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Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire Says Amoeba Played Role In His Musical Development. Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 23, 2012 11:28pm | Post a Comment

Trumpeter and 28-year-old Oakland-native Ambrose Akinmusire (pronounced ah-kin-MOO-sir-ee) has

Ambrose Akinmusire
Ambrose Akinmusire and the Amoeba crew

delivered nothing less than a manifesto with his Blue Note debut When The Heart Emerges Glistening. It is a personal statement of such clarity and vision that it’s bound to turn heads around towards this startlingly fresh young talent.
 
By the time the lone standard “What’s New?” arrives, 11 tracks into trumpeter-composer Ambrose Akinmusire’s tour de force the song’s title has become a rhetorical question. The unneeded answer: Everything. Akinmusire
 
The Los Angeles Times recently named Akinmusire one of their 2011 “Faces to Watch” and we have to agree! He tells here us how Amoeba Music helped shape his musical development.
 

Jazz Singer Catherine Russell Talks With Amoeba at Monterey Jazz Festival

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 23, 2012 10:15pm | Post a Comment
Vocalist Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker born to musical royalty. Her father, the late LuisCatherine Russell Russell, was a pioneering pianist/composer/bandleader and Louis Armstrong's long-time sidekick. Her mother, Carline Ray, is a bassist, guitarist, and vocalist, who has performed with Mary Lou Williams and International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Catherine’s professional life began early. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she embarked upon a rich journey backing artists like Carrie Smith, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, and Rosanne Cash.

Catherine has been on various compilations, including the soundtrack album for the award winning HBO show Boardwalk Empire, NPR’s The New Jazz DivasPutumayo Presents Rhythm & Blues, and Walkin’ and Swingin’ from the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

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Christian Scott Hearts Amoeba…And We Heart Christian Scott! Live at Monterey Jazz Festival.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 23, 2012 10:00pm | Post a Comment
Edison Award-winning trumpeter/composer/producer/bandleader/all-around-handome-and-hip guychristian scott Christian Scott graced the Amoeba tent at the Monterey Jazz Festival Saturday at 9pm to sign his latest album, the compelling new double album, Christian aTunde Adjuah, which is an inspired and provocative two-CD collection that spans a range of beyond-jazz influences as he continues to make strides into uncharted jazz territory. With Scott’s trumpet at the heart of most of the tunes, the album features reflective ballads, light and dreamy soundscapes, guitar-edged and rock-inflected cookers, trumpet ecstasies as well as clarion calls and anguished wails.

Scott describes what he plays on Christian aTunde Adjuah as “stretch music,” much like he introduced on his 2010 album, Yesterday You Said Tomorrow. Scott likens his “stretch music” to a musical version of a cubist painter’s rendering of an object. In cubism, objects are taken apart, analyzed, and reassembled in an abstracted form that depicts the object from a multitude of perspectives. This gives a more global viewing of what the object is comprised of—a more clear representation of what the object (or in Scott's case, sentiment through sound) is.

See MJF talent coordinator Bennett Jackson interview Christian Scott and Scott’s glowing review of Amoeba Music!

Sunday at the Monterey Jazz Festival!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 23, 2012 01:45pm | Post a Comment

It's Sunday, the final day of the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival, and we have another action-packed day ofesperanza spalding all-star signings at the Mini-Amoeba tent! We've had a few schedule changed, so please make note of our new, revised schedule and join us for the fun!


Sunday:
Tierney Sutton -- 1:30pm
Ambrose Akinmusire --  2:30pm
Esperanza Spalding -- 4:45pm
Kyle Eastwood -- 7:30pm
Meklit Hadero -- 9:30pm

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The 17th Central Avenue Jazz Festival

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 31, 2012 03:05pm | Post a Comment
THE CENTRAL AVENUE JAZZ FESTIVAL


Central Avenue Jazz Park 


Every year for the past 17 years, during the last weekend in JulyLA residents and visitors are treated to the preeminent jazz event on the West Coast with The Central Avenue Jazz Festival. It’s free and open to the public – last year, 35,000 attended. The focus, of course, is live music but there are also craft and food booths. I've been meaning to check it out in the past and this I year finally did.


LOCATION OF EVENT

The Dunbar Hotel
The Dunbar in 2012 and Central Ave - A Community Album


A BRIEF BIT OF BACKGROUND ABOUT SOUTH CENTRAL


Malcolm X Way - South Central, Los Angeles Jazz Mural - South Central Los Angeles
          Intersection of Malcolm X Way and MLK                                A Jazzy mural at Alondra's Bakery

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