WAMA News - March 28, 2014

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WAMA News - March 28, 2014

Postby askmike » Sat Apr 26, 2014 4:16 pm

National & International Music News

Coltrane's Sax Joins Smithsonian Jazz Collection
Weds. Mar 26, 2014

"Coltrane's son, Ravi Coltrane, will donate one of his father's three principal tenor saxophones to the National Museum of American History on Wednesday. The donation marks the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's masterpiece composition 'A Love Supreme'."

Record Store Day Announces 2014 Exclusive Offerings
March 20, 2014
(Full List)

"Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good News" and Bruce Springsteen's "American Beauty" EP to music by Haim, Notorious B.I.G. and Skrillex, has some 450 titles."

Disney inviting 'small world' sing-along videos
Friday 3/21/14
Small World

" Disney on Friday launched a website to create a global sing-along for "it's a small world," marking 50 years since the classic attraction with the unforgettable earworm of a song opened at the 1964 World's Fair in New York."

Against the Tide, Christian Rap Grows and Goes Mainstream
March 24, 2014
By Deborah Evans Price

"...While mainstream rap is sometimes criticized for glorifying materialism and misogyny, Christian rap tends to emphasize community and upbeat values...For corporations looking to connect with the rap audience, those kinds of rhymes are less likely to conflict with a business agenda..."

Twitter To Shutter #Music App
April 18th
By Bruce Houghton

"...Later this afternoon, we will be removing Twitter #music from the App Store. If you have the app, it will continue to work until April 18."

Are sad songs better?
March 25, 2014
By Greg Kot
Sad is good

"The charts suggest we are programmed to prefer melancholy music. But is this really the case?"

'Roar' 'Royals' 'Happy': Why So Many Hits
Now Have One-Word Titles
March 25, 2014
by Gary Trust

"...Why the trend toward singles with one-word titles? Artists and writers say that the impact of social media, from how songs are marketed to the simpler manner in which people communicate online, has greatly influenced the craft of songwriting -- and naming."

Exposing The Voice's Humiliating Contracts
March 18, 201

"American Idol" has long been noted for its restrictive contracts controlling the careers of winners. The details have shifted over the years and "American Idol" is not unique in that respect. Now current contracts for "The Voice" have been revealed which are less about profiting from future recording artists and more about turning contestants into pawns in a game of make believe."

Local Notes

Photos by Linda Parker of The Southern Soul Tribute on March 21th at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club. Parker

WAMU has an article on "A Brief Introduction To D.C.’s Garage-Rock Scene." Bands listed, each with a song sample, Teen Liver, Nice Breeze, The Tender Thrill, Passing Phases, The Doozies, Highway Cross, and Crumms. Garage Rock

Christoph Eschenbach extended his Kennedy Center and National Symphony Orchestra music director contract for two more seasons. Two more

The DC Department of Funk announced today the first set of U Street neighborhood venues who will be hosting the DC Funk Parade Music Festival, planned for May 3, 2014. Funk Parade

DC Jazz Singers Jam starts this Sunday, and every Sunday from 5 to 7:30 pm downstairs at the Black Fox Lounge. Pianist Mark Meadows will lead the house band, and while the session is centered around vocalists, instrumentalists are also welcome.

The Nighthawks will be working with Michael Streissguth on a documentary film about them, "The Nighthawks: That Band on the Blue Highway." Michael has a kickstarter set up to help raise funds for the film. Blue Money

Video Views

Clay Shirky:
"The Fragmentation Of The Social Web"

"There was a moment when we could imagine Facebook being the hub for all social activity, says scholar and theorist Clay Shirky, but that time has past. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Secret, Reddit, Pinterest and a plethora of popular social networks, all point to a fragmented social web. For musicians and marketers that means, in addition to making their own web site a worthy hub, they need to be active in as many place as they can be - or at least in those places where their fans and potential fans spend time."

Online Resources

I Know I’ve Got A Great Song — Now What?
March 25, 2014
By Jason Blume, BMI Nashville Songwriters’ Workshop Instructor

"...This article will address the steps to take if your hope is to have your song recorded by an artist other than yourself."

The Musician's Guide to House Concerts
by Oasis Disc Manufacturing
House Tour

A free guide with practical advice and ideas on how to set up for a house concert, how to handle the money, how to pitch the idea to your fans, and more.

The Best and Worst Times To Post on Social Media
By Bruce Houghton
Post Time

"When to post on social media is different for everyone. Is your audience local or across many time zones? Are you hoping for a purchase or a reaction?... But whatever your social media posting plan, this chart offers some clues to guide your efforts."

Vocal Tone: How To Change It
Tues. Feb. 25, 2014
By Judy Rodman
Tone Up

"...It's one thing to know how you want your voice to sound... but another to actually create that sound! Today we'll talk about how to paint different tone colors, change the overtones and harmonics of your speaking and singing voice to most authentically communicate your messages - or sound like a singer you want to match."

Work-For-Hire Jingle Singing
Mon. Mar. 24, 2014
By Judy Rodman
Give me a jingle

"...If I sign a 'work -for-hire' agreement, does that mean I will not make anything if my voice is on TV... maybe even a big TV show theme? They say they would never sell the song but if I do make it big can they exploit that song and make money because of my fame?"

Lessons from Macklemore
March 24, 2014
By Dave Kusek

"It’s the success every musician dreams about - making it big on your own. But you know what? It’s no fairy tale. The career of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis has been a long, hard road - one that a lot of people would have turned away from a long time ago...Here are some key lessons to learn that helped Macklemore and Ryan Lewis find their success."


Business, Beats & Inspiration: Tourology 101
Presented by The Recording Academy Washington DC Chapter
Sat. Mar. 29
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
at The Atlas, 1333 H St. NE, WDC
$10 members, $50 non-members
Sign Up

Bringing together some of the industry’s leading voices on topics of touring including venues and booking, building momentum to sustain multiple dates, engaging fans, roles of managers and agents, and legal issues. This event will present essential information for every live performance artist, looking to spend more time on the road, and for every manager and publicist working to keep them there.

Jazz Piano 101 & 102
with Fred Hughes
Sun. Mar. 30
Noon - 2:30 pm Jazz Piano 101
3 - 5:30 pm Jazz Piano 102
at 49 West, Annapolis, MD
For details and registration see www.indepthjazz.com or call 410-295-6691

Jazz and classical musician and educator Fred Hughes leads a practical workshop on jazz piano. There will be two class sections that serve beginners and intermediates. Join us if you're a singer wanting to accompany yourself or an instrumentalist who wants to improve. Understand jazz harmony and learn to perform and memorize the chords a jazz pianist must know. You'll be playing chords, bass lines and melodies on the piano in no time.

Open Mic: A Conversation with David Bromberg
Mon. Mar. 31
noon - 1 pm
at Whittall pavilion, Ground Fl, Thomas Jefferson Building, LOC American Folklife Center, WDC

David Bromberg, the renowned multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, violin authority, and storyteller, launches the American Folklife Center’s new interview series, "Open Mic: Conversations About Tradition and Inspiration." Bromberg’s genre-defying performance style and eclectic repertoire make him a great example of an outstanding artist who draws upon both tradition and personal creativity to captivate contemporary audiences. His second and equally successful career as a luthier (violin maker) and musical instrument expert will also be an important part of the conversation.

Developing Your Musicianship
Taught by Berklee College of Music professor George W. Russell Jr
April 1
6 week online course

If you have a passion for music and are curious about how it works, or if you are a musician who learned to play by ear without formal study, this course will provide you with an engaging introduction to key concepts and approaches needed to understand, create, and perform contemporary music. The course includes six lessons that delve into harmony and ear training.

"Gillacamp" Guitar Workshops with Richard Gilewitz
Sat. April 5
noon - 3 pm
at HMT, 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
$30 per session or $75 for all 3
Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090

Session 1 (12:00 noon-12:50 pm) - Basics of Fingerpicking and a 12-Bar Blues
Session 2 (1:00-1:50 pm) - Simple Tunes for Beginners and Beyond
Session 3 (2:00-2:50 pm) -- Exploration of Open C Tuning with Two Tunes

Folklife Forum on Coffeehouse Venues in Folk Music
Fri. April 11
1 - 5:45 pm
at Montpelier Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, WDC

A forum about coffeehouse venues in the folk scene with:
Jocelyn Arem (Caffè Lena)
Betsy Siggins (Club 47)
Rob Hinkal (Rob's Open Mics)

They will discuss the important role these distinctive venues played in the development, maintenance, and expansion of American folk music; how coffeehouses introduced grass-roots rural performers to urban Americans; coffeehouses' contributions to the rise of singer-songwriters; and how coffeehouse "folk clubs" created a circuit of establishments that supported the rise of contemporary American folk music. The forum concludes with a screening of "For the Love of the Music," Todd Kwait’s recently released documentary on Club 47 and the New England folk scene.

"Mixing with the Professional"
April 15
in Rehearsal Room 1 at The John F Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts, 2700 F St NW, WDC
Register at usa.soundcraft.com

Hands-on Si training on the Si Expression or Si Performer and hear from special guest engineer, Robert Kaplowitz. Register either for the morning or afternoon class - space is limited. Open to all professionals wanting to either learn more about our digital consoles, or those making the transition from analogue to digital desks. New engineers joining the business will obviously also benefit from the time spent with our professionals.

AIR Education Workshop with Piotr Pakhomkin:
Classical Guitar Technique in Modern Rock Music
Presented by Strathmore
7:30 pm
at the Mansion, North Bethesda, MD
Free, but tickets required
Reserve at

Studying classical fingerpicking technique on the guitar extends far beyond the music of Bach and Mozart. Many rock artists have incorporated fingerpicking into their hit songs, from the Beatles "Blackbird" to Fleetwood Mac's 'Landslide" to "Hey Delilah' by the Plain White T's. In this seminar Piotr will show the audience how several beginner classical etudes are mimicked in contemporary songs.

BMI 101 Workshop
April 24, May 29, June 26
12:00-1:00 PM
at BMI’s New York office (7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 30th floor)
Free, but RSVP is mandatory
RSVP with the total number of guests by email to BMI101NY@bmi.com

BMI 101 is a one-hour introductory workshop for songwriters and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate.


Folklife's Henry Reed Award Deadline Extended

The deadline for the Henry Reed Fund for Folk Artists application has been extended to midnight EDT April 1, 2014. The Henry Reed Fund was established in honor of old-time fiddler Henry Reed to provide support for activities and projects directly involving folk artists, especially when the activities reflect, draw upon, or strengthen the collections of the American Folklife Center. In the recent past the maximum award amount has been about $2000 For further details, visit www.loc.gov/folklife/grants.html#reed

PMN Song of the Month

People’s Music Network (PMN), an organization that has been promoting music for progressive social change since 1977, invites songwriters to submit an original song at no cost to a new project that launches May 1, 2014 (May Day) called, “PMN Song of the Month.” PMN designates each month with a theme related to a specific social justice topic where people are fighting for a better world. The topic for May 2014 is the “financial crisis” and the deadline for submissions for May via their website is April 5, 2014. In June, the topic will be “The Environment.” In July, it will be “Prisons.” The songwriter whose song is selected will be given a modest award of $100 cash. PMN will promote the song by asking partner organizations to publish the selected song on their website, featuring live performances of the song at events, and by encouraging PMN members to learn and sing the song.

Studio News

From Bias Studios
Bias Studios’ new video service taped the Tom Principato Band’s performance at The Barns of Wolftrap on March 20th. Other video projects in various stages of completion include the Texas Chainsaw Horns with the Hot Mess Burlesque at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club at their Feb. 28th gig, and, as Bobby Fagel predicted, now it’s just a memory and a couple of subpoenas. Grammy Award winning Afro Bop Alliance with Roland Vasquez, live in Studio A February 8 and 9 will be available for viewing soon. And we also have the upcoming video of Afro Blue performing April 7th at the Cramton Auditorium for the Howard University Alumni Jazz Concert.

Studios A, B and C have been hopping with audio work as well with Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, Jim Ebert and Sean Russell producing and engineering a project for Swell Daze, final mixing and mastering for Afro Blue’s next release. Smithsonian Folkways has just released a new Seldom Scene CD recorded in Studio A “Long Time...” with Pete Reiniger engineering. A video of the Scene’s song “Wait a Minute,“ was filmed mostly in Studio A with insider perspective from The Punch Brothers’ Chris Eldridge (Ben’s son). Other guests for the sessions were John Starling and Emmylou Harris. South Rail’s new EP, produced in L.A. by Don Was, mastered and mix tweaks were done at Bias. www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKukd7rWZrs

Selected Events

One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide
March 25 - April 13
at The Kennedy Center, WDC

The festival highlights MCing, DJing, b-boying, and graffiti writing, the original four elements of hip-hop culture, alongside contemporary interdisciplinary work born of hip-hop aesthetics. Ticketed and free performances and exhibitions explore the breadth and depth of hip-hop today.

Ellington at the White House
Local saxophonist Antonio Parker has assembled some of the District's best for performance on Friday March 28 at Jazz Night in Southwest. 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets $5. A screening of Ellington at the White House, an official White House documentary, will follow. www.westminsterdc.org/jazz/

Rockin For Rocco
Thurs. April 3
8 pm
at Tally Ho Theater, 19 West Market St., Leesburg, VA

With Brandon, GilliArd, Scott Ambush, Johnny Neel

A benefit for Tower of Power bassist Rocco Prestia. All proceeds benefit the Help Rocco Fund, to help with the costs of an urgently needed kidney transplant. Rocco will be at the show to thank all of his supporters.

A BandHouse Gigs Tribute to George Harrison
Sun. April 6
5:30 pm
at The Hamilton Live, WDC
For information visit bandhousegigs.com Purchase tickets here:

An all-star lineup performs the music of George Harrison. Since both shows at Wolf Trap are sold out, they added a third show at The Hamilton.

New Releases

The Greater U Street Jazz Collective has released a new album, "Ballin' The Jack." They'll play 8 pm and 10 pm sets tonight at Twins Jazz, WDC. www.greaterustreetjazzcollective.com

Priests have released a single, "Right Wing," the first track from their forthcoming EP "Bodies and Control and Money and Power." dcist article

Final Curtain

Amy S. Antonelli

"Amy S. Antonelli, a pianist, singer and accompanist who was board president of the Oratorio Society of Washington for 18 years and a music professor and assistant dean at Catholic University, died March 23 at her home in Kensington, Md. She was 72...

As a rehearsal accompanist for more than 40 years with the Oratorio Society, now called the Washington Chorus, Dr. Antonelli worked with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, Neville Marriner, Leonard Slatkin, Seiji Ozawa and Sarah Caldwell."
From Washington Post Obituary

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles


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