Detroit Jazz Magazine

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Do you love jazz? We certainly do. For us, it’s about the music. We have a stellar magazine you want to see.

You can learn about some great artists, read about the owners of some of the greatest venues here in Detroit, and best of all, you can share your opinion about what you read with your friends and family right at the bottom of every article.

Come check us out
www.detroitjazzmagazine.com.

George Benson makes his Nate King Cole CD

 

 

George Benson:

 

New Album in the Making
I’m recording a new Nat King Cole tribute album with an orchestra and would love for you to be a part of it!

Welcome to my PledgeMusic page.

I’ve had the idea to record an album featuring the music of Nat King Cole for quite some time now. Thanks to my long history with Concord Records, together we arranged an amazing 42 piece orchestra to make a record I’m really passionate about.

Since this is a very unique and special project to me and I am blessed by many good friends who have supported me along the way, I wanted to give my fans a chance to take part in something unique and special, too. So, instead of the traditional ‘making of’ DVD or a few extra bonus tracks, Concord Records and I have teamed up with PledgeMusic to give you an opportunity to participate in some exclusive offers only available here.

I will personally autograph CDs and Vinyl. You can get your name listed in the album artwork! You can even purchase my newly developed Ibanez LGB300 signature guitar which I’ll personally sign for you over a Skype chat!

A lot of these offerings are limited edition and aren’t even printed yet, so all you have to do for now is ‘Pledge’ and your credit card won’t be charged until the bar at the top of the page hits 100%. And just for Pledging, you’ll gain access to behind the scenes information on the making of the album including exclusive videos and updates along the way.

And I want you to know that a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the victims of Hurricane Sandy through our friends at Music Cares.

Thank you for being a part of this special project and I can’t wait for you to hear this record!

– George

If you are interested to support this project, visit this website http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/georgebenson.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant

Ivories is small for a jazz venue, and the tables – flanked by the bar on one side and windows on the other – are packed in tight. The stage is home to a huge Mason & Hamilton grand piano. The stage lighting and PA system are pretty rudimentary but the place has only been around for a few months. The floor plan, being a big rectangle, makes every seat a good seat.

Great ambiance, great jazz. They’ve got a nice wine list and the menu has some great choices.

Portland trumpeter Farnell Newton and his quintet took the stage and offered up the music of Miles Davis. These guys didn’t need a fancy PA system – they just shot it right at you. Ivories was filled with good music, good food, and a lot of smiling faces.

Portland needs a real jazz venue that doesn’t book the same person four nights a week just because he brings people in. Ivories is making a grand effort to book international jazz luminaries as well as local gems. Support!

Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant, 1435 NW Flanders, Portland, Oregon 97209

Ron Kobayashi – Piano Passion

Pianist and leader Ron Kobayashi has performed with Mel Torme, Margaret Whiting, Eric Marienthal, Phil Upchurch, Teddy Edwards, Tim Weisberg and Paula Kelly Jr. and “The Modernaires,” He was a featured performer on the internationally distributed “Johnny Yune” television show, and has been featured on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. In 1992, Ron performed for President Bill Clinton and has recorded as a solo artist for the Casierra Record label.

The Ron Kobayashi Trio has played numerous jazz festivals including the San Bernardino Music Festival, The Orange County Art and Jazz Festival, the Dana Point Jazz Festival and the Mission Viejo Music Festival, as well as the Colorado Belle Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada.

In 2012, the Ron Kobayashi Trio was nominated for “Best Jazz” at the Orange County Music Awards.

Ron Kobayashi published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Books – The Total Jazz Guitarist

The Total Jazz Guitarist is an exciting journey through the diverse world of jazz guitar playing. You start with basic lessons on the major scale and end up playing intricately beautiful chord melodies and soloing over tricky jazz chord progressions. This wide-ranging study is for all players from beginning to advanced.

The beginning-to-intermediate student will find all the tools needed to become a great guitarist, while the more advanced player will find lots of useful tips and a fresh perspective on jazz guitar. Whether this is your first jazz guitar book or you’ve been studying for years, this is the one place to get everything you need to make you a great jazz guitarist. A CD demonstrating the examples in the book is included. This book is great for someone who wishes to learn how to play jazz, or for someone who knows a little and wants to become more proficient.

Get one of the last copies at Amazon.com.

Bo Woody Winter – Esperanza

Bo Woody Winter‘s work is inspired by jazz and jazz musicians. It’s only naturally that his paintings are often to see on exhibitions during jazz festivals like for example the North Sea Jazz Art 2011  during the North Sea Jazz Festival 2011. Hailing from Rotterdam Bo currently lives in Ibiza, Islas Baleares, Spain. He studied Visual Art – Painting at the Academy of Art in Rotterdam.

His works can be seen at Facebook and at this website.  Also visit Bo’s own blog.

Reggie Duffie – Simply Miles

Reggie Duffie of Duffie and Duffie Visual Designs, creates custom artwork and portraits, and can create a custom portrait from your photo. Most of his recent artwork and design is created digitally, combining years of traditional art techniques with the ever-expanding capabilities of digital painting. These detailed digital paintings are all originals, created by the artist’s hand from scratch using a simple track ball mouse as a virtual paint brush and the computer screen as a virtual canvas.

No pre-drawing or line drawing, no tracing or digital manupulation, no altering of scanned or digital photographs or images and no using filters – this is real digital painting, bar none! Because each print is made from the original digital file, each print should be considered an original piece of art, not a copy. Digital Images are available in any size canvas or glossy print, signed and numbered by artist.

For any information or specific requests or sizes please contact artist —- Reggie is also a gifted versatile multi-medium artist specializing in traditional and conventional art work ranging from oil on canvas, water color, pencil drawings, and pastels. When it come to graphic art, Duffie and Duffie Visual Designs is a one stop shop.
Duffie and Duffie Visual Design at duffieandduffieart.com.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Blue Note New York

Since its inception in 1981, Blue Note has become one of the premier jazz clubs in the world and a cultural institution in Greenwich Village. Owner and founder Danny Bensusan had a vision to create a jazz club in Greenwich Village that would treat deserving artists with respect, while allowing patrons to see the world’s finest jazz musicians in a close, comfortable setting. Artists who had stopped playing in jazz clubs decades before, such as Sarah Vaughn, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and Tito Puente, soon called Blue Note home.

Jazz is undoubtedly America’s music, and while Blue Note strives to preserve the history of jazz, the club is a place where progression and innovation – the foundations of jazz – are encouraged and practiced on a nightly basis. In addition to the main acts that feature the likes of Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, and Chris Botti, Blue Note has introduced the Monday Night Series and the bi-weekly Late Night Groove Series to showcase New York’s up-and-coming jazz, soul, hip-hop, R&B and funk artists. Blue Note has been instrumental in encouraging the development of Greenwich Village’s local musicians by giving them a chance to perform in one of the world’s finest venues. Currently, there are four Blue Notes located in Japan and one in Milan, Italy.

Over the years, Blue Note has been an economic engine for Greenwich Village, bringing in jazz fans from all over the world. The club receives rave reviews on a weekly basis in New York’s daily newspapers such as The New York Times and in international travel guides and magazines. What makes Blue Note so special is that on a given night, anything can happen. It is not uncommon to see the likes of Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Liza Minelli, and Quincy Jones get called up on stage from the audience to sit in. Blue Note gives artists the musical freedom they deserve, and jazz fans get a chance to see the most unlikely combination of stars night after night on the Blue Note stage.

After twenty-five years of success, Blue Note continues to carry the torch for jazz into the 21st century in the cultural heart of New York, Greenwich Village. And don’t forget the wonderful menu.

Located between 6th and McDougal St., Blue Note offers music every night at 8pm and 10:30pm. On Friday and Saturday nights, Blue Note has a Late Night Groove Series at 12:30am and offers a Sunday Brunch for $24.50 a person at 12:30pm and 2:30pm weekly.

Dianne Russell – Mel Brown

Diane Russell was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She began to paint while attending Portland State University, and studied illustration at Parsons School of Design in New York. After graduating she returned to Oregon, where she has lived and worked as a professional artist for over 30 years. Diane began her professional career as a fashion illustrator, and over time her art has evolved towards portraiture.

Many of her paintings reflect her passion for music and dance, as well as people from all walks of life. Her portraits capture more than a likeness, they bring to light the inner soul. Diane uses her own photos as reference; then goes beyond the photograph to bring the portrait to life on canvas. Diane paints with M. Graham oil paints, using only pure paint with a touch of linseed oil, which she applies in many thin layers to achieve the vibrant and translucent color in her paintings.

Clients include the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, the Blues Foundation, Pendleton Woolen Mills, and Palmer/Pletsch Publications. Her work appears on the 2005 W.C. Handy Blues Awards poster, CD and book covers, and in private and corporate collections across the country. Diane is a member of the Portrait Society of America, the Blues Foundation, the Cascade Blues Association, and the Jazz Society of Oregon.

This painting of Mel Brown was taken from one of Dianne’s photographs of his weekly performances at Salty’s and Jimmy Mak’s in Portland, Oregon. While well known in Oregon, Mel has played and traveled worldwide, including many years with Motown. He is an accomplished musician and teacher, and in recognition of his contributions to the cultural life of Oregon, he received the Governor’s Arts Award in 2002. Labeled the “Gentleman of Jazz”, his career has spanned over 40 years.

For more information about this artist and her work visit Dianne’s website.

Smooth Jazz and Printed Medium – Jazziz

For over 25 years, Jazziz Magazine has been covering the jazz world, documenting musical innovations, charting industry trends, following the artists whose lives so colorfully inform our own.

The award-winning Jazziz Magazine gives you the lowdown, in print and online, on what’s hot (and what’s not) in the world of jazz with insightful editorial, hundreds of CD reviews, and inspired photography and design. Aside from its unparalleled look, each issue of Jazziz comes with Limited Edition Collector’s CDs so that you can listen to the music featured in the magazine.

Jazziz has been called “the voice of a new jazz culture; a culture it helped create,” and over the past 25 years has earned the undisputed authority on jazz and style. More than a magazine, Jazziz is your one-stop destination for information and entertainment in the jazz world.

For more information about Jazziz visit their website.

J. Michael Howard – Free Flight

J. Michael Howard, a Virginia native, is a graduate of a computer science program but is an artist at heart. Howard moved to New York with the intention of completing his studies in Fine Art, but was offered an opportunity to acquire a degree in computer science through a scholarship. Set on achieving the greater goal of attaining a good education, he set aside his passion for art to achieve that goal. Michael moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he works as a web content developer.

But he has not forsaken his true passion, continuing to paint and to develop his skills as an artist. He has been painting and exhibiting his works nationally while working as a computer professional since 1990. Music has an intrinsic influence on his paintings and is a dominant theme in his works. Michael’s original paintings and pastels are owned by corporate institutions and private collectors worldwide.

His work can be found on permanent installation in the Comer Museum, in the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition for the book Seeing Jazz: Artists and Writers on Jazz. Michael currently teaches both traditional and computer art to children and seniors at facilities throughout metro Atlanta in the evenings.

“I believe strongly in working with the community based institution whose mission is to promote music, visual art or youth development through education, community involvement or publications,” states Howard.

Over the years, Michael continues to contribute his talents and acquired skills to assist non-profit organizations, high school jazz bands, youth orchestras and clubs. He created the 1993 Atlanta Jazz Festival poster sponsored by the Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs and Creative Loafing Urban News. In the commercial realm, Michael’s work can be found on the covers of music CDs, books and magazines.

For more information about J. Michael Howard visit his website.

Yuriy Shevchuk – Marcus Miller

Born in 1961 in Kiev, Ukraine, Yuriy Shevchuk attended the Kiev Art School and later the prestigious Kiev Architectural Academy. Yuriy has adopted the practice of recording his own experiences in his artworks: his three passions, painting, jazz and historical cars have become the focus of his paintings. Since 1993 Shevchuk has been living in the city of Prague, which he depicts in many of his paintings and also where he exhibits his work widely. He has been described as an accomplished master, full of artistic and intellectual energy.

Bewitched with jazz music he skillfully and rapidly sketches the cool and charming figures of musicians in action, showing the positive mood of jazz and the stunning spiritual intensity of this bright magical world. His lively and spontaneous paintings expertly translate the atmosphere and verve of the music, using dripping, seeping paints and pastels.

Another part of his interests is retro cars. He does not paint cars as such, but tries to depict his emotional perception of retro style. So, the observer can feel spirit of the past on his works.

Shevchuk, an associate member of the Pastels Society of America, has participated in numerous exhibitions and his work is held in collections all over the world. The clarity, harmony, the refined palette of colour and line attract sophisticated art and music lovers worldwide. In the presence of Yuriy’s paintings one can almost hear the blues, feel the beguiling emotions and impassioned feelings of the musicians translated through the artist; such intoxication supports the belief that Yuriy Shevchuk is undoubtedly among the leading contemporary artists exhibiting widely in the Czech Republic today.

For more information about this artist and his works visit
http://www.shevchukart.com.

Bettie Grace Miner – Works of Art

You will certainly have hold one of her art pieces in your hand. Bettie Grace Miner is one of the most in-demand painters and photographers in the smooth jazz scene and beyond. In an unique way she combines photography and painting techniques to make the typical “Miner Art”.

Influenced by French painters during her stay in Paris she adapted the technique of Expressionism and Impressionism she observed in art museums and painting exhibitions. The art begins as a photograph or a collage of photographs, which Bettie creates in the studio specifically for each piece of art. Lighting and composition is at the heart of the art. Once the perfect photograph is created, she uses that image as the foundation for a painting. Sometimes the art will appear to look very photographic, and other times it will be very abstract. This depends upon the style commissioned (and the mood of the piece). The final art can then be printed on fine art paper or canvas, known as a Gicleé.

She works in her studio in downtown Los Angeles, California. It is a 2300 square foot loft on the top floor of an old art deco era bank building, built in 1921. It’s more of a working studio than a gallery with brick walls, cement floors and the charm of a New York style artist loft. If you’d like to visit and discuss a project or see some art, please make a private appointment and Bettie will be happy to give you the tour.

Bettie loves photography and do a lot for musicians, record labels, advertising and lots more. You can see examples of the work in the photography section of her website. There are packages available for fine art portraits, CD covers, executive portraiture and more. All portrait packages include expert Photoshop retouching by The Photoshop Guy. She does not do product, catalog or architectural photography, but she knows some fantastic photographers who do if you need it.

We recommend to visit her website www.minerworksofart.com and learn more about her immense opus.