Thursday, February 27, 2014

Jimmy Greene Quartet brings Jazz to Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Feb. 27, 2014 – The Williams College Department of Music presents the Jimmy Greene Quartet in concert on Saturday, March 15, at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public. 

Saxophonist, composer, and educator Jimmy Greene has emerged as a positive presence in the jazz world. His nine solo recordings have been met with much critical acclaim. In a concert featuring many of his own compositions, he will be joined by pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Dezron Douglas, and drummer Jonathan Barber.

In addition to his recordings and appearances as a leader, Mr. Greene appears on over 70 albums as a sideman, and has toured and/or recorded with Horace Silver, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Harry Connick, Jr., Avishai Cohen, Kenny Barron, Lewis Nash, Steve Turre, the New Jazz Composers Octet, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, among many others. As a composer, Jimmy Greene was awarded the prestigious 2005 ASCAP / IAJE Commission in honor of Ornette Coleman. 

Jimmy Greene is Assistant Professor of Music and Assistant Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Western Connecticut State University. Named one of the "25 Young Rising Stars in Jazz" by DownBeat Magazine in 1999, Mr. Greene graduated with a degree in jazz studies from the Hartt School in 1997 and earned a degree in music education from Boston University in 2012. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Jazz Arts at the Manhattan School of Music. 

concert hotline: 413-597-3146


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Al Jazeera launches global day of action to free staffers jailed in Egypt

Ukraine's protests and change of power in Kiev were covered with enthusiasm in Iran's media. While Iranian officials saw a Western plot led by the United States and Europe, Iranians who once staged mass protests against their own regime were reminded of a revolution that eluded them.  Global Voices has more...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Beyoncé the Wig Maven

Beyoncé attended Welch Middle School in Texas, and as you'll see in this high school photo, she donned wigs at an early age.

 Here's a look at what happens when Mrs. Carter tapes her wig on too tight.

And here's a little bit more.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Anti-Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

State of The Blog Going Forward

"Blogging frequently and hitting all the right SEO buttons is basically guaranteed to generate a net gain in pageviews. That is, however, not the key to establishing a solid core of committed readers."  ~ Eric Dye

The bloom seems to be off the blogging bush - at least for the moment, for me. For the first time in many years I haven't felt compelled to write, post and publish articles on my blogs. Certainly not at the frequency I once religiously adhered to.

The old blog spot just ain't what she used to be. Some folks have killed the joy... they've moved the medium from "art-diary" to "do-or-die," polluting the water of unbridled free-form expression with a bunch of rules, regulations and requirements. "Hits" be damned, I say!

Life Is Short

This came across my email today. Things can and do happen right out of the blue. And remember, "good" things can also happen right out of that same blue.

Albany, New York, February 12, 2014– New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Albany is hosting a Staff vs. Chefs Chili Cook-off  to benefit Paul Sleasman and his family on Tuesday, February 25th from 11:30am to 1:30pm.  A minimum of $5 donation is requested as admission and New Horizons will match each donation up to $500.  All proceeds will go directly to the family to help offset medical costs as Paul battles stage 4 cancer. 

Paul Sleasman is a 37 year old, single father who was living a normal life with his son when a simple stomach ache sent him to the doctor.  That was on 12/10/13 and less than two weeks later, on Christmas Eve, Paul was given the diagnosis: Stage 4 Lung Adenocarcinoma that had spread to both his liver and brain. 
New Horizons of Albany considers it a responsibility to help out within the community. This story hits home for Jason Krolak, owner, as he grew up with Paul. 
WHAT: New Horizons of Albany 2nd Annual Charity Chili Cook-off
WHEN: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 11:30am to 1:30pm

WHERE: New Horizons of Albany

10 Airline Drive, Albany NY 12205

Participating restaurants to be announced!!

And for heaven's sakes, why does stuff like this keep happening?

 This came across my twitter feed today. A call for unity for Muslims everywhere.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Remember Those Who Loved You

Tuesday, February 04, 2014


VICTORY RECORDS is proud to announce the signing of
 Poughkeepsie, NY’s MERIDIAN. If you are a fan of 
emotionally charged hardcore MERIDIAN is for you.

 Watch the announcement video here
The band comments, “We're very excited to join the Victory
 roster. We're honored to share the same home as so many
 legendary bands. We are excited to get to work on our full
 length debut, which will be out later this year. We want to
 thank anyone who has come out to a show and supported 
us to get to this point. We couldn't have done it without you.
 We also want to thank anyone who took the time to read this
 and we look forward to seeing you at shows in the future!"
Look for MERIDIAN on tour throughout 2014. 
Check out exclusive new merchandise designs, 
available now via

Source: Victory Records Newsletter Feb. 4 2014
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