Jazz and Freedom Festival

    Website: http://jazzandfreedom.com, http://capitalbop.com  News: Jazz and Freedom Festival Produced by: CapitalBop and JTTB Records Cost: $20 suggested donation, portion of the proceeds benefit EmpowerDC 411 New York Ave NE Where: Union Arts 4 pm – 12 am When: Sunday, January 18th, 2015 Groups: Guest Panel of Speakers including Rusty Hassan and Fred Foss […]

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Jazz and Freedom Octet to Perform for the Jazz and Freedom Festival 2015

The Jazz and Freedom Octet is an ensemble created to promote peace and social justice by performing music that inspires freedom. The Jazz and Freedom Octet comprises of Jessica Boykin-Settles on vocals, Grant Langford on tenor sax, Donvonte McCoy on trumpet, Shannon Gunn on trombone, Sam Prather on piano, Karine Chapdelaine-Walker on bass, and Savannah G. Harris […]

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JazzCast Ep. 24: Reginald Cyntje Part 2

http://ia902706.us.archive.org/13/items/JazzCastEp24ReginaldCyntjePart2/JazzCast_Ep24_Reginald_Cyntje_part2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWelcome back to the JazzCast, Episode 24, where we finish up an interview with Reginald Cyntje!  I’m happy to state that Reginald’s album, “Elements of Life” was just named one of the top five albums for 2014 by CapitalBop blog. Go Reggie! (And every album on that list is […]

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Vision for 2015

It’s time to write an actual blog post and start letting everyone know about how some things will get tweaked in the next year or two. This morning I sat down and spoke with my father about my plans, and he was very confused so this is partly to clear that up for him. This […]

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JazzCast Ep. 23: Reginald Cyntje Part 1

http://ia601409.us.archive.org/24/items/JazzCastEp23ReginaldCyntje/JazzCast_Ep23_Reginald_Cyntje.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWelcome back to the JazzCast, Episode 23! Here we have an interview with Reginald Cyntje, jazz trombonist from the DC region. He will be talking about his latest album, “Elements of Life.” He has a really interesting story for each song, I hope you enjoy this interview. This was recorded […]

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JazzCast Ep. 22: Miki Yamanaka!

http://ia601401.us.archive.org/1/items/JazzCast_Ep22_Miki_Yamanaka/mikki.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Welcome to Episode 22 of the JazzCast, where you can hear curated listening sessions with jazz musicians! This week we have Miki Yamanaka, jazz pianist from Japan and masters student at Queens College. If you’ve ever been to Smalls, you’ve probably seen her or even played with her. She’s […]

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JazzCast Ep. 21: JS Williams!

http://ia902306.us.archive.org/22/items/JazzCastEp21JSWilliams/JazzCast_ep21_JS_Williams.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWelcome to the JazzCast! Today I have an awesome and touching interview with JS Williams, jazz cat and trumpet player from New York. I was really thankful to be able to find a few minutes as he runs back and forth between DC and NY to be able to […]

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JazzCast Ep. 20: Christie Dashiell!

http://ia902507.us.archive.org/18/items/jazzcast_ep20_christie_dashiell/jazzcast_ep20_christie_dashiell.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Welcome to the JazzCast! Today we have an interview with vocalist extraordinaire Christie Dashiell! Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Greenville, NC, contemporary award winning jazz vocalist Christie N. Dashiell honed her vocal skills at Howard University and then, later, the Manhattan School of Music. Dashiell’s history includes performances […]

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NY Pics and more

Last Tuesday, I got to run up to New York for a bit to take a professional development course on teaching economics. I’m always at a loss of how to make econ easier, so it was a great way to get some new ideas that are actually fun and informative. I hate lecture! Looking forward to […]

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JazzCast Ep. 19: Elliott Hughes, Part 2

http://ia902307.us.archive.org/8/items/jazzcast_ep19_elliott_hughes_part2/jazzcast_ep19_elliott_hughes_part2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Welcome back! This episode is part two of an interview with Australian composer and trumpet player Elliott Hughes. Episode 18 (part  1) was an introduction to large ensemble writing in Australia, and Episode 19 (part 2) is about Elliott Hughes‘ music and his Horizon Art Orchestra. Elliott Hughes is a Melbourne based composer and trumpet […]

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