tomthejazzman at earthlink.net
Tue Mar 27 22:07:02 EDT 2007
Blaize, that is wonderful.
Please give us some tips on what yu did differently.
We can all learn from your success.
> [Original Message]
> From: Blaise Lantana <blaise.lantana at riomail.maricopa.edu>
> To: Jazz Programmers Mailing List <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
> Date: 3/27/2007 9:59:41 PM
> Subject: [JPL] Pledge
> This Week's JPL Sponsor: GRACE KELLY
> Well we have made it through another pledge drive!!
> In our brief and efficient manner including challenges we raised $632, 153
> in 4 days and 4 hours. 5,532 listeners called in to support KJZZ. Thanks
> to our program director, Scott Williams, and the consultation of John
> and his team, we run a really organized and specific drive, with hourly
> goals and challenges and NO PREMIUMS. It's quite different from the old
> days, and much easier.
> I have to admit there is a little more classic mainstream like Brubeck and
> Miles during pledge.
> Now, besides less chatter and more platter, I'll be getting back to more
> the new releases.
> Blaise Lantana
> Music Director
> KJZZ Phoenix
> 91.5 Fm
> 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
> -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
> ''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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drjazz at drjazz.com
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