Pure Jazz Magazine is a semi annual magazine featuring in depth Jazz stories, interviews plus other information you may find interesting. Based in Brooklyn, USA for the world.
With The Music In Mind Publisher’s Statement Hello subscribers and readers of Pure Jazz Magazine, First let me say there will NEVER be another Jo Ann. My family and I are honored and yet humbled by the task Ms. Brewster-Cheatham our sister laid out for us. Armed with the knowledge of her long-range plans we can begin to push on. As the Interm MD overseeing the PJM transition has been difficult. The staff at PJM requests your continued support for Jo Ann’s baby while our new publisher gets up to speed We are expanding our distribution area(s), primarily focusing on the East Coast. Continuing with Brooklyn as our base we believe the magazine has its best chance to continue publishing and telling the American Classic Music story from a Brooklyn style and point of view. Without you we cannot reach this goal. Our cover story features HORACE SILVER “Bebop Originator”. Horace Silver gave 65 plus years of his life to the music we identify as Jazz. A pianist and composer, Silver created a rhythmic sound known as “hard bop”, which combined R&B, gospel and Caribbean Jazz. It meshed perfectly with his eclectic style of piano playing; his invented style endures today. We love and revere the Jazz music of Mr. Silver because it touches all the right bases. PJM celebrates this Jazz master’s genius that recently made his transitional journey home to the ancestors. This issue of PJM also takes a reflective look at our founder and publisher Jo Ann Brewster-Cheatham. As a low key but forceful woman we wanted to take one more look at our sister, partner and mentor. Playthell Benjamin gives us that very insightful view. Jo Ann started PJ magazine almost 20 years ago and poured her heart and soul as well as her money into its production. Many who knew Jo Ann also knew her as a prolific photographer and a mentor to so many on that path. As a tribute to Ms. Cheatham we are moving our production into the digital world, which enhances PJM’s ability to expand. This move includes photographs taken by Ms. Cheatham as a feature in Pure Jazz Magazine. The Helen Morgan Story Part 2- continues the story we all wanted to hear for years. It was about that evening when Lee Morgan was shot at Slugs. PJM continues with part 2 of the saga “The Lady Who Shot Lee Morgan-- The Helen Morgan Story”. We get more answers. Sit back and relax for the remaining information inside this phenomenal story. The genre of Jazz is changing so fast that we must keep our eyes on who’s doing what these days. This can be a good thing but not at the expense of a fantastic group of master talent available. Technology certainly has something to do with listeners getting exposed to different music. In this issue we take a look at two sides of the same coin. First we take a close look at master talent in our story of “Let’s Celebrate The 90’s.” Next we look at some of the next generation talent, Esperanza Spaulding and Christian McBride. They are really interesting as they position themselves to carry on for the elders. Check them out in “Space Is The Place”. This issue’s “Movie Marquee” takes a look at the film “Miles Ahead”. A vision of Don Cheadle, it takes a look at the legendary trumpeter Miles Davis. This controversial movie invites opinions which run the gamut… Playthell Benjamin explains why he did not like the movie, “Miles was no gangster! I knew Miles and there was plenty of other stuff he could’ve used to make a movie…” Check it out! Enjoy, Dwight Brewster Interim Managing Director Page 6 - Pure Jazz Magazine Listen to Dwight @ World of Jazz Radio/Web Program www.wbai.org - 99.5 FM NYC Every Tuesday at 10pm EDT www.theworldofjazz.net International Jazz at its best!
Congratulations from PJM Founded in 1964 by National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, composer, pianist, educator, jazz legend Dr. Billy Taylor and arts administrator Ms. Daphne Arnstein, Jazzmobile’s mission is to present, preserve, promote and propagate America’s classical music Jazz. We are the oldest not-for-profit organization founded with this as it sole mission. jazz “The concerts are FREE but we pay the musicians.” Dr. Billy Taylor mobile Robin Bell Stevens Executive Director 154 West 127th Street New York, NY 10027 Tel: 212-866-4900 Fax: 212-666-3613 www.jazzmobile.com For the past 24 years! EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT! The National Endowment for the Arts has announced the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Fellows, recipients of the nation’s highest honor in jazz. The five Awardees: Vocalist/Broadcaster Dee Dee Bridgewater; Author, Editor, Producer and Educator (winner of the A.B. Spellman Award for Jazz Advocacy) Ira Gitler Bassist, Cellist, Composer and Bandleader Dave Holland; Keyboardist, Composer and Arranger Dick Hyman Organist-Composer Dr. Lonnie Smith All were recognized for their exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz. Each will receive a $25,000 award. They will be honored at a tribute concert, April 3, 2017 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. To order copies contact Duke University Press Box 90660 Durham, NC 27708-0660 www.dukeupress.edu “Live Jazz” Needs your SUPPORT EVERYDAY It keeps us moving forward Pure Jazz Historic Moment James Reese Europe Pure Jazz Magazine - Page 7
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