First ever Seattle Women in Jazz Festival kicks off April 26th

The Seattle Women in Jazz Festival, the first festival of its kind locally, will highlight some of Seattle’s best jazz bands, led and/or comprised of women. The festival will also work to engage youth in the art of jazz and to reach out to potential audience members who may not have previously attended a jazz concert.

The festival will run April 26th through April 28th and will showcase musicians including Cynthia Mullis, Kate Olson, Naomi Siegel, Jeannette d’Armand, Leah Natale, Stephanie Porter, Katy Bourne, Jacqueline Tabor, Joanne Klein, Sarah Elizabeth, Tuesday Velasco, Debby Boland Watt, Julie Olson, and Dina Blade. Venues include Egan’s Ballard Jam House, The Triple Door, the Rainier Valley Cultural Center, The Vera Project, and LUCID Lounge.

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Winner of the Red Holloway Memorial Scholarship, Eliana Colachis Glass.

The festival also recently announced the winner of the Red Holloway Memorial Scholarship to Eliana Colachis Glass, a 15-year-old Freshman at Roosevelt High School, who is taking lessons in voice, piano, and guitar! She will be taking a vocal summit and stage performance workshop at Berklee School of Music in Boston, this summer. Elaina will be recognized and will perform at 4 PM PST at The Vera Project (Located on the corner of Warren & Republican Ave. N., next to the Key Arena, at the Seattle Center) on Sunday April 28th.

For more information on the Seattle Women in Jazz Festival, visit their website here.

Louis Armstrong House Museum Celebrates Int’l Jazz Day

In celebration of International Jazz Day (sponsored by UNESCO), and the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month (a major initiative of the Smithsonian Institution), the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Jazz Journalists Association presents Louis Armstrong at Freedomland: Never Before Heard Recordings of an American Icon, a Listening Session & Lecture on April 30th.

This event showcases the public premier of newly discovered recordings by the beloved trumpeter and entertainer, Armstrong, at a fabled although short-lived Bronx amusement park in 1961. Highlights from Armstrong’s live performances from the 85-acre park billed as the “World’s Largest Entertainment Center,” which boasted more than 63,000 guests for its opening day in 1960, will be played. These recordings, recently donated to the Museum by the son of Freedomland sound engineer Peter Denis, have never been circulated or issued, and are not listed in jazz discographies.

The program will be presented and interpreted by Ricky Riccardi and Dan Morgenstern.   Mr. Riccardi is the Museum’s Archivist and the author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years.  Dan Morgenstern, newly added to the program, recently retired Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University and a Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism honoree of the JJA’s. He is a jazz historian and archivist, author, editor, and educator who has been active in the jazz field since 1958. A prolific annotator of record albums, Morgenstern has won seven Grammy Awards for Best Album Notes (1973, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1991, 1995, 2006, and 2009). He received ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award for Jazz People in 1977 and in 2005 for Living with Jazz. In 2007, Dan Morgenstern was named the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, the nation’s highest honor in Jazz.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has issued a proclamation honoring International Jazz Day, which will be presented as part of the program.

Following the presentation, the Jazz Journalists Association will toast Armstrong at a special soul food reception to mark the finale of its JazzApril media campaign at in support of Jazz Appreciation Month, International Jazz Day and grassroots jazz activism in the U.S. and beyond.

Due to increased demand, the event  has been relocated to the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, originally to be held at the Louis Armstrong House Museum. The event is free and open to the public and begins at 2:00 pm.

Reservations for this free event can be made by calling the Louis Armstrong House Museum at 718.478.8274.

Further information about the Jazz Journalists Association is available from President@jazzjournalists.org. The Jazz Journalists Association media campaign for JazzApril can be found online at www.JazzApril.com. The Louis Armstrong House Museum can be found online at www.LouisArmstrongHouse.org.

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die on Spotify

After I published the 1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die list last week, I had a lot of people suggesting that I create a playlist of “The 1,000” on Spotify. As you might assume, many of these albums are out of print and not available on Spotify. I managed, however,  to track down over 700 of the albums, and I created a playlist with selections from each one, for your listening pleasure.

You can find the list on Spotify by searching either “1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die” or “Kevin Kniestedt.” You can also find it by clicking here. When you find the playlist, don’t forget to click “follow”, so you don’t have to search for it again.

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1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die – The Complete List

This list, which took the better part of four years, was inspired by those who said that jazz was limited to a certain style or type of performer. The idea behind this list was not to create a “best” albums list, but rather a extensive list of albums that covered as much of jazz history as possible.

Even after posting 1,000 albums, this list is really only a sample of the history of this great art form.

Hopefully you will find some great music you have never heard before and add to your collection.

Enjoy!

1. standard time vol. 1Standard Time Volume 1 – Wynton Marsalis (Columbia, 1986)

2. moaninMoanin’ – Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (Blue Note, 1958)

3. live in parisLive in Paris – Diana Krall (Verve, 2002)

4. heavy weatherHeavy Weather – Weather Report (Columbia/Legacy, 1977)

5. prime timePrime Time – Count Basie and His Orchestra (Pablo, 1977)

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1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (991-1000)

The final 10 are here! Here are the last 10 albums of the list that started on July 21st, 2009, and took almost four years to complete. We will shortly post all albums on one long list for you to enjoy, comment on, and hopefully find something you have never heard before that you can enjoy and listen to. For now, here are albums 991 through 1000.

991. Brown and Roach Incorporated – Clifford Brown and Max Roach (PSM, 1954) CLICK HERE TO BUY

992. You Gotta Take a Little Love – Horace Silver (Blue Note, 1969) CLICK HERE TO BUY

993. Stan Getz Quartets – Stan Getz (Concord/Original Jazz Classics, 1950) CLICK HERE TO BUY

994. Djangology 49 – Django Reinhardt (Bluebird, 1949 recording date, 1961 release date) CLICK HERE TO BUY

995. The Pearls – Jelly Roll Morton (Bluebird, 1926-1939 recording dates, 1988 compilation date) CLICK HERE TO BUY

996. Fletcher Henderson and the Dixie Stompers 1925-1928 – Fletcher Henderson (Disques Swing. 1925-1928 recording dates, 1970 c0mpilation date) CLICK HERE TO BUY

997. How Long Has This Been Going On? – Sarah Vaughan (Pablo, 1978) CLICK HERE TO BUY

998. Second Genesis – Wayne Shorter (Collectibles, 1960) CLICK HERE TO BUY

999. Takin’ Off – Herbie Hancock (Blue Note, 1962) CLICK HERE TO BUY

1000. The Lonely One – Bud Powell (Universal/Verve, 1959) CLICK HERE TO BUY

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