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Today At The Monterey Jazz Festival: A Full Day Of Amazing Signings At The Mini-Amoeba!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 17, 2011 01:41pm | Post a Comment
It’s Saturday, our second day at the 54th annual Monterey Jazz Festival where we are onsite with a Mini-Amoeba store! Our tent has been jumping with festival goers who can’t get enough of the pianist Hiromi, whose newest release, Voice, has been flying off our shelves after her two performances at the festival yesterday. It’s Hiromi Mania! If you’d like to check out the piano magic, check out her albums on our site. Other hot items at the Mini-Amoeba include Richard Bona’s Ten Shades of Blues and Raul Midon’s Synthesis


Today we have a full roster of signings and it’s sure to be an amazing day for fans, who will have the opportunity to meet their heroes inside the Mini-Amoeba tent.

Donny McCaslin -- 3:30pm
Jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin got his start after attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, when he joined Berklee professor Gary Burton’s quintet, with whom he toured for four years. McCaslinDonny McCaslin Monterey Jazz Festival Amoeba Music moved to New York in 1991, working with bassist Eddie Gomez and then joining the group Steps Ahead, with whom he made the 1995 disc Vibe. McCaslin began to turn heads with his solo work in larger ensembles like Ken Schaphorst’s Big Band and Maria Schneider Orchestra, where his performance on the album Concert in the Garden received a Grammy nomination for “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo” in 2004.

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Tim Smooth, pioneering and influential New Orleans rapper, has passed away

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 27, 2011 03:00pm | Post a Comment
Tim SmoothPioneering New Orleans rapper Tim Smooth died yesterday (Tuesday 26th 2011) at the young age of 39, after a long battle with cancer.


Though not a household name outside of New Orleans and circles of New Orleans Rap fans, he was one of the undisputed pioneers in the city's scene. Like a hip-hop Zelig he seemed to exist in the eye of the city's musical storm, never to break out nationally but always respected by musicians around him. In a violent era that saw many of New Orleans' musical talents cut down at a young age, Smooth collaborated freely and frequently with members of warring camps, always appreciated and always relevant. It was with especially cruel irony that Smooth, a rapper gifted with both lyrics and flow, was felled by cancer of the mouth and tongue.

Tim Smooth was born Timothy Smoot west if New Orleans in the Kennedy Heights area of Waggaman, on the West Bank in Jefferson Parish. He took the title “the Knight from Kennedy Heights.” and began

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(In which we consider some swinging, singing sisters.)

Posted by Job O Brother, May 16, 2011 01:26pm | Post a Comment

boswell sisters  andrews sisters
WAR!
The Boswell Sisters vs. The Andrews Sisters


Last blog, we took a long, almost invasive and menacing look at one of my favorite harmonizing groups, The Ravens. This time, let’s meditate on two groups and the epic chaos that emerged from their earth-shattering battle for supremacy. Yes, we’re going to focus on the blood-thirsty Boswell Sisters and those daughters of doomsday, The Andrews Sisters. (This blog is not for the squeamish and will include death, destruction, and delightfully catchy melodies.)

Many people are already familiar with The Andrews Sisters, and because you, dear reader, are a person, I am including you in this assessment. What these same many people often don’t realize is that The Andrews Sisters actually based their act on another trio of singing siblings, The Boswell Sisters.

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The Boswell Sisters were born in the first decade of the twentieth century and, in a show of musical savvy, they chose to be raised in New Orleans, the American music Mecca. By their teens, Martha, Connee, and Helvetia (they were given individual names to make communication in the house more efficient) began singing in movie theatres and on local radio shows, cultivating small celebrity and earning free popcorn.

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The Art of the LP Cover- Masks for Mardi Gras!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, March 7, 2011 10:00pm | Post a Comment

For more mask themes covers check out my Halloween blog from 2009 here.

Help Get Katey Red Into the Black, ya Heard Me‽

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 18, 2011 12:00pm | Post a Comment
Katey Red and Fan
Katey and new fan Andy Schwartz at SXSW 2010 (photo courtesy of Andy Schwartz)

If you're a fan of bounce music or sissy rappers in particular, then you almost certainly know who Katey Red is. Born Kenyon Carter in 1981, Katey came up in the notorious Melph. Katey dropped Melpomene Block Party on Take Fo' in 1999 and made history as the first openly gay rap star. Now's your chance to make history by helping to fund Katey's first music video. Click here to visit the Kickstarter page. There are a variety of incentives to give in addition to helping rectify the great wrong that there are no Katey Red videos up till now.

Big Freedia and Katey Red

Big Freedia and Katey Red

The director is David White. According to the page, "David S. White is the primary videographer for Preservation Hall Jazz Band in New Orleans and recently completed shooting and directing a music video for Shamarr Allen. He is currently the Director of Photography for Bayou Maharajah, a feature-length video documentary on the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker. He has also shot Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Tim Robbins, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Del McCoury, Charles Neville, Cosimo Matassa, Harry Connick Sr, Bunny Matthews, and many others. His most recent short film, Cell Phone Psycho, has been making the rounds at film festivals across the United States, including the New Orleans Film Festival." [bold text is my emphasis]

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