2017 MONTREAL JAZZ FEST RECAP…This Week on MOJA Radio!

Montreal Jazz Fest Logo 2017 MONTREAL JAZZ FEST RECAP…This Week on MOJA Radio!

We’ll recap our visit to the 38th Montreal Jazz Festival all week long here on MOJA Radio!

We just returned from hearing and talking to a number of MOJA greats playing this year’s 38th Montreal Jazz Festival. All week long on “The World’s MOdern JAzz Radio Channel” we’ll take you back there to the beautiful city in Quebec to give you the thoughts we gathered from the artists we saw as well as the sound of their brilliant music that marked a real “Changing of the Guard” in jazz, with so many of MOJA’s finest in the lineup. Our weekly features will be full of the sounds of the festival and we guarantee that if you didn’t have a chance to make it to Montreal this year we’ll give you the next best experience all week. So read on and we’ll give you a quick rundown. Then keep reading below that for all the details.

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Join us for AL DI MEOLA on MONDAY MASTERS as we kick off a week long celebration of Al’s Birthday!

Monday (July 24th)…On Monday we’ll celebrate one of MOJA’s all-time greats…guitarist, composer and one of the “Lords of Fusion”…solo and with Return To Forever…AL DI MEOLA, on MONDAY WITH THE MASTERS! Al turns 63 this Saturday, July 22nd! It will kick off a full week of celebration for Al next week on MOJA Radio! (Airs every Monday at Noon & 9 PM Eastern/9 AM & 6 PM Pacific)

Tuesday…On Tuesday you hear our patented features THE ATTACK OF THE JAZZY JAMBANDS and THIS IS ACID JAZZ, with an hour of the music plus comments from the man who created the genre, English Pirate Radio DJ Gilles Peterson. (Airs every Tuesday and Sunday at 9 AM & 9 PM Eastern/6 AM & 6 PM Pacific) + THE ATTACK OF THE JAZZY JAMBANDS at Noon ET/9 AM Pacific!

Wednesday…We’ll present an hour of live performances by some of the artists who appeared at the 2017 Montreal Jazz Festival this Wednesday, and also on Sunday, as we present MOJA GREATS LIVE IN MONTREAL 2017 (featuring The Stanley Clarke Band, Jeremy Pelt, Mark Guiliana, The Neil Cowley Trio, Nicholas Payton, Roberto Fonseca and Kurt Rosenwinkel solo as well as a special guest with The Bad Plus!) on LIVE @ MOJALand! (Airs every Wednesday at 9 AM & 9 PM Eastern/6 AM & 6 PM Pacific…and Sunday at 11 AM & 11 PM Eastern/8 AM & 8 PM Pacific) + more JAZZY JAMBANDS at Noon ET/9 AM Pacific!

Thursday…On this week’s edition of THE ALL NEW MUSIC REVUE we’ll present 4 new MOJA releases including new MOJA we picked up in Montreal from The Neil Cowley Trio, Jowee Omicil and Herbie Hancock, plus the newest from  piano legend Ahmad Jamal. (Airs every Thursday at 9 AM & 9 PM Eastern/6 AM & 6 PM Pacific…and Sunday at 10 AM & 10 PM Eastern/7 AM & 7 PM Pacific) + more JAZZY JAMBANDS at Noon ET/9 AM Pacific!

Friday…The first concerts that marked the beginning of the Montreal Jazz Festival happened in 1979 and 1980, and we’ll celebrate those shows and the artists that helped inaugurate what many call “The World’s Greatest Jazz Festival” with the next edition of our weekly special IF IT’S FRIDAY, THIS MUST BE FUSION. We simply call this one MONTREAL 1979-1980: IN THE BEGINNING! It features the Fusion work of Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton & Keith Jarrett who played those shows. (Beginning every hour from 7 AM-Midnight Eastern/4 AM-9 PM Pacific)

Saturday…All day Saturday join us for the next edition of WORDS & MUSIC titled MONTREAL JAZZ FEST 2017 RECAP, as we present conversations that MOJA’s Russ Davis enjoyed with the some of the MOJA greats who played Montreal this year! We caught up with Bill Frisell on St. Catherine St. right in the middle of the festival crowd, then caught up with Jeremy Pelt in his hotel lobby and elevator a few hours before his show that night. We heard guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli and his vocalist wife Jessica Molasky performing jazzy versions of the music of Joni Mitchell & Paul McCartney and captured not only their comments from the stage but a portion of the performance too. We went backstage at the Club L’Astal after their performances to talk to Kurt Rosenwinkel and Canadian-born trumpet and vocal sensation Bria Skonberg, then sat down for an in depth conversation with Englishman and leader of the unique piano group The Neil Cowley Trio.. (Beginning every hour from Noon-Midnight Eastern/9 AM-9 PM Pacific)

Sunday…The Sunday Specials (Airing 9 AM-1 PM Eastern & replayed 9 PM-1 AM ET/6-10 AM & 6-10 PM Pacific).

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DIANNE REEVES & PAT METHENY! Two more MOJANS named NEA JAZZ MASTERS!

This great news was just released by The National Endowment for the Arts and the following story appeared in The New York Times. Congrats to the lovely lady and talented man!

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The great Dianne Reeves & MOJA’s Russ Davis

 

National Endowment for the Arts Names 2018 Jazz Masters

By GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-JUNE 12, 2017

The National Endowment for the Arts on Monday announced its class of 2018 Jazz Masters, awarding the annual fellowship to a broad range of honorees at various stages of their careers.

 

 

 

The winners are the vocalist Dianne Reeves; the guitarist Pat Metheny; the pianist and educator Joanne Brackeen; and the former club owner and record producer Todd Barkan, who will receive the A. B. Spellman N.E.A. Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy. Each awardee will receive a $25,000 prize, and will be honored at the Kennedy Center on April 16.

 

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PAT METHENY (here with MOJA Radio’s Russ Davis)

The announcement betokens the generational turnover afoot in jazz: Ms. Reeves and Mr. Metheny, both in their early 60s and just stepping into their role as elders, hit the national spotlight in the late 1970s and early ’80s as part of jazz’s fusion generation. (The award is available only to living musicians and advocates.)

 

The news also serves as a reminder that the federal agency is conducting business as usual, at least until further notice — despite the Trump administration’s threats to defund it.

 

Through a spokesman, Ms. Reeves said: “It is profoundly humbling to be a recipient of the N.E.A.’s Jazz Masters Fellowship and be seated in proximity to so many extraordinary, creative musical artists.”

 

Ms. Reeves first achieved renown in the early 1980s, when her full-throated vocal style earned immediate comparisons to Sarah Vaughan. She was a protégé of Harry Belafonte, and often mixed influences from around the globe with American gospel and jazz. She has since become more identified with straight-ahead jazz, thanks largely to a string of Grammy-winning albums from the 2000s, including “A Little Moonlight” and “Good Night, and Good Luck,” the soundtrack to the film of the same name.

 

Mr. Metheny established his reputation as a guitar virtuoso early on, and started teaching at the Berklee College of Music before his 20th birthday. He’s known for his bubbling, effortless attack and his fondness for rare iterations of the guitar — including a 15-string harp guitar and a guitar synthesizer.

 

Ms. Brackeen, 78, played in ensembles led by Joe Henderson and Stan Getz; as a leader of her own bands, she embraced the percussive style of McCoy Tyner, as well as the expressionism of pianists on the far fringes of the avant-garde. She has served as a professor at Berklee and the New School.

 

Mr. Barkan, 70, ran San Francisco’s Keystone Korner from 1972 to 1983, earning praise for the club’s diverse bookings. After it closed, he became a record producer and eventually moved to New York. In recent years he has worked at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, part of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Iridium. Like many promoters, he has a catch phrase, one he dispenses at almost every opportunity: “Take care of the music and the music will take care of you.”

MOJA Greats who have left us in 2017 (Geri Allen, Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Dave Valentin & Al Jarreau)

It’s hard to believe that another of the greats of MOJA, pianist, composer and educator GERI ALLEN, has left us at the age of 60, a victim of cancer. She died on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 in Philadelphia.

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Besides her work as a great pianist and composer, GERI ALLEN also received a Grammy Nomination for her work as a Producer!

Geri Antoinette Allen was born on June 12, 1957 in Pontiac, Michigan, and raised in Detroit. Her father, Mount V. Allen, Jr., was a principal in the Detroit public school system, and her mother, Barbara Jean, was a defense contract administrator for the U.S. Government.

Allen took up the piano at age seven and went on to graduate from Cass Technical High School, the alma mater of jazz greats on the order of Paul Chambers, Wardell Gray, Gerald Wilson and Donald Byrd. 

While in school Allen became a protégé of the late trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, who directed the Jazz Development Workshop and also mentored saxophonist Kenny Garrett and violinist Regina Carter, among many others.

Her recording career began in the early 1980′s, accompanying other artists on their projects, but her brilliant solo career as a leader began in 1984 and continued until her untimely death as she remained active even into 2017. Her beautiful, positive spirit will be missed as much as her awesome talent!

Allan Holdsworth in action MOJA Greats who have left us in 2017 (Geri Allen, Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Dave Valentin & Al Jarreau)

It is with great sadness that we add the name of guitar great, Englishman ALLAN HOLDSWORTH, to the list of MOJA greats who’ve passed away far too early in April of 2017. His passing was announced by his daughter Louise on her Facebook page. In a short statement she said: “It is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius. We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously. Louise, Sam, Emily & Rori.” Allan was known as a brilliant and innovative instrumentalist, revered by the likes of John McLaughlin and Frank Zappa as a personal favorite player and influence. He worked extensively in the rock world as well as being one of the greats of the Jazz Fusion era with his own solo work as well as in collaboration with fellow greats like Jean-Luc Ponty, and bands such as Gong, Tony Williams Lifetime, Soft Machine and more. You’ll be hearing special shows in his honor soon on MOJA Radio! 

Earlier this year we lost AL JARREAU and guitar legend LARRY CORYELL. Greats like Larry will never leave us and he was working until the very end. Case in point…he had been promising to reform most of the original Fusion supergroup The 11th House that we created in 1973 for a tour and new recording. They did just that with a tour in 2015 that made it to New York City’s BLUE NOTE that summer and below you’ll find a picture to prove it. Original members Randy Brecker and Alphonse Mouzon were there with added members including Larry’s son Julian joining in on guitar. They went into the studio and created a brilliant, new album titled SEVEN SECRETS that you’ll hear lots of here on MOJA Radio. It features tons of great, grooving new tunes written by Larry, Randy and Alphonse (who passed away just months before Larry did in early 2017). They had a summer tour all planned and that will never happen, but their spirit lives on in this wonderful new work. I asked Randy Brecker to give me a few words about SEVEN SECRETS and here’s what he had to say…

This ended up being the last time we played together, with the later tragic losses of Alphonse, then Larry more recently, so it is with bittersweet happiness that I hope everyone of you out in MOJAland enjoy the CD…it’s a good one, and we all had a ball hanging out together and recording the album…!! Randy”

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R.I. P. Larry Coryell !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Khan collaborated with Larry on his very first release. STEVE wrote a beautiful tribute to LARRYwhich was posted on Steve’s brilliant website. Here’s a picture of the guys working together back in the day…

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Dave Valentin (29 April 1952-8 March 2017)

It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of DAVE VALENTIN, the Grammy winning flutist from New York who was a great solo artist and member of Caribbean Jazz Project with Steve Khan and Dave Samuels. He passed away at the age of 64 in same borough of NYC in which he was born, The Bronx after a long fight against Parkinson’s Disease. Dave played flute in the band that backed up Latin Jazz legend Tito Puente and became a legend himself. He released his first solo album in 1979 and collaborated with a number of other greats over the years including his aforementioned membership in CJP. He will be remembered for his wonderful, creative playing and a lively, indomitable spirit. Thank you Dave, may you rest in peace.

THE 8th ANNIVERSARY OF MOJA RADIO!

In the springtime of 2009 MOJA RADIO was born to fill the void between smooth and traditional jazz online! A host of loyal listeners who’d been listening to the XM Satellite Radio channel Beyond Jazz since 2001, and even a number of MOJA’s most famous musicians, were willing to reach into their pockets to fund the efforts of myself, Russ Davis, and my partner in groove, Michelle Sammartino, who were dedicated to keeping the flame of MOJA alive! A true MOJA Nation has arisen and 8 years after the plug was unceremoniously pulled with the takeover of XM by sirius we’re still here, alive and thriving, thanks to you! 

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Michelle Sammartino & Russ Davis during the Beyond Jazz days. Without Michelle there’d be no MOJA Radio! Love you Michelle!

David Black THE 8th ANNIVERSARY OF MOJA RADIO!

David Black of Maldenite Productions who created the free MOJA Radio Mobile Apps! Thanks David!

I must take the time again to thank lovely MICHELLE SAMMARTINO for all the creative work she did to put the website and so much of the technical side of MOJA Radio together, not to mention her hugely popular show JAMMIN’ JAZZ: JAZZ FOR THE NEW GENERATION that has thrilled Jazzy Jamband fans for years. Without Michelle there would be no MOJA Radio! Then there’s another member of the MOJA HALL OF FAME…the brilliant and beautiful CAROLYN BEDNARSKI who agreed to join us to present the sensational show THE NEW JAZZ SINGERS with CAROLYN BEDNARSKI. Her professionalism has been a great addition to the lineup of special programs on the channel. Lastly, the most generous MOJAN of them all, DAVID BLACK, offered his personal services and the assets of his own company MALDENITE PRODUCTIONS at no charge to create the new, free MOBILE APPS that so many of you now hear the channel on your personal devices wherever you go! He did it simply because he loved the music and believed in our movement to define what MOdern JAzz is for this time in history. Thanks David for helping us grow and take a huge step forward into the 21st Century!

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THE NEW JAZZ SINGERS with CAROLYN BEDNARSKI is up for listening online right now!

 Having said all that…now let me invite you to listen to this week’s editions of our special features MONDAY with THE MASTERS, LIVE @ MOJALand, THE ALL NEW MUSIC REVUE, THIS IS ACID JAZZ, THE ATTACK OF THE JAZZY JAMBANDS, FUSION FRIDAY & Saturday’s WORDS & MUSIC, and you’ll get a good idea of the variety presented on MOJA Radio! Of course there’s always much more coming your way this week. Plus, there’s a FREE side to MOJA Radio too and everyone’s invited to enjoy any of those free features found on the MOJA Radio homepage.

 Listen to my weekly program JAZZ AMERICA on Voice of America, the U.S. Government service at this link… http://russdavismoja.com/voice-america-2/

 Hear the latest edition of THE NEW JAZZ SINGERS with CAROLYN BEDNARSKI at this link… http://russdavismoja.com/live-jazz-singers-carolyn-bednarski/

 Just look for the links to see interviews and live performance video on our MOJA Vision YouTube channel (Our most recent videos include RTF IV, Jean-Luc Ponty and Bill Frisell in concert and in conversation with Russ Davis!), read all about MOJA on our MOJA Radio Blog Site. Plus you can hear a 90-minute sample of MOJA Radio and all on demand by clicking on the correct link on the upper right corner of the homepage. Come & Get It & Spread the Word!

MOJA RADIO’s FREE Mobile Apps are HAPPENIN’!!! * & UPDATED (17 June 2017)

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This is me back in the day from my first radio gig. I was a happy lad back then and when you are enjoying MOJA Radio then imagine me this happy!

My fellow MOJANS…The great DAVID BLACK, who developed our MOJA Mobile App, has just done an update as of June 2017 and wrote me the following…

“I spent this afternoon working with Appy Pie support to update our app. I was disturbed that when I played the app in my car and a phone call would come in, the app would not keep playing after the phone call was done. I wanted the app to immediately play after the phone call was over. All of my other apps that play music such as iTunes or Spotify return to play after any interruption.

Good news is that now, MOJA Radio returns to play after any interruption and it is twice as fast in responding with user look through the app for all of the other goodies inside the app. All users will get an update notice in their devices.

A great new addition is that when signing into the app, the users sees a text that 7 characters are required for passwords when creating a new account.

All in all, I am very pleased with the app. I want to change the text size later after the update is completed by Appy Pie support for all of the devices that use our MOJA Radio app.

I am hoping that you might add this new update information for users when talking about the MOJA Radio app that is near and dear to my ears and heart!”

David Black/Maldenite Productions LLC

You are now invited to download and use of the FREE MOJA MOBILE APPS by clicking on MOJA on Mobile Devices in the drop down menu below LISTEN TO MOJA. You’ll be taken to the page where you can download the app that is appropriate for your setup. All the details on how to do that are listed on the page. REMEMBER: You’ll need to set up a new account with the app provider but it’s free and should be easy. Take care to pay close attention to each step in the process as it can be slightly confusing. Sorry about that…it’s out of our control.

For future reference…Should an extended dropout of MOJA service occur at any time I invite you to listen to my two-hour Voice of America show JAZZ AMERICA available by clicking on the VOA icon on the right column of the MOJA homepage. On the left column you can listen to the latest edition of THE NEW JAZZ SINGERS with CAROLYN BEDNARSKI by clicking on that icon bearing Carolyn’s picture on the left column of the MOJA homepage. There’s also the Free 2-hour MOJA Radio sample accessible by clicking on that icon on the upper right side of the right column.

I hope you’ll now enjoy all the joys of MOJA Radio.

Russ Davis/MOJA Radio