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The Jazz Voyager

I’m leaving on a jet plane for Italy to check out the Barbara Raimondi Trio tomorrow at a cozy little spot simply called Jazz Club, located in the heart of Turin at Via S.Francesco Da Paola ang. Via Giolitti, 10123. Reservations are best made at 011.88.29.39 for dinner table and jazz. Closed on Monday/Tuesday, you can hear music Wednesday/Thursday from 8:00pm to 12:00am, Friday from 8:00pm -2:00am and on Saturday *;00pm to 3:00am. Sundays check the schedule at www.jazzclub.torino.it.

Offering a variety of genres, concerts and music trends may just cause this Jazz Voyager to hang out a few more days to hear and see what may come before heading off on my next jazz adventure.

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The Jazz Voyager

Heading back across the pond to 315 Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas to experience some jazz in the Elephant Room located in the basement of the historic Swift Building. This Jazz Voyager is under the impression that it is a destination for both jazz aficionados and jazz neophytes, and desires to add his name to the roster of the former.

Since 1991 this underground jazz room has presented live jazz performances seven days a week and is open daily from 4:00pm until 2:00am, 8:00pm to 2:00am on Saturday and Sunday. It boasts a full bar with more than 20 draft beers & wines by the glass. So after laying out the small cover I shall relinquish all external forces to their devices and kick back to enjoy the sounds of the Ephraim Owens Quintet tomorrow. Cabernet anyone?

Don’t forget to add the zip code 78701 to your map quest or get more information by calling 512-473-2279.

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Hollywood On 52nd Street

My Foolish Heart is the theme song to the 1949 film of the same name adapted from J. D. Salinger’s 1948 short story Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut. Directed by Mark Robson and starred Dana Andrews and Susan Hayward. The film tells the story of a woman’s reflections on the bad turns her life has taken.

Unfortunately for movie fans this remains the only authorized film adaptation of Salinger’s work as the filmmakers’ infidelity to his story famously precluded any possibility of film versions of other Salinger works, including The Catcher in the Rye. Though a lackluster and critical reception met the movie, Hayward was nominated for an Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Victor Young and Ned Washington for Best Music, Song for the title song and which has become a jazz standard.

The film was recognized with a nomination by American Film Institute in 2002 to AFI’s 100 Years…100 Passions, however, it did not make the list.

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The Jazz Voyager

The Jazz Voyager has recuperated from the music and fun of the Atlanta Jazz Festival and is heading to Zurich and then on to Ulster, Switzerland to visit the Swiss jazz archive that calls itself SwissJazzOrama. Founded 1989 in Rheinfelden as Pro Jazz Switzerland, it has been located in Uster near Zurich since 1998. The society has members from all over Switzerland.

The repository collects and archives all kind of sound carriers, pictures, literature and other testimonies from the Jazz universe. It registers these documents in databases that are continuously updated and provide quick access. The currently houses more than 6000 Shellac records, 18000 LPs, 7000 CDs, 600 Videos, 3000 Magazines, 1300 Books, 2000 photos and 2400 posters.

SwissJazzOrama develops concepts for theme-centered exhibitions, which are publicly shown at the Jazz Gallery in the Uster “Music Container” and at several events such as jazz festivals. People can access the archives and for scientific purposes, SJO specialists may support search, compilation and evaluation of relevant data.

Maintaining a very good relationship with the Swiss Jazz schools, the SwissJazzOrama can provide contact to related institutions in Switzerland and abroad. Membership is open to all persons interested in culture. To further investigate head to Ackerstrasse 45 CH 8610 in Uster or call +41 (0)44 940 19 82. Opening Hours of the Gallery, the Shop, and the Fonoteca Listening station are Tuesday to Friday 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm and closed Monday. Free entry!

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Atlanta Jazz Festival…2017

Tradition takes time and through that time the dream weathers the tests that will one day allow it to stand alone. Tradition is not a task for the faint-hearted but is best relegated to the visionaries who recognize its value and grasp the baton as it is passed. 

In Atlanta, the gateway city to the South, the bastion of tradition has long been the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the largest free jazz festival in the country. It is truly the hallmark of legacy heralding the vision of Mayor Maynard Jackson that began in 1974. It took four years of planning before the then Bureau of Cultural Affairs would launch the inaugural festival in 1978. Not without its obstacles, its success established the foundation upon which forty consecutive festivals have presented this music to admiring and adoring fans.

For 40 years, 5 mayors, Maynard Jackson, Andrew Young, Bill Campbell, Shirley Franklin and Kasim Reed, 4 decades of City Council men and women and 7 directors of the Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Robert Lomax, Shirley Franklin, Tom Cullen, Shirley Cooks, Harriet Sanford, Barbara Bowser and Camille Russell Love have kept jazz a vibrant invitation and welcome to the city each year. They have given opportunity to more than a 1000 jazz musicians and vocalists to grace the stages of the Atlanta Jazz Festival before millions of spectators.

Without their staunch support and hard work, the ever-evolving festival would not have been able to give visibility to venues around the city during the 31 Days of Jazz that precedes each Memorial Day weekend festivities. Nor would they have been able to have more than a 100 middle and high school bands compete each spring in the Youth Jazz Band Competition to win a coveted performance spot on the main stage to open each day of the festival.

Over the years without the support over the decades with staff like Michael Lomax, Malcolm Johnson, Joe Jennings, Kole Eaton, Ebon Dooley, Mitchell Feldman, Rob Gibson and John Armwood, festival managers Alonzo Craig and Melissa Laurenceau, project supervisor Nnena Nchege who ran logistics & 31 Days or Valarie Benning Barney responsible for sponsorship & marketing, there wouldn’t be current project coordinator Herman Wilson.

7 photographers have been primarily responsible for documenting festival’s growth: Jim Alexander, Sheila Pree Bright, Michael Reese, Sue Ross, Eric Waters, Julie Yarbrough and Ernest Gregory. With the onset of the internet hundreds more amateur and professional photographers have shared their photos and videos across multiple platforms.

The media has played an important part of getting the message to the people and we recognize radio sponsors WVEE 103FM, WCLK 91.9FM, 94Q Jazz Flavours, WRFG 89.3FM, WJZF, WALR/Kiss 104.1, WABE-PBA, WJZZ 107.5, 790 The Zone, as well as radio personalities Ernest Gregory and perennial emcee, John Armwood, Bobby Jackson, Steve Bowser, Phil Clore, Carl Anthony, H. Johnson, Riva Blue, and Jamal Ahmad among numerous others, who have lent their voice and time volunteering. Print media sponsors have been Creative Loafing, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jezebel Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, Rolling Out, Abyss Jazz Magazine, Upscale Magazine, Atlanta Tribune The Magazine, Southwest Atlanta Magazine, and television sponsors MediaOne, BET on Jazz, WSB TV, Mundo Hispanico, and Comcast.

Last but never the least, we must never forget to give thanks to the thousands of volunteers, aptly dubbed Jazzteers by Nnena Nchege in 2005, who over forty years have unselfishly given their time to insure the success of the festival. Without their help the behind the scenes production activities that make operations run smoothly would not happen. They have are a vital component to each year’s event.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival is the acknowledged largest continuous free jazz event in North America and contributes greatly to the success of the city’s tourism, hospitality and community. Standing alongside all of the men and women who have been proud to have supported this tradition and are currently a part of this annual endeavor, it has been a privilege and an honor to be numbered among this cast.

This 40th year anniversary celebration lineup includes performers who graced the stage the very first year, those who have performed over the years and those who are first time initiates. They are the Pedrito Martinez Group, the Robert Glasper Experiment, the Allan Harris Band, Regina Carter: Simply Ella, Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Quintet, Reńe Marie and Experiment in Truth, Charles Lloyd Sky Trio, Moonchild, Nik West, Nicholas Payton Afro-Caribbean Mixtape, Macy Gray, Little Tybee, Harriet Tubman: The Band, Deva Mahal, Marquis Hill Blacktet, the Miles Davis Electric Band Tribute All Star Jam with Lil’ John Roberts feat. Russell Gunn and Miles Davis band member Mino Cinelu, Dwight Andrews, Joe Jennings & Howard Nicholson’s Life Force, Celebrating Sarah: Kathleen Bertrand & Friends Honor Sarah Vaughan, the Joe Gransden Big Band with Alexandra Jackson, the Ojeda Penn Experience with Jean Carne, Freddy Cole, Frank Houston, Kemba Cofield, Darren English, Cleveland P. Jones, Julie Dexter and Jacob Deaton Duo featuring Rasheeda Ali, Mamaniji Azanyah & Mastery, Russell Gunn & African Drums meets Kebbi Williams’ Wolf Pack and Mausiki Scales & Common Ground featuring Giwayen Mata.

Sponsors & Partners of the 2017 Atlanta Jazz Festival are Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka, Resurgens Atlanta, Bank of America, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, City of Atlanta, Publix Supermarket Charities, Marta, Fontis Mountain Spring Water, Lyft, Loews Atlanta Hotel, and Sprouts Farmers Market.

The Official Print partner is Creative Loafing and the Official Radio Partner is WCLK 91.9FM #AJF40


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