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Monk Trumpet Competition brings out the stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marquis Hill beat 13 trumpeters to win the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition last Sunday, November 9, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The 27-year-old Hill, of the south side of Chicago, Illinois, secured a $25,000 music scholarship. The competition began in 1987 and remains the most prestigious honor for a young jazz musician. Also, Bill Clinton, lifelong devotee of jazz

and the 42nd President of the United States, accepted the Institute’s Maria Fisher Founder’s Award. According to a press release, “Presented by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (the world’s preeminent jazz education organization), the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships and prizes, including a major scholarship and a guaranteed recording contract with Concord Music Group for the winner.” The accomplished group of trumpeters Quincy Jones, Jimmy Owens, Arturo Sandoval, Ambrose Akinmusire, Randy Brecker and Roy Hargrove served as this year’s judges. Continue Reading →

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Legendary guitarist performing at the Dakota pursuing degree in music therapy

 

 

Jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan is world renowned for his unique two-handed guitar technique (also known as the touch technique, or two-handed tapping) and will return to the Twin Cities to play a special solo guitar set at the Dakota on July 18. The 50-something Chicago native lives in Sedona, Arizona and lately has been playing with a number of jam bands, by way of guest spots with musicians such as Dave Matthews and Phil Lesh. In the midst of all his musical activities, Jordan is actively involved in the area of music therapy. He’s extremely passionate about his work with kids and people in pain and participates in clinics across the country. Jordan is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in music therapy from Arizona State University. Continue Reading →

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Black sportswriting talent finds outlet on new online site

The Shadow League.com is an online site that features Black writers who provide in-depth articles. It provides “engaging, insightful and entertaining coverage of the intersection of sports, pop culture and

race” from a diverse perspective.   Comparable to the Black-oriented news site The Root.com, TheShadowLeague. com, which debuted in January, is a “go-to website for edgy, forward-thinking perspectives.” However, unlike The Root, which is corporate- owned, the latter is solely owned by former ESPN vice-president Keith Clinkscales.   “We all enjoy sports,” says Clinkscales. Continue Reading →

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Black sportswriting talent finds outlet on new online site

The Shadow League.com is an online site that features Black writers who provide

in-depth articles. It provides “engaging, insightful and entertaining coverage

of the intersection of sports, pop culture and race” from a diverse perspective.  

Comparable to the Black-oriented news site The Root.com, TheShadowLeague. com, which debuted in January, is a “go-to website for edgy,

forward-thinking perspectives.” However, unlike The Root, which is corporate-

owned, the latter is solely owned by former ESPN vice-president Keith

Clinkscales.  

“We all enjoy sports,” says Clinkscales. Continue Reading →

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Honoring the legacy of two legendary late jazz greats — Clifford Brown re-mastered three-CD box set makes a great holiday buy

 

 

Remembering two jazz legends, Von Freeman and Dave Brubeck, who have passed this year, reminds me of why I love this music. I had planned to round out the year by remembering saxophonist Von Freeman who passed in August. Writer Howard Reich from the Chicago Tribune recently wrote a lovely piece on Freeman. Check it out. But with the news of pianist Dave Brubeck’s passing on December 5,  I now think of both men and I am reminded of their similarities, the legendary and unique lives they lived. Continue Reading →

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United Theological Seminary seeks more diverse students, faculty

MSR speaks with United’s new president, Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes
 

By Robin James

Contributing Writer

 

The United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is currently celebrating 50 years of service. Since July of 2012, Reverend Dr. Barbara A. Holmes has been the first African American woman at its helm. Her artist’s sensibility, imaginative approach to ministry, and creative problem solving are already being viewed as both inspiring and what’s needed to move the institution forward. Well known as an outstanding leader in theological education and an inspiring lecturer and teacher, Dr. Holmes hails from Memphis Theological Seminary, where she was professor of ethics and African American religious studies and served for five years as vice president/dean of academic affairs. Raised in the Dixwell Avenue Congregational Church in New Haven, Connecticut, Dr. Holmes is an ordained minister recognized in the Disciples of Christ and also a member of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis. Continue Reading →

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Angie Stone’s upcoming CD makes her a Rich Girl

 
Album has a wealth of great music, lyrics
 

 

Angie Stone mines a gem with her newest offering. Rich Girl, start to finish, kills in cold blood. The neo-soul bag is a perfect fit for Stone. R&B and gospel underpinnings give her a solid base from which to flat out nail a fluid, airtight groove. Added to which, you can have all the chops in the world but if the material isn’t there, neither are you. Continue Reading →

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Trin-i-tee 5:7: Gospel singers reap rewards for enduring career

 

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

 

After over a decade as top gospel performers, Angel Taylor and Chanelle Haynes both admit that it is still exciting whenever they hear their music played. “The excitement never goes away,” says Chanelle, who along with Angel are the original members of Trin-i-tee 5:7. The two New Orleans natives have known each other since elementary school, and each young woman began singing at their respective churches at a young age. Chanelle, a daughter of a Pentecostal minister, first sang in the choir at age six, then later became choir director. At age 12, she tried out for an unused television pilot produced by Quincy Jones, who later recommended her for Star Search when she was 15 years old. Continue Reading →

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