Listen to Russ Davis on JAZZ AMERICA from Voice of America! * NEW SHOWS POSTED! POP TURNS TO JAZZ + BIG BAND: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE!

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Thank YOU so very much for all your support!

Since 1999 I have programmed and presented the 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 of the latest shows with these features…and listen now or any time right here on the Russ Davis MOJA website at https://russdavismoja.com/voice-america-2/

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

Hour 1…SHOW #2103

Feature…POP TURNS TO JAZZ!

Join Russ Davis as we investigate how modern pop music can turn into great modern jazz as we talk to two artists from different generations who’ve done just that, HERBIE HANCOCK & GRACE KELLY. We’ll hear examples of how they’ve turned pop to jazz plus many others on the next JAZZ AMERICA from VOA1.

Hour 2…SHOW # 2106

Feature…BIG BAND: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE!

Join Russ Davis as we give you an hour of some of the greatest big band jazz from the past as well as the forward-looking styles of big band today. You’ll hear everything from GLENN MILLER & COUNT BASIE to AL JARREAU & big band versions of THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND 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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2021 Grammy Award JAZZ NOMINEES!

Grammy Award 2021 Grammy Award JAZZ NOMINEES!

The 63rd Grammy Award NOMINEES! CONGRATS!!!!!

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (N.A.R.A.S., AKA The Grammy People) announced the NOMINEES for GRAMMY AWARDS for 2021! Here is a list of  JAZZ Artists who have just received nominations for the 63rd Grammy Awards in various jazz categories including the MOdern JAzz (MOJA) world, from the more traditional jazz world and other categories. 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.

 

2021 GRAMMYs: JAZZ Nominees

 

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.

  • GUINEVERE
    Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, soloist
    Track from: Axiom
  • PACHAMAMA
    Regina Carter, soloist
    Track from: Ona (Thana Alexa)
  • CELIA
    Gerald Clayton, soloist
  • ALL BLUES
    Chick Corea, soloist
    Track from: Trilogy 2 (Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade)
  • MOE HONK
    Joshua Redman, soloist
    Track from: RoundAgain (Redman Mehldau McBride Blade)

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

  • ONA
    Thana Alexa
  • SECRETS ARE THE BEST STORIES
    Kurt Elling Featuring Danilo Pérez
  • MODERN ANCESTORS
    Carmen Lundy
  • HOLY ROOM: LIVE AT ALTE OPER
    Somi With Frankfurt Radio Big Band
  • WHAT’S THE HURRY
    Kenny Washington

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

  • ON THE TENDER SPOT OF EVERY CALLOUSED MOMENT
    Ambrose Akinmusire
  • WAITING GAME
    Terri Lyne Carrington And Social Science
  • HAPPENING: LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD
    Gerald Clayton
  • TRILOGY 2
    Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade
  • ROUNDAGAIN
    Redman Mehldau McBride Blade

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

  • DIALOGUES ON RACE
    Gregg August
  • MONK’ESTRA PLAYS JOHN BEASLEY
    John Beasley
  • THE INTANGIBLE BETWEEN
    Orrin Evans And The Captain Black Big Band
  • SONGS YOU LIKE A LOT
    John Hollenbeck With Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry, Gary Versace And The Frankfurt Radio Big Band
  • DATA LORDS
    Maria Schneider Orchestra

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.

  • TRADICIONES
    Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra
  • FOUR QUESTIONS
    Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
  • CITY OF DREAMS
    Chico Pinheiro
  • VIENTO Y TIEMPO – LIVE AT BLUE NOTE TOKYO
    Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola
  • TRANE’S DELIGHT
    Poncho Sanchez

Global Music

54. Best Global Music Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Global Music recordings.

  • FU CHRONICLES
    Antibalas
  • TWICE AS TALL
    Burna Boy
  • AGORA
    Bebel Gilberto
  • LOVE LETTERS
    Anoushka Shankar
  • AMADJAR
    Tinariwen

Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series, video games or other visual media.

  • AD ASTRA
    Max Richter, composer
  • BECOMING
    Kamasi Washington, composer
  • JOKER
    Hildur Guðnadóttir, composer
  • 1917
    Thomas Newman, composer
  • STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
    John Williams, composer

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.

  • BABY JACK
    Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra)
  • BE WATER II
    Christian Sands, composer (Christian Sands)
  • PLUMFIELD
    Alexandre Desplat, composer (Alexandre Desplat)
  • SPUTNIK
    Maria Schneider, composer (Maria Schneider)
  • STRATA
    Remy Le Boeuf, composer (Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly Of Shadows Featuring Anna Webber & Eric Miller)

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

  • BATHROOM DANCE
    Hildur Guðnadóttir, arranger (Hildur Guðnadóttir)
  • DONNA LEE
    John Beasley, arranger (John Beasley)
  • HONEYMOONERS
    Remy Le Boeuf, arranger (Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly Of Shadows)
  • LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING
    Alvin Chea & Jarrett Johnson, arrangers (Jarrett Johnson Featuring Alvin Chea)
  • URANUS: THE MAGICIAN
    Jeremy Levy, arranger (Jeremy Levy Jazz Orchestra)

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

  • ASAS FECHADAS
    John Beasley & Maria Mendes, arrangers (Maria Mendes Featuring John Beasley & Orkest Metropole)
  • DESERT SONG
    Erin Bentlage, Sara Gazarek, Johnaye Kendrick & Amanda Taylor, arrangers (Säje)
  • FROM THIS PLACE
    Alan Broadbent & Pat Metheny, arrangers (Pat Metheny Featuring Meshell Ndegeocello)
  • HE WON’T HOLD YOU
    Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier Featuring Rapsody)
  • SLOW BURN
    Talia Billig, Nic Hard & Becca Stevens, arrangers (Becca Stevens Featuring Jacob Collier, Mark Lettieri, Justin Stanton, Jordan Perlson, Nic Hard, Keita Ogawa, Marcelo Woloski & Nate Werth)

 

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