Listen to Russ Davis on JAZZ AMERICA from Voice of America! * NEW SHOWS POSTED! Features…2020 JAZZ GRAMMY WINNERS + 2020 JAZZ CONGRESS in NYC: PART ONE!

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Thank YOU so very much for all your support!

Since 1999 I have programmed and presented the 2-hour weekly show JAZZ AMERICA for the U.S. Government service Voice of America. It’s been posted on the MOJA Radio website as it is right now on russdavismoja.com for your free listening on demand each week.

*All week long you can listen to the 2 latest shows with these features…and listen now or any time right here on the Russ Davis MOJA website at http://russdavismoja.com/voice-america-2/

 

 

HERE’S A RUNDOWN ON WHAT’S FEATURED ON THE SHOWS YOU CAN HEAR RIGHT NOW! 

Hour 1…SHOW #2114

Feature…”AND THE WINNER IS…”2020 JAZZ GRAMMY WINNERS!

Join Russ Davis as we celebrate the winners in the jazz categories for the 2020 grammy awards presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. We’ll hear the award-winning music and get thoughts from some of the winning artists, on the next JAZZ AMERICA from VOA1.

HOUR 2…SHOW #2113

Feature…2020 JAZZ CONGRESS IN NYC: PART ONE!

Join Russ Davis for our first visit to the largest gathering of jazz musicians, professionals and fans each year at the 2020 edition of the JAZZ CONGRESS in New York City. We’ll give you the thoughts of and music from JANE BUNNETT and other artists who were a big part of this year’s event, on the next JAZZ AMERICA from VOA1.

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*Jazz America airs weekends online at the follow sites:

Global English Stream (https://www.voanews.com/a/3878432.html)

VOA Africa Stream  (https://www.voanews.com/a/3880678.html)

THANK YOU FOR 10 WONDERFUL YEARS OF MOJA RADIO!

Yeah, we had us some fun in Montreal this year...come join us this week and you'll be there too!

My dear fellow MOJANs,

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Russ Davis of MOJA Radio thanks you for being there as part of the MOJA Movement!

This was a tough one but I had to tell you sometime. After 10 years of operation I had to shut down MOJA Radio at the end of the year 2018.  There are a number of reasons for this decision and they have all piled up to the point of diminishing returns, no matter how much it has meant to me for the last 10 years and how much I love doing the work. Here are some of the reasons… 

The costs have risen and the income is flat, plain and simple. The funds simply aren’t there to do anything more that just keep it going in its current state. 

I am a jazz programmer and presenter and have never been a salesman, a tech genius, business geek or marketer so I have not been able to put together ways to build the business beyond the subscription model. 

For years now I have been a one-man-operation and with all of the work added to the “fun part” (interviewing artists, editing them and preparing for air, listening to music and choosing what to add, creating each day’s programming and making sure it was in the server, etc) I have had to do a mountain of “grunge work” like responding to with the constant communication from record/artist promoters, reports to the licensing corporations (BMI, ASCAP, SEASAC & SoundExhange), paying the bills, doing the taxes, dealing with subscriber issues, dealing with everyday tech problems with the internet service, computer problems, glitches with the streaming service, taking out the garbage…you name it. It has taken hours each day to make this work and I am never “off” to the point where I am always checking in on things even when I’m supposedly “on vacation”, and going away on trips for the shortest amount of time, much less long vacations, is almost impossible. 

On top of this I am still creating my 2-hour weekly show for Voice of America and besides the prep work (interviews, editing and programming) I have to deal with the army of folks in Washington, DC, do all the tech stuff and get it to them and that is a ton of work too. 

I could go on and this is getting boring for me and I know for you but I felt that we have developed quite a relationship over these ten years of MOJA Radio, and, for many of you, before that with the years we put into the XM channel Beyond Jazz, and you deserved more than just an abrupt farewell. 

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THANK YOU MICHELLE SAMMARTINO! Without you there would be no MOJA Radio!

In the beginning my partner, Michelle Sammartino, put the operation in motion. She was not only the excellent presenter of her show Jammin’ Jazz, but the tech expert who put the website together and set up various business and social media accounts. That was in 2008 when XM was taken over by sirius. Since there were no visionary leaders like Lee Abrams and Dave Logan, who commissioned us to create “The World’s MOdern JAzz Radio Channel” that we called Beyond Jazz, the sirius guys didn’t see the need for a jazz channel that filled the massive void between smooth jazz and traditional…the place where all the truly modern and creative jazz was being made and the future of jazz was being developed. We tried to make that happen and with your interest and monetary support we’ve done just that for this last decade. 

In addition to the great MICHELLE SAMMARTINO, without whom there would have been no MOJA Radio, I must also give a huge thanks to one of the most talented, generous and kind people I’ve ever worked with, DAVID BLACK, the brilliant man who put the resources of his company MALDENITE PRODUCTIONS behind the creation of the FREE!!! MOJA Radio mobile app that so many of us have used to take the channel on the road. Blessings on you David! And then there’s my old friend and radio associate CAROLYN BEDNARSKI, who created, produced and presented her show THE NEW JAZZ SINGERS with CAROLYN BEDNARSKI since 2012. 

David Black THANK YOU FOR 10 WONDERFUL YEARS OF MOJA RADIO!

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

Then there is a massive THANK YOU to the musicians of MOJA whose creativity has kept “Jazz” alive, thriving and evolving. Plus…you would not believe how many artists actually donated and/or subscribed to the service, not only offering their incredible music but their hard-earned money to support MOJA Radio! I feel the deepest sadness about letting you down with the cessation of our operation but I will always be in your corner and am never going to cease supporting you in every way I can.

SO…where do we go from here? I am going to keep the website which is actually RUSSDAVISMOJA.com where I will adjust things to fit future endeavors. I’m thinking of posting some hour-long shows of MOJA programs for listening on demand and I will post my VOA show there as I always do so bookmark this site and visit from time to time to see what’s up.  

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THE NEW JAZZ SINGERS with CAROLYN BEDNARSKI …a big part of MOJA Radio!

Again…I’m sorry for the short notice as I just made the final decision on this a few weeks ago. I will never be able to thank you enough for all you’ve done for MOJA Radio and most especially for me!

All the best, always,

Russ Davis

MOJA Radio

www.russdavismoja.com

Russ Davis…”My Life in Jazz Radio!”

Russ Davis reflects on his 4+ decades in Jazz Radio!

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Russ inside the RUSSDAVISMOJA Radio studios…I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

I was just thinking about the fact that I began my jazz radio career back in the year 1978! With all the changes in technology and the business in general it strikes me that to simply be actively involved in programming and presenting this area of jazz and still be thriving is pretty astounding. I sometimes feel like a jazz musician who has chosen to express himself in a personal way and just let the chips fall where they may as opposed to crafting something that might get me more work in the jazz arena as it exists today. It isn’t that brave an endeavor really. I’m simply doing what I know how to do and building on something that began for me way back in the 20th century.  I hope you’ll indulge me as I tell this story. 

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2020 Grammy Award JAZZ WINNERS!

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The 62nd Grammy Award winners! CONGRATS!!!!!

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (N.A.R.A.S., AKA The Grammy People) announced the WINNERS for GRAMMY AWARDS for 2020 on January 26th! Here is a list of  JAZZ Artists who have just won the grammy for the 62nd Grammy Awards in various jazz categories including the MOdern JAzz (MOJA) world and from the more traditional jazz world. We congratulate all the nominees in every category and they prove that jazz in its modern form is alive and well and crossing over into almost every area of music from world music to classical to R& B to pop.

2020 GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Nominees  (WINNERS IN BOLD)!

JAZZ

31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo
For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter’s name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.

  • ELSEWHERE
    Melissa Aldana, soloist
  • SOZINHO
    Randy Brecker, soloist
  • TOMORROW IS THE QUESTION
    Julian Lage, soloist
  • THE WINDUP
    Branford Marsalis, soloist
  • SIGHTSEEING
    Christian McBride, soloist

32. Best Jazz Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal jazz recordings.

  • THIRSTY GHOST
    Sara Gazarek
  • LOVE & LIBERATION
    Jazzmeia Horn
  • ALONE TOGETHER
    Catherine Russell
  • 12 LITTLE SPELLS
    Esperanza Spalding
  • SCREENPLAY
    Tierney Sutton Band

33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new instrumental jazz recordings.

  • IN THE KEY OF THE UNIVERSE
    Joey DeFrancesco
  • THE SECRET BETWEEN THE SHADOW AND THE SOUL
    Branford Marsalis Quartet
  • CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE’S NEW JAWN
    Christian McBride’s New Jawn
  • FINDING GABRIEL
    Brad Mehldau
  • COME WHAT MAY
    Joshua Redman Quartet

34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new ensemble jazz recordings.

  • TRIPLE HELIX
    Anat Cohen Tentet
  • DANCER IN NOWHERE
    Miho Hazama
  • HIDING OUT
    Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra
  • THE OMNI-AMERICAN BOOK CLUB
    Brian Lynch Big Band
  • ONE DAY WONDER
    Terraza Big Band

35. Best Latin Jazz Album
For vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material. The intent of this category is to recognize recordings that represent the blending of jazz with Latin, Iberian-American, Brazilian, and Argentinian tango music.

  • ANTIDOTE
    Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band
  • SORTE!: MUSIC BY JOHN FINBURY
    Thalma de Freitas With Vitor Gonçalves, John Patitucci, Chico Pinheiro, Rogerio Boccato & Duduka Da Fonseca
  • UNA NOCHE CON RUBÉN BLADES
    Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis Featuring Rubén Blades
  • CARIB
    David Sánchez
  • SONERO: THE MUSIC OF ISMAEL RIVERA
    Miguel Zenón

CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

11. Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
For albums containing approximately 51% or more playing time of instrumental material. For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.

  • ANCESTRAL RECALL
    Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
  • STAR PEOPLE NATION
    Theo Croker
  • BEAT MUSIC! BEAT MUSIC! BEAT MUSIC!
    Mark Guiliana
  • ELEVATE
    Lettuce
  • METTAVOLUTION
    Rodrigo y Gabriela

NEW AGE

30. Best New Age Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental new age recordings.

  • FAIRY DREAMS
    David Arkenstone
  • HOMAGE TO KINDNESS
    David Darling
  • WINGS
    Peter Kater
  • VERVE
    Sebastian Plano
  • DEVA
    Deva Premal

WORLD MUSIC

54. Best World Music Album

  • CELIA
    Angelique Kidjo

COMPOSING/ARRANGING

62. Best Instrumental Composition
A Composer’s Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.

  • BEGIN AGAIN
    Fred Hersch, composer (Fred Hersch & The WDR Big Band Conducted By Vince Mendoza)
  • CRUCIBLE FOR CRISIS
    Brian Lynch, composer (Brian Lynch Big Band)
  • LOVE, A BEAUTIFUL FORCE
    Vince Mendoza, composer (Vince Mendoza, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts & Temple University Studio Orchestra)
  • STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE SYMPHONIC SUITE
    John Williams, composer (John Williams)
  • WALKIN’ FUNNY
    Christian McBride, composer (Christian McBride)

63. Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • BLUE SKIES
    Kris Bowers, arranger (Kris Bowers)
  • HEDWIG’S THEME
    John Williams, arranger (Anne-Sophie Mutter & John Williams)
  • LA NOVENA
    Emilio Solla, arranger (Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra)
  • LOVE, A BEAUTIFUL FORCE
    Vince Mendoza, arranger (Vince Mendoza, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts & Temple University Studio Orchestra)
  • MOON RIVER
    Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

64. Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • ALL NIGHT LONG
    Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier Featuring Jules Buckley, Take 6 & Metropole Orkest)
  • JOLENE
    Geoff Keezer, arranger (Sara Gazarek)
  • MARRY ME A LITTLE
    Cyrille Aimée & Diego Figueiredo, arrangers (Cyrille Aimée)
  • OVER THE RAINBOW
    Vince Mendoza, arranger (Trisha Yearwood)
  • 12 LITTLE SPELLS (THORACIC SPINE)
    Esperanza Spalding, arranger (Esperanza Spalding)

Check out the videos on MOJA Vision

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Check out the work of Emmy-Winning Video producer Chris Parker on MOJA Vision!

HEY THERE ALL YOU MOJANS!!!! I know you like videos and I’ve just been doing some work with Emmy-winning producer Chris Parker to create 7 new pieces to go with the 9 others that are there on my MOJA Vision YouTube site. Just click on the MOJA Vision link on the lower left panel of the MOJA Radio homepage and you’ll be taken there where you can see them all.

The new videos include some of the live performance by each artist, my commentary and interviews with the artists plus some very cool and rare images Mr. Parker found to add to the mix. Here’s the new stuff you’ll find there…
1. Pat Metheny Unity Band doing “Roofdogs” & “Are You Going With Me”
2. Return To Forever IV doing “Renaissance” with comments by Jean-Luc Ponty
3. Bill Frisell doing “Come Together” at Montreal Jazz Fest
4. Erik Truffaz with portions of three performances from Montreal Jazz Fest
5. Club D’Elf with John Medeski at NYC’s Le Poission Rouge (Mike Rivard comments)
6. Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion with drumming legend Mike Clark from Detroit Jazz Fest
7. Jenny Scheinman & Bill Frisell duo show from Newport Jazz Fest with Jenny’s comments

Check ‘em out, enjoy and SPREAD THE WORD! Russ Davis