WAMA News - November 25, 2010

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WAMA News - November 25, 2010

Postby askmike » Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:42 pm

Thank you WAMA Members

for helping us support the DC area's vibrant music scene! We are fortunate to be in an area with such a wealth of talent. May you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Head's Up

MusicCares Dental Screening
Mon. Dec 6th
9:30 am - 4 pm
at Crystal City Marriott, Arlington, VA
Call 877-303-6962 for more info and application materials

Completed applications must be on file and approved by Nov. 30th in order to confirm an appointment. Services provided by Smile Virginia (Mobile Dentists).

National & International Music News

Voices of Scotland's past keep talking
Published Date: 21 November 2010
By Joan McAlpine
http://www.scotsman.com/news/Voices-of- ... iclepage=1

"They hauled their bulky reel-to-reel tape recorders across bog and moor to capture Scotland's traditional culture before it disappeared. Folklorists such as Hamish Henderson and Calum Maclean spent the 1950s and 1960s in crofters' kitchens, council flats and travellers' caravans, preserving the voices of herring gutters, berry pickers, pearl fishers and plough boys for future generations. But the recordings for the School of Scottish Studies were deteriorating fast. Most were playable only on obsolete technology, public access was limited and it seemed a priceless resource would disappear."

Ticketmaster Adds Social Features
November 22, 2010 - Digital and Mobile | Touring
By Antony Bruno
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_ ... 1bdc2add34

"Ticketmaster added some new social features to the service today in hopes of better connecting fans with the concerts they want to see. CEO Nathan Hubbard unveiled the changes on the company's blog. The features are pretty much an extension of the iLike service that lets anyone logged into the Ticketmaster system see what shows their friends are attending, using an aptly named “Attending” button."

The Apollo Kid:
Teen guitarist Nathan Foley attempts
to win a record number of Amateur Night contests

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... v=national
By David Montgomery
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 28, 2010

Harlem, NY - "It's another glorious Wednesday evening on 125th Street in Harlem. The setting sun glints off the names hammered into the sidewalk in bronze: Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight. The marquee glows: "Welcome to the World Famous Apollo Theater." People with tickets dine on fried catfish and smothered chicken at Sylvia's soul food restaurant, around the corner on Lenox Avenue, then hurry to the line forming under the marquee. "

Apple Sells 450K Beatles Albums, 2M Songs So Far
http://www.pollstar.com/blogs/news/arch ... 48379.aspx

"Apple says people snapped up more than 450,000 copies of Beatles albums plus two million individual songs during the Fab Four’s first week on sale through iTunes."

Local Notes

Go Go Music Holds 5th Annual Awards

Go Go Music honored its own at the 5th annual awards ceremony and Hall of Fame inductions at the historic Lincoln Theater.

Edward O'Connell's new record ("Our Little Secret") got a four-star review (4 stars = "Brilliant!") in the brand new issue (January 2011) of MOJO, the premier U.K. music magazine. The magazine just hit newsstands in the U.K., and it should be available in the U.S. in early December. http://www.mojo4music.com/

Film, Video Views

Joe Stanley on the DC Music Scene
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php ... 0215688571

Joe was interviewed by Channel 9 News about music venues that were located in Washington, DC during the 50's. Thanks to Brenda Stanley Walker (Joe's daughter) for providing the video.

International Bluegrass Music Museum Video

This video is an introduction to the Museum and to the history of Bluegrass Music

Putting a face to a familiar voice
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/showbi ... cnn?hpt=C2

You've heard his songs on popular TV shows, now Joshua Radin stops by to talk about his record "The Rock and the Tide."

The Mountain Music Project
Tuesday, Dec 7
7 pm
at Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

A film that follows the journey of two traditional musicians, mandolinist Tara Linhardt and fiddler Danny Knicely, from the hills of Virginia to the mountains of rural Nepa, will be screened in the Mary Ellen Caplin Theater. There will also be a Question-Answer session following the film and concert. Danny Knicely, Tara Linhardt, Prem Raja Mahat, Rajendra Karn, and Raj Kapoor will be performing and answering questions.


24th Annual Folk Alliance Conference 2011

Feb. 16-20, 2011 in Memphis, TN
Deadline extended for showcase entry and earlybird registration to December 2, 2010.

You can apply for a showcase either through Sonicbids or by using the download form at http://www.folkalliance.org under 2011 Conference Information. Early registration can be done either through our online registration from our website or by using the download form also located under 2011 Conference Information.

Selected Events

Feed Fairfax Food Drive during JAXX Nightclub's
Bayou Weekend

Sponsored by 105.9 The Edge
Sat. Nov. 27th
Doors at 6:00, Show at 6:30
at 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152
$20 in Advance, 21 and Up
Bring canned food to donate.

This is a celebration of the bands that played such places as The Bayou, Louie's Rock City, The Paragon and so on in the 60's, 70's and 80's, forming the Rock Scene in the DC Metro area. Performers include: High Octane & The Texas Chainsaw Horns, Magic Reign Star Power, Cherry People, The British Walkers, and The Fallen Angels. Lightworks Planet Earth and Tim Pace will be doing Lighting and Video.

National Geographic's Music on Photography Series
Dec. 1st with Neko Case
Dec. 3rd with Ben Folds
Dec. 4th with Andy Summers
7:30 pm
at 1600 M Street NW, WDC
$20 (NG member $18)
http://events.nationalgeographic.com/ev ... otography/

Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Neko Case also has a degree in fine arts. Taking photographs “to remember the places I was traveling through that I never really got to know,” Case shares her colorful and creative perspective of the world. Moderated by Juliet Blake, SVP of Production, National Geographic Channel.

Ben Folds first found success as the leader of the platinum-selling band Ben Folds Five. Taking time out from the release of his new CD, Lonely Avenue, a collaboration with British author Nick Hornby, Folds—an accomplished photographer—shares the stories behind his images. Moderated by editorial photographer Mark Seliger.

Andy Summers, best known as the lead guitarist for the legendary band The Police, has also compiled an impressive body of photographic work, including his latest book, Desirer Walks the Streets, which documents the world as few of us see it. In this program Summers shares the stories behind his riveting images. Moderated by acclaimed photographer Mark Seliger.

Potomac Harmony Chorus
Benefit Concert & Sing-Along

Sun. Dec. 19th
3 PM
Thomas Jefferson Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22204
Free, but donations requested

Two of Arlington's community organizations, Potomac Harmony Chorus and Doorways for Women and Families are partnering to bring music and meaning to the holiday season. The holiday concert and sing-along is free, and songbooks are provided to the audience. However, donations are accepted to benefit Doorways, the 2009 recipient of the Washington Post's Excellence in Non-Profit Management Award for its year-round efforts to provide safe shelter to abused and homeless women and families.

New Releases

The Thrillbillys are releasing a new CD, "Where There Is A Thrill, There Is A Way," at their opening set for The Nighthawks on Fri. Nov. 26th at 8:30 pm at the State Theatre, 220 North Washington St., Falls Church, VA.

Cartoon Johnny
has partnered with seven other artists from the a cappella community to release "The More The Merrier," a holiday collection. All of the artists have donated their performances, and big portion sales of the new collection will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Along with Cartoon Johnny's 5 songs, the other artists include Basix, Jonathan Minkoff with Judy Fontana, Elements of Sound, Euphonism, Vox Pop, Remix, and The Chromatics. The CD Release Show is on Dec 2. at 7:30 pm at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA. $12

Music Over Judgment and Oppression aka MOJO has a Mixtape release party on Sat. Dec 4th at 10 pm with Feed God Cabbage at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA. $10 adv/$13 day of show

Jennifer Cutting's OCEAN Quartet has a new CD, "Song of Solstice," and 4 CD release concerts in December: Sun. Dec. 5th at The Globe Theatre, Berlin, MD; Fri. Dec. 10th at Carroll Cafe at Seekers' Church, Takoma Park, DC; Sat. Dec. 18th at The Corner Store, Eastern Market, DC, and Sun. Dec. 19th at Convergence Lab, Alexandria, VA. For more info, go to http://home.comcast.net/~jcutting/gigs.html.

Poor, But Sexy has released a new single, "Cherry Delicious," and has a review in the City Paper. http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blog ... -from-pbs/

Former DC area musician Laura Burhenn has a new Christmas Song with her group The Mynabirds, "All I Want Is Truth (for Christmas)," available as a 7 inch white vinyl and MP3.

WAMA Hall of Fame Flashback:

Buck Hill

Roger "Buck" Hill
The "Jazz Postman" or "Wailin' Mailman" Jazz saxophonist Buck Hill was born on February 13, 1927 in Washington, D.C. When he was 13, his oldest brother bought him his first horn, a soprano saxophone. In those early years he switched from soprano to alto and then to tenor, but these days he says, "I like the soprano now." No matter which horn he picks up, however, he is considered to be one of the world's greatest sax players. Jazz Times called him "a veritable phenomenon whose robust and swinging approach is absolutely irrepressible."
He started playing D.C.'s famous U Street corridor of jazz clubs when he was 14, and for a short time was a player in the Howard Theater house band. Buck went to Armstrong High School in the Shaw neighborhood and was drafted in 1946. He played tenor sax in the 173rd Army Ground Forces Band in Alabama and North Carolina during his stint in the military.

He returned to D.C. in 1947, got a job at the main post office downtown, got married in 1948, and started a family. He also began playing in clubs again. In 1950, he started performing with Charlie Byrd at Byrd's Showboat Lounge and became a regular on the local jazz scene. He was considered the top tenor sax player in the area and appeared with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Shirley Horn, among other jazz royalty, when they came through town. Buck appeared on Charlie Byrd's "Jazz at the Showboat/World of Charlie Byrd" in 1958 and on "Jazz at the Showboat Vol. 2" in 1959. Over his long career, he performed with artists including Sonny Stitt, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, and Cannonball Adderly.

During the 1960s, Buck was married with three children and had a job at the U.S. Postal Service. In 1959 and 1960, photographer William Claxton toured the country to take photos of jazz musicians. During that time, he took an iconic picture of Buck in his uniform, standing on a porch in D.C. and wailing on his sax to the delight of the neighborhood children — illustrating Buck as the Wailing Mailman or Jazz Postman.

Buck was the first person to introduce drummer Billy Hart to the jazz community. Years later, Hart arranged for Buck to finally begin his solo recording career with the Danish record company Steeplechase. He collaborated with jazz greats Kenny Barron and Ray Brown on "This is Buck Hill" (1978) and "Scope" (1979). Other Steeplechase recordings include "Easy to Love" (1981), "Impressions" (1983), and "Northsea Festival" (1977).

He later recorded for the Muse, Jazzmont, and Severn labels and was featured on several Shirley Horn recordings, including "Close Enough for Love" (1988), "You Won't Forget Me" (1990), "The Main Ingredient" (1996), and "I Remember Miles" (1998). Buck's recordings as a bandleader include "Buck Hill Plays Europe" (1982), "Capital Hill," (1989), "The Buck Stops Here" (1990), and "I'm Beginning to See the Light" (1991). He doubled on clarinet, playing Duke Ellington and McCoy Tyner tunes and his own compositions on "Impulse" in 1992. In 2000, Buck released "Uh Huh! Live at the Montpelier" on the JazzMont label. His latest CD is "Relax, recorded for the Severn label and released in 2005.

Buck never gave up his job as a postman, and he worked for the Post Office for a total of 40 years, taking a break only once to perform in Holland and France. He retired from the Postal Service in 1980, but he never retired from playing jazz. He said, "I still play around...yep... I still have wind."

Buck received two NEA grants — one for composition and one for performance, and he represented Washington, D.C. as part of the 1986 Pacific Exchange Jazz Showcase. In 1983, Mayor Marion Barry declared October 9 "Buck Hill Day." Buck lives in Greenbelt with his wife Helen.
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