1. Philly's Got Jazz


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    A short piece on Philadelphia's jazz scene.

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    • Inaugural #BAM Conference NYC 1/5/12


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      Please note that the battery died unexpectedly when Crouch decided to speak. Coincidence? #BAM

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      • The Pace Report: "Real Life, Unscripted" The Orrin Evans Interview


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        Pianist and bandleader Orrin Evans is back on the scene after his critically-acclaimed project the “Captain Black Big Band” with the courageous “Flip The Script” recording on Posi-Tone Records. “Flip the Script” takes Orrin back to his deep trio piano roots that allows him to play with bassist Ben Wolfe and drummer Donald Edwards. His original compositions are as always adventurous and innovative. Recently, I caught up with Orrin while he was in New York for a week-long engagement in which he played with his trio featuring Vicente Archer on bass and Obed Calvaire on drums. He also featured the Captain Black Big Band and his quintet for some selected dates throughout the week. The Trenton, New Jersey native grew up in Philadelphia and studied music with Charles Pettaway at the Settlement School of Music. He was also blessed to learn from other Philly luminaries like Kenny Barron, Trudy Pitts, Shirley Scott, and Mickey Roker. Orrin grew up around the arts as his mother was a opera singer and his dad was successful playwright and part of the Black Arts Movement. Upon completing his formal studies at Rutgers University, Orrin moved to New York City where he became a well-in-demand session musician and leader making trio recording debut “The Trio” on his own Imani Records label. Over the last decade he’s recorded and toured with the likes of Branford Marsails, Nicholas Payton, Wallace Roney, Pharoah Sanders, The Mingus Big Band, Sean Jones, Ravi Coltrane, and Ralph Peterson. Orrin and his wife Dawn have taken the next leap of their careers and have run Imani Records. Currently, he and his trio are embarking on a late summer and fall club tour in support of his latest release “Flip the Script.” For upcoming tour dates or to order Orrin’s latest disc, please visit him online at www.orrinevansmusic.com.

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        • "Banishment of the Lost Spirit" :: The Wayne Escoffery Quintet


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          from the Album "The Only Son of One" by The Wayne Escoffery Quintet DIRECTOR / EDITOR / DIRECTOR of PHOTOGRAPHY Gregory Whitmore PRODUCER Wayne Escoffery/Sunnyside Records "The Only Son of One" is Wayne Escoffery's first recording of all original music inspired by his childhood beginning in London, England. Wayne's new quintet featuring Orrin Evans, Adam Holzman, Hans Glawischnig and Jason Brown has brought his original compositions to life and the new CD will be available in April on Sunnyside Records. All funds for the project were raised through fan donations via www.kickstarter.com Personnel: Wayne Escoffery, Orrin Evans, Adam Holzman, Hans Glawischnig, Jason Brown LINKS: http://www.escofferymusic.com/

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          • The Pace Report: "A Bassist In Wolfe's Clothing" The Ben Wolfe Interview


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            For well over the last 25 years bassist and composer Ben Wolfe has been one of the most in demand session musicians as well as an accomplished leader in his own right. He's been the bassist for Harry Connick, Jr., Diana Krall, and Wynton Marsalis. As a leader, Ben has carried on the rich tradition of jazz music and his latest CD "Here I See" on the MaxJazz label showcases his composing skill featuring a string ensemble as well as special guests ranging from Wynton Marsalis to J.D. Allen. Ben just recently played The Iridium where he and I sat down to discuss the music as well as his life as a jazz bassist. For upcoming tour info or to order Ben's latest CD "Here I See", please visit him online at www.benwolfe.com or www.facebook.com/benjonah.

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            • The Pace Report: "The Words of a Wise Professor" The Sean Jones Interview


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              As of last week, Sean Jones has a lot to celebrate about. His latest disc “No Need For Words,” his sixth release for Mack Avenue Records, just came out a few days shy of his 33rd birthday. Two, Sean was just promoted as full-time Assistant Professor at Duqesne University in Pittsburgh, where he’s been teaching for the last four years. Never at a loss for words, his passion for the music has allowed him to teach the next generation of students and musicians about the rich legacy of jazz as well as gives them a platform to develop their chops so they can become successful both on and off the stage. Born on May 29th, 1978 in Warren, Ohio, the young Jones began his musical career like some musicians, in the black church. The church as always been a training ground for most musicians, but Sean began as a vocalist singing in the choir at his home church, Saint James’ Church of God in Christ. From vocals he began toying around with the drums but his music teacher in the 5th grade gave him two records that would change his life forever. Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue” and “Amandela” were the recordings that made Sean switch and immediately begin studying the trumpet seriously. Sean received his undergraduate degree at Youngstown State University where he studied classical trumpet and earned his master’s degree at Rutgers University. Throughout his career, he’s played with a plethora of artists ranging from vocalist Nancy Wilson to bandleaders Charles Famborough, Gerald Wilson, and Jimmy Heath. In addition to him being a leader, Sean’s also been gotten recognition for his talents as well as his hard work. He was nominated for the Jazz Journalists Association for Trumpeter of the Year and was Downbeat Magazine’s Rising Star in 2006 and 2007. Another milestone in Sean’s career was him playing with the famed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra headed by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. He not only played with some of the young and budding musicians of his generation, but he was blessed to travel all over the world and play the music of the great jazz tradition. Currently Sean is on tour with his band featuring Obed Calvaire(drums), Luques Curtis(bass), Brian Hogans(sax), and John Davis(piano). To find out upcoming dates or to order “No Room For Words,” visit him on the web at seanjonesmusic.com.

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              • The Pace Report: "#BAM..The Inaugural #BAM Conference" Featuring #BAM...Nicholas Payton


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                "Jazz is nothing but a terminology. BAM is a terminology. It’s just a phrase that’s been created for identification. Think about black people in general in this country. We’ve been called Negro, Colored, Black, Afro-American and now African American. Who decides these terms? Are they bad, good, or neutral? Or, are they just simply terms? Jazz has always been Black American music and musicians who play it no matter what culture they’ve come from need to understand that and I know deep down inside do understand that.” Bassist and Composer Christian McBride Since November of last year, trumpeter and educator Nicholas Payton has eloquently written on the negative connotation that the word ‘jazz’ has created over the last 40 years. His first blog posting “On Why Jazz Isn’t Cool Anymore,” posted on NicholasPayton.wordpress.com, has him explain that “jazz died in 1959.” In addition to him not liking the term ‘jazz,’ Nicholas has vowed to refrain from using the word in its entirety. He even went as far as to create the acronym “# BAM,” meaning Black American Music. He wants the music fans and lovers of Black American Music to reconsider how we coin the term ‘jazz’ and how labels have both direct and indirect meanings that have tainted the history of Black American Music. In addition to Nicholas posting many important articles weekly on his blog, he’s continued to reach out to his many music fans who’ve agreed and disagreed with his take on # BAM via Twitter(www.twitter.com/#!/paynic) and Facebook(www.facebook.com/nicholas.payton). Nicholas recently hosted the first “Inaugural #BAM Conference” at Birdland Jazz Club recently here in New York City. The conference was moderated by writer and MSNBC commentator Toure’, saxophonist and educator Gary Bartz, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, bassist Ben Wolfe, and pianist and bassist Orrin Evans. Organized and produced by Anna Sala of AMS Artists Management, the music industry along with the press, took part in the constructive dialog about the origins of Black American Music. Also, the panelists gave ideas on how live BAM music needs to get back to the people. The Pace Report proudly presents the first “Inaugural #BAM Conference” in its entirety. Please watch this and continue the constructive dialog on Black American Music.

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                • The Pace Report: "Live and Direct: The Captain Black Big Band" The Orrin Evans Interview


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                  Philadelphia native Orrin Evans's latest Posi-Tone Records release "Captain Black Big Band" continues the legacy of the Thad Jones and Oliver Nelson tradition. Both Jones and Nelson were heavily influenced by their deep roots connection to jazz and soul music, Evans features 38 musicians that range four decades who embodies the true essence of black roots music. Recorded live at The Jazz Gallery in New York City and Chris's Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia, the big bands arrangements are extremely bold and rash. The band just played on the anniversary of the day of the recording over Easter weekend last year at the Jazz Gallery. Captain Black was named after the smoking tobacco his father used to smoke which later became Orrin's nickname. So, in tribute to his dad, the Captain Black Big Band took root as a new means for the musician to compose and arrange music outside his trio setting. Compositions like "Jena 6" and "Art of War" are just a few numbers in where Orrin reflects the tenacity and confidence of a musician that's in control of his musical destiny. Orrin is best know for his piano trio featuring Nasheet Waits and Eric Revis. He also is a member of trumpeter Sean Jones band. Although he was raised around the arts as a child, Orrin's best lessons came from playing many of Philadelphia jazz greats. His first major exposure as a pianist came from his mentor Bobby Watson. In addition to him being a successful leader, he also runs his own label, Imani Record, out of a need to release and control the vision of his own music.

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                  • The Pace Report: "Green With Envy" The Tim Green Interview


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                    Alto saxophonist Tim Green has been making waves in the jazz community both here in New York City and abroad. As the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophonist Compeition second-place winner, Tim has been one of the most in demand session saxophonists over the last five years backing the likes of great jazz luminaries such as Christian McBride, Mulgrew Miller, Eric Reed, Carl Allen and Rodney Whitaker. His latest CD "Songs From This Season" is on his own True Melody Music label and features a cadre of jazz music's brightest and best talent. Rounding out a list that includes Orrin Evans, Warren Wolf, Obed Calvaire, Rodney Green and Gilad Hekselman. The Baltimore, Maryland native is a graduate of both the Manhattan School of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute School of Music. Tim is currently on the road in support of his latest CD. For more info on his upcoming dates or to order his CD, please visit him online at www.timgreenmusic.com.

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