[members-announce] JJA to Present Panel 9/3 at Tanglewood Jazz Festival: "The Big Cross-Over: Jazz, Classical, Pop and Beyond"

Toni Ballard toniballard at townisp.com
Wed Aug 17 11:36:27 EDT 2005

The Jazz Journalists Association Presents 
A Provocative Panel Discussion on Sept. 3:
"The Big Cross-Over: Jazz, Classical, Pop and Beyond" 
at The 2005 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 member Toni Ballard] entitled "The Big Cross-Over: Jazz, Classical, Pop and Beyond." The panel will be held at the Seranak, the Koussevitzky Estate, across the street from Tanglewood, on Saturday, September 3 from 1 to 2:30 pm in conjunction with the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Fifth Annual Tanglewood Jazz Festival.  The event is free and open to the public; complimentary soft drinks will be served. For more information, call 508-633-8583.

Cradled in the woods on the hill above Tanglewood, Seranak is the former Tappan family estate, a gift to Maestro Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1936. Virtually every major contemporary composer has spent anywhere from a leisurely evening to an entire working summer at Seranak's lovely house and grounds. Seranak is located half a mile west of Tanglewood's main gate. Bear right at fork. Turn right into second driveway, right after Apple Tree Inn, and follow to the top of the hill, about ¼ mile.

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.tanglewood.org and click on "Tanglewood Jazz Festival."


Jazz began as a hybrid art form, with elements of classical, blues, African drumming, and spirituals. The advent of bebop merged big band arrangements and modern harmonic development into the mix; the sixties saw a fusion of rock and jazz; and the evolution continues today. This year's festival features several true crossover artists, from young talents Madeleine Peyroux and Chris Botti, to fusion legends The Yellowjackets, and legendary hit-maker Tony Bennett. 


"The Big Cross-Over: Jazz, Classical, Pop and Beyond" will feature some of today's prominent crossover artists, as well as jazz journalists, in a provocative discussion of crossover music's influence, popularity, and authenticity.  The panel will be moderated by Carol Moore Cutting, president, owner, and general manager of radio station WEIB 106.3 Smooth FM in Northampton, MA.

Panelists include:

Carol Moore Cutting - Moderator- is president, owner and general manager of radio station WEIB 106.3 Smooth FM (www.weibfm.com), the only independently owned and operated FM radio station in the Greater Springfield area.  The station offers "Cutting Edge Blend"T of "Cool Jazz, Smooth Sounds & A Touch of Soul"T. Cutting believes that more independent programming and listening options should be available to the community. The Alabama native became one of the first females in Massachusetts and the first African American in New England to be granted a construction permit to build and to continuously operate an FM radio station. With an undergraduate degree from Tuskegee University (Alabama) and graduate degree from Springfield College (MA), Cutting is also a national and international motivational speaker and has received numerous awards and been featured in local, regional and national publications.  

Walter Beasley has, for nearly two decades, wielded his rare combination of talents as an instrumentalist as well as a vocalist to build a compelling, chart-topping contemporary jazz discography and an international reputation as a soulful live performer. Influenced by Grover Washington and Donny Hathaway as a child, Beasley was playing saxophone in various bands by his early teens around southern California. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in the early '80s, alongside some well-known classmates, including saxophonist Branford Marsalis and vocalist Rachelle Ferrell. A year later, Berklee offered him a teaching position, which has been a major part of his life for more than twenty years. Beasley recorded his self-titled debut album in 1987 on Polydor, followed by a string of releases on Mercury and Shanachie over the next several years. Beasley has toured and/or recorded with the likes of Stephanie Mills, Vanessa Williams, Brian McKnight, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Bob James, Ronnie Laws, Everett Harp and Norman Brown. Visit www.walterbeasley.com.


R. J. DeLuke is a freelance writer in Saratoga Springs. He writes frequently about jazz for the Albany (NY) Times-Union newspaper and has written for other upstate New York newspapers. He also writes occasionally for Downbeat and Strings magazines and is a regular contributor to the All About Jazz website, www.allaboutjazz.com, named best site on the web by the Jazz Journalists Association for four years in a row. He has interviewed numerous artists, including Mose Allison, Dewey Redman, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Sonny Rollins. A newspaper reporter and editor for many years, he currently is an editor for both the Glens Falls Business Journal and the Saratoga Business Journal in upstate New York. DeLuke holds a journalism degree from Utica College of Syracuse University.

Donal Fox is an internationally acclaimed composer, pianist, and improviser in both the jazz and classical fields.  His numerous awards include a 1997 Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition, a 1998 Fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), and 1999, 2001, 2003 nominations for a CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts. Fox's innovative "Jazz Duet Series" has included concerts, recordings, and collaborations with Oliver Lake, John Stubblefield, Billy Pierce, David Murray, Elliott Sharp, Regina Carter, Stefon Harris, Al Foster, Gary Burton, John Patitucci, and poet Quincy Troupe. Fox was the first African American composer-in-residence with the St. Louis Symphony from 1991 to 1992.  In the l993-94 season, he was a special guest artist at the Library of Congress in a program recorded by NPR, and a visiting artist at Harvard University. Fox has been featured with the Richmond (VA) Symphony and held artist-in-residence posts at the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Northern Ireland and the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany. In 2004, The Boston Globe's Bill Beuttler named Fox one of the Top Ten Jazz Acts, in the company of Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, and Ron Carter. Visit www.leonellismusic.com.

Jon Hammond 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. A long time fan of jazz of all kinds, Hammond is a proponent of 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 last year's JJA panel at Tanglewood and produced this year's JJA panel at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Matthias Lupri is modern jazz vibraphonist fresh off a coast-to-coast tour of Canadian jazz festivals, including Montreal, as well as the North Sea Jazz festival in the Netherlands and US dates, before going straight into the studio to record his fifth CD project. Lupri grew up in Kansas and Alberta and began playing professionally as a teenager in blues, rock and country bands on drums before switching to vibes and composing. His latest CD is Transition Sonic with Mark Turner and Cuong Vu. He has performed and/or recorded with Greg Osby, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Greg Hutchinson, Antonio Sanchez, Myron Walden, Donny McCaslin, George Garzone, Jeff Ballard, and Rick Margitza. Lupri has been listed as Rising Artist in Down Beat and his CDs are available at major record stores or online or at www.matthiaslupri.com.
Tom Reney is the producer and host of "Jazz à la Mode" at WFCR (www.wfcr.org), the NPR affiliate in Amherst, MA. Reney originated the program, WFCR's first daily jazz program, in 1984, offering a mix of new and older recordings of mainstream jazz instrumentalists and vocalists. Reney has lectured on jazz at the UMASS, Amherst College, and Smith College, and teaches his own courses in jazz history in Northampton, MA.  As a freelance writer, his articles have appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, Valley Advocate, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and Down Beat, where his March review of Bob Dylan's Chronicles, Volume One highlighted the memoir's jazz-related content. Reney served as the jazz and popular music editor for the Cambridge University Press publications The Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia and The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography.  He has also written liner notes for RCA Records and Rounder Records.


Nora York has been called "an ingenious, radical, extravagant talent" in the New Yorker magazine. Her new CD WHAT I WANT (available exclusively on www.norayork.com through ArtistShare) arrived in April and was applauded as "a whole lot of wonderful!" in JazzTimes magazine.  York was awarded the New York State Council on the Arts Composers Commission for her WHAT I WANT original song cycle.  "I Dreamed I Saw: The music of Stephen Foster and Jimi Hendrix" was performed as part of the New Sounds Live series at Merkin Hall in NYC, and her collaboration with visual artist Nancy Spero -- FOXFIRE -- was on the vanguard of live streaming multimedia performances on the worldwide web. York teaches Creative Voice at The Tisch School of The Arts, New York University.

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.


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