They are to receive their
> > awards,
> > > including a $25,000 fellowship, at a ceremony and
> > > concert on Jan. 12 in New York.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Roy Durfee
> > > P.O. Box 40219
> > > Albuquerque, New Mexico 87196-0219
> > > rdurfee2003 at yahoo.com
> > 
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