[JPL] Leeds International Jazz Conference

Eric Jackson eric-jackson at comcast.net
Tue Mar 27 14:20:32 EDT 2007


On Monday 26 March 2007 10:14, Jackson, Bobby wrote:
> This Week's JPL Sponsor: GRACE KELLY
>
>
> Hi Eric,

Hi Bobby,

>
> I bet that was fun!

It was fun and interesting to. It was so very different than the IAJE or the 
old Jazz Times Conferences. Only about 200 people attended and most of them 
were academics. Lots of folks from the U.S. No record people as far as I 
know. A few promoters were present. Abram Wilson was the only artist who 
attended that I recognized. He spoke and spent lots of time playing with 
student bands, offering them constructive criticism. In fact he stayed 
working with the students for an hour half past the time his session was 
scheduled to end.

One nice thing about the smallness of the convention was that there was time 
in the schedule for lunch and or tea breaks. They brought in sandwiches and 
fruit for us to eat at no cost to the registrants. It also was included in 
the schedule so it gave the opportunity for lots of sitting and talking 
between the folks who were attending. In other words, a time to interact 
seemed to be a part of the schedule.

>
> I'm so sorry to hear about Cousin Mary.  I spoke with her about nine
> years ago when I did a show about John Coltrane, Ray Charles and Les
> McCann who all share the same birthday (Autumnal Equinox).  She told me
> how much Trane loved banana pudding.  When he would come home to Philly
> they'd have to make two pans of it.  One for the family, and one for
> him.  We also talked about the St. John Coltrane Church in San Francisco
> which she was voiced bewilderment and humility about.  Of course to
> intro her I played the first 12 notes of Trane's tune "Cousin Mary" and
> then said, "Cousin Mary, how are you and welcome to Jazz Tracks."  That
> freaked more than a couple of people out who were listening and not
> expecting her to actually answer me. It was one of the more fun moments
> I've had on the radio.

Cousin Mary (Alexander) is a very warm women. She was always a pleasure to see 
at the Coltrane Memorial Concerts. At first she came to the concerts with her 
husband. Then he past away. She continued to come after that. A few times 
Shirley Scott came with her. Shirley was featured in the concert one year.

I am told that Cousin Mary is alert and aware of her surroundings but she is 
partially paralyzed on one side and she is unable to speak. I believe she 
sold the Coltrane home in Philly and I'm not sure about the future of the 
center that operated from there.

Eric Jackson
8 pm - mid Mon - Thurs
WGBH Boston
89.7 FM
www.wgbh.org/jazz


>
> Bobby Jackson
> WCPN-FM
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: jazzproglist-bounces at jazzweek.com
> [mailto:jazzproglist-bounces at jazzweek.com] On Behalf Of Eric Jackson
> Sent: Monday, March 26, 2007 11:57 AM
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> Subject: [JPL] Leeds International Jazz Conference
>
> This Week's JPL Sponsor: GRACE KELLY
>
>
> I just went to the Leeds International Jazz Conference held at Leeds
> College
> Of Music in England. I was part of a team consisting of Doctors Leonard
> Brown
> and Emmett Price from Northeastern. We did a presentation on John
> Coltrane.
> The annual conference ran from March 22 through March 24. It's a small
> conference attended by a couple hundred people, mostly academicians, who
>
> present and hear different papers on jazz. Keynote speaker was Lewis
> Porter.
> In addition to the speech Lewis did another session showing rare video
> footage of a number of legends of this music.
>
> In addition to being a pianist Emmett is the author of a recent book
> entitled
> Hip Hop Culture. Leonard is also a saxophonist and is one of the
> founders of
> Boston's John Coltrane Memorial Concert, (http://www.jcmc.neu.edu/)  an
> annual concert that has been running for 30 years and often sells out a
> 1200
> seat auditorium in advance. In addition to the many different guest
> soloist
> who have appeared throughout the years, Trane's Cousin Mary attended
> just
> about every year, coming up from Philly. Sadly she had a stoke a few
> years
> ago and is unable to get around (or speak). Leonard has gotten approval
> from
> Oxford University Press to do a book on Coltrane. He has invited a
> number of
> people to contribute a chapter to the book. I am one of the
> contributors. Our
> presentation at Leeds was related to the upcoming book.
>
> Eric Jackson
> 8 pm - mid Mon - Thurs
> WGBH Boston
> 89.7 FM
> www.wgbh.org/jazz
>
>
>
>
> -------------------------------------------
> 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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> -------------------------------------------
> 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
>
> Radio and print media promotion by Dr. Jazz, 800-955-4375,
> drjazz at drjazz.com
>
> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>
> Send jazzproglist mailing list submissions to
> 	jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
>
> To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit
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> 	jazzproglist-request at jazzweek.com
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