• IAJE Evening 3 - Jazz Wonk(a)

    January 12, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Golden Ticket

    Let's all pretend that I'm Grandpa Joe from Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory for a moment:

    I never thought my life could be
    Anything but catastrophe
    But suddenly I begin to see
    A bit of good luck for me

    'Cause I've got a golden ticket
    I've got a golden twinkle in my eye...

    I had a backstage pass for the NEA Jazz Masters ceremony. It's a very precious item to have. Why did I, a lowly jazz radio blogger, get this? Well, as it happens, for one night, I was God. Or more appropriately, the "Voice of God" during the show. Hear God here.


    But Friday Night was not about me, and everything about the Jazz Masters who have contributed their lives to this music. So, now that I've been reassigned to mere mortal status, we'll move on to the show in these next few posts... - Josh

  • Beyond IAJE - Mr. Goudas Ginger Beer

    January 12, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Ginger Beer

    Thanks to Toronto's sizable West Indian population, there's a lot of food and beverage variety. Mr. Goudas Ginger Beer is my new favorite guilty pleasure during long days and nights at IAJE. I've had ginger beer, but nothing like this. It will set your mouth ablaze.

    You gotta check out the commercial (RealMedia)

    Too rich... - Josh

  • IAJE - E.J. Gold's JazzArt

    January 12, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    You may have noticed the colorful backgrounds in some of the pictures of performers at IAJE. We have E.J. Gold to thank for that - the artist is the official provider of JazzArt for IAJE 2008. You can see his work around IAJE - there's even a gallery outside of one of the performance spaces. These pieces are huge - probably 6 feet tall by a couple feet wide. I have a hard time capturing the entire thing with my camera. Here's one:


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  • IAJE Day 3 - NEA Jazz Master Quincy Jones

    January 12, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    Rhonda Hamilton and Quincy Jones at IAJE

    Here's a guy who needs no introduction. Quincy Jones is not just Jazz Royalty, he's Music Royalty. And we were honored to have him stop by. He spoke with Rhonda Hamilton. Take a listen:

    Interview with NEA Jazzmaster Quincy Jones

  • IAJE Evening 3 - NEA Jazz Masters and Christian Scott

    January 12, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    Tonight's activities ran the gamut: first up was the NEA Jazz Master Awards Concert. David Baker (himself an NEA Jazz Master) led the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra through some great Quincy Jones tunes and arrangements, and Kurt Elling joined them on some Sinatra favorites. Throughout, all six newly-inducted Jazz Masters were honored (being introduced by the likes of Nancy Wilson, Jon Hendricks and others), and the concert concluded with Paquito D'Rivera, Candido Camero and Joe Wilder joining the band for the classic Walkin'.

    NEA Jazz Masters concert

    Then, it was on to see Christian Scott, who's no stranger to WBGO - he's performed live on WBGO from NJPAC, and done a studio session as well. The average age of the audience for Christian Scott was markedly younger than that of the Jazz Masters concert. But so was the average age of the performers. While the NEA Jazz Masters represent what has gotten Jazz to where it is, I'd like to think Christian Scott and his contemporaries represent the future. And it's an exciting direction. Take a listen to the studio session that Christian did, I think you'll agree.

    Christian Scott at IAJE 2008

    - David Tallacksen