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HHr-PJM 2017-FINAL2 -Publishing Version

Pure Jazz Magazine covers the music called Jazz from a very unique perspective not seen in most publications.


THE NEW SCHOOL - In Retrospect - Randy Weston NEWS ‘Jazz Griot’ Among Illustrious Artists-in-Residence Honoring Dr. Randy Weston in his 91st Year Randy Weston is one of the greatest living jazz musicians, an innovator and visionary who has performed on five continents, formed partnerships with the likes of Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, and forged a unique sound that has brought African rhythms to the foreground of contemporary jazz. “It’s so important to teach the history of our music and the origins of our music, which comes directly from the African continent,” Weston says. “It’s so important to reach our young people. Musicians have to be historians, too.” Weston shared that history, as well as his wisdom and expertise, with students when he joined the School of Jazz as its artist-inresidence last semester. During his residency, the jazz guru participated in a lecture series exploring his music and the development of American jazz and its roots in Africa, lead an improvisation ensemble program, mentor students, and perform live. Throughout these activities, Weston was a strong conduit to the past, channeling the golden era of jazz in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as the genre’s African origins. “In many cases, students aren’t taught the history of Africa or African music,” says Weston, a lifelong student of the continent’s culture and history. “I always say, if you want to learn the language, you have to learn the alphabet.” Mr. Weston was joined by other illustrious professional artists. Naila Al Atrash, a Syrian-born stage director and actor known for her challenging plays, which explore society, economics, and politics. She will guest-direct a play in the Eugene Lang College Theater Program. Imani Winds, a genre-defying Grammy-nominated wind quintet entering the second year of its residency at The New School. The group will conduct master classes, perform concerts, serve as guest lecturers in classrooms, and teach entrepreneurship in the performing arts. Nami Yamamoto, a renowned Japanese dancer and choreographer. She will create a new work for Eugene Lang College dance students, to be performed in their end-of-semester Fall Dance Performances. The Orion Quartet, a critically acclaimed string quartet that has been an artist-in-residence at The New School for the last decade. The group will lead master classes, perform concerts and offer private one-onone instruction to students. Andrew Balio, principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. During a daylong residency in October, he will conduct a master class, participate in a panel discussion on the future of classical music and of orchestral music, and perform a recital.

Philanthropic Organizations with musicians in mind For the past 25 years! EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT! PJM’s very short list of Philanthropic organizations who specialize in supporting the performance arts. That support is directed to the performers who make the magic possible. Please donate to the organizations below, they can use your financial support. The Actors Fund of America is a charitable organization that supports performers and behind-the-scenes workers in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 17,000 people directly each year. Click Here.. Since its inception, the Musicians Foundation has provided nation-wide support to thousands of musicians across all genres, offering compassion, respect and the support necessary for them to weather financial difficulties and personal setbacks with dignity and security. Click Here... More opportunities for musicians and performance artists are available in a downloadable pdf. Emergency Funds and Fundraising Platforms, click here 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 To order copies contact Duke University Press Box 90660 Durham, NC 27708-0660 Pure Jazz Needs your SUPPORT It keeps us moving forward Click Here! Pure Jazz Historic Moment James Reese Europe