[JPL] Who is Jazz's Greatest Living Legend?

Tom Mallison tomthejazzman at earthlink.net
Fri Mar 23 12:55:05 EDT 2007

AMEN to Brad's comment about the future of the JW and most recently the 

I have to tell you I was talking with our lobbyist Dick LaPalm several 
days ago and we were both amazed at the almost minimal response with 
volunteer contributions to help keep the JPL going.  I think it is time 
to hold the mirror up and ask ourself what have YOU done to keep the JPL 
and JW going?  This is serious, try not reading or posting anything on 
JPL or JW and see how lonely it may be as far as you getting 
information.  Think about it, no place to post your playlists, and not 
much contact with the outside world which will greatly impact your music 

I have been quietly compiling a list of record companies and find myself 
at over 80 thus far.  Just think if each of those made a contribution to 
the JPL and made an annual contribution or advertising for JazzWeek how 
we could raise this sinking ship and get it floating again.  I have made 
my contribution and did so at above the suggested minimal level.  Do you 
have your ore in the water.  We have to many riders and not many rowers 
at this point.  We need rowers and we should all be rowing in the same 
direction to provide stewardship for JAZZ.

I hope to see some of you in Rochester in June.  I AM STILL GOING.


Bradley M. Stone wrote:

>This Week's JPL Sponsor: GRACE KELLY
>I hate to rain on everyone's parade here, but I had to speak up. it just
>seems to me that we are in the midst of a crisis, with Ed scaling back
>JazzWeek, and the potential of a Top 50 jazz chart disappearing all
>together.... And yet we are discussing who the greatest living legend in
>jazz is!  Shouldn't we be directing our energies into discussing what
>would happen to the jazz community if we lose the chart, and what can be
>done to help Ed, etc.?  Seems to me to be the only topic of relevance
>right now, on a jazz programmer's list.
>Thanks for listening.
>Dr. Brad Stone, Faculty Advisor
>Music Director; Jazz, Blues and World
>San Jose State University
>San Jose, CA   95192-0094
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>Subject: [[JUNK]] Re: [JPL] Who is Jazz's Greatest Living Legend? 
>This Week's JPL Sponsor: GRACE KELLY
>The thing with Ornette is that you have someone that is innovative to a
>style in the genre. It was limited to that - albeit hugely important.
>Considering..... I would say Phil Woods.....because his body of work is
>more expansive. Folk don't talk about that much. When you really look at
>his body of work it's incredible.   
>  As for drums.....I would probably say Roy Haynes over Max simply
>because Roy has been blessed with better health - consequently giving
>him the longevity edge in active performance.
>  And in terms of piano....I would probably put Chick Corea in there in
>place of Horace Silver....not for longevity obviously but more for the
>impact of their influence. 
>  Just my opinion of course. 
>  Jae Sinnett  
>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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