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Toni Blackman: Hip-Hop Meditation :: Earning by Empowering :: The Mixtape Week of July 16: Story, Revenue, and Balance 1 “The lyrics, the voice, the track and/or the vibe of a good song causes us to be more present and helps us to cut through the noise of our daily lives. It helps us to…

Angelique Kidjo’s Remain in Light :: OISTAT Mentorship Program :: Music Festival Gender Gaps Week of June 25: Story, Revenue, and Balance 1 “Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” Leonard Bernstein 1 MusicMakers News: Week of June 25th, 2018 Story, Revenue, and Balance:  Angelique Kidjo’s covers bring meaning and…

Stewart Lupton :: Unsigned-Only Music Competition :: AWAL Week of May 28: Story, Revenue, and Balance 1 “Music is therapy. Music moves people. It connects people in ways that no other medium can. It pulls heart strings. It acts as medicine.” Macklemore 1 MusicMakers News: Week of May 28th, 2018 Story, Revenue, and Balance:  The…

Childish Gambino :: The Art of Score :: Matthew Garrison Week of May 14: Story, Revenue, and Balance 1 The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is very close to the center of a nation’s purpose—and is a test of the quality of a…

Jerry Butler (born Jerry Butler Jr., December 8, 1939, Sunflower, Mississippi) is an American soul singer and songwriter. He is also noted as being the original lead singer of the famed R&B vocal group, The Impressions, as well as a 1991 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Jerry Butler is also an American politician. He serves as a Commissioner for Cook County, Illinois, having first been…

Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an “inventive” trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo…

Machito (born Francisco Raúl Gutiérrez Grillo, February 16, 1908–April 19, 1984) was an influential Latin jazz musician who helped refine Afro-Cuban jazz and create both Cubop and salsa music. He was raised in Havana alongside the singer Graciela, his foster sister. In New York City, Machito formed the band the Afro-Cubans in 1940, and with…

Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. His career spanned over 50 years, leading his orchestra from 1923 until death. Though widely considered to have been a pivotal figure in the history of jazz, Ellington himself embraced the phrase “beyond category” as a…

Music is My First Language has announced it will be holding it’s first New York fundraiser on March 22nd, 2014. The event will be held at Shapeshifter Lab, an event and performance space in Brooklyn starting at 6:30 pm. MiMFL is dedicated to inspiring positive social change through sustainable music education and empowerment programs to…

Sir George Henry Martin CBE (born January 3rd, 1926) is an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician. He is sometimes referred to as “the Fifth Beatle” in reference to his extensive involvement on each of the Beatles‘ original albums. He is considered one of the greatest record producers of all time, with 30 number one hit singles in the…

It wоuld bе еаѕіеr tо dеduсе thе bеnеfіtѕ оf muѕіс еduсаtіоn, оnсе уоu аrе сlеаr аbоut thе bаѕіс quаlіtіеѕ оf muѕіс. Muѕіс Sооthеѕ Muѕіс іѕ аn еvеr-еxраndіng fіеld. Whаt dо уоu dо whеn wе wаnt tо rеlаx? An іmmеdіаtе rерlу wоuld bе: lіѕtеn tо gооd muѕіс. And whу? Bесаuѕе уоu tеnd tо fоrgеt thаt а…

Pau Casals i Defilló (Catalan: [ˈpaw kəˈzaɫz i dəfiˈʎo]; December 29, 1876 – October 22, 1973), known during his professional career as Pablo Casals, was a Catalan cellist and conductor. He is generally regarded as the pre-eminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century, and one of the greatest cellists of all time. He made many recordings throughout his career,…

Curtis Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, R&B, and funk singer, songwriter, and record producer. He achieved success with The Impressions during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and recorded the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Super Fly, Mayfield is regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious African-American music. He was also a multi-instrumentalist who played the guitar, bass, piano,…

The Middle East, July 22 Great Northeast Productions Inc. will present Porcupine Tree. The Middle East is at 472-480 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge, Mass. Advance tickets for this show are $12 and can be purchased at the Middle East Box Office and at all Ticketmaster locations. To charge tickets by phone, call (617/508) 931-2000 or…

Is this the worst thing to ever happen in the Music Sequencer Market?  July 1, 2002, Apple acquires eMagic!!  Apple today announced it has acquired Emagic, a leading provider of professional software solutions for computer-based music production. Emagic’s most popular product, Logic, is actively used by over 200,000 musicians around the world. Emagic will operate as…

Chris Robinson uttered the phrase “acoustic mellow thing” into his microphone at the outset of his Wednesday night show, and those words served as both a forecast and a promise. The lanky, bearded singer, who is pursuing other projects while the Black Crowes are on hiatus, performed an acoustic, low-key set featuring a crop of…

Godsmack, Staind, Carly Simon, Aerosmith, American Hi-Fi win at The Boston Music Awards.  Reveille, Dropkick Murphy’s, Tribe of Judah, & Kay Hanley also take home awards. Mission Of Burma inducted into Hall of Fame And the Winners Are… Boston winners for the 15th annual Boston Music Awards at The Orpheum, on Thursday, April 11th, 2002…

A MONTH OF TUESDAYS AT THE TOAD February 5, 12, 19, & 26 Ramona Silver will be performing every Tuesday in February, starting February 5th, at Toad to celebrate the release of her new album, Death By Candy. There will be no cover charge for these shows, and Toad is located at 1920 Massachusetts Ave.…

December 7th, 2001 The New York City indie-scene is bracing itself for the next fresh thing. Since the Strokes (only a short while ago) made their paces through the Luna and immediately jumped to the mainstream modality; scenesters have been pondering? Is indie-local-rock gone? A thing of the past? A treasure once forgotten? And then…

November 2, 2001   Cavestomp Festival is a weekend long garage festival arranged by Stevie Van Zandt (ex. guitar player for the East Street Band and star of the Sopranos). This yearly festival has been happening for the past four and has brought well-deserved attention to bands like the garage-stompin’ Swingin’ Neckbreakers from New Jersey.…

Wavelab by Steinberg This program is actually really good. You can use multiple real-time effects. It was able to immediately see and use my sonic foundry Direct-X plug-ins. I like the 3d spectrum analyzer. You can fly samples to and from your favorite sampler. I was surprised to find that it was able to recognize…

Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist Patrice Williamson celebrates the release of new CD “Free to Dream” at The Regattabar in Cambridge, MA on Thursday, June 6, 2000   “Possessed with a smooth, honey-colored voice and intonation as flawless as Ella Fitzgerald’s” -Rick Anderson, The All-Music Guide to Jazz.   Boston-based jazz vocalist/flutist Patrice Williamson celebrates the release…

More Conga Expertise! Second Line on Conga Technique. Your hands have never sounded so good… In the “First Line….,” we talked about some general approaches and philosophies that will keep you out of the emergency room. Let’s get specific about conga sounds and the mechanics of each in playing. By the time you’re done here,…

1000 Bands from around the country and world perform in Austin, TX SXSW 2000: days 3 & 4 Friday 3 pm: Reverend Horton Heat @ Waterloo record store Went there to do some shopping and meet people. Didn’t realize the Rev. was playing until the place got really crowded and he took the stage. Nothing…

Richard Smallwood Richard Smallwood has changed the face of gospel music. He impeccably blends classical movements with traditional gospel, arriving at a mix that is Smallwood’s alone. A diverse and innovative artist, Richard Smallwood has achieved many honors. Richard was the top nominee for the Stellar Awards, receiving nine nominations for 1999. Richard was also…

The Harvey Sid Fisher show at the Milky Way (Jamaica Plains, MA) this past Monday was not to be missed. If you have a zodiac sign (and I know you do), Harvey has a song just for you. For those of you who haven’t heard of the master showman from Los Angeles, he has written…