No updates this week due to the death of my father this weekend. He was a good man of incredible strength who will be very much missed.
As reported in January, Bluey assembled an all-star group (called Hope Collective) to record a song to help victims of the tsunami. The single, entitled “Give and Let Live,” was released in the UK last week. There is currently no scheduled availability in the U.S. It’s an incredibly infectious song. It’s pure Bluey. The horns, guitar, the staggering array of singers, the production – everything is perfect. Get the info on the charities and the performers, watch the video, listen to the MP3 and more at the Hope Collective site.
New weekly jazz programming returns to the airwaves this fall when Legends of Jazz debuts on PBS. Ramsey Lewis will host thirteen 30-minute shows each with a different theme such as “Voices of the Next Generation,” “The Divas,” and “The Golden Horns.” Chick Corea, Marcus Miller, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, George Benson, George Duke, and Lee Ritenour are among the musicians who will appearing in the series.
Legends of Jazz kicks off in June with an hour-long special that spotlights five recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts’ NEA Jazz Masters award, the highest national honor in this art form: Nancy Wilson, James Moody, Jon Hendricks, Paquito D’Rivera, and Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein.
I just discovered the unique sound of DJ Monkey. The band combines spoken word, jazz, soul, rock, funk, and hip hop. I love genre-defying bands and this one puts the emphasis on defiance. Through their lyrics, they challenge the status quo. Through their sound, they defy categorization or conventions. I just put the track ?5th Avenue Jam? into the TomorrowJazz Radio playlist. You can also check out other sounds from, and information about, DJ Monkey at their site. I want to know what you think!
DJ Monkey just signed with 7 Records Music where their debut recording, Another Evolution, will be reissued next month.