[JPL] Manager Michael Davenport Passes

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Wed Mar 21 22:01:47 EDT 2007


Very sad news indeed.  One of the very few "nice people" in our industry.
-Dr.

At 07:44 PM 3/21/2007, you wrote:
>This Week's JPL Sponsor: GRACE KELLY
>
>
>Michael Davenport
>The Merlin Company
>1941 ­ 2007
>
>In Appreciation:
>
>We are saddened by the passing of a lifelong friend of the jazz community,
>Michael Davenport, who quickly succumbed on Monday, March 12th to pancreatic
>cancer.
>
>For nearly forty years Michael provided statesman-like stewardship to
>guiding the careers of his management clients. Starting out at the UCLA
>Student Committee for the Arts producing jazz events, his professional
>career began as a literary agent in the mid-Sixties.
>
>Michael shifted to the music business as an agent representing early rock
>pioneers such as the Beatles and Rolling Stones and by the 70's his broader
>musical interests led him to work with jazz artists such as  Freddie Hubbard
>and Charlie Haden, and in later years Dianne Reeves, Manhattan Transfer, Joe
>Lovano and Brad Mehldau. Michael was an ardent supporter of progressive
>political causes, an avid reader and photographer.
>
>Cards or Flowers can be sent to:
>
>Judy Davenport
>16574 Bosque Dr.
>Encino, CA 91316
>
>
>Matt Merewitz
>DL Media
>New Media/Web Publicist
>
>mattdlmedia at covad.net
>www.jazzpublicity.com
>(610) 667-0501 (p)
>(610) 667-0502 (f)
>Skype: drjazzphd
>AIM: uvawitz
>
>
>
>-------------------------------------------
>This Week's Sponsor: GRACE KELLY
>-------------------------------------------
>
>GRACE KELLY ''Every Road I Walked'':  Saxophonist/vocalist/composer GRACE 
>KELLY might only be 14 years old, but she kicks out the tunes like the 
>seasoned pro she is.  ''Every Road I Walked'' is her 3rd cd and features 
>Terri Lyne Carrington, John Lockwood and Doug Johnson, with special guests 
>Christian Scott, Adam Larrabee, Rick McLaughlin and Jordan Perlson.
>
>Ms. Kelly  won four 2006 Down Beat Magazine Student Music Awards: Jazz 
>Soloist, Original Composition (''Fast Metabolism''), Pop/Rock/Blues 
>soloist, and Jazz Vocalist - Outstanding Performance.
>
>Some other awards include:
>-Winner of 2007 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award (''Every Road I 
>Walked'').
>-Top woodwind soloist and the top vocal alto soloist at the 2007 Lionel 
>Hampton Jazz Festival.
>-First place 2006 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition.
>-Grace was the youngest participant at the invitation only  Brubeck Summer 
>Jazz Colony in 2006.
>-Grace has been selected to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead 
>Residency Program in 2007 (Youngest) at Kennedy Center in Wash. D.C.
>-Selected for Massachusetts All-State Jazz Band 2007.
>
>She has been a student of New England Preparatory School since 
>2003.  Grace is or has studied with Lee Konitz, Jerry Bergonzi, Cedar 
>Walton, Phil Woods, Allan Chase,  Rebecca Parris, James Merenda, and 
>Jeremy Udden.
>
>''I first met Grace Kelly at the 2006 summer jazz program at Stanford 
>University. I was amazed at her precocity and talent. Recently she sat in 
>with me and the Jazz Ambassadors Jazz Band at the Pittsfield Jazz Fest. 
>and we jammed together through ''I'll Remember April.'' How did she sound? 
>I gave her my hat! That is how good she sounded! She is the first alto 
>player to get one. Hooray for the future of jazz and the alto sax!''
>.........Phil Woods
>
>This is Miss Kelly's 3rd CD, and it's a very nice one. Of course you know 
>Grace is 14 years on this planet, and is all ears and heart.  Beautiful 
>sound on her alto, and some lovely phrases to boot!
>Lester Young asked a young player after hearing a technical display, ''but 
>can you sing me a song?'' Grace can definitely do that.  Good rhythm, nice 
>arrangements, creative originals.  She sings like crazy!
>What more could we ask for?
>.....Lee Konitz
>
>Dear Grace,
>After hearing your project, I'm convinced that your talent is definitely 
>worthy of the attention of the Jazz community, and your future is 
>genuinely going to earn a high level of achievement.
>......Cedar Walton
>
>''The future of our music is in good hands.''
>.....Jimmy Heath.
>
>..........''the jazz world has another great reason to celebrate with the 
>arrival of Grace Kelly.  Her talent makes her a triple threat as a 
>brilliant saxophonist, a very gifted composer, and vocalist with great 
>feeling.  Her playing represents everything I love about jazz, swinging, 
>imagination, and the blues.  You must check out this 
>Cd         ...........Donald Brown
>
>''The best compliment I can give any player is that they are an 
>improviser. Grace is definitely an improviser. She does not play worked 
>out lines or get caught up in the latest fad. She plays and improvises in 
>the present. It's all about the music of the moment. She has an honest 
>freedom about her and she's connecting with the other musicians and having 
>fun making the music. That's why it feels free to me. Another great thing 
>about Grace is that she is comfortable and competent playing many 
>different styles of music''
>.....Jerry Bergonzi
>
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