Throwback Thursday – MoJazz ad

While researching jazz magazines for something else, I ran across this 1993 advertisement from the MoJazz label. MoJazz wanted to get your attention so they did a Model of the Month.

MoJazz Model of the Month - 1993 ad

“Alicia is from Los Angeles, CA. This 5’10” Sagittarian enjoys horseback riding, stimulating conversation and romantic evenings listening to JAZZ. Her favorite Jazz Artists are ERIC REED and WAYNE JOHNSON.”

Sex sells and a barely dressed woman always gets my attention. But there is nothing about the new recordings from Eric Reed or Wayne Johnson except that Alicia likes them. Would Alicia go out with me if I bought those releases since they are her favorite?  Is Alicia the model girlfriend of the ad designer and trying to get her noticed? Where is Alicia today? Does she still spend her evenings listening to jazz?

MoJazz was Motown’s jazz label that launched with the debut recording of Norman Brown’s Just Between Us in 1992.

Chick Corea turns 76 – no way!

Chick Corea turns 76 today. It’s hard to believe. I met Chick just a few weeks ago at the Kansas City Jazz & Heritage Festival. I don’t know many 76 year-old people but Chick seems to be a lot younger. He doesn’t sprint across the stage or anything but his fingers are as nimble as anyone’s and his enjoyment at playing is apparent. His constant drive to explore jazz, and often push it forward, is one of the reasons he is a jazz legend.

I helped the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Office of Culture and Creative Services with this video interview at the Festival.  Hope you enjoy.

Chick Corea and me

Happy birthday, Quincy Jones

The mighty Q turns 84 today. The term “living legend” was created for individuals like him. Here is Quincy Jones conducting a live version of “Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)” which was originally on the Back on the Block recording.

Lee Ritenour’s label launched 20 years ago

On March 11, 1997, the first recording from the new i.e. music label was released. The album was an all-star tribute to the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim called A Twist of Jobim. The label was co-founded by Lee Ritenour, JAZZIZ publisher Michael Fagien, and label operator Mark Wexler.

So what made Rit want to go out on his own after a lengthy stay at GRP? “In this day and age where thousands of records are released in a given year, I wanted more control over my music and destiny,” Lee Ritenour told Billboard in May 1998. “To have a successful record, you need great music and a great record company. If you have one without the other, it never works. With jazz, you need a team that understands the music and the marketing and promotion that goes with it.”

i.e. music logo

Captain Fingers was also excited about nurturing new talent. “I’ve been making music for 25 or 30 years. I wanted to give the talents and experience that I’ve been fortunate to develop back to some young artists.”

i.e. music issued a number of recordings in a little more than a year, including two Eric Marienthal discs and Ritenour’s This Is Love solo recording. The next “Twist of…” recording was A Twist of Marley on the GRP label in 2001.