award winning – KM Jazz http://kmjazz.com/ Sat, 19 Mar 2022 04:39:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://kmjazz.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-53-120x120.png award winning – KM Jazz http://kmjazz.com/ 32 32 Arab artists shine at Art Dubai 2022 https://kmjazz.com/arab-artists-shine-at-art-dubai-2022/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 06:32:03 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/arab-artists-shine-at-art-dubai-2022/ Filmmaker Mohamed Diab Talks ‘Moon Knight,’ The First Marvel Project To Have An Arab Director DUBAI: Representation matters. Not only the representation of ethnic origin, but of personal experience. As Egyptian director Mohamed Diab becomes the first Arab to direct a Marvel project with the highly anticipated “Moon Knight” limited series, it’s a landmark moment […]]]>

Filmmaker Mohamed Diab Talks ‘Moon Knight,’ The First Marvel Project To Have An Arab Director

DUBAI: Representation matters. Not only the representation of ethnic origin, but of personal experience. As Egyptian director Mohamed Diab becomes the first Arab to direct a Marvel project with the highly anticipated “Moon Knight” limited series, it’s a landmark moment not only because of his nationality, but also because he was born, grew, prospered and suffered in Egypt. , living through the revolution and the painful reconstruction of his country, and eventually becoming one of its most important chroniclers.

“Part of my voice is what happened to me in the last 10 years. Everything that happened in Egypt, everything that happened to me during that experience, is who I am today. today,” Diab told Arab News. “It affects the way I handle every scene. I definitely have a different voice because of everything I’ve been through — everything we’ve been through as a people — and you’re going to feel that voice in the show.

“I’m not someone who’s obsessed with premieres, but I will say what’s unique about me getting the Marvel job is that I come straight from the Arab world,” Diab said. – who previously directed the award-winning films. Cairo 678″ (2010), “Clash” (2016) and “Amira” (2021) – continues.

Egyptian director Mohamed Diab is the first Arab to direct a Marvel project with the highly anticipated limited series “Moon Knight”. (Provided)

That Diab applies this experience specifically to “Moon Knight” is particularly fitting. The character, who debuted in the comic “Werewolf by Night” #32 in 1975, received her powers as a result of a curse from an ancient Egyptian deity.

There was a major reason why Diab’s voice was so necessary to the project. While many Marvel comics of the 60s and 70s drew inspiration from cultures and mythologies around the world, they were written and drawn from a perspective foreign to the cultures they were influenced by, leading to depictions limitations – sometimes offensive – of these people. , places and stories.

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe has reintroduced these characters to a new generation over the past 14 years, there’s been a growing emphasis on getting it right this time around, which makes partners like Priceless Diab.

Hawke, who in addition to acting was twice nominated for an Oscar for writing, signed on after Diab’s pitch without even reading a script. (Provided)

“I think it was very important that ‘Moon Knight’ was supervised by an Egyptian director. It depicts both modern Egypt and ancient Egypt, and usually both are portrayed in an Orientalist way, as something exotic and ‘other’, which to me is dehumanizing,” Diab explains. “I think Marvel did everything they could to make it right, and I think people watching the show have never seen Egypt portrayed as authentically as it is here, in the past or in the past. here.”

Part of Diab’s mission was not just to apply his own voice to the show, but to include the creative voices of as many Egyptians and Arabs as possible. Every Egyptian character in the series is portrayed by an actual Egyptian – something rarely, if ever, done in Hollywood – including the ancient deity who afflicts Moon Knight himself. Behind the scenes, Diab enlisted former collaborator Ahmed Hafez as one of the series’ editors, and renowned Egyptian composer Hesham Nazih to write the series’ score.

“I think it all added to the authenticity of the show, because they each excelled at their jobs in ways no one else could have. I hope it will open doors for others,” says Diab. “For me, it had to be a success, because that’s what would make Hollywood bring in more of Egypt and the Arab world. And it works so far – Marvel loved Hesham and Ahmed, for example, and I’m sure they will both work with them again.

“Moon Knight” makes its international debut on Disney+ on March 30 and will premiere in the region this summer. (Provided)

Diab – as the series’ key creative voice along with creator Jeremy Slater – was integral to much more than capturing the Egyptian aspects of the series; he helped shape its entire aesthetic, so the show embraced elements that no Marvel project had before in terms of tone, style, and themes. He also personally convinced two actors who had long resisted being part of a superhero project – Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke – to come on board.

“The first guy we went with was Oscar, and the first thing he asked me when he saw my movies was, ‘What the hell are you doing here, man?’ Oscar was just coming out of big franchises, and I think he wanted to take a break, he wanted to do intimate films,” Diab says. “I tried to convince him that intimate films aren’t exclusive to budgets. can make your intimate movie on any scale.

Diab has finally earned Isaac’s trust in him, and more.

“Through the conversations with Mohamed and the trust I had in him, I really felt like there was room to do something really truthful, unique and exciting as an actor” , Isaac said. “And it ended up being like that for me.”

Hawke, who in addition to acting was twice nominated for an Oscar for writing, signed on after Diab’s pitch without even reading a script.

Diab eventually earned Oscar Isaac’s trust in him, and more. (Provided)

“The wonderful idea of ​​hiring Mohamed to be our quarterback, to guide this ship, is that the films he made in Egypt are amazing,” says Hawke. “He’s not looking at this with the eyes of an American, he’s looking at this – and these deities, and this world – from the perspective of growing up in Egypt and having a lot to say about it. It’s exciting to to be around him that way.

Diab has also cast Egyptian-Palestinian actress May Calamawy, best known for her role in the Golden Globe-winning sitcom “Ramy,” as one of the show’s leads.

“The character wasn’t written as an Egyptian at first. During development, I called her and asked her if she was free for a Marvel project. Well…to be honest, my wife reached out to her on Instagram,” Diab laughs. “She didn’t believe it at first – she even asked her agent if it was true.

“When the time came, she auditioned with Oscar, and that audition was fantastic. They loved her. She was a wonderful addition. She’s intellectual, passionate, down-to-earth and proud of her heritage. She knows who she is. is. She championed her character in the play, and as an Egyptian, she knew more about her character than anyone,” says Diab. “I have a feeling the character is going to be very popular with people around the world. whole because of what she brought to it.”

Ultimately, “Moon Knight” — which makes its international debut on Disney+ on March 30 and will premiere in the region this summer — is a show full of strangers who, in partnership with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and many others lent their creative voices to make this a Marvel project like no other.

“I think all of us together in a blender made the show a lot better,” Diab says.

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Tickets are on sale for the Sidmouth Jazz and Blues Festival 2022 https://kmjazz.com/tickets-are-on-sale-for-the-sidmouth-jazz-and-blues-festival-2022/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 14:10:00 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/tickets-are-on-sale-for-the-sidmouth-jazz-and-blues-festival-2022/ Published: 2:10 p.m. March 8, 2022 Update: 2:17 pm March 8, 2022 Tickets go on sale this Friday March 11 for the first Sidmouth International Jazz and Blues Festival. Between Thursday June 2 and Sunday June 5, the event will bring artists such as The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, Ian Siegal, Joe Stilgoe and Mica […]]]>

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Tickets go on sale this Friday March 11 for the first Sidmouth International Jazz and Blues Festival.

Between Thursday June 2 and Sunday June 5, the event will bring artists such as The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, Ian Siegal, Joe Stilgoe and Mica Paris to the city.

They will perform at paid afternoon and evening concerts at Sidmouth Parish Church. Free performances by local and regional bands will take place on an outdoor stage in Blackmore Gardens, and there will also be free side events at various venues around the town.


Festival Director Ian Bowden
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Festival director Ian Bowden said: “We are extremely proud to bring the first ever jazz and blues festival to Sidmouth.

“It’s a wonderful city, and we’re grateful for all the support we’ve received from across the community.

“Music inspires and provides so much joy and well-being and I have no doubt that the festival will provide a much-needed boost after what has been such a difficult time over the past two years.”


Ian Sigal

Ian Sigal
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Guitarist Ian Siegal will perform at the church on Thursday June 2. He is described by Mojo magazine as “the UK’s most intelligent blues writer and most magnetic performer”, and has won several UK, European and US blues awards.


All Stars by Ronnie Scott

All Stars by Ronnie Scott
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Ronnie Scott’s All Stars take the stage Thursday night to perform classic jazz from composers such as Gershwin, Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer and more.

On Friday, June 3, award-winning Italian acoustic guitarist and composer Antonio Forcione will perform with his international band: master percussionist Adriano Adewale from Brazil; cellist Jenny Adejayan from Nigeria/Grenada/UK, and Australian multi-instrumentalist Nathan Thompson on double bass.


Joe Stilgoe

Joe Stilgoe
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Singer, pianist and songwriter Joe Stilgoe will perform the evening concert at the church. Joe has toured the world with his band and solo, appearing everywhere from Ronnie Scott to Birdland with every jazz festival and club in between.


Mica Paris

Mica Paris
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On Saturday June 4, the ‘UK Queen of Soul’ Mica Paris will perform the evening concert at the church with her band. Mica continues to sell out and frequently collaborates with major British and American stars; she has performed with Simply Red, Chaka Kahn, Angie Stone, Joss Stone and Quincy Jones and others.

For more information and tickets, visit the festival website website

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Local life: Newberry College Jazz Festival, battle at the Bull Street Fan Fest this weekend and more! https://kmjazz.com/local-life-newberry-college-jazz-festival-battle-at-the-bull-street-fan-fest-this-weekend-and-more/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/local-life-newberry-college-jazz-festival-battle-at-the-bull-street-fan-fest-this-weekend-and-more/ COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) — Newberry College is hosting its 64th annual Jazz Festival this weekend. This Friday and Saturday there will be concerts with two all-state jazz bands, performances by 49 middle and high school jazz bands from across the state, and a special Newberry College Jazz Big Band concert with guest Charlton Singleton special. […]]]>

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) — Newberry College is hosting its 64th annual Jazz Festival this weekend. This Friday and Saturday there will be concerts with two all-state jazz bands, performances by 49 middle and high school jazz bands from across the state, and a special Newberry College Jazz Big Band concert with guest Charlton Singleton special. The free concerts and the festival start at 3:30 p.m. this Friday and again on Saturday at 9 a.m.

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) — The Columbia Fireflies invite you to battle this year at Bull Street Fan Fest. It will be at the Segra Park Plaza before the Gamecocks take on Clemson on Saturday March 5. Pre-match festivities will begin at noon and Fan Fest will remain open for the duration of the match. Favorites from local rock band “Tokyo Joe” will headline this year’s Fan Fest. Admission is free and you can count on fun games, great music and even better food.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (WOLO)– Paul Anderson’s award-winning romantic comedy “Licorice Pizza” tells the story of a young woman’s journey to self-discovery and is now up for best picture for this year’s Oscars. year. Our Matt Perron is back to give us his take on the film in this week’s Monday Movie Review.

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TASTE OF ICELAND FESTIVAL KICKS OFF NATIONAL TOUR IN WASHINGTON, DC MARCH 17-20 https://kmjazz.com/taste-of-iceland-festival-kicks-off-national-tour-in-washington-dc-march-17-20/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 14:30:00 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/taste-of-iceland-festival-kicks-off-national-tour-in-washington-dc-march-17-20/ WASHINGTON, February 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Inspired by Icelandannounced today A taste of Iceland 2022an annual celebration of Icelandic culture in North America. The first stage of the visit is washington d.c.from where March 17-20residents can travel to Iceland through a series of events inspired by and celebrating the best of Icelandic culture through food […]]]>

WASHINGTON, February 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Inspired by Icelandannounced today A taste of Iceland 2022an annual celebration of Icelandic culture in North America. The first stage of the visit is washington d.c.from where March 17-20residents can travel to Iceland through a series of events inspired by and celebrating the best of Icelandic culture through food and drink, music, literature, film, art and more.

During the four days of the festival, and in partnership with washington d.c. companies and Taste of Iceland official partners, events will be organized at Equinox Restaurant, Betsy, songbyrdand in various places in the Eaton DC.

Most events will be free to the public and despite registrations and reservations, every event in washington d.c., it’s first come, first served. Guests are encouraged to arrive promptly, to guarantee entry. A taste of Iceland adheres to government COVID-19 mandates, and all attendees are required to show proof of full vaccination before entering all venues. The calendar of events includes:

  • Icelandic Culinary Experience: Animated every day from 5:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.from the 17th of March – 20 at Equinox Restaurant located at 818 Connecticut Avenue, NW
  • Reykjavik Calling Concert with Laufey and Anna Greta: the 17th of Marchfrom 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., in Songbyrd, located at 540 Penn St NE. The doors open to 7:00 p.m.with music by DJ Hermigervill
  • Icelandic cocktail making presented by reyka Vodka and Gin Olafsson: March 18from 5:30 p.m.at Betsy, located at 514 8 St, SE
  • Basic sound bath: March 19from 10 – 11 a.m.at the Eaton Wellness Center, located at 1207K St NW in the Beverley Snow Room on the second floor
  • Icelandic provisions Buffet lunch: AT 11 a.m.immediately after Elementary Sound Bath, located in the Eaton Coworking space on the first floor
  • Icelandic literatureerature through the eyes of three authors, including the first lady, Elisa Reid: March 19at 2 o’clock p.m., at the Eaton DC, located at 1207 K St NW, in the eaton Coworking first floor space
  • Lamb Screening: March 20thfrom 5 p.m., at the Eaton cinema and Coworking Space, located at 201 K Street, NW
  • Prize wheel presented by Icelandair: Each day at various events (more details below), participants will have the chance to win a variety of prizes, including a trip for two to Iceland!

Icelandic Culinary Experience
Welcomed every day for dinner from the 17th of MarchMarch 20th to Equinox RestaurantIcelandic Chef Viktor Örn Andrésson and Executive Chef, Todd Gray will prepare a four-course menu of traditional Nordic dishes. The fixed price menu is $75per person, with optional wine pairing for an additional charge $35, per person. Reservations for the experience can be made at open table or at 202-331-8118. The menu includes:

  • Broth of langoustines & grilled scallops
    Lightly smoked Arctic char, soy and Icelandic wasabi
  • Baked Icelandic Cod
    Hazelnut butter, soy, cauliflower, horseradish
  • Pan-fried rack of lamb
    Celeriac, mashed potatoes and crowberry sauce
  • Icelandic Skyr layouts
    Chocolate, Blueberries

Reykjavik Roll Call Concert:
icelandic singer, Laufeywhose style mixes sophisticated jazz melodies and slow R&B grooves, will headline the Reykjavik Calling Concert at SongByrd on the 17th of March. She is joined by the singer Anna Greta, whose music enchants listeners with its refined and subtle writing, nuanced voice and dazzling piano playing, varying between jazz, indie and folk. dj Hermigerville will also be hosting the evening, welcoming guests as they enter the concert. Reykjavik Calling is free and doors open at 7 p.m. The Reykjavik Calling Concert is free and follows a first-come, first-served policy. However, register HEREto receive additional information and all updates regarding the event.

Icelandic Cocktail Preparation Class:
A two-hour Icelandic cocktail class led by Reyka Vodka’s representative, Jamila Garcia, representative of the Ólafsson Gin brand and mixologist, mixologist of Tóta and Betsy, Arslan. DJ Hermigervill will welcome the guests, then Jamila Garcia will introduce Reyka Vodka and assign the task to Tóta and Arslan to create two different cocktails each using Reyka Vodka and Ólafsson Gin. Participants must be 21 years of age with valid ID to attend and consume alcohol. The Icelandic cocktail making class is free and follows a first-come, first-served policy. However, register HERE, to receive additional information and all updates regarding the event.

Basic sound bath:
Icelandic energy healer, Jósa Goodlife, will take attendees on an elemental journey beyond time and space, with a deeply relaxing and uplifting program featuring healing sounds from nature that will leave guests feeling rejuvenated. Participants will receive a yoga mat, courtesy of Icelandic provisionsa face towel and skin care, blue lagoona blanket and sleep mask, compliments of Icelandair and water from icelandic glacier,

After class, guests are invited to grab a cool can of Skyr Islandic Provisions, an Icelandic yogurt that has been supporting Icelanders for nearly 1,000 years! The Elemental Sound Bath and Breakfast Bar is free and follows a first-come, first-served policy. However, register HEREto receive additional information and all updates regarding the event.

Icelandic literature through the eyes of three authors, including the first lady, Elisa Reid:
Join the First Lady of Iceland and co-founder of the Iceland Writers Retreat, Elisa Reidas she introduces audiences to Icelandic literature and discusses her critically acclaimed book ‘The secrets of the Sprakkar’. Reid explores the cultural roots of Iceland attitude towards equality and examines how his country of origin can continue to improve. Joining Eliza is award-winning Audur writer Ava Ólafsdóttir, who has left her mark on Icelandic literature and whose work has been published in 33 countries around the world. Thora Hjorleifsdóttir, who received international acclaim for her debut novel Magma, which was selected as one of the top three translated novels byOprah Daily. The moderation of the event is a local journalist and author,Andrew Evans.The authors’ books will be sold during the event by Politics and prose. The Icelandic literature event is free and follows a first-come, first-served policy. However, register HEREto receive additional information and all updates regarding the event.

lamb movie Screening:
Guests can enjoy the directorial debut of Valdimar Jóhannsson, in this dark and atmospheric folk tale. A childless couple in a rural setting Iceland make an alarming discovery one day in their sheepfold and soon face the consequences of defying the will of nature. Lamb was considered for the 94th Academy Awards as the official submission of Iceland in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The screening of the film Lamb is free and follows a first-come, first-served policy. However, register HEREto receive additional information and all updates regarding the event.

A taste of Iceland Prize wheel
Presented by Icelandair, the Prize Wheel gives entrants the chance to win a range of prizes, including Blue Lagoon Skincarea Icelandic wool blanketa year’s supply of Skyr from Icelandic Provisions, cases of sparks and plain water from icelandic glaciera Reyka Vodka package, a Skin turned Tindur jacket and Surtsey Knit Beanie from 66° Northor the grand prize, a trip for two to Iceland from Icelandair, including a stay at the Silica Hotel at the famous Blue Lagoon and a 72-hour City-card from Visit Reykjavík! People can sign up for a chance to win an hour before the spins take place at the times listed below:

  • the 17th of March at 7 p.m. before the Reykjavík Calling Concert in Songbyrd
  • March 18 at 5:30 p.m. before cocktail class at Betsy
  • March 19 at 2 p.m. before the literary event at Eaton House Coworking Space
  • March 20th at 5 p.m. before the screening of the film at Eaton House

A taste of Iceland was created to celebrate and showcase the traditions and culture of Iceland to the people of North America. The festival is presented in partnership and with the support of Icelandair, Visit Reykjavík, Icelandic Trademark Holder, Business Iceland, reyka Vodka, Gin Olafsson, blue lagoon, 66 North, Icelandic provisions, Icelandic lamb, icelandic glacier, Landsvirkjunand Isavia Keflavik International Airport. Extra taste of Iceland events will take place in North American cities, including Boston, MA; Denver, CO; Seattle, WA; and TorontoCanada.

For more information on the taste of Icelandplease visit https://www.inspiredbyiceland.com/culture/taste-of-iceland-washington-dc/

For media inquiries or to attend a Taste of Iceland events, please contact [email protected]

About the taste of Iceland
A taste of Iceland is an annual festival that celebrates Iceland dynamic culture. The festival is organized by Inspired by Icelanda public-private communications platform owned and operated by Business Iceland that promotes Iceland and Icelandic products. It is presented in partnership and with the support of, Icelandair, Visit Reykjavík, Icelandic Trademark Holder, Business Iceland, reyka Vodka, Gin Olafsson, blue lagoon, 66 North, Icelandic provisions, Icelandic lamb, icelandic glacier, Landsvirkjunand Isavia Keflavik International Airport.. This year, Taste of Iceland events will take place in North American cities, including washington d.c.; Boston, MA; Denver, CO; Seattle, WA; and Toronto, CALIFORNIA. For more information on Inspired By Icelandplease visit www.inspiredbyiceland.com. To learn more about Business Iceland, please visit www.businessiceland.is.

SOURCE Taste of Iceland

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Conroe Arts Festival entertains everyone on a free day https://kmjazz.com/conroe-arts-festival-entertains-everyone-on-a-free-day/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 14:28:09 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/conroe-arts-festival-entertains-everyone-on-a-free-day/ CONROE, TX – The Greater Conroe Arts Festival, presented by the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance, is a collaborative non-profit organization whose mission is to actively promote and support arts and cultural organizations and events throughout the Greater Conroe area . The FREE one-day event is Saturday, March 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at […]]]>

CONROE, TX – The Greater Conroe Arts Festival, presented by the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance, is a collaborative non-profit organization whose mission is to actively promote and support arts and cultural organizations and events throughout the Greater Conroe area . The FREE one-day event is Saturday, March 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Founder’s Plaza Park in downtown Conroe featuring live performances by members of the organization and many special guests to entertain and offer interactive activities for everyone.

The Greater Conroe Arts Alliance represents 18 organizations in the Conroe area: Christian Youth Theatre, Conroe Art League, Conroe Live, Conroe Symphony Orchestra, Crighton Theater Foundation, Friends of the Flag Foundation, Heritage Museum of Montgomery County, Indie Films Foundation, Jazz Connection, Montgomery County Choral Society, Montgomery County Genealogical and Historical Society, Montgomery County Historical Commission, Montgomery County Literary Arts Council, The Players Theater Company, Stage Right of Texas, The Art of Music Studio, The Woodlands Show Chorus and young artists from Texas Music Competition.

The family-friendly event will feature performances from member organizations including the Conroe Symphony Orchestra, Conroe Art League, Jazz Connection, Indie Film Foundation and the Art of Music Studio. The community is invited to participate in a children’s art mural, a children’s art village, a pottery making activity, the musical zoo with the Art of Music Studio, photos with Anna and Elsa of Frozen with Christian Youth Theater and helping build a giant Lego Sculpture with Lego Build a Long. The Main Street Market in the Jury Car Park will be open for the duration of the festival until 5:00 p.m.

There are two ticketed events as part of the Greater Conroe Arts Festival: “Tenderly, the Rosemary Clooney Story” and Marcia Ball. “Tenderly, the Rosemary Clooney Musical will be at the Owen Theater at 2:00 p.m. during the festival hosted by The Players Theater Company. Tickets can be purchased online at www.OwenTheatre.com.

The festival’s second paid performance will be legendary R&B pianist, songwriter and singer Marcia Ball, born in Texas and raised in Louisiana, at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at the Crighton Theatre. This concert postponed since 2020 has limited places available. Get your ticket for this highly sought-after show online at www.CrightonTheatre.org or by calling the theater from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays at (936) 441-7469.

Participants highlighted:
• The CAL National Art Show at the Conroe Art League Madeley Gallery – 127 Simonton, Conroe

• Poetry by Lupe Mendez, winner of the 2022 State of Texas Poet Laureate at 4:00 p.m. at CAL Gallery

• All-day live entertainment at Founders Plaza with the Conroe Symphony Orchestra
Ensemble, Jazz Connection, The Art of Music Studio, Indie Films Foundation and guitarist Sean Chilson

• Art sellers

• Exhibitions and activities of the heritage museum

• Community Involvement Art Mural – Painting with award-winning artist Vickie Hayes

• Painting of live models with award-winning artists Juan Cantavella, Susan Hotard, Hilda Lockley, Lenore Prudhomme and Hannah Wu

• Painting of live models and tent gallery with works of art for sale

• Scenes painted live during the festival with the award-winning Plein Air artists Nancy Paris
Pruden and impressionist painter Fran Ellisor

• Silent auction with works of art painted at the Festival

• Pottery demonstrations with artist Carol Berger

• Pottery bowl making activity with artist Carol Roach at Kid’s Art Village

• Kids Art to Go Project with Rebekah Billings

• 8′ x 4′ children’s mural

• Musical Zoo for children with The Art of Music Studio

• Lego Build-A-Long

• Photos with Anna and Elsa from Frozen with Christian Youth Theater

• Street chalk artists – Sylvia Blanco, Claudia Cepeda and Elizabeth Umanzor

• Festival photography contest with Indie Films Foundation

• Raffle

• Main Street Market

• Food trucks

“The Greater Conroe Arts Festival on Saturday, March 19 is an exciting event for the whole family in one place all day, showcasing many talented individuals and organizations in our community,” said Judi Lanza, President of Greater Conroe. Arts Alliance. “We have amazing visual artists and performers from Conroe, Montgomery County and Texas! Join us for the event during the day and stay for the event at the Crighton Theater that evening. You will leave with a smile and a love for Conroe’s artistic and performing community.

Learn more about Greater Conroe Arts Alliance by visiting their website at www.GreaterConroeArtsAlliance.com
or follow them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Greater-Conroe-Arts-Alliance.

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Jazz artists return to White Rock for gig – Surrey Now-Leader https://kmjazz.com/jazz-artists-return-to-white-rock-for-gig-surrey-now-leader/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 00:47:09 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/jazz-artists-return-to-white-rock-for-gig-surrey-now-leader/ Jalumni of Semiahmoo High School – now distinguished stars of the Canadian jazz scene – return to White Rock to host a concert at Blue Frog Studios. The High Standards Quartet – which plays Saturday, February 26 at 7 p.m. on site, as part of a tour of Western Canada – is led by bassist […]]]>

Jalumni of Semiahmoo High School – now distinguished stars of the Canadian jazz scene – return to White Rock to host a concert at Blue Frog Studios.

The High Standards Quartet – which plays Saturday, February 26 at 7 p.m. on site, as part of a tour of Western Canada – is led by bassist Jodi Proznick and pianist Amanda Tosoff, both conductors Juno Award nominees, under the umbrella of their music education company, Music Arts Collective.

The project also involves two other shining lights of Canadian jazz: clarinetist Virginia MacDonald (winner of the 2020 Corona International Clarinetist Competition) and singer Laura Anglade, described by Radio Canada’s Ici Musique as one of the “five best female jazz musicians to monitor “.

A press release from Blue Frog, which presents the concert as part of its Canadian Music Discovered series, said the concert promises “an evening of happy, swinging jazz,” combining classic songs from The Great-American Songbook with “charming originals.”

The concert will also be filmed for later online streaming on Blue Frog TV, starting March 13.

Anglade’s work, born in a small village in the south of France and raised in Connecticut, bears the influence of gypsy jazz and the classical training of her parents.

Her singing style is also notably rooted in traditional jazz and the work of famous 20th century jazz singers such as Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Anita O’Day, Shirley Horn, Mel Tormé and Blossom Dearie.

Known for her lyrical and soulful clarinet playing, MacDonald has been described as a “powerful new voice on the Canadian stage” by Juno Award-winning bassist Mike Downes.

Her credits include a 2019 Stingray Rising Star award and a 2020 Corona International Clarinetist Competition First Prize, and she has worked extensively as a leader and backing lady at numerous venues in Toronto as well as Canadian jazz festivals. and international.

Multi-award winning bassist, songwriter and educator, Proznick – daughter of well-known former Semiahmoo Secondary jazz program director Dave Proznick – has received numerous awards, including the Western Canadian Music Award for Jazz Artist of the year, the National Jazz Award for Bassist, Album and Acoustic Group of the Year, and two Juno nominations for his CDs Foundations and songs of the sun.

She is also currently Chair of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s School of Music Jazz Department and Artistic Director of the Summer Jazz Workshop and Girls’ Jazz Day.

Tosoff, who has six albums to her credit, is also a composer and teacher, and has received various accolades, including the Grand Prix de Jazz from the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Jazz Artist Award – and more recently, a nomination at the Juno Awards for his album Wordswhich mixes poetry, jazz, art-song and folk.

She is also a passionate educator, faculty member at Humber College, in her own studio, and also co-artistic director of Music Arts Collective, an online music school co-founded with Proznick and arts administrator Francesca Fung, in which they share their love of music, art, learning and community through interactive workshops, conversations, videos and more.

Other upcoming gigs in the series at Blue Frog include country-blues and Southern rock band Matlen Starsley (February 27), Steely Dan’s tribute Steelin’ In The Years (live stream only, March 5 ), folk group Stone Poets (March 11), roots rock troubadour Wil (March 12) and Tiller’s Folly (March 17).

For tickets and information on all concerts, visit www.bluefrogstudios.ca

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Saratoga Jazz Festival returns to SPAC in June https://kmjazz.com/saratoga-jazz-festival-returns-to-spac-in-june/ Mon, 14 Feb 2022 16:14:33 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/saratoga-jazz-festival-returns-to-spac-in-june/ SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (NEWS10) – The 45th Annual Freihofer Jazz Festival in Saratoga returns to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) for a two-day event June 25-26. The festival program includes 24 musical groups. Jason Aldean back at SPAC in September “The 2022 Festival promises to be memorable in many ways. Not only through a […]]]>

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (NEWS10) – The 45th Annual Freihofer Jazz Festival in Saratoga returns to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) for a two-day event June 25-26. The festival program includes 24 musical groups.

“The 2022 Festival promises to be memorable in many ways. Not only through a stellar and varied lineup, but also the sheer joy of being back on a grand scale. We will celebrate 25 years of partnership with Freihofer’s, as well as the first of a new multi-year commitment from the company. As a number of other jazz festivals change and downsize, Freihofer’s support allows us to return to the full Saratoga Jazz Fest experience that its longtime fans have loved and come to expect,” said Elizabeth Sobol. , President and CEO of Saratoga Performing. Art Center.

The festival is presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis, Booker T. Presents: A Stax Revue, vocalist Ledisi, Robert Glasper and New Orleans funk and jazz collective Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph.

“My mentor and festival founder, George Wein, has always been focused on producing events for everyone and that’s exactly what we did for our big comeback,” says Danny Melnick, Festival Producer and president of Absolutely Live Entertainment. “Our 45th festival features award-winning musical legends, unique collaborations with stars, avant-garde bands and many popular rising stars.”

Festival program

Saturday June 25

Amphitheater

  • Booker T. Presents: A Stax Review
  • Robert Glasper
  • Galactic with Anjelika Jelly Joseph
  • Con Tumbao with Issac Delgado, Robby Ameen, Oscar Hernandez, Conrad Herwig, Pedrito Martinez, Juan Munguia, Alain Pérez, Mike Rodriguez, Tony Succar and Miguel Zenon
  • Ozmosys Band with Omar Hakim and Rachel Z
  • Amina Figarova Sextet plus Strings
  • Saratoga hot club

Jazz Discovery Stage by Charles R. Wood

  • Barat red
  • Honey and Salt by Matt Wilson with Dawn Thomson, Nadje Noordhuis, Jeff Lederer and Martin Wind
  • Craig Handy and 2nd line Smith
  • Connie Han Threesome
  • Emmaline
  • Dan Wilson Trio

Sunday June 26

Amphitheater

  • Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
  • Ledisi
  • SuperBlue: Kurt Elling with Charlie Hunter
  • Eliane Elias
  • Matthew Whitaker
  • Joyful Noise by Garland Nelson

Jazz Discovery Stage by Charles R. Wood

  • Cha Wa
  • Free time
  • Carolyn Wonderland
  • Ryan Keberle and Catharsis
  • Skidmore Jazz Institute faculty stars celebrate George Wein with Mike Rodriguez, Steve Davis, Jimmy Greene, Bill Cunliffe, Dave Stryker, Todd Coolman and Dennis Mackrel

The festival also includes a fine arts and crafts fair, artist CD signings, a Southern-style barbecue, and other food vendors. You can bring your own food and drinks, as well as blankets, tents and umbrellas.

Parking for the event is free. Performances will begin each day on the Charles R. Wood “Jazz Discovery” Stage at 11 a.m. and on the Amphitheater Stage at noon.

Tickets for the festival start at $65 and go on sale to the public March 16 at 10 a.m. SPAC members can purchase tickets starting March 7 at 10 a.m. SPAC also offers a $20 Student and Children’s Amphitheater pass, available for children 12 and under. . Children under 12 are admitted free on the lawn.

PSPC said it will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines and adjust ticketing and security policies accordingly. For more information and to purchase tickets, you can visit the SPAC website.

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45th Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival Artists Announced – The Daily Gazette https://kmjazz.com/45th-freihofers-saratoga-jazz-festival-artists-announced-the-daily-gazette/ Sun, 13 Feb 2022 03:08:00 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/45th-freihofers-saratoga-jazz-festival-artists-announced-the-daily-gazette/ Jazz returns to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer with the 45th Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, scheduled for June 25-26, with a full roster of 24 musical groups performing on two stages. The festival is headlined by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, returning to the festival for the first time since […]]]>

Jazz returns to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer with the 45th Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, scheduled for June 25-26, with a full roster of 24 musical groups performing on two stages.

The festival is headlined by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, returning to the festival for the first time since 1998; soul music legend Booker T. presents: A Stax Revue; powerhouse singer Ledisi for her festival debut; jazz/hip-hop pianist Robert Glasper; and New Orleans funk and jazz collective Galactic with Anjelika Jelly Joseph.

“The 2022 Festival promises to be memorable in many ways. Not only through a stellar and varied lineup, but also the joy of being back on a grand scale,” said Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of PSPC.

“We will celebrate 25 years of partnership with Freihofer’s, as well as the first of a new multi-year commitment from the company. As a number of other jazz festivals change and downsize, Freihofer’s support allows us to return to the full Saratoga Jazz Fest experience that its longtime fans have loved and come to expect.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Booker T. Jones, famed frontman of Booker T. & the MGs and acclaimed producer at legendary Memphis-based Stax Records, highlights the festival’s 15 debut. Jones will feature his 10-piece band with three lead singers performing hits such as “Green Onions”, “Hang ‘Em High” and “Time is Tight” and classic Stax songs “Try a Little Tenderness”, “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” (Otis Redding), “Hold On I’m Coming” (Sam and Dave) and “Gee Whiz” (Carla Thomas), among others. 2021 Grammy Award-winning singer Ledisi makes also her festival debut, which is also set to perform at SPAC on August 3 as part of the Philadelphia Orchestra season in a program dedicated to the music of Nina Simone.

Charles R. Wood’s ‘Jazz Discovery’ stage returns for the first time since 2019, featuring rhythm, global and funk grooves from bands ranging from Red Baraat to Cha Wa to Tiempo Libre and contemporary jazz artists like Matt Wilson, Craig Handy, Connie Han, Ryan Keberle, Emmaline and Dan Wilson. Skidmore Jazz Institute faculty stars will celebrate George Wein, the festival’s founder who passed away at the age of 95 in September 2021.

“My mentor and festival founder, George Wein, has always been focused on producing events for everyone and that’s exactly what we did for our big comeback,” said festival producer Danny Melnick. and president of Absolutely Live Entertainment. “Our 45th festival features award-winning musical legends, unique collaborations with stars, avant-garde bands and many popular rising stars.”

After Jazz Fest debuts in 2021, Saratoga’s Hot Club and Garland Nelson (head of Joyful Noise) will return to kick off the amphitheater’s lineup on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Beyond the music, the festival will include a fine arts and crafts fair, artist CD signings, a Southern-style barbecue and other food vendors in the PSPC concession area.

You can bring food and drinks, as well as blankets, tents and umbrellas. Performances will begin each day on the Charles R. Wood “Jazz Discovery” Stage at 11 a.m. and on the Amphitheater Stage at noon.

Tickets for the festival start at $65 and will be available online at spac.org starting March 16 at 10 a.m. for the general public and starting March 7 at 10 a.m. for SPAC members (tiered by tier) .

Two-day passes are also available for a savings of $10 per ticket (offer ends May 1). $20 amphitheater ticket options are available for children 12 and under and students with school-issued ID. Seats are the best available with some exclusions. Seats on the lawn are free for children 12 and under.

Regarding COVID-19 precautions, in a statement, SPAC said it will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines mandated by New York State and the CDC and adjust ticketing policies. and safety accordingly. Full guidelines will be released ahead of the festival.

Here is an overview of the program for Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival 2022:

Saturday June 25

Amphitheater:
Booker T. Presents: A Stax Review
Robert Glasper
Galactic with Anjelika Jelly Joseph
Con Tumbao with Issac Delgado, Robby Ameen, Oscar Hernandez, Conrad Herwig, Pedrito Martinez, Juan Munguia, Alain Pérez, Mike Rodriguez, Tony Succar and Miguel Zenon
Ozmosys Group with Omar Hakim and Rachel Z
Amina Figarova Sextet plus Strings
Saratoga hot club

Scene “Jazz Discovery” by Charles R. Wood:
Barat red
Honey and Salt by Matt Wilson with Dawn Thomson, Nadje Noordhuis, Jeff Lederer and Martin Wind
Craig Handy and 2nd line Smith
Connie Han Threesome
Emmaline
Dan Wilson Trio

Sunday June 26

Amphitheater:
Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Ledisi
SuperBlue: Kurt Elling with Charlie Hunter
Eliane Elias
Matthew Whitaker
Joyful Noise by Garland Nelson

Scene “Jazz Discovery” by Charles R. Wood:
Cha Wa
Free time
Carolyn wonderland
Ryan Keberle and Catharsis
Skidmore Jazz Institute faculty stars celebrate George Wein with Mike Rodriguez, Steve Davis, Jimmy Greene, Bill Cunliffe, Dave Stryker, Todd Coolman and Dennis Mackrel

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11th Annual Arlington Jazz Festival in April https://kmjazz.com/11th-annual-arlington-jazz-festival-in-april/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 17:08:42 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/11th-annual-arlington-jazz-festival-in-april/ Randy Brecker Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Arlington Jazz Festival, this year with the grand finale concert to be held live and in person at the Regent Theatre. Joining the festival’s headliner, multi-Grammy trumpeter Randy Brecker, is fellow Grammy-winning drummer Mark Walker, who has put together an all-star band with Alain Mallet (keyboards), […]]]>

Randy Brecker

Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Arlington Jazz Festival, this year with the grand finale concert to be held live and in person at the Regent Theatre.

Joining the festival’s headliner, multi-Grammy trumpeter Randy Brecker, is fellow Grammy-winning drummer Mark Walker, who has put together an all-star band with Alain Mallet (keyboards), Oscar Stagnaro (bass) , Ernesto Diaz (percussion) and Edmar Colón (sax).

Dan Fox, founder of the annual jazz festival, has managed to schedule virtual and live performances, with live events on site adhering to current health and safety protocols.

The Regent Theater has also risen to the occasion in these unprecedented times, being a safe and risk-free venue for all on-site events. All necessary protocols will be in place for the festival.

Further details on the entire festival, which runs from April 7-10, will be available in early March; the current basic information is:

The 11thand The annual festival ends at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. Tickets (on sale starting March 1): $20 to $50. Presented by Arlington Jazz.

Further information : This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 781-819-3994; festival updates available at arlingtonjazz.org.

Further information :

Performer/songwriter Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for over four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums with a wide range of artists, including his work with his brother Michael, as well as James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Parliament/Funkadelic, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. See more at randybrecker.com.

Walker is a multi-Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning drummer, composer, author, and professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music. He has also been on the faculty of the Drummers Collective in New York and has conducted master classes, clinics and workshops in South America, North America and Europe, as a solo artist and with bands. such as Oregon, Paquito D’Rivera Quintet, the Caribbean Jazz Project, Sakesho, Lyle Mays Quartet, Chucho Valdes and Bill Watrous. Learn more about markwalkerlessons.com.

The non-profit organization Arlington Jazz is coordinated with the help of Arlington’s Morningside Music Studio (morningsidemusicstudio.com) under the direction of Fox, a local, multi-instrumentalist and music teacher.

The Arlington Jazz Festival has been held annually since 2012, usually in April, known internationally as Jazz Appreciation Month. Since 2018, Arlington Jazz has also embarked on presenting a series of additional workshops and concerts throughout the year. Many events are either free or have a minimal entry cost.

The 2022 Arlington Jazz Festival is funded in part by the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Arlington Jazz also relies on generous donations from its growing fan base.


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The Blak & Bright Festival program unveiled https://kmjazz.com/the-blak-bright-festival-program-unveiled/ Tue, 01 Feb 2022 06:00:34 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/the-blak-bright-festival-program-unveiled/ Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival is a celebration of First Nations stories, books and writers across Naarm, Australia and internationally from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th March 2022. Blak & Bright brings together the world’s oldest storytelling traditions in bold and innovative ways. Featuring over 67 of the nation’s most engaging storytellers in […]]]>

Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival is a celebration of First Nations stories, books and writers across Naarm, Australia and internationally from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th March 2022.

Blak & Bright brings together the world’s oldest storytelling traditions in bold and innovative ways. Featuring over 67 of the nation’s most engaging storytellers in a 27-event program ranging from oral histories to epic novels, poems to monologues, history to activism.

Organized to give voice to rarely heard stories, guests include Tony Birch, Claire G. Coleman, Elders, Jazz Money, Nardi Simpson, Ellen van Neerven, Tara June Winch, Chelsea Watego, Alexis Wright, The Yung Tent embassy and more.

Jane Harrison, Festival Director:

We’ve crafted a bold new festival with new talent, new stories and new events, delivered in new hybrid ways, while bringing back old favorites (artists and events). We believe Blak’s stories are needed more than ever, in the face of climate change, pandemics, Blak Lives Matter. We need to access connection, compassion and country through stories. Here are Blak’s words live.

Festival highlights include:

Official opening

Welcome to Country and Commissioned Performance: Solace

Three traditional owners and artists imagined a multidisciplinary performance exploring men’s mental health. With Philly, Bryan Andy, James Henry and Steven Rhall.

What changed ? What has remained the same?

Melissa Lucashenko speaks on the theme, with a spotlight on Jazz Money writers Alexis Wright and Crystal McKinnon. With Glenn Shea.

Black and white and read (and heard) everywhere

Unpacking the importance of Blak voices in the media. With Daniel Browning, Thomas Mayor and Declan Fry. Moderator Merinda Dutton

Yung Tent Embassy

For two hours, six activists from various social justice sites will present their impassioned ten-minute interviews. With time for audience responses. Organized by Crystal McKinnon. With Aunty Ronnie Gorrie, Senior Activist.

Big Blak Poetry Reading

Six of the best poets read three of their best poems. With Jazz Money, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Tony Birch, Kirli Saunders, Ellen van Neerven, as well as Samoan-New Zealand poet Tusiata Avia

Borrow a living book

Sit with an Elder at Big Esso Mabu Mabu to hear the story of their lived experience. With Uncle Larry Walsh, Aunt Pat Ockwell, Aunt Pattie Lees, Aunt Pam Pederson.

Wright’s stuff

Alexis Wright reads excerpts from her award-winning work and a special treat – an excerpt from a new work. Starring Alexis Wright, Jane Harrison.

The monologues

Hear the best upcoming monologues from Blak playwrights including Kodie Bedford, Richard Frankland, Jane Harrison, Anita Heiss, Andrea James, Nathan Maynard, Maryanne Sam, Dylan Van Den Berg, Ursula Yovich. Read by two of our best actors

Smoked ham

Gammon is the Aboriginal slang word meaning ‘joke, joke’. This is Blak comedy at its darkest. MC Kimmy Lovegrove with Denise McGuinness, Ben Moodie, Kasey Johnson, Tommy Pemberton.

Architecture & Design: A Blak aesthetic?

What is an Aboriginal aesthetic? How can you design buildings and products that reflect Indigenous worldviews? With Alison Page, Brian Martin, Sarah Lyn Rees. Moderator Timmah Ball.

Running words

The how, when, where, what and why of their writing practices. With Tara June Winch, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Claire G. Coleman. Moderator Declan Fry.

The Bogong

The Bogong is a celebration and sharing of spoken word and the final event of the festival. Nardi Simpson, SJ Norman, Declan Fry, Tara June Winch, Victor Rodger (NZ), Emily Munro-Harrison, Nayook, Claire G. Coleman, Nayuka Gorrie.

Most events are free and reservations are essential. This year, the festival will feature both in-person and live events.

Blak & Bright is proudly supported by Creative Victoria, the Australian Council for the Arts, the RISE Fund and the City of Melbourne.


Season details

Location: Dark & ​​Bright
Dates: March 17 — 20, 2022

For more information click HERE

Photo credit: Tiffany Garvie

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