vrijdag 31 mei 2013


JAC Jazz Series Website

Cameron Handel   'Happy horns of Clark Terry'

Local jazz trumpeter Cameron Handel returns to lead a quintet through the classic, influential and virtuosically, fun music of legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry. Terry’s innovations over his seventy year career and his 900+ recordings are difficult to qualify, but easy to recognize when some of Charleston’s best jazz musicians come together to play his music. The program will feature original Clark Terry compositions, as well as tunes that he helped popularize throughout his career.
Cameron Handel – Trumpet
Mark Sterbank – Saxophone
Sam Sfirri – Piano
Kevin Hamilton – Bass
Ron Wiltrout – Drums

It was a very interesting concert. The duet with her trumpet and herself (mumbling) and the one on the mouth piece (buzzing) were very inspiring.
You can see that she has a classical background (good technique). In her solo's she show a lot of technique and scales rather then melody but it was good so... I was really happy to have found the JAC organisation here in Charleston, jazz always gives me a safe, free and good feeling and it was nice to finish the night with. It's a pretty small group of people her and I bought a book about the history of Jazz in Charleston from Jack McCray. Looking forward to reading that one!
Terry Clark is a great trumpeter and so is his music, I loved it! I'm going to look his music some more the next days.

Charleston, SC

Spoleto Festival USA _ concert 1

Angélique Kidjo - TD Arena 
She is a Grammy award winning Beninoise singer-songwriter and activist. She told that everyone will be dancing at the end of the show, that's how they do it in her country! Not only is she a great singer, she's a VOICE in many ways. The songs she sings are traditional songs from her country and songs to honour other musicians, which is very nice. She's a true activist, what she stands for and believes is very nice. She's believes in the good of the people and like she said: 'How do we stop the war, give EVERY CHILD an eduction!' I was really touched about the things she said. The concert was amazing she dances on stage as you can see in the pictures and her voice is very good! Her idea of 'Life is too short to be insecure!' was something I'm going to work on for myself and also the idea of waking up with a smile and don't try to jude people by the way look, I know it's hard in this society. But I know life is even harder for some children in her country and that's where we have to work on, the next generation! If we all work together for a better education I know the world would be amazing!
The concert was great, thanks Angélique, keep it up!

woensdag 29 mei 2013

Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park_Day 2

José James       9pm

He's an American vocalist, blending Modern-Jazz and hip-hop into a new kind of music.
No Beginning No End sums up how I feel about music right now,” says José James of his Blue Note Records debut. “I don’t want to be confined to any particular style. I decided I didn’t want to be considered a jazz singer anymore and that was really freeing. Once I realized that jazz singing is just something that I do and it’s just a label, it freed me as an artist to just write without any boundaries.”
No Beginning No End is a seamless musical experience that moves between different styles with remarkable fluidity, bound together by James’ transcendent voice. It marks a new chapter in the artistic journey of the 33-year-old singer/songwriter. Conceived, recorded and produced independently without any recording contract, the album is his most personal statement yet.


Dominick Farinacci

An American jazz trumpeter, composer, and a Big Band leader. He was one of the 18 artist word wide invited to be a part of the inaugural class of the Jazz Studies Program at The Juilliard. He's a great trumpet player, a true example for me. I loved the his way of playing and his tone. he brought some modern song on a very different way. Very interesting and nice to see on a sunny monday evening. He's originally from Cleveland, Ohio and first started out playing the drums but he change to trumpet because the band leader needed that. He told that the trumpet isn't a cool instrument when you're young , for the girls, but that gets better once you get older. I'm really happy to have heard him and it was the reason I came to the festival so it was better the expected. 
           Farinacci Video 2

Julie Dexter        5pm

Meet Julie Dexter, a world renowned, award winning, British vocalist considered by many to be one of the most influential female vocalists of our generation. Having shared the spotlight with a host of cutting-edge artists, including Mint Condition, Jill Scott, Bilal, Omar, Loose Ends, Rachelle Ferrell, Ledisi, Eric Roberson and Raheem DeVaughn to name a few, Julie not only holds up her own with them but has been praised and respected by them too.
Born and raised in Birmingham, England, this classically trained artist composes and arranges her own music. Influenced by legends such as Nancy Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, and Bob Marley, as well as popular icons Omar and Sade, Julie takes classic soul to the heart of Artistry.
She really connected with the audience, the atmosphere was very good. She's a good singer but it's not my kind of music. 
I've got a short video of her trumpet player who was really nice (Russel Gun, a young but good soloist trumpet player)
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Benjamin E. Mays High School     3pm

Very good young band with a lot of potential musicians. The sound and the solo's were very nice. keep up the good work!

Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra    1pm


maandag 27 mei 2013

Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park_Day 1

Tia Fuller and her Quartet

An accomplished performer in her own right, Tia has recorded three CDs with her quartet. The first, Pillar of Strength (2005/Wambui), received praise as being “an exhilarating work that introduced her as a leader who strives for perfection” (Terrell Holmes, All About Jazz Magazine). Her sophomore release, Healing Space (2007/Mack Avenue), is an offering of “melodic medicine” that the wide-eyed optimist sincerely hopes will serve as a healing agent for those who indulge in it. Tia will be releasing her third CD “Decisive Steps”, Jan. 2010, which will be her second offering under the Mack Avenue label. Her quartet was recently featured at Oris Watches/ Time Tourneau building for WBGO’s jazz festival. Tia can also be seen performing regularly with a number of bands, including the Ralph Peterson Septet, the T.S. Monk Septet, the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, the Rufus Reid Septet, the Sean Jones Quintet, the Nancy Wilson Jazz Orchestra, and Wycliff Gordan Septet.
Tia believes her passion for teaching and inspiring students is in her genes because her parents were educators/administrators in the Denver Public School District. As a devoted educator, she presents lectures and teaches ensembles and masterclasses at some of the most respected institutions in the country, including Stanford University’s “Jazz Workshop,” the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, New Mexico State University, the IAJE Jazz Convention, Purchase College, WBGO’s “Children in Jazz” Series, Duquesne University and Panama Jazz Festival.
With music in her blood and a song in her heart, Tia was born in Aurora, Colorado to jazz musicians, Fred and Elthopia Fuller. Her father, Fred plays bass and her mother, Elthopia sings. She grew up listening to her parents rehearse in the basement of their home, as well as the music of jazz greats, such as John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughn and Charlie Parker.
Inspired by her older sister, Shamie, Tia began playing classical piano when she was just three years old and continued until she was thirteen. She also began studying the flute when she was nine. Her interest in jazz came into fruition in high school. It was during this time that she began playing the saxophone.
The Colorado native, who now resides in Essex County, New Jersey, says playing music makes her feel as if she is a vessel for the Spirit to flow through. While listening to her songs, she wants people to be uplifted and experience a sense of restoration, compelling them to move forward not in fear, but in love and faith.

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It was a very nice performance and band for the my first time in Atlanta it was good!


Atlanta by night.. nice skyline!


Elsewhere the living museum

Elsewhere is a living museum using the massive collection of its former thrift store to build futures from old things. We generate collaborative creativity in our downtown neighborhood and across the globe.

It's a very cool place for a creative mind to come to rest I guess. I really loved that it's a living museum and people can really touch and move things which is most of the time not allowed in the museum. It's a playground for kids and adults, and who doesn't want to be a kid just once again!

Greensboro a very friendly city

GLOS _ Greensboro Light Opera and Song at Mack and Mack

This was very nice, as so where the students and doctors from the University. It was The American Art song as Cabaret. I've met some very nice people here. The concert was in a clothes designer shop, Mack and Mack in Elm St. Special thanks to Jim Douglas who composed most of the songs.
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A Cup of Blues in the Harley Davidson Centre in Greensboro

Nice two/three mens band. My first blues concert in the USA, which is nice! The bar was also very typical for the band so the people loved and enjoyed the music.

Beach music in the park

Beach music is a typical music for Carolina (North and South). It developed from 1950 until 1960. Beach music is most closely associated with the style of Swing dance know as the shaq, or the Carolina Shaq, which is also the official state dance for North and South Carolina. I was really surprised to see everyone dancing during the concert. It was a very nice family concert. What I really love about the concert was that all proceeds go to the Children's home society and it runs the whole summer already for ten years.
Greensboro has a great history of education and civil rights and you can feel it in the city. Everyone is very social and there are a lot off students here.

Greensboro was very good to me, and maybe I'll go back someday to visit the University and the Jazz music festival in June, it sounds very nice and the weather is great what do you want more in life. Good music and nice people who do a great job in education! Thanks Greensboro.

donderdag 23 mei 2013

The Camel_ Richmond, VA

The Camel: Rock night in Richmond, VA.

Paper Route              10:00 PM




Satellite                       9:00 PM



Scolaro                        8:00 PM