[jja-announce] JJA Presents "The New Jazz Masters" at Tanglewood Jazz Festival - 9/3

Toni Ballard toniballard at townisp.com
Wed Aug 23 17:05:54 EDT 2006


 

The Jazz Journalists Association Presents
“The New Jazz Masters”

 A Panel Discussion on Sunday, Sept. 3 at
The 2006 Tanglewood Jazz Festival

Lenox, MA --The Jazz Journalists Association, an international group of
writers, editors, photographers, broadcasters, filmmakers, educators and
media professionals, will present a panel discussion [produced by JJA
members Dawn Singh and Toni Ballard] entitled “The New Jazz Masters.” The
panel will be held at the Party Tent next to the Koussevitzky Music Shed on
the Tanglewood grounds on Sunday, September 3 from noon to 1:30 pm in
conjunction with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Sixth Annual Tanglewood
Jazz Festival.  The event is free and open only to ticket-holders of that
day’s 2pm concert by the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band. For more
information, call 508-633-8583.


The Tanglewood Jazz Festival takes place every Labor Day Weekend in Lenox,
Massachusetts.  The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood
is located in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts.
The Tanglewood Jazz Festival has become a destination for thousands of music
lovers and one of the premier festivals in the country. For more information
on the festival, visit www.tanglewoodjazzfestival.org
<http://www.tanglewoodjazzfestival.org/> .

 

Continuing the Jazz Journalists Association’s tradition of debating hot jazz
issues in public forums,  “The New Jazz Masters” will present a few of
today’s rising jazz artists and their managers in a discussion about how new
jazz artists are born, how they are accepted by audiences, and how they are
managed.  The panel will be moderated by JJA member Jon Hammond of WRIU 90.3
FM.  


Panelists include:

Jon Hammond – Moderator – is host of “Bright Moments” heard Monday mornings
on WRIU 90.3 FM, in Kingston, Rhode Island (www.wriu.org) as well as
occasional guest host on WICN 90.5 FM, the NPR affiliate in Worcester, MA,
and has had the pleasure of interviewing numerous jazz luminaries. A long
time fan of jazz of all kinds, Hammond is a proponent of new artists and
eclectic play-lists, treating his listeners to such diverse artists as Todd
Rundgren, Art Blakey, Shirley Horn, Steve Turre, Elvis Costello, Antonio
Carlos Jobim, Patricia Barber, and Chris Rea. An active JJA member, Hammond
served as moderator for the 2004 JJA panel at Tanglewood and produced the
JJA panel at the 2005 Newport Jazz Festival.

 

Taylor Eigsti, one of the brightest new stars of jazz, performs at the
festival’s Jazz Café on Saturday, Sept. 2 with young guitar phenom Julian
Lage, with whom he also performed at last year’s JVC festival in Newport.
Eigsti was Marian McPartland’s guest on a live taping of NPR’s “Piano Jazz”
at the 2004 Tanglewood Jazz Festival. On the scene since he was a pre-teen,
the 21-year-old pianist, composer, and bandleader’s Concord Records debut
Lucky to Be Me promises even more recognition. His credits include four
other CDs, including 2003’s Resonance (Bop City Records), which received a
4-star review in Down Beat and reached the top five in national radio
airplay, and live performances with such jazz greats as Dave Brubeck, James
Moody, and Ernestine Anderson. Acclaimed for his wizardly technique, open
attitude, and mature, intuitive style, Eigsti became devoted to the piano
after the death of his sister, Shannon, a talented pianist who succumbed to
cancer when he was just three. At age eight, Eigsti opened for his friend
and mentor, jazz pianist David Benoit. At 12, he shared the stage with Diane
Schuur and also opened for Diana Krall and Al Jarreau. At 13, he sat in with
Brubeck, who commented, “Taylor is the most amazing talent I’ve come across.
Remember him.”

 

Mary Ann Topper, who manages Taylor Eigsti, is President of The Jazz Tree
Agency. A former classical vocalist and educator, she holds Bachelor's and
Master's degrees in Music from Bucknell University and the University of
Michigan respectively, with post-graduate work at The New England
Conservatory and USC. Topper taught music in the Boston Public School System
and helped to pioneer a racially-integrated jazz program during the city's
heated desegregation movement of the mid-‘70s. During a sabbatical studying
jazz at USC, Topper decided on a career in the music business and, with
encouragement from legendary bassist Ray Brown, founded The Jazz Tree Agency
in 1980. Topper's passion for the music, as well as her ability to transform
young, unknown artists into renowned jazz stars, secured her status as a
major force in the industry. Don Heckman of the LA Times has described her
as “one of the jazz Pygmalions of the 21st century music scene.” On the Top
20 of Jazz Times magazine's “Power Index” every year since its debut in
2001, Topper has developed the emerging careers of many young stars,
including Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, and
Peter Cincotti, while also booking, managing, and producing major tours for
some long-established legends in jazz. Over the course of The Jazz Tree's
25-year history, her client list has included such luminaries as Herbie
Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Ray Brown, Jimmy
Smith, Freddie Hubbard, J.J. Johnson, and Art Blakey.

 

Rachael Price, who performs at the Jazz Café on Sunday, Sept. 3, became a
jazz lover at age five, after hearing Ella Fitzgerald sing “The Lady is a
Tramp.”  “I didn't understand the lyrics,” says Price, “but I liked the
feeling it gave me.”  The 20-year-old from Nashville, Tennessee is a jazz
studies major at Boston’s New England Conservatory, under the tutelage of
Dominique Eade. In 2003, Price was tapped by the GRAMMY® Foundation as a
vocalist with the High School GRAMMY Jazz Choir, and she was a semi-finalist
at the Montreux International Jazz Vocal Competition in France, where
multi-GRAMMY-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon brought the young singer
to the attention of her manager after hearing her in her clinic. In 2004,
Price wowed the audience (and was the youngest competitor) at the Thelonious
Monk International Jazz Competition for vocalists, which last time around
brought Jane Monheit to prominence and Terry Thornton to resurgence.  In
August 2005 she made her professional US jazz festival debut opening for
Joshua Redman, a fellow Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition winner. Called “a
talent with extraordinary potential” by Los Angeles Times jazz critic Don
Heckman, Rachael often performs with the T. S. Monk Sextet. Price’s special
gifts have grabbed the attention of not only contemporary artists, but from
past music legends as well. Noted actress/singer Kathryn Grayson of MGM fame
says of Price, “The best young voice I’ve heard, period. No one around can
even touch her voice and style -- a style all her own.”  

 

Ed Keane, who manages Rachael Price, is President of Ed Keane Associates,
which he founded in 1996 in Boston, Massachusetts, where he’s been a
life-long resident. Although he graduated from Harvard University with a
degree in Biochemistry, music remained a creative passion. He founded the
company to develop his growing interest in the field of artist management
and project development after working as an agent for seven years in the
talent booking field at Ted Kurland Associates. The first artists to become
clients of Ed Keane Associates were renowned GRAMMY-nominated banjoist and
fellow Harvard alum Alison Brown and celebrated drummer, bandleader, and
educator T. S. Monk. The agency has represented many gifted artists in the
genres of jazz, classical, and blues, including legendary
composer/conductor/performer David Amram, who composed the music for such
classic films as “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Splendor In The Grass;”
three-time GRAMMY- nominated vocalist Nnenna Freelon; legendary alto
saxophonist Jackie McLean; and rising star, blues/pop singer-songwriter John
McAndrew. Since the company was founded, it has expanded to offer talent
booking, production, and music publishing services and is divided into three
distinct parts: the Booking Division (domestic and international), the
Management Division, and Production. 

 

Douglas Purviance is a specialist in bass trombone performances for the jazz
idiom and one of the “first-call” big band jazz musicians in New York City.
He is the producer of the GRAMMY-winning CD The Way--Music of Slide
Hampton/Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (2004). Purviance has received two other
GRAMMY nominations as producer of Lickety Split/Music of Jim McNeely (1999)
and Can I Persuade You (2002), both by the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, with
whom he appears every Monday night at the world-famous Village Vanguard. A
regular member of the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band, the Lincoln
Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Slide Hampton’s World of Trombones, Steve
Turre’s Sanctified Shells, and Stefon Harris’ Grand Unification Theory,
Purviance was also a regular member of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the
Stan Kenton Orchestra. He can be head on more than 45 jazz recordings, and
he is currently in the orchestra of the smash Broadway hit “Wicked.” Other
Broadway credits include “Man of La Mancha,” “Sweet Smell of Success” and
the entire 18-year run of “Cats.” Purviance is an active jazz educator and
serves as vice president of the independent record label Planet Art
Recordings. 

 


About The Jazz Journalists Association:

The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) is an international group of writers,
editors, photographers, broadcasters, filmmakers, educators and media
professionals who institute collegial and educational programs for the
appreciation, documentation and promulgation of jazz. As of January 2005 the
JJA comprises more than 450 members, mostly in the U.S. and Canada, but also
in Australia, Europe, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Moscow, South Africa and
South America. 
 
The goals of the Jazz Journalists Association are to promote high standards
and respect for our works, to create a professional network, and to increase
general interest in jazz. For more information about JJA, visit
www.jazzhouse.org.

 

 

For photos or more information, please contact Toni Ballard at
toniballard at townisp.com, or 508-633-8583

 

 

 



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