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JJA Member Updates: September 2016

Sep 14th, 2016 | By

Looking for proof that jazz is alive and well? You’ll find the most recent publications and other work reported by the extremely active members of the Jazz Journalists Association after the jump. We never sleep! If you are a JJA member and would like your recent activities included in the next installment of Member Updates, send a brief paragraph beginning with your name to membernews@jazzjournalists.org by September 3, 2016.

Saul Addison attended three great shows on Long Island in August. First off was Tom Manuel and his Blue Devils at The Jazz Loft, playing two great sets of standards. This was followed mid-month by John M. Restrepo Quartet playing an afternoon gig at the scenic Bayard Cutting Arboretum then holding court at Treme Islip in Islip New York later that evening. August was closed out by the Holli Ross Trio at Grasso’s in Cold Spring Harbor.

Jane Ira Bloom performs with the SLM Ensemble directed by Sarah Weaver at the Interpretation Series at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, September 22, 8 pm. The program includes Sarah Weaver’s Works for Mark Dresser & the SLM Ensemble performing “Resonance Synthesis” w/ Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa and sanxian, Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone, David Taylor, bass trombone, Samir Chatterjee, tabla, Satoshi Takeishi, percussion, Denman Maroney, hyperpiano, Mark Dresser, bass, Sarah Weaver, conductor

Brita Brookes covered Gregory Porter at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Joshua Redman and the Bad at Michigan Theater and Diego Figueiredo at Cliff Bells for her photography internship with the Detroit Metro Times. She continues to cover music in the Metro Detroit and Ontario regions. She is seeking Jazz or Folk publications to photograph/write for and can be contacted here.

Stephanie J. Castillo, Emmy-winning filmmaker and former newspaper journalist, shows her acclaimed film Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song at the Monterey Jazz Festival on Sept. 18 to bring Thomas Chapin full circle. He was booked to pay there in the fall of 1997 when he had to cancel due to a leukemia diagnosis. Now he’ll “play” Monterey through the film! That screening will be followed by another, and a Thomas Chapin music concert, at the University of Kentucky Sept. 20-21.

Sharonne Cohen published a piece on Guadeloupe-born, Montreal-based vocalist Malika Tirolien in Vice magazine, and covered the Rimouski International Jazz Festival for DownBeat magazine. She also reviewed the film I Am The Blues, documenting the last living blues legends, for DownBeat.

Paul Simeon Fingerote returns to the grounds of the Monterey Jazz Festival (September 16 – 18), where he served as Marketing Director for 30 years. Fingerote is co-author with Dr. Herb Wong of Jazz on My Mind: Liner Notes, Anecdotes and Conversations from the 1940s to the 2000s, which will be featured and sold in the festival’s on-site merchandise store, with Fingerote signing copies for fans.

Ken Franckling, on his trip back to New England to cover his 35th Newport Jazz Festival, was able to catch trumpeter John Allmark’s fine big band three times in late July and early August. He wrote about the band in its new home, and Rhode Island’s 49-year big band tradition, for JazzTimes.

Steve Griggs profiled trumpeter Nathan Breedlove for Earshot Jazz. His memoir piece Quiet Bonds, Silent Boundaries was accepted in the upcoming print anthology by Creative Colloquy. He will continue performances of his site-specific stories and music at Seattle’s historic Panama Hotel through a six-month extension of a grant from the National Park Service. He will perform Listen to Seattle, his program of stories and music about broken treaty promises to the Duwamish Tribe, at Seattle’s Town Hall on October 10.

James Hale caught up with the electro-acoustic quartet Metalwood for SoundStageXperience.com. Before the group—arguably the most successful jazz group to come from Canada—disbanded in 2003, Hale wrote frequently about them. His new piece picks up the story, focusing on the group’s new recording. For DownBeat, Hale reviewed new recordings by the Tierney Sutton Band and Joey Alexander.

Sheila Jordan was at Birdland On Sept. 2nd and 3rd as part of Charlie Parker’s birthday celebration.  “Thrilled to be singing about my hero.  He’s the reason I sing.” She is also touring Germany from Sept. 12 thru 20th with the Jochen Pfister trio, a wonderful pianist from Germany who books a tour with her every year.

Robin Lloyd interviewed saxophonist Chico Freeman prior to his Seattle appearance at the Triple Door, and hosted a live radio studio session with Chico’s band.  Robin also celebrated the successful conclusion of the Save KPLU campaign, with the sale of the radio station to the community group Friends of 88.5 FM, who now operate the station as KNKX, connecting the community to Jazz, Blues and NPR News.

Howard Mandel interviewed Stephanie J. Castillo via Skype about her film Thomas Chapin: Night Bird Song at a public screening and performance of Glenn Wilson-Jim Pugh’s band TromBari in Normal IL, and also trumpeter Orbert Davis for his blog artsjournal.com/jazzbeyondjazz. He spoke to students of Young Chicago Author’s Write in the City program, and for DownBeat he reviewed cds by Jeff Denson, Harold Lopez-Nussa, Robert Dick and Ursel Schlicht.

 Steve Monroe‘s  August Jazz Avenues for the East of the River print and capitalcommunitynews.com online editions included previews of shows featuring Paul Carr, Sin Miedo and The Moonshine Society and a review of the Carl Grubbs Jazz/String Ensemble concert at Artscape. Monroe also blogged on bassist Jeff Denson and his CD Concentric Circles, alto saxophonist Carl Grubbs’ new CD Inner Harbor Suite Revisited: A Tribute to Baltimore and saxophonist Jordan Dixon’s CD A Conversation Among Friends.

Fernando Rodriguez continues to publish about Jazz in the Dominican Republic in his blog. He has been invited to this year´s Indy Jazz Fest (Sept. 16) to speak about the fusion of Dominican folkloric rhythms with jazz and then present Yasser Tejeda & Palotré, an Afro-Dominican jazz band from his native country.
Linda Yohn created two audio features on The Detroit Jazz Festival: a profile of Roberta Gambarini with Jimmy Heath and a festival over-view with artistic director, Chris Collins. The features aired on WEMU and can be heard on-demand at www.wemu.org.   She conducted a “meet the artist” interview with Cyrille Aimée at the festival “Talk Tent”, posted multiple photos on the WEMU Facebook page and hosted the Amphitheater Stage for three nights introducing Ron Carter, Chris Potter, Freddy Cole and more.

Member Updates are edited by Michael J. West. Use our JJA Member Directories to find JJA members qualified to contribute to your publication or production or to assist you with your jazz-related project. The directories can be searched by name, area of expertise and geographic location.

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