Tulsa Jazz.Com’s National Artist Spotlight: Bassist Ron Carter

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The most recorded jazz bassist in history with 2,221 individual recording credits as of September 15th, 2015  verified by Guinness World Records! 

“Ron Carter is living proof that integrity and clarity
of artistic vision are alive and well in … jazz.”
John Snyder, Em Arcy

Walk or wander into the world of jazz. Ron Carter is there. His reputation in the
music world is peerless. He stylishly accompanies any player or group and, without
breaking stride, performs with stunning virtuosity as a soloist. His work is rich
in detail, pure in sound, and technically impressive. His long list of accolades as a
performer is unprecedented; he may be the most popular bassist there is.

A lean six feet four inches with a mixture of pride and courtliness, Ron displays an
elegant calm on stage as well as off. He has created music with consummate skill for
more than forty-fi ve years, apparently without rumpling his tasteful suits or raising
a serious sweat. In the early 1960s, he performed throughout the United States in
nightclubs and concert halls with Eric Dolphy, Jaki Byard, and Wes Montgomery, then
toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. He was a member of Miles Davis’s now
classic quintet from 1963 to 1968, along with Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, and
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Ron was among the few bassists who continued to play acoustic bass when many turned to electric bass.

“It was a conscious choice,” he says. “I felt a responsibility to
present a viable alternative to the popular electric sound.”
One of Ron’s chief traits is that he creates bass lines so harmonically and rhythmically
rich that soloists must go far to respond to his challenge. As he puts it: “A good bassist
determines the direction of any band.” Often Ron uses gonglike tones and glissandos
in his work. Once his exclusive trademark, these sounds have now become part of
every modern bassist’s vocabulary.

When he first formed his own group, the bass was not generally considered a lead
instrument. Ron found a solution in the piccolo bass, an instrument one-half the size
of a standard bass. He tuned the instrument so as to foster an unusual sound quality,
one that stands out in an ensemble. Backed by a quartet of piano, drums, percussion,
and an additional bass, Ron created one of the most distinctive and unusual jazz
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COMPOSER/ARRANGER/AUTHOR
Ron Carter won a Grammy award in 1988 for the instrumental composition, Call
Sheet Blues, from the fi lm ‘Round Midnight. He scored and arranged music for a number
of other fi lms including The Passion of Beatrice, directed by Bertrand Tavernier; Haraka,
directed by Ola Balugun; and for the television movies Exit Ten, starring Peter Weller;
and A Gathering of Old Men, starring Richard Widmark and Louis Gossett Jr.

Ron is the author of Building Jazz Bass Lines, a series of books on playing jazz; a
Comprehensive Bass Method, for classical bass studies; Ron Carter, Bass Lines; and The Music
of Ron Carter, which contains 130 of his published and recorded compositions.
“…his music embodies all the qualities that
make jazz an enduring, vital art form.”
–Stereo Review

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National Artist Spotlight: Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA Jazz Orchestra

Hard-charging. Powerful. Immersed in the history of their craft and in total command of their instruments. That’s The DIVA Jazz Orchestra – an ensemble of 15 extremely talented and versatile musicians who just happen to be women. They can’t help it – they were born that way.

Headed by swinging drummer Sherrie Maricle, DIVA exudes the excitement and force found in the tradition of the historic big bands but with an eye towards today’s progressive sound of originality and verve. With New York as home base, DIVA performs the world over, playing contemporary, mainstream big band jazz composed and arranged to fit the individual personalities and styles of the musicians themselves. Audiences can expect to hear high-energy performances packed with unique improvisation, spontaneity and fun.

The inspiration for DIVA came from Stanley Kay, one-time manager and relief drummer for Buddy Rich. In 1990, Kay was conducting a band in which Sherrie Maricle was playing the drums. Stanley immediately picked up on her extraordinary talent and began to wonder if there were other women players who could perform at the same level. The search was on and through nationwide auditions, the foundation for The DIVA Jazz Orchestra was poured in 1992 and what emerged is the dynamic musical force that holds forth to the present day.

In 2006, DIVA was voted one of the best big bands in the world in both DownBeat magazine’s annual Critic’s and Reader’s Polls. To fully grasp how wide the appeal is of this incredibly gifted ensemble, one has only to read the catalog of prestigious venues in which the band has performed, worldwide. Here is but a partial list: Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra, Kennedy Center, Verizon Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland and the Apollo Theater in New York.

Add to those the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, and Symphony Halls in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Cleveland, plus the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl and the Cinegrill in Hollywood. International appearances include Le Meridien Hotel in Paris, France; Teatro de Sistina in Rome, Italy; Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany; Salzburg Music Festival in Austria; Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland; Montreal and Ottawa International Jazz Festivals in Canada; Bogotá International Jazz Festival in Colombia; Jamaica Jazz Festival; Zagreb Jazz Festival in Croatia; and the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland.

As if the list of settings at which DIVA has performed isn’t impressive enough, the ensemble has also shared the stage with Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, Carmen Bradford, Marlena Shaw, Dee Daniels, Maurice Hines, DeeDee Bridgewater, Rosemary Clooney, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jack Jones, Clark Terry, Dr. Billy Taylor, Terry Gibbs, Tommy Newsom, Randy Brecker and Dave Brubeck.

The band has also made numerous television appearances highlighted by multiple feature slots on CNN’s Arts Break plus a feature segment on the network television program CBS Sunday Morning, a spotlighted segment as part of The Kennedy Center’s 25th Anniversary Special and a critically acclaimed feature on the Japanese television NHK network.diva lincoln center

DIVA proudly boasts of a very impressive series of recordings, most recent of which is Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, featuring Carmen Bradford. The industry-applauded TNT – Tommy Newsom Tribute – a compilation of charts the late Mr. Newsom arranged exclusively for the band, was released in 2005. Other CD’s include Live in Concert, I Believe in You, Leave It To DIVA and Something’s Coming.

Whether live or via recording, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra always guarantees an evening of spirited and exciting entertainment that leaves the audience on its feet pleading for more.

Check out DIVA’s  CD  “LIVE” and SWINGIN’ with Nancy Wilson and Marlena Shaw!

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Address: 1 River Place, Suite 817, New York, NY 10036

Email/Booking: management@divajazz.com

Website: http://www.divajazz.com/

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Welcome to International Jazz Day 2017!

 

 Jazz events happening today in more than 195 countries and all 50 United States…

Jazz is alive and flourishing!

Watch the webcast of the 2017 International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert from Havana, Cuba right here on TulsaJazz.Com starting at 9 pm eastern!
SUNDAY, APRIL 30 | NEW YORK (21:00) | PARIS (03:00) | TOKYO (10:00)

 

 

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Tulsa Jazz.Com’s National Artist Spotlight: Terri Lyne Carrington

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GRAMMY® award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington was born in 1965 in Medford, Massachusetts. After an extensive touring career of over 20 years with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves and more, she returned to her hometown where she was appointed professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music. Terri Lyne also received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in 2003.

After studying under full scholarship at Berklee, with the encouragement of her mentor, Jack DeJohnette, Carrington moved to New York in 1983. For 5 years she was a much in-demand musician, working with James Moody, Lester Bowie, Pharoah Sanders, and others. In the late ‘80s she relocated to Los Angeles, where she gained recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show, then again in the late ‘90s as the drummer on the Quincy Jones late night TV show, VIBE, hosted by Sinbad.

In 1989, Carrington released a GRAMMY®-nominated debut CD on Verve entitled Real Life Story, which featured Carlos Santana, Grover Washington Jr., Wayne Shorter, Patrice Rushen, Gerald Albright, John Scofield, Greg Osby, and Hiram Bullock. Other solo CDs include 2002’s Jazz is a Spirit, which features Herbie Hancock, Gary Thomas, Wallace Roney, Terence Blanchard, Kevin Eubanks, and Bob Hurst, and 2004’s Structure, a cooperative group which features Adam Rogers, Jimmy Haslip and Greg Osby. Both CDs were released on the Europe-based ACT Music label and enjoyed considerable media attention and critical acclaim in the European and Japanese markets.pick-em-terri-lyne-carringtons-money-jungle-provocative-in-blue-for-best-instrumental-jazz-album-grammy

Carrington’s production and songwriting collaborations with artists such as Gino Vannelli, Peabo Bryson, Dianne Reeves, Siedah Garrett, Marilyn Scott have produced notable works as well, including her production of the Dianne Reeves GRAMMY®-nominated CD, That Day, as well as Dianne Reeves GRAMMY® Award-winning CD, Beautiful Life, in 2014.

Carrington has performed on many recordings throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s thru today. Notable examples of her work include Herbie Hancock’s GRAMMY® Award-winning CD Gershwin’s World, where she played alongside Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder. She has toured in many of Hancock’s musical configurations (from electric to acoustic) and is featured on his Future2Future DVD.

After a hiatus from the U.S. recording scene as a solo recording artist, Carrington returned in 2008 with More To Say… (Real Life Story: NextGen). Joining her was an impressive all-star cast of jazz and contemporary jazz instrumentalists, including George Duke, Everette Harp, Kirk Whalum, Jimmy Haslip, Greg Phillinganes, Gregoire Maret, Christian McBride, Danilo Perez, Patrice Rushen, Robert Irving III (who also serves as co-producer), Chuck Loeb, Dwight Sills, and legendary vocalists Les McCann and Nancy Wilson.

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Carrington released The Mosaic Project in 2011, her fifth recording overall and first on Concord Jazz. The critically acclaimed CD, which won a GRAMMY® Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, gathered a myriad of voices and crystallized them into a multi-faceted whole that far outweighed the sum of its parts. She produced the 14-song set which included some of the most prominent female jazz artists of the last few decades: Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sheila E., Nona Hendryx, Cassandra Wilson, Geri Allen and several others. Carrington said the emergence of so many great female jazz instrumentalists over the last couple of decades is what made an album like The Mosaic Project possible.

In 2013, Carrington released Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, her much anticipated homage to Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of their iconic 1963 Money Jungle album. The recording featured Gerald Clayton and Christian McBride, with guests Clark Terry, Lizz Wright, Herbie Hancock and others. Carrington made history when she became the first woman to win a GRAMMY® Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.81oinPR-VUL._SL1500_

On August 7, 2015, Carrington released The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL. Like its predecessor, the album presents Carrington leading a rotating cast of superb female instrumentalists and vocalists that includes Oleta Adams, Natalie Cole, Paula Cole, Lalah Hathaway, Chaka Khan, Chanté Moore, Valerie Simpson, Nancy Wilson, Jaguar Wright and Lizz Wright, as well as saxophonist Tia Fuller, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen; bassists Meshell Ndegoecello and Linda Oh; and keyboardists Geri Allen, Patrice Rushen and Rachel Z.

On The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL, Carrington juxtaposes her salute to female artists by paying homage to various male artists who have either influenced her professionally and/or informed her musicality, such as Nick Ashford, George Duke, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Luther Vandross and Bill Withers. “Whenever I do something that celebrates women, I never want it to feel like it’s something that excludes men,” she explains. “On this record, I consciously wanted to celebrate the various relationships women have with men either through original songs of mine or cover songs by male composers and song writers.” The male presence and perspective on The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL is even more realized by Billy Dee Williams, who contributes insightful spoken-word interludes through the disc.

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Tulsa Jazz.Com’s Jazz Legend Spotlight: Walter ‘Foots’ Thomas

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February 10, 1907 – August 26, 1981

Reed specialist, arranger and sometimes bandleader Walter “Foots” Thomas retired from fulltime playing in 1948, then became a professional manager whose specialty could easily have been coaching players on the art of amassing discographies capable of encircling Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza. Thomas hailed from Muskogee, Oklahoma, a point of interest in connection with country and western star Merle Haggard’s famous lyric, “We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee.” Nonetheless, one of Muskogee native Thomas’ most famous sideman affiliations was with Cab Calloway of “Reefer Man” fame. This artist is the brother of Joe Thomas, also a noted classic jazz reed player who eventually took over the Jimmie Lunceford band. Older than his brother by a year, Walter Thomas began playing with local bands as a college student. He moved to New York City in 1927 and began working with the famed Jelly Roll Morton less than a year later.

Thomas joined the The Missourians in 1929 after short stints in bands led by Luis Russell and Joe Steele. The Missourians provided the contact with Calloway, who eventually took over that band. With and without Calloway, Thomas was involved with this outfit through 1943. Calloway sidemen were said to have received some of the best salaries in jazz, perhaps one reason for loyalty. Thomas finally began playing with Don Redman by 1944, then led his own band for a bit less than half a decade before moving into management. Firmly associated with swing styles, Thomas made one of his finest recordings near the end of his playing career when combined with the rootsy yet always forward-looking tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. Thomas gave saxophone lessons to the late Jackie McLean, a brilliant bebop and modern jazz alto saxophonist. ~ Eugene Chadbourne, Rovi

 

 

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Tulsa Latin Style Performing at Taino’s Caribbean Fusion’s “Salsa Night” Saturday June 25th, 2016

TLS at Taino's Salsa Night 2016

Taino’s Caribbean Fusion is just what its name implies – an island-like oasis on Memorial Drive in south Tulsa where people come to mix and relax. It’s simply heaven to those who are looking for a little piece of the Caribbean with their Salsa music, laid-back attitudes, and delicious dishes.

Tulsa Latin Style, members of the Tulsa Jazz Music Group, after several recent, highly successful, performances at the International Jazz Fest Presented By SpiritBank, and the Festival Americas Women’s Expo they head to Taino’s as the featured act for Salsa Night!

This group will wow you with their tight musical sound and high energy performances! The band’s members come from Peru, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico and the US and play songs and rhythms from each region and style including salsa, samba, bossa nova, and much more!

Join Tulsa Latin Style at Tainos for a night of good food, good music, and lots of dancing, you might want to bring an extra pair of shoes just in case you dance right out of the first pair! Just trying to be helpful 🙂

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Location: 4840 S Memorial Dr Tulsa, OK 74145

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Jazz Up! An Online Art Gallery via Pinterest

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Jazz Up! An Online Art Gallery

We love jazz and we love art, what if you put the two of them together? You would have our Jazz Up!: Online Art Gallery board on Pinterest!

What you will find there are quite a few of our favorite jazz art paintings posted in this fantastic online gallery for your enjoyment.

Music and art have always complemented each other and we have thoroughly  enjoyed putting together this collection for you, please stop by an peruse through these wonderful paintings and prints done by some incredible artists. We hope you enjoy viewing this collection as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.

While you’re there, check out our other boards as well such as: Tulsa’s Jazz, Jazz Clubs, Jazz History, and Women and Jazz: A Celebration in Art…and more!

Check back with us regularly to keep up with our latest posts about jazz history and jazz art and Tulsa’s jazz community, thanks again for your support.

Stay Jazzy!

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