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2014 Holiday Gift Idea – Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances

Whitney Houston

via: 2014 Holiday Gift Ideas and Guide — Movies, Music, Books, Clothes & More –

A Grammy nomination for Harlem-based orchestra for best Latin jazz album

The Offense of the Drum

The Offense of the Drum has been nominated for best Latin jazz album.  The orchestra incorporates harp, turntables and 28 types of percussion including timbales to djembe.   The work “They Came” features Christopher “Chilo” Cajigas celebrates Puerto Rican contributions to America.

This album makes a great holiday gift.  Click below to order yours today.

About The Artist:

“The GRAMMY award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra ALJO, led by pianist, composer, and director Arturo O’Farrill, brings together the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin music, and the virtuosity of eighteen of the world’s most accomplished solo musicians. Twelve years of critically acclaimed performances internationally, have firmly established the ALJO as the standard-bearer for creative interpretation of Latin jazz greats such as Tito Puente, Frank “Machito” Grillo, and Chico O’Farrill, as well as the driving force behind new commissions from Latin music’s most talented composers and arrangers.

Presenting programs that range from the very best in dance music sure to bring audiences to their feet, to repertoire that pushes the genre forward, the ALJO commissions and performs innovative compositions and big band arrangements by Vijay Iyer, Miguel Zenón, Dafnis Prieto, Guillermo Klein, Pablo Mayor, Arturo O’Farrill, Michele Rosewoman, Emilio Solla, Papo Vazquez, and many others.

The orchestra’s debut album Una Noche Inolvidable was a 2006 GRAMMY nominee and their second; Song for Chico ZOHO won the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year in 2008. ALJO’s third album, 40 Acres and a Burro, ZOHO was a 2012 Grammy nominee for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. The ALJO has thrilled audiences at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center OUt of Doors, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston Symphony Hall, Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, the Litchfield Jazz Festival Kent, CT, The Joyce Theater with Ballet Hispanico, Rialto Center for the Performing Arts Atlanta, GA, Mahalia Jackson Theater – with Ballet Hispanico New Orleans Megaron Concert Hall Athens, Greece, and the Taichung Jazz Festival Taichung, Taiwan, among countless other venues.

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is an artist-in-residence at the Harlem School of the Arts.”

via The Orchestra | Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra | ALJO | Afro Latin Jazz Alliance | Brooklyn | New York City.

Congratulate the 4 African American MacArthur Fellows Genius Grant recipients


Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 12.49.17 PM The MacArthur Foundation named 21 “extraordinarily creative people” as the 2014 recipients of its annual MacArthur Fellows Program—widely referred to as the “genius” grants.

Four African Americans are among this year’s consortium.

These individuals were nominated by an anonymous and esteemed group of people who are experts in their fields. The fellows had to demonstrate not only that they are brilliant self-starters in their respective professions but also that they are pushing the limits on future work that has “the potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work,” the foundation’s site reads.

via 4 Black People Named as Recipients of the 2014 MacArthur Fellowship – The Root.

Jazz Birthday Series – Elise Woods Quartet Honoring Horace Silver

Horace Silver

As part of its Birthday Tribute to talented Jazz musicians, La Maison dArt Gallery & Elise Woods Quartet is pleased to pay tribute to the famous:Horace Silver, Jazz Pianist and Composer Sept. 2, 1928- June 18, 2014.

Horace Silver would have been 86 years-old on Sept. 2.

Location: La Maison dArt Gallery 259 West 132nd St., NY Between Adam Clayton Powell & Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Musicians:Steve Williams, Drums; James Weidman , Piano; Harvie S, Bass; Elise Wood, Flutes.

The event will include a short documentary about the Great Horace Silver.

$15 tickets.

Complimentary Wine Bar & Appetizers..

Horace Silver is known for his distinctive playing style and pioneering compositional contributions to hard bop.

He was influenced by a wide range of musical styles, notably gospel music, African music, and Latin American music, and sometimes ventured into the soul jazz genre.

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via Jazz Birthday Series – Elise Woods Quartet Honoring Horace Silver, Jazz Pianist & Composer.