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“It Up!”

May 2020

Musical Celebration:

NEA Master Quincy Jones




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Welcome “Jazz it Up Readers”,

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Music In Mind


Jo Ann Cheatham


Agneta Brewster-Ballesteros

-TEMP Editor-

D. Milroy

-Contributing Writers-

Patricia Kelly

D. Milroy

Dr Mambo

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Direct Communications


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Ira Tucker Jr.

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Darryl Brewster

William K. Crosby

Beverly Jensen

This issue of SPOTLIGHT features NEA Master Quincy Jones. PureJazz it

Up! is always seeking the eclectic music professional we can shine a SPOT-

LIGHT on. With Mr. Jones, (or just“Q”) his impact on the international

music business needs no words to “blow him up”, the medifores about him

are real. From Sarah Vaughn to Micheal Jackson with Miles, Count Basie

in the cut makes Mr. Jones so extraordanary. Add “We Are TheWorld” and

the ground breaking television programming “Roots” as well as arranger

and musical director for Frank Sinatra you can run out of superperalitives

quickly. This issue PureJazz it Up! was up for the inside info on the event

hornoring Mr. Jones, couldn’t miss it.



Again we’re super ecstatic we could feature “Q” in this issue.…


D. Milroy

Table des Matières

Jazz966 ...... 4

Q(uincy) Jones ..... 6

Jazz it Up! ..... 8

PJM Movie Review ..... 10

PureJazz Magazine

Artwork of the day .....12

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Celebrating Neighborhood Jazz


Brooklyn, NY’s

By Dr Mambo

When I first heard about JAZZ966 you

know I looked it up in all the regular

places but found very little! Surprised,

I inquired again to the “keeper of the secrets”

Harold Valle for more details. His

reply came to personify “neighborhood

Jazz” for me. First, he said something

very important “the club’s mission and

history are on its walls”, hmm ok. Harold

also mentioned “the club only operates

Friday evenings from 8 pm until 12


Growing up in a New York outer borough

I realized there was something to

be gleamed from the once a week session

as practiced by JAZZ966. In many clubs

there are usually performances by musicians

and vocalists plus jam sessions.

There are other examples like “The Hole

(on the mezzanine level in a Brooklyn

subway station). The Bronx had Arthur’s

Roundtable which operated as regular

club (food and drinks) where one could

interact and improve their craft on

Wednesdays. Village Door in Queens

was quite a venue in the 60’s, there you

might find talent like “Trane” jamming

on any given day. In Manhattan there

was St. Nick’s Pub around since the 50’s

literally a Jazz shrine (fire destroyed the

place a few years ago), also “Mintons”

during its day in the 40’s many consider

the birthplace of “Be-Bop” were all

neighborhood joints where musicians

seeking knowledge or a challenge could

ply their trade!

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For the past 30 years!

As most (night) clubs are actually bars

or in basements of multi-story buildings

JAZZ966 was different. Outside

the club hours of operation, the building

functioned as a senior citizen center! I

thought this was a fabulous opportunity

to learn where the vision of JAZZ966

came from and the management skills

needed to keep it up and running. Providing

a location for American Classical

music to thrive in the neighborhoods

of Brooklyn was baked in the business

model from the inception. When I was

able to finally get to JAZZ966 and view

the walls, the history took on greater importance

for me. To appreciate a thing,

you must know a thing…

So, my education began.

JAZZ966 was launched in 1990 by the

Fort Greene Council’s Chairman, Dr.

Sam Pinn (a very serious Jazz enthusiast),

as part of the cultural arts program

enhancement designed to service the

agency’s senior population. The amazing

thing about JAZZ966 from its beginning

the originators mastered the ability

to serve their community. Located at

966 Fulton Street in Bedford Stuyvesant

Brooklyn, New York City a pillar location

for Jazz on the planet was an excellent

location. Every Friday night, September

through June, JAZZ966 presents

a wide range of Jazz formats including

straight-ahead, big band (swing), hard

bop, cool jazz, the blues, classic soul,

R&B, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin

styles. While perusing the club I noticed

a flyer from a performance by master

musician Wynton Marsalis at JAZZ966,

all music presented LIVE at neighborhood


The foundation for JAZZ966 is Fort

Greene Council, Inc. (FGC). Established

in Brooklyn, New York in 1973

and incorporated in 1974 with founder

Dr. Sam Pinn at the helm. The Council’s

core mission strove to provide services

at several stages of the human life cycle.

From the beginning with early childhood

programs, through life’s later stages

with programs for the elderly.

With the JAZZ966 component firmly in

place, add the vast amount of Jazz music

professionals calling Brooklyn home it

was only natural for the music to seek

JAZZ966 as a neighborhood home.

Leading the way in the early 70’s for

neighborhood Jazz was cultural heavyweight

Jitu Weusi. Topflight talent began

performing at “The East” on a regular

basis propelling the East program

into one of the premier self-governing

neighborhood programs in NYC. The

way was clearly marked for JAZZ966 to

continue the story.

In 1989 Torrie McCartney and Dr. Sam

Pinn with input from Dr. Mary Umoluu

(professor at Medgar Evers College)

hammered out the details required to

get the “club” up and running at 966

Fulton Street. “Sometime the conversations

got heated with enthused language

to actually get the program moving.”

“When the club first opened it was

on the 3rd floor and $5 at the door.”

“It provided a venue for local talent as

well regional and at times international

talent to be heard and gain a Brooklyn

audience”, says Mike Howard, Torrie’s

husband. The organizational energy was

full of fire during those times as Central

Brooklyn Jazz Consortium and Pure

Jazz Magazine were also created tapping

into that same energy source.

Dr. Pinn made his transition to the ancestors

recently so Ms. Claudette Macey,

MSW, LCSW is the present Executive

Director of the center. She is responsible

for the nuts and bolts of keeping

the doors open at the center as well as

JAZZ966… Speaking with her during a

Friday evening event I asked how the future

looked to keep neighborhood Jazz

going in Brooklyn. I came away from

that conversation with Ms. Macey was

well fortified with the administrative

and cultural tools to keep the Bed-Sty

Community Center growing. With

JAZZ966 serving the “neighborhood”

based on thirty (30) years in business

has earned the status of, Jazz Shrine!

The “club” plans continuing the tradition

well into the foreseeable future.

This story was penned just before the

Covid19 pandemic, live entertainment

in NYC may never return quite like it

has been. On that note the JAZZ966

story will be moving into a new era.

With the rules on how clubs will operate

in the near future still up in the air

uncertainty is mounting after months

of imposed shutdown. Many locations

for working musicians will never reopen

victims of collateral damage due to the

health catastrophe. Keep our eyes and

ears tuned as we learn what the impact

of reopening the economy on entertainment

life will be. Lets continue support

for this storied institution, JAZZ966…

Visit JAZZ966 website

for the fall musical lineup.

Dr. Pinn and International

Musician Winton Marcellas

on a break at the club

Current JAZZ966 booking agent

and MC George Johnson

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By Patricia Kelly

On July 13, 2019, the Auditorium Stavinski in Montreux, Switzerland

presented the final performance of the 25th Annual Montreaux

JAZZ Festival. Featuring the iconic Quincy Jones “Sounds of the 80s”

showcased a period of Q’s hits, and songs produced with the late Michael

Jackson. Inside the Stavinski venue is the Quincy Jones Hall, a

life size photo gallery of Switzerland’s ‘adopted son’, humble genius,

and recipient of the award-winning documentary, “Q”. Montreaux

also honored him at the opening ceremonies in June.

We’re here for the magic being familiar with Jones’s stellar work. If listened

to early you’ve heard his recordings with JAZZ ‘A’ listers,- from

Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn, and Frank Sinatra, to pop( Leslie Gore),

TV, and movie soundtracks(Sanford and Son, and In the Heat of the

Night among them). Q’s musical genius, and orchestrated talents

produced tunes millions grew up loving, and still love listening to

across generations.


The concert opens with; “Soul Bossa Nova”, continued with “Give

Me the Night,” “Stomp”, “Ai No Corrida”(among the list), and a

mind-blowing version of “Misty” by Shelea. And did she deliver!

In addition to Shelea, vocalists Lauren Jauregui covered,

“You Don’t Own me.”


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Jonah Nilsson, Sinfonietta De Lausanne and -M-or Matthieu Chedid

… totally superb!

John Baptiste added his voice, and hot

piano jam in the finale-“Let the Good

Times Roll”, in a bluesy/jazz style.


Each artist walked over to Q with hugs

after killing it onstage! Michael Jackson’s

80’s hits brought nostalgic moments

as videos of Q, and MJ working

together filled the screens. People dancing,

singing along, and jamming!

We need more shows like this! Covers

to “Pretty Young Thing”, “Off the

Wall”, and “Lady in my Life” captured

with breathtaking energy! The ‘Thriller’(still

a top selling album)presentation

included viral dancer, Salif Gueye,

a special guest performer imitating MJ’s

moves on;

“Don’t Stop till You Get Enough”, and

“Billie Jean”.


Lebanese musician Ibrahim Maaloof ’s

stirring trumpet solo mesmerized the

tremendous crowd. His melodic intro

to “Human Nature” brought peaceful

vibes, exquisite horn notes, and a

standing ovation of applause.


The excellent players in Q’s orchestra

conducted by John Clayton, a high

school friend of his.

This first rate music concert introduced

a welcoming international audience to

a new generation of artists. Quincy

spoke of them, and us as a society with

advice on his approach to life, and benefits

of team work; “This is about we,

us, ours. I swear by that”…

You can listen to the whole thing here,

as well as his hilarious take on the ‘occupant’

in Washington, D.C.;


“Sounds of the 80s”-an evening of musical

greatness, and unforgettable moments

in Montreux, a uniquely warm,

and outstanding city. A multitude of

80s sounds etched in memory.

A place where the legacy, achievements,

and incredibly beautiful music of our

beloved Quincy Jones, will live forever.

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Welcome to my

“Jazz It Up!” Blog:

This week we remember singer-songwriter

Bill Withers, who died from heart

complications on Monday at the age of

81. Withers’ string of hits in the 1970s

and 1980s were popular with seemingly

everyone — his singles scaled the pop

and R&B charts, and his albums were

FM radio staples. Beloved tracks “Ain’t

No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me,” “Grandma’s

Hands” and “Use Me,” among others, still

sound fresh and relevant.


Withers was in his early 30s and working

in a factory when he recorded his debut

album, Just As I Am, in 1971. As he told

NPR’s Morning Edition in 2015: “I wasn’t

socialized as a musician. It wasn’t the only

way I knew how to live. You figure I was

in my 30s when I started doing this. Now,

most people that do this, they start practicing

in their basement when they’re six

years old. I just happened to do some other


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In the wake of the news about Withers’

death, other musicians and fans paid tribute.

“Mourning the loss of my friend and

inspiration, Bill Withers,” said John Legend.

“He was such an incredible songwriter

and storyteller. I’m so glad he shared

his gift with the world. Life wouldn’t be

the same without him.” Alicia Keys called

him “a poignant writer whose songs are

more relevant than ever right now.”

We’ve also compiled a playlist of great

songs from throughout his career for

your weekend listening. Withers’ sweet

baritone and songs of love, struggle and

family bonds feel especially comforting

in this time of anxiety and loss.

This is getting tougher and tougher to deal

with. To wake up this morning and learn

my long time Latin brother Andy Gonzalez

has passed really feels like I was sucker

punched. Growing up in the Bronx and

São Francisco é brasileiro /

San Francisco is Brazilian


getting to know Andy and Jerry was a

musical treat. Never in my wildest imagination

did I realize the effect these two

cats would have on my life. Having the

opportunity to work with Andy and Jerry

was always something very special.

I usually try to keep my feelings to myself

with all the recent passing’s, but this

one hit home and my heart needed to be

heard. Oh the stories, but they will stay

locked up in my heart forever. The only

thing I can think of, Jerry needed a bass

player and the one he had wanted was

Andy. Take care my musical brother and

thank you for all the 411 you shared with

me for over forty years.


Dear friends, we are excited to share our latest video with you that we

recorded at a time when we could be less than 1 meter away from each

other in a studio. “São Francisco é brasileiro” (music by Benji Kaplan

and lyric by Rita Figueiredo). We had the joy of recording with our tremendously

talented friends Eduardo Belo (acoustic bass) and Graciliano

Zambonin (drums). In addition to having the skillful and creative Vitor

Hirtsch recording audio, photography, mixing and mastering. Watch,

comment and if you like, please click “like” on the video and subscribe to

our Youtube channel.

Wishing everyone a safe quarantine from here!

Love and peace :)

Benji & Rita

Support live music - even when it’s streamed!

One of the major jazz pianists of the past 40 years, Fred Hersch quickly

developed from a Bill Evans-inspired style into his own adventurous approach,

playing along the way with such greats as Art Farmer, Joe Henderson,

Jane Ira Bloom, Toots Thielemans, Eddie Daniels, Janis Siegel and,

most importantly, his own groups.



We are again deeply saddened as another

great Jazzmobile Artist has left us. We

send our deepest condolences to Onaje’s

family for their painful loss. Please, stay

healthy and safe everyone!


Hersch has been livestreaming a song or two each day during the current

crisis, giving his audience an opportunity to enjoy his playing on a daily


On the March 31, 2020 live stream, he performs a medium-tempo version

of “Embraceable You,” keeping the melody in mind while he takes the

George Gershwin standard into some unusual areas. - Scott Yanow Video:


For Sue’s complete weekly availble here next issue:

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the COOL

It wasn’t that long ago PUREJAZZ reviewed a move about Miles Davis “Miles Ahead” (April 2016). Written By Steven Balgelman and

Don Cheadle and directed by Don Cheatle for us here at PUREJAZZ it didn’t go over very well. The comments about the movie boiled

down to “Miles was no gangster!” Since then the landscape of the movie industry has changed. You know this is true when a great like

Steven Spielberg actually said, “Netflix movies should not be considered for an Academy Award!”. REALLY? With that said the next

movie a documentary about Miles was released on PBS in early 2019. As a theatrical release by Abramorama Films and on a very limited

run, the movie did fair well at the box office. However, this 2019 version is truer to Miles and therefore a must see for Jazz aficionados

... Netflix must have screened the 2016 movie as well and picked up the movie.

This film shows Miles Davis’ restless determination to break all perceived boundaries and live life on his own terms. Davis a world renown

Trumpeter, bandleader and musical innovator over many musical eras, Miles was always considered force of nature and the very

embodiment of cool hence the name of this movie. The documentary delves into archival photos, home movies “shot by Miles” and his

colleagues. Having an opportunity for this inside view plus his manuscripts and Miles’ original paintings we get to explore the man

behind the music.

With interviews with many of the most well-known musicians on the planet, including Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Herbie Hancock,

Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Carlos Santana, The Roots, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers; the film explores why Miles continues to

be a relevant voice in today’s music world.

Miles Davis Birth of the Cool is available on Netflix Streaming Service

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