los angeles – Swedish Music Shop http://swedishmusicshop.com/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 11:44:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://swedishmusicshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1.png los angeles – Swedish Music Shop http://swedishmusicshop.com/ 32 32 World Wonder | Music | santafenewmexican.com https://swedishmusicshop.com/world-wonder-music-santafenewmexican-com/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/world-wonder-music-santafenewmexican-com/ Saluted by rolling stone as “someone whose subtle, carefully crafted music offers rewards to listeners who know how to wait”, Swedish indie folk singer, songwriter and guitarist José González fills halls on international tours, selling out Sydney venues to Tallinn via Berlin, Barcelona and Rio De Janeiro. Now headlining prestigious music festivals around the world […]]]>

Saluted by rolling stone as “someone whose subtle, carefully crafted music offers rewards to listeners who know how to wait”, Swedish indie folk singer, songwriter and guitarist José González fills halls on international tours, selling out Sydney venues to Tallinn via Berlin, Barcelona and Rio De Janeiro. Now headlining prestigious music festivals around the world with his music exceeding one billion plays, González comes from a family that fled the Argentine civil-military dictatorship in 1976 and was granted asylum by the Swedish consulate in Rio de Janeiro before moving to Gothenburg, Sweden. , where the future musician was born.

His long-awaited fourth studio album, local valley (2021), came six years after its previous release, 2015 Remains and claws. He appears at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, courtesy of AMP Concerts, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 21, with Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter Jess Williamson. Tickets cost between $39 and $59 and are available at lensic.org/events/jose-gonzalez or at the Lensic ticket office (505-988-1234). Masks and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test are required.

Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., 505-988-1234, lensic.org

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The Viper Room in West Hollywood will be redeveloped into a new 12-story building https://swedishmusicshop.com/the-viper-room-in-west-hollywood-will-be-redeveloped-into-a-new-12-story-building/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 17:59:42 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/the-viper-room-in-west-hollywood-will-be-redeveloped-into-a-new-12-story-building/ A piece of West Hollywood history will turn into a multipurpose project starting next year. The iconic Viper Room – opened by Johnny Depp and former actor Sal Jenco in 1993 – will become a 12-story skyscraper and construction will begin next year. Deadline reports that Los Angeles-based Silver Creek Development will transform 8852 W. […]]]>

A piece of West Hollywood history will turn into a multipurpose project starting next year. The iconic Viper Room – opened by Johnny Depp and former actor Sal Jenco in 1993 – will become a 12-story skyscraper and construction will begin next year.

Deadline reports that Los Angeles-based Silver Creek Development will transform 8852 W. Sunset Boulevard into a residential building with restaurants, cafes, a luxury hotel, concert hall and recording studio with Viper memorabilia Room originals presented throughout the building.

In a few years, this famous stretch of the Sunset Strip will become unrecognizable with the upcoming Viper Room changes at the corner of Sunset and Larabee. The same goes for the adjoining former Hustler lingerie store which is set to become private London club The Arts Room.

The Re:Her food festival kicks off this weekend

Regarding Her (aka RE:Her) the gastronomy festival starts this Friday. It’s about showing a little more love and supporting women-owned businesses in Los Angeles. There’s a lot going on with 85 participating restaurants like Botanica, Gasolina, Superfine, Rossoblu, Love & Salt, Gogo’s Tacos and Moderno Cocina. Take a look at the full range here.

Gospel brunch from Tammy Faye’s eyes

Craig’s in WeHo Hosts a Tribute to Jessica Chastain’s Film Tammy Faye’s eyes This weekend. It’s part of awards season events across Los Angeles, but this meal comes with free false eyelashes and champagne this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations are required via open table.

Queen Mary and the Festival Day Trip

It’s been a tough decade for the temporarily closed Queen Mary, but since the City of Long Beach resumed stewardship in 2021, good news is on the horizon. Not only are the $5 million in repairs underway, but the Day Trip music festival will take place in the adjacent park on June 25-26. here.

Handel’s Ice Cream at La Cañada Flintridge

Handel’s homemade ice cream expands to La Cañada Flintridge with 2,524 square foot ice cream shop, reports And now Los Angeles.

History of LA’s Black Restaurants

Hadley Meares, LA’s unofficial restaurant historian, took a deep dive into history with the legacy of black-owned restaurants. Head toward list for detailed information about Dulan and how Central Avenue became a hub for black residents.

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Sweden pays tribute to star DJ Avicii with a museum | Music | DW https://swedishmusicshop.com/sweden-pays-tribute-to-star-dj-avicii-with-a-museum-music-dw/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 15:23:17 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/sweden-pays-tribute-to-star-dj-avicii-with-a-museum-music-dw/ Four years ago, the dance music scene lost one of its greatest DJs: Avicii died suddenly in 2018 at just 28 years old. He had committed suicide while on vacation in Oman. News of the untimely death of Swedish star DJ, real name Tim Bergling, has rocked the music world. His legacy, however, continues to […]]]>

Four years ago, the dance music scene lost one of its greatest DJs: Avicii died suddenly in 2018 at just 28 years old. He had committed suicide while on vacation in Oman.

News of the untimely death of Swedish star DJ, real name Tim Bergling, has rocked the music world. His legacy, however, continues to reverberate to this day.

“Avicii Experience”: an interactive overview

From February 26, the interactive museum “Avicii Experience” in Stockholm will offer insight into his life and artistic work. Visitors can not only see his photos, videos and personal belongings, but also listen to unreleased music from the star DJ and relive intimate moments of his life. His childhood bedroom, for example, where he started making music as a teenager, has been faithfully recreated.

Per Sundin is CEO of Pophouse Entertainment Group and co-founder of “Avicii Experience”

In an interview with DW, Per Sundin, co-founder of “Avicii Experience”, emphasizes the interactivity of the exhibition. “You can walk into the studio where he recorded all of his great songs and into his house in Los Angeles with virtual reality glasses.”

In the virtual studio, for example, visitors can even record a version of the song “Wake Me Up”. “There are also videos and interviews with Tim. We have some demo songs and you can hear how they sounded before the producers finished them,” Sundin added.

Avicii’s musical legacy

Although four years have passed since his passing, Avicii’s musical legacy is still felt today. His fans celebrate the discography he left behind and his influence remains strong in the music industry as well.

In fact, in 2019, just over a year after his death, Avicii’s third studio album “TIM” was released posthumously. Its twelve tracks were completed and recorded using notes and messages from the DJ.

Posthumous Avicii-Album: Tim

The studio album “TIM” was released posthumously in 2019

Shortly after, video game developers Hello There Games, in collaboration with Avicii’s father, Klas Bergling, immortalized the DJ’s exceptional vision to experiment with his music in a new game called “AVICII Invector”.

A previous version already existed during Avicii’s lifetime – and game makers were inspired by it. With “Encore Edition” of the game, a sequel hit the market in January 2022 that made fans’ hearts beat faster. In it, players can immerse themselves in the Swedish DJ’s world and navigate through various music tracks from Avicii – with the task of hitting the “musical beat”.

Many other projects pay posthumous tribute to this electronic dance music or EDM DJ: a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in New York, a biography released in 2021, and in Stockholm itself a well-known event hall has been renamed Avicii Arena. There are also plans to erect a statue in his honor in Östermalm, the district of Stockholm where the DJ grew up. Yet what made it so popular?

Revolutionizing dance music

Avicii had long demonstrated through his music that the opinions of others had no impact on his creativity.

This was evident in 2013 during the Ultra Music Festival, for example, says Avicii biographer Mans Mosesson in an interview with DW. The 23-year-old performed several tracks from his debut album “True” in Miami. Among them was one of the biggest hits of his career – “Wake Me Up” – a mix of electronic dance music (EDM), soul and country music beats, also known as folktronica.

“When he first performed his song ‘Wake Me Up’ in Miami in 2013, people were surprised,” Mosesson recalled. “The crowd thought he would just play a normal set – maybe with a few new tracks. But he was playing with a full live band, complete with acoustic guitars, fiddles and banjos.”

Cover of 'Tim Avicii's Official Biography' by Mans Mosesson

In 2021 Swedish author Mans Mosesson published an official biography of Avicii

It was too much for the audience, who were just expecting normal house music from the DJ booth, the biographer continued. “People were confused by this, even angry. Many started tweeting: ‘What kind of shit is this?’ To their ears, the music sounded strange at the time, even though Avicii played many tunes at the concert that later became legendary.”

When the album was released in September of the same year, people reacted differently. “Wake Me Up” has topped the charts in over 60 countries. In six months, “Avicii has gone from being booed to becoming a global pop star, which is crazy,” says Mans Mosesson. “And that’s what makes him so special. He was really at the forefront of house music, something that went from the club scene to something that was played on radio stations around the world. whole.”

Create waves long after his death

His discography contains tenacious earworms: “Wake Me Up”, “Hey Brother”, “Waiting For Love” or “The Nights” are hard hits to forget once you’ve heard them. “Wake Me Up” remains one of the most streamed songs of all time on Spotify.

There have been frequent speculations about Avicii’s unreleased music. Per Sundin, who has worked closely with Avicii for a long time, says that on Avicii’s private laptop there are “over 100 song drafts, demos, ideas and half-finished songs. All of this, unfortunately, will not be heard in the ‘ The Avicii Experience exhibition.’

Stockholm Konzert in Gedenken and verstorbenen DJ Avicii

American soul musician and rapper Aloe Blacc produced the worldwide hit “Wake Me Up” with Avicii

His creative collaborators, like Aloe Blacc, are pushing for more Avicii work to see the light of day. Fans can expect that to come true. A Swedish national television-commissioned documentary on Avicii is due out in 2023, with never-before-seen material. So it’s highly likely that we’ll hear more about Avicii’s legacy in the years to come.

Helping other artists with mental health issues

After Avicii’s tragic death due to ongoing mental health issues, her family acted quickly. They sought to speak to artists in need and continue to offer assistance today through the Tim Bergling Foundation.

In a 2019 interview with CNN, Avicii’s father, Klas Bergling, commented on his son’s death, saying a grueling and grueling touring schedule was one of the reasons for his deteriorating mental health which ultimately led to his suicide. “Our theory is that he didn’t plan the suicide. It looked more like a traffic accident,” Klas Bergling said.

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Klas Bergling, who founded the Tim Bergling Foundation in 2019, was also instrumental in creating the “Avicii Experience” exhibition.

While on tour, Avicii could not have received adequate care due to a lack of resources to adequately address these issues.

That’s why his family started the Tim Bergling Foundation, which has made it its mission to help at least other artists recognize the early signs of deteriorating mental health so they can seek treatment.

Commemoration of a national idol

“Tim’s psychological issues are also addressed in the ‘Avicii Experience’ exhibit,” says Per Sundin. “We’ve set up a room where you can understand the stress in Tim’s life. There you can understand what it’s like to constantly fly and get on stage.”

Sundin added that at the end of the exhibition there is a kind of church where visitors can “sit and think about what you have seen in the exhibition”. Next, he said, is a wall, a prop from the Tim Bergling Foundation, with information about organizations that can help with mental health issues.

Avicii’s father, Klas, helped conceptualize the exhibit. “We discussed everything with him,” says Sundin. “Today, just before lunch, we gave a special visit to the whole family. They were very touched, but also happy, and said to me: ‘It was Tim’. They had tears of joy and sadness in the eyes.”

The exhibition is also a way of coping with mourning — for a father and for an entire nation. Because in Sweden today, Avicii “is really considered one of the greats now – just like ABBA or Roxette”, underlines Mans Mosesson.

This article was originally written in German.

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Violinist Alexander Markov performs in Tupelo https://swedishmusicshop.com/violinist-alexander-markov-performs-in-tupelo/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 19:20:10 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/violinist-alexander-markov-performs-in-tupelo/ Alexander Markov wielded his “traditional violin gem”, a 1970 Sergio Peresson, as a willing channel for the concertos that flow through his fingers hundreds of times in dozens of places Alexander Markov began playing the violin in professional orchestras while in elementary school and later moved to New York, where he first performed at Carnegie […]]]>

Alexander Markov wielded his “traditional violin gem”, a 1970 Sergio Peresson, as a willing channel for the concertos that flow through his fingers hundreds of times in dozens of places

Alexander Markov began playing the violin in professional orchestras while in elementary school and later moved to New York, where he first performed at Carnegie Hall at age 16. . Photo courtesy of Alexander Markov

around the world, from Manhattan and Philadelphia to Berlin, London and Turkey. The Russian-born violinist has performed solo for some of the world’s most famous orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Orchester de Paris, Orchester symphonique de Montréal, Orchester du Festival de Budapest and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.

He performed under the direction of violins such as Lorin Maazel, Franz Welser-Möst and Iván Fischer and shared the stage with classical luminaries such as Martha Argerich for decades.

Now he’s heading to Mississippi.

On February 26, the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra welcomes Markov to Tupelo, Mississippi, where he will perform at the Link Center Concert Hall (1800 West Main St., Tupelo) for his seventh concert with the organization, “Magnificent Markov”. During the show, the soloist will perform a series of works that showcase the range of expression of the violin in a single program without intermission.

These arrangements include Mozart’s “Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, K. 492”, “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28″, the “Symphony No. 1 in D major, classical, op. 25”, excerpts from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”, Jules Massenet’s “Méditation de Thaïs” and “Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), op. 20.”

Violinist Albert Markov (left) still performs with his son, Alexander (right), who performs in Tupelo, Mississippi on February 26, 2022. Photo courtesy of Alexander Markov

A musical heritage

Born in Moscow to world-class concert violinists Albert and Marina Markov, Alexander Markov has studied the violin most of his life, starting at age 5 and playing alongside his father. By the age of 8, Markov was already performing as a soloist with orchestras and in double violin concertos with Albert. The father-son team still performs together in a duo repertoire in concert halls around the world.

In the late 1970s, the Markovs emigrated to the United States where Alexander attended high school. At 16, he made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall and performed under Christoph Eschenbach, who conducted the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall. The budding virtuoso went on to win a gold medal at the Paganini International Violin Competition, earn an Avery Fisher Career Fellowship in 1987, and record with Erato Records. Markov gained popularity in classical music circles for his rendition of Paganini’s 24 Caprice for solo violin.

Sir Yehudi Menuhin, renowned American-born violinist and conductor, wrote: “He is without doubt one of the most brilliant and musical violinists. … Alexander Markov will certainly leave his mark on world music lovers and in the annals of violin virtuosos.

Under his father’s tutelage and influence, classical music became his first love, but Markov then heard rock ‘n’ roll and has also nurtured his inner rock star ever since. “I absolutely fell in love with rock,” says Markov. “Unlike many concert musicians who want to play a known classical work, I want to create and compose my own music. I didn’t just want to pick up other people’s music; I want to improvise and mix rock and classical genres.

Markov became fascinated with the haunting melodies created by guitarists such as Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen. Having found a lifelong calling, the composer sought out the tools he needed to shape it properly.

“I noticed how musically similar the violin and the guitar were, and decided to create something fresh and exciting,” he told the Mississippi Free Press.

Fellow musician James V. Remington designed Markov a six-string electric violin (violins normally have four strings: E, A, D, and G) to add depth to the lower register. Barry Lipman then created the instrument from Remington’s designs, tweaking the specifications to exactly match Markov’s needs and plating the instrument in 24-karat gold to add warmth to the sound.

“It looks gorgeous, but I also wanted it to look the part,” Markov said with a laugh.

The composer calls this fusion of classical music and rock ‘Rock Concerto’ and he performed his American debut of the newly coined genre at Carnegie Hall in 2010, with friend and concertmaster Steven Byess leading the event.

Feel at home in Tupelo

Byess, Music Director of the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, has known Markov for more than 20 years. During a rehearsal early in their relationship, Markov’s mastery of his craft managed to knock Byess into silence.

Alexander Markov often uses his gold-plated six-string electric violin when performing “Rock Concerto”, as pictured. Photo courtesy of Alexander Markov

“I asked Alexander, as a conductor often does, what concertos he could prepare for the next performance,” Byess said. “He looked at me for a few seconds and without the slightest irony – and with the greatest humility – he replied: ‘All.’ He is superhuman. I watch the effortless momentum, its virtuosity, grace and musicality, and wonder, “How does he do all this on a violin?”

Markov’s fervor for musicality reinforced his respect for the violinist.

“Alexander is the kind of performer who is passionate about his music and shares it with young people,” he said. “He hangs out with me at local schools at 8 a.m., when most musicians are still sound asleep, and plays his violin perfectly during the first assembly period, with no warm-up.”

This esteem is reciprocated, as Markov, despite being a world traveler, holds Tupelo and the OCPN close to his heart.

“It’s like a homecoming for me,” he says. “Steven (Byess) is at the very top of the greatest conductors in the world. He knows how to make an ensemble, and he is not only a master of tempo, but he also brings the musical vision of the soloist to the orchestra, which is very rare.

With good reason, the NMSO is a rarity among orchestras, as the majority of its members live outside of Tupelo. Musicians come to play from Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, and areas of Mississippi beyond Tupelo. Byess believes this model allows his orchestra to be more creative, flexible and spontaneous, expanding and condensing its roster as the music changes rather than only offering pieces that require full orchestras.

Violinist and composer Alexander Markov and North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Music Director Steven Byess have known and worked together for over 20 years now. Photo courtesy of Alexander Markov

“I get so excited every time I set foot in Tupelo,” enthused Byess, who currently lives in Los Angeles and goes to shows. “We work together so well. We bring in world-class soloists, and it elevates everything we do.

Byess is also Music Director of the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra in Oregon and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra. He is the Associate Music Director of the Ohio Light Opera, where he has conducted a repertoire ranging from well-known and little-known operas and operettas to best-selling classic American musical theater works. Walt Disney World Entertainment chose Byess to lead the 2000 NFL E*TRADE Superbowl Halftime show, where he performed to a TV audience of more than 88 million fans.

OCPN rehearses together while using COVID safety protocols before each performance, and some musicians use special masks with slits to play their instruments.

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Steven Byess is musical director of three orchestras in the United States and associate musical director of another. He conducts many performances of the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Photo by JA Huddleston

Upcoming NMSO Programs

Always a strong believer in collaboration, Byess creates unique programs that span cultural, racial and age backgrounds. “For our 50th season this year, we have several really amazing shows,” he says. On March 26, the symphony will partner with the Japan-America Society of Mississippi to present “Radiant Beauty” in which pianist Miki Sawada will perform Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 as part of the North Mississippi Cherry Blossom Festival.

On April 30, NMSO features former NMSO Concertmaster Er-Gene Kahng, who will perform the newly discovered Violin Concerto No. 2 by Arkansas-born composer Florence Beatrice Price, the first African-American woman to be recognized as a composer. symphony and the first to have a composition played by a large orchestra. The program also includes the Itawamba Community College Chorus, Northeast Mississippi Community College Chorus, and NMSO Children’s Chorus.

In addition to “Magnificent Markov,” the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will perform three other shows this season. Photo by Peter Hamby

The season ends on May 21 with “Exquisite Musical Landscapes”. Grammy Award-winning Jason Vieaux returns to guitar for his third appearance with the NMSO to perform Spanish composer Joaqun Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. The orchestra is featured in three musical masterpieces, two by French and Russian composers illustrating the exotic culture of Spain, and a beautiful new work by Australian composer Maria Grenfell which is a musical evocation of the Tasmanian landscape. This show was originally scheduled for January 2022 but was postponed due to COVID concerns.

“Magnificent Markov” begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at the Link Center Concert Hall (1800 West Main St., Tupelo). General Admission is $30, and students can present a valid student ID to participate for $10. Masks are mandatory. For more information on the OCPN, visit nmsymphony.com. To visit AlexanderMarkov.com to learn more about the featured artist.

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Kanye West parents: who is his mother Donda, father Ray? https://swedishmusicshop.com/kanye-west-parents-who-is-his-mother-donda-father-ray/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 20:08:00 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/kanye-west-parents-who-is-his-mother-donda-father-ray/ He may be Ye to the rest of the world (among other nicknames), but to Kanye West’s parents, he was simply their son. Kanye, whose full name is Kanye Omari West, was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. Her mother, Dr. Donda C. Williams, was an English teacher, while her father, Ray West, […]]]>

He may be Ye to the rest of the world (among other nicknames), but to Kanye West’s parents, he was simply their son.

Kanye, whose full name is Kanye Omari West, was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. Her mother, Dr. Donda C. Williams, was an English teacher, while her father, Ray West, is a photographer. His parents divorced when he was 3, after which he moved to Chicago, Illinois with his mother who raised him for most of his childhood, although he still spends summers with his father. . Donda died aged 58 in 2007. “I was very grateful that he was in my opinion an instrument, that voice or that truth, that comes through him,” Donda told Jet magazine in 2007 before his death. “He has the attention of many, of a whole generation. I was proud that he said those things and grateful that I had that kind of courage and to come out and not be afraid,” he said. she said, “I raised it that way, to think critically and analytically and not be afraid to express how you feel. I helped shape that. I think leaders are people who have to do that.

In an interview on My next guest needs no introduction, Kanye recalled one of his most cherished stories about his mother. “I remember my mom bought me a multicolored bear, and I was a huge fan of (artist) Takashi Murakami back in the days of [my] third album, ‘Graduation,’ so she bought it and she said, ‘It sounds like Murakami,'” he said. “And then I was like, ‘I don’t want this – it’s not a Takashi Murakami bear. “” He continued, “I did everything I could to find this bear (and) place this bear on all the Takashi Murakami stuff I had in the house. Kanye, who shares the North kids , Saint, Chicago and Psalm with his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, also explained to host David Letterman that he knew his mother was with him “But she’s here with us,” he said, “and she guides us,” he said.

So who are Kanye West’s parents? Read on to find out what to know about Kanye’s mom, Donda, and dad, Ray, and what he’s said about them over the years.

Who is Kanye West’s mother, Donda Williams?

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Kanye West’s mother is Donda C. Williams. Donda, born July 12, 1949, grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, in 1971 and a doctorate from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, in 1980. Donda began her teaching career in the early 1970s at the Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia. , before taking a job at Chicago State University, where she worked as an English teacher for 31 years (24 of those as head of the English, Communications, Media, and Drama department.)

“It was in her heart — English, poetry, literature,” Naimah Muhammad, one of Donda’s former students, told the Chicago Tribune in 2007 after her death. “She loved it and shared it with the world.” Luvenia Williams, another professor at Chicago State University, added, “She was a wonderful administrator. We have become close friends. He was an intensely spiritual person who taught with this passion. In a statement to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago State University credited Donda with establishing the school’s Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing “as an academic center to teach the writings of African-American authors and poets while encouraging new literary talents”.

Donda welcomed her first and only child, son Kanye Omari West, on June 8, 1977, with then-husband Ray West. Donda and Ray divorced when he was 3 years old. In 2004, after 31 years at Chicago State University, Donda retired from teaching and moved to California to work full-time for her son, who released his debut album, University dropout, that same year. “I sat in the parking lot and listened to the whole CD. I couldn’t get out of it. I wanted to be still and understand everything,” Donda wrote in her 2009 book, Raising Kanye: Life Lessons From the Mom of a Hip-Hop Superstar
. “I sat there, listening halfway holding back my tears – halfway blocking. I turned up the music really loud. I wanted to open my window and shout to everyone who passed by: “Hey, that’s my child!” “In a 2004 interview with MTV, Kanye called Donda ‘best friend.’ She’s my mom. I LOVE her. She’s my best friend in the whole world. “helped, she drove me to the studio. She was really my first manager. She’s still my CEO,” he said at the time. Donda also helped Kanye launch his charity, the Kanye West Foundation , a non-profit organization that provides music education to underprivileged youth, in 2003. He renamed the organization Donda West Foundation after the death of his mother in 2007.

Image: Courtesy of Gallery Books.

Donda died on November 10, 2007. She was 58 years old. Donda, whose death came a day after undergoing cosmetic surgery with plastic surgeon Dr. Jan Adams, died at Centinela Freeman Medical Center in Inglewood, Calif., after friends and family called 911 from her home in Playa Del Ray to have her taken o to the hospital. “The final manner of death could not be determined,” the coroner said in a statement at the time. “Multiple postoperative factors could have played a role in the death. The exact contribution of each factor could not be determined. There was no evidence of a surgical or anesthetic mishap. A spokesperson for Donda also said she died “due to complications from cosmetic surgery.”

According to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by People, Donda was able to leave the clinic 5.5 hours after her operation with bandages and prescribed Vicodin for the pain. . “She elected to return home for care even though she was informed that she would be receiving postoperative care at another facility,” the report said. At home, Donda received care from an “experienced nurse” and two caregivers. The night after her surgery, Donda took Vicodin for the pain, slept and felt better in the morning, according to the autopsy report. However, as the day progressed, she reported a sore throat, pain and tightness in her chest, before collapsing early in the evening. A friend who was with her at the time called 911 and Donda was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead in the emergency room. “What came out of the autopsy released today was exactly what I thought would be reported,” Dr Adams told Extra at the time. “Out of respect for Kanye West’s family, I want to honor the physician patient confidentiality agreement.” According to Newsweek, it was later discovered that Donda’s death was caused by heart failure due to multiple postoperative factors. The magazine reported that Donda underwent liposuction, abdominoplasty, and breast reduction before her death.

In 2021, Kanye dedicates his 10th album, DONDA, to his mother. “Mom, I need you to tuck me in, I made mistakes and they rubbed it / I know you and grandma had enough / Why do I have to be so stubborn then?” Kanye raps in the song “Donda”. Two years before his death, Kanye also wrote the song “Hey Mama” from his 2005 album. Late check-in in honor of his mother. He interpreted it in front of her in an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2005. In a 2015 interview with Q magazine, Kanye said he believed his mother would still be alive if he hadn’t moved from Chicago to Los Angeles to pursue a music career. “My mom. If I had never moved to LA, she would be alive…I don’t want to dwell on that because it would make me cry,” he said at the time via Newsweek.

Who is Kanye West’s father, Ray West?

Kanye West’s father is Ray West. Ray divorced Kanye’s mother, Donda Williams, when he was 3 years old. After their divorce, Kanye moved with his mother to Chicago, Illinois, and spent his summers with his father in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was born, according to the Daily Mail. ray was a black panther in the 1960s and 1970s. After that, he became one of the first black photojournalists at the Atlanta Constitution-Journal, photographing former president Ronald Reagan and Maya Angelou. According to Hollywood Life, Ray has also worked as a paparazzo, marriage counselor and store owner.

Like his son, Ray has taken on various career endeavors over the years. In the 60s and 70s he was a Black Panther. After that, West became one of the first black photojournalists for the Atlanta Constitution-Journal, photographing former President Ronald Reagan and Maya Angelou. In addition to his reputable credentials, West has also worked as a paparazzo, marriage counselor and store owner. Ray is also the founder of the Good Water Foundation in the Dominican Republic. In a 2013 interview with the BBC, Kanye opened up about his father’s charitable personality and told the outlet that his father once moved into a homeless shelter “not because he was homeless- shelter, but because he wanted to help former drug addicts, he wanted to get close to that.

Over the years, Kanye has written several songs about his father. In his song “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1.” from his 2016 album Pablo’s life, Kanye has hinted that his parents’ separation may have been due to financial issues. In his “Champion” from his 2007 album GraduationWest also rapped, “I don’t know, I just want it to be better for my kids / And I ain’t say we were projects / But every time I wanna put away or lay down / My daddy would say” when you see clothes, close your eyes” / We were kinda like Will Smith and his son / In the movie, I ain’t talking about the rich / ‘Cause every summer there will be / A brand new wacky scheme to get rich at from/ And I don’t know what he did for the dough/ But he’ll send me back to school with a new wardrobe According to Cheat Sheet, Kanye and his dad got closer after his mom passed away Ray even filmed Kanye’s “Follow God” music video in 2019. “It took me 42 years to realize my dad was my best friend,” Kanye said at the time.

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Metro Phoenix’s Best Super Bowl LVI Watch Parties https://swedishmusicshop.com/metro-phoenixs-best-super-bowl-lvi-watch-parties/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 18:47:00 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/metro-phoenixs-best-super-bowl-lvi-watch-parties/ When Super Bowl LVI kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 13, more than 100 million people will be watching the battle between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. That includes all the die-hard NFL fans and casual viewers in the Phoenix metro area tuning in to the big game. Whichever team you bet on […]]]>

When Super Bowl LVI kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 13, more than 100 million people will be watching the battle between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. That includes all the die-hard NFL fans and casual viewers in the Phoenix metro area tuning in to the big game.

Whichever team you bet on or bet for, it’s bound to be an action-packed contest filled with the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. If you want to catch the big game in a setting that puts your neighbor to shame, we’ve got a list of some of the best Super Bowl watch parties in the Valley.

Granted, virtually every bar or restaurant will have TVs plugged in, some bars, clubs, restaurants, and even shopping malls have festivities planned. Most will have food and drink specials while others will offer prizes, raffles and live music. This includes one of the following valley spots.

arizona casino

The CAZ Sports Bar inside Casino Arizona, 524 North 92nd Street in Scottsdale, will host the annual “Big Game Viewing Party” with over 40 screens showing the football battle in 4K resolution, cash and giveaways, and Fox Sports 910’s Shawn Crespin serving as host. Craft beers will also be available for purchase and attendance will be strictly limited to those 21 and over. The party starts at 2 p.m. and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Free entry.

810 Billiards & Bowling

The CityScape location at 810 Billiards & Bowling, 50 West Jefferson Street, will offer a VIP experience with food, snacks and beverages included. Jerseys and team clothing are encouraged. The fun starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $50.

Desert Ridge Market and Tempe Market

Both outdoor malls are planning “Game Day Tailgate” events with huge LED screens showing every second of the action, outdoor bars and Madden available to play from noon until game time. Activities Tempe Marketplace, 2000 East Rio Salado Parkway, will take place in and around the district stage and will also feature a DJ from Power 98.3. At Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 North Tatum Boulevard, screens will be set up at Barnes & Noble Courtyard and District Stage. Giveaways, shows, photo ops with a giant football helmet and other distractions are planned. Seating in both cases will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cactus Jack’s Ahwatukee Tavern

The owners of Cactus Jack’s, 4747 East Elliot Road, will be showing the game on eight big-screen TVs and offering various food and drink specials. The “Super Music/Super Bowl” night will also feature artists from local bands like The Noodles, Xtra Ticket will perform Grateful Dead tunes starting at 5:30 p.m. Raffle prizes (including a ticket to the Skull & Roses music festival in California this spring) will also be awarded throughout the afternoon and evening. Free entry.

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This neon sign explains what the Clubhouse at Maya in Scottsdale is all about.

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Clubhouse at Maya

As all the football action unfolds on one of Maya’s HD screens, 7333 East Indian Plaza in Scottsdale, you can take part in your own games. Distractions like Foosball, Skee-Ball, Billiards, Cornhole and Giant Jenga will all be available to play around the joint. Doors open at 9 a.m.

The dirty drummer

Patrons of the Dirty Drummer, 2303 North 44th Street, can participate in food and beverage specials while watching the game on multiple screens. The party starts at 4 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. Call 602-840-2726 for details.

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The celebrations at this LGBTQ+ establishment in the Melrose District begin at 12:30 p.m. with a Drag Brunch, which lasts until 3 p.m. Later, you can watch the match unfold on a giant projection screen and several televisions.

Kimmyz on greenway

You can partake in $3 national bottled beers, $5 appetizers and boneless wings, plus other food and drink specials at the annual Super Bowl party at Kimmyz , 5930 West Greenway Rd. It operates from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and admission is free.

Click to enlarge SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, the site of Super Bowl LVI.  - TROUTFARM27/CC BY-SA 4.0/COMMONS WIKIMEDIA

SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, the site of Super Bowl LVI.

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Talking Stick Resort

Fox Sports 910’s Mike “Roc” Muraco and Dan “Manuch” Manucci will host a 21+ party at the Salt River Grand Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 East Talking Stick Way in Scottsdale. Doors open at 2 p.m. and there will be food and drink specials, cash giveaways and prizes and sports betting (natch). Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Golden Margarita watch party will include libations, all the action from the grill playing on screens large and small, and a post-game dance party until 2 a.m. with DJ Pest on the decks. Kick-off is at 4:30 p.m. and admission is free.

Kobalt

Happy hour prizes will be offered until 7 p.m. at Kobalt, 3110 North Central Avenue, Suite 175, during the Super Bowl celebration. They’ll have the game on the bar’s big screen with plenty of snark and sassiness coming from its ever-entertaining crowd of regulars, especially when the commercials are on. Things start at 4 p.m.

Sports Grill bleachers

This Ahwatukee sports center at 15410 South Mountain Parkway will have 55 HDTVs showing the Cinncinatti vs. LA Specials showdown like $1.50 Jell-O shots, $3 domestic pints and burgers and fries at $9 will be available after the game starts at 4 p.m.

Chopper John’s

Football fans at Chopper John’s, 2547 East Indian School Road, can partake in servings of green chili chicken lasagna and $5 Bloody Marys while watching LA and Cinncinatti battle for grill glory. As always, there is no cover.

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Björk’s SF concert mixes politics and emotions https://swedishmusicshop.com/bjorks-sf-concert-mixes-politics-and-emotions/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 12:04:57 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/bjorks-sf-concert-mixes-politics-and-emotions/ What is going on in Björk’s brain is one of the great mysteries of our time. Is his interior monologue accompanied by floating flutes? When she closes her eyes, does she see watercolors or 3D graphics? Does she think about trees almost all the time? Or maybe her fierce but fragile inner voice is comfortably […]]]>

What is going on in Björk’s brain is one of the great mysteries of our time. Is his interior monologue accompanied by floating flutes? When she closes her eyes, does she see watercolors or 3D graphics? Does she think about trees almost all the time? Or maybe her fierce but fragile inner voice is comfortably surrounded by fluffy white clouds.

At the Chase Center on Saturday night, the Icelandic artist gave the audience a view inside. The Cornucopia tour, based on his album “Utopia”, arrived in San Francisco after three performances in Los Angeles. There’s a second show in SF on February 8 (tickets are still available), which will be the conclusion of the short five-date series. An SF crowd dressed for the occasion, with outfits ranging from bright pink monochrome bodysuits to ‘Black Swan’ ballerina outfits, alongside many buttoned up boyfriends in dark sports jackets.

Björk performs onstage during her ‘Cornucopia’ Tour at Chase Center on February 05, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

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The show began with an a capella intro by a Los Angeles choir called Tonality. Draped in white, they set an ethereal base for the ensemble, complemented by the Viibra flute septet adding a layer of fantasy. A percussionist with minimal kit and an arsenal of digital drums flanked one side of the stage, in front of a synthesizer control center with custom instruments like those used in it biophilia tower. A harpist completed the ensemble with a cascade of delicate notes. Brooklyn experimental musician Serpentwithfeet made a brief appearance for a duet.

Bjork's Utopian Flute Septet 'Viibra' performs with Björk on stage during the 'Cornucopia' Tour at Chase Center on February 05, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

Bjork’s Utopian Flute Septet ‘Viibra’ performs with Björk on stage during the ‘Cornucopia’ Tour at Chase Center on February 05, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

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Björk, now 56 but still looking eternally young, floated around a tiered stage that looked something like the mossy top of a scenic plateau. She wore an oversized dress that looked like it was covered in sparkling loofah (but make it fashionable), and an elaborate mask that obscured her face. Animated graphic projections complemented the stage show, with the visuals oscillating between abstract waving DNA strands and blooming pastel flower petals. One of the few downsides to the elaborate production was that the only video close-ups of Björk projected onto the screens were digitally enveloped in color washes. If you wanted to watch the legend but weren’t seated close, well, you were out of luck, but flashy visuals and lively choreography made for an enjoyable experience no matter where you were seated. (tickets start at $49.50)

Björk performs on stage during her tour

Björk performs onstage during her ‘Cornucopia’ Tour at Chase Center on February 05, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

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The set list was heavy with “Utopia” songs, so fans who ignored her 2017 collaboration with Venezuelan experimental musician Arca might not have been familiar with much of the material (if you go to the show on 8 February, it would be worth revisiting). Older hits were revamped, suitable for the flute and choir ensemble, including “Venus as a Boy”, “Pagan Poetry” and “Hidden Place”. The latter proved to be the highlight of the show, as the choir enveloped Björk, encircling her as she viscerally struggled on the floor with an emotional tenor unmatched by any other performer of her generation.

There were no onstage banter except for a few charming examples of Björk expressing her gratitude, “thank you for tonight” and simply saying “San Francisco” a few times, to thunderous applause. After about an hour of set, she left the stage and the music stopped, replaced by a gigantic projection of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg giving a long speech on environmental responsibility that was inspiring (and more than a bit ashamed). Then Björk returned to close with “Tabula Rasa,” drawing perhaps the biggest cheers of the night as she intoned the lyrics, “Let’s clean up, break the chain of father f—k-ups, it’s time, for us women to get up, not just go to bed.

Björk performs on stage during her tour

Björk performs onstage during her ‘Cornucopia’ Tour at Chase Center on February 05, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

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By the time the lights came on, it was pretty clear to everyone what Björk was thinking lately. Abstract moving graphic projections reminded the crowd that their minds are still firmly rooted in the future, even if it is a nature-oriented future where forests battle against cities. There were moments of Matmos-style noise, but the electronic experimentation of his earlier work largely shifted to beds of quivering flutes and choir harmonies. These delicate soundscapes are what so many superfans love about Björk, the emotional tapestry she’s woven over her 30-year career. Beyond her music, she’s a long-time activist for environmental and political causes, and it’s clear from Thunberg’s inclusion that after decades of exploring her inner world, today’s Björk is just as anxious to look outward.




Björk performs on stage during her tour

Björk performs onstage during her ‘Cornucopia’ Tour at Chase Center on February 05, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

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Mark Levine, versatile artist and influential teacher of jazz and Latin music, died at 83 https://swedishmusicshop.com/mark-levine-versatile-artist-and-influential-teacher-of-jazz-and-latin-music-died-at-83/ Tue, 01 Feb 2022 01:56:00 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/mark-levine-versatile-artist-and-influential-teacher-of-jazz-and-latin-music-died-at-83/ Mark Levine, who made his mark in the jazz world as a pianist, trombonist, composer, arranger and educator, died Jan. 27 at the Sunrise Assisted Living Facility in Oakland Hills, Calif. He was 83 years old. The cause was complications from pneumonia, according to his life partner, writer and activist Norma Smith. A sought-after accompanist […]]]>

Mark Levine, who made his mark in the jazz world as a pianist, trombonist, composer, arranger and educator, died Jan. 27 at the Sunrise Assisted Living Facility in Oakland Hills, Calif. He was 83 years old.

The cause was complications from pneumonia, according to his life partner, writer and activist Norma Smith.

A sought-after accompanist for such luminaries as Houston Person, Stan Getz, Blue Mitchell, Joe Henderson and others in jazz – first as a valve trombonist and later as a pianist – Levine went on to stand out for his versatility and mastery of baseball inside Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music with artists like Cal Tjader, Luis Gasca, Willie Bobo, Pete Escovedo, Poncho Sánchez and Mongo Santamaría.

Drummer Ray Marabuto tells WBGO, “I first met Mark on the jazz scene in San Francisco in 1974. He was always interested in Latin music in one form or another. He would bring his own compositions and tell me what direction of key they were in to make sure they would be interpreted correctly.

But he’s a pedagogue that Levine has become legendary for, through a pair of pedagogical texts: The jazz piano bookfirst published in 1990, and the The Jazz Theory Book, published in 1995. Translated into many languages, they have become standard college-level texts for jazz education worldwide. “As a knowledge base for understanding jazz improvisation, Mark’s books are unrivaled,” says Peter Barshay, longtime bassist in Levine’s band, The Latin Tinge. “His understanding of the theoretical basis of jazz harmony was incredible.”

Tributes poured in on Levine’s Facebook page, including some from fellow artists like flautist Mark Weinstein and pianist Benny Green. Latin jazz pianist, educator and author Rebeca Mauleón remembers taking a lesson with him when she was 17, then reconnecting around her research to The Jazz Piano Book.

Mark Jay Levine was born on October 4, 1938 in Concord, New Hampshire. Her father, Hyman “Harry” Levine, was from Minsk, Belarus, and ran a women’s clothing store. His mother, the former Sarah Lubovitz, was a Russian-born housewife. He had an older brother of eight years, named Earl.

The piano was Levine’s primary instrument; he started taking lessons when he was 5 years old. During his college years, his family had moved to Daytona Beach, Florida. “He was hit pretty hard by the anti-Semitism he experienced there,” Smith says. “He worked as a lifeguard and golf caddy in those early years in Florida.”

His musical universe changed forever at the age of 12, when his brother offered him a jazz recording. He quickly fell in love with great jazz pianists – starting with Dave Brubeck, Bud Powell and Bill Evans. While attending Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Levine also began playing the valve trombone.

“Mark’s dad wanted him to be in the hospitality industry, but he went to Boston College and majored in music,” Smith says. “He spent a lot of time hanging out at Berklee College of Music because there was nothing jazz going on at Boston College. But while he was there, he focused his studies on arranging and eventually graduated in music.

A subsequent move to New York in 1960 saw him study with arranger Hal Overton, pianist Jaki Byard and trombonist Herb Pomeroy. His first recording date, in ’66, was as a trombonist on the Houston Person album. underground soul. Levine pairs with the tenor saxophonist on the album, while also contributing an original, “Tears.”

As a pianist, Levine was making inroads into New York’s Latin jazz scene – such as during a 1969 date for Santamaría, which first saw the light of day in 2000. It was on this album that Levine contributed the first iteration of her most famous composition, “Linda Chicana.” Originally titled “Sheila”, it features Hubert Laws on flute, with Mark on piano in the Cuban guajira style, but in a modern approach.

Sheila

The now classic release of trumpeter Luis Gasca in 1969 The little giant finds Mark sharing piano duties with Herbie Hancock, alongside Santamaría’s congas and Joe Henderson’s tenor saxophone. On “Motherless Child,” Levine is featured in the intro, and her songwriting is showcased in a rhythmic, modern jazz mambo setting influenced by one of her new heroes, McCoy Tyner.

motherless child

A brief move to Los Angeles and then San Francisco in 1974 sharpened Levine’s focus as a valve trombonist. “Mark was a fantastic trombonist”, confirms Ron Marabuto. “This instrument was really his voice; he was really happy when he played it. Jazz was going through evolutionary changes at this time, especially with players like Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard. Mark was doing what these guys were doing, but with a trombone. I had never heard anyone play the instrument with this approach before.

Evidence of this can be found throughout Levine’s 1984 album Notions, especially on his original track “Keeper of The Flame”. With a slight nod to Bud Powell’s “Un Poco Loco”, he shines on the instrument alongside Chuck Clark on tenor sax and Erik Von Buchau on drums.

This would prove to be not only his high water mark as a valve trombonist, but also his swansong – due to a condition that was eventually diagnosed as tension myositis syndrome, or TMS. “A week after that album came out,” Levine recalls, “I put the trombone in the closet and never looked back. Since then, I’ve been just a pianist.

The Bay Area’s vibrant Latin jazz scene—led by percussionists John Santos, Pete Escovedo, and Michael Spiro, among others—produced bands like avant-garde Latin rock fusion band Azteca and guitarist Carlos Santana. As a pianist on this stage, Levine became a powerful force in pushing the genre forward, while delving deep into the roots of the music. It all came to fruition with the formation of his own piano-led ensemble, The Latin Tinge.

Inspired by Jelly Roll Morton’s quip to Alan Lomax on “the Spanish tinge” in jazz – and also by a 1979 tome by John Storm Roberts, The Latin Tinge: The Impact of Latin American Music on the United States – Levine’s band produced a series of impeccably recorded albums featuring Afro-Cuban and Brazilian beats in a small group setting. Tight arrangements, faithful to the authenticity of the clavé in the interpretation and its unique harmonic approach have given works worthy of study for their harmonic and rhythmic sophistication.

The title song of Islethe quintet’s Grammy-nominated release in 2002, is a perfect example of this approach – morphing seamlessly from the rhythm of northeast Brazil known as bayao in Puerto Rican sica bomb in Cuba guaguanco, all framed by its advanced harmonic approach.

Isle

Besides his superb playing as a sideman and leader, Mark’s impact as an educator has proven to be his most lasting influence. His books have become legendary, but his direct contact with his students has borne ever-increasing fruit.

In 1970, he began teaching seriously both privately and at various institutions like Mills College, Antioch University, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, among others. He also maintained a long-standing association with the California Jazz Conservatory and curated the Bay Area Jazz Archives (BAJA), a collection of recordings by San Francisco Bay Area jazz artists from 1970 to 2000. “Some music is quite extraordinary, and really should be heard,” he said at the initiative’s launch. “So we hope to get exposure for the music, the artists and the label.”

On a personal note, I admired Mark supremely. When it came time to fight the Grammys for taking away the Latin Jazz category about 11 years ago, he stood by me, Dr. Ben Lapidus and Dr. Eugene Marlow when we collectively sued the Grammys for the injustice they have committed. This lawsuit was the turning point in the restoration of the category. In addition to respecting him and never forgetting him for his supreme musicality, I will always love him for this act of solidarity and bravery.

“It was an example of Mark’s politics,” Smith said. “He was liberal but intuitively radical. Mark was also very humble. He was aware of the vast knowledge he possessed. But he never let it go to his head. It was that humility and sense of humor he possessed that I admired. He really wanted to be human.

She says he last performed on December 26, improvising a theme on an upright piano. When he finished this made-up piece, he turned to her and said, with a wry smile, “That’s it.”

With special thanks to all interviewees and to Arturo Gomez of KUVO.

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Has Nikki Sixx ever been invited to join Quiet Riot? https://swedishmusicshop.com/has-nikki-sixx-ever-been-invited-to-join-quiet-riot/ Sun, 30 Jan 2022 23:46:40 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/has-nikki-sixx-ever-been-invited-to-join-quiet-riot/ Rock historians agree that Nikki Sixx auditioned for Quiet Riot before her Motley Crue fame. But whether the bassist was actually offered the gig appears to be up for debate. “I really, really loved Quiet Riot,” Sixx recalled in a recent interview with Metal edge. “They were kinda right. Kevin DuBrow had a great voice, […]]]>

Rock historians agree that Nikki Sixx auditioned for Quiet Riot before her Motley Crue fame. But whether the bassist was actually offered the gig appears to be up for debate.

“I really, really loved Quiet Riot,” Sixx recalled in a recent interview with Metal edge. “They were kinda right. Kevin DuBrow had a great voice, and of course we don’t need to talk about Randy Rhoads and his influence. I really loved hanging out with these guys and watching them perform. It would be like 200 people in the Starwood, but for me, when I was so young, I was just like, ‘They look cool, they sound cool, and they have great songs.’

It was during these early years that Sixx and Rhoads became friends.

“I used to hang out with Randy at his house, and Randy was such a gifted musician. Whereas I’m a fairly simple Cliff Williams, a bass player who has no place. And I remember Randy saying, “If you like doing this and you do that…” Just showing me a few things.

When Quiet Riot fired original bassist Kelly Garni in 1978, Sixx claims to have been asked to join.

“And at some point they were like, ‘We’re going to change bass players. Would you be interested?” the rocker recalled. “I thought, why am I going to say no to this? That’s all I could wish for. But I kind of had my own ideas, which took time but eventually came to fruition. And who knows how it would have turned out anyway? I would have joined Quiet Riot, Randy would have left and God knows if I would have continued with them or not.

The possibility of Sixx teaming up with Rhoads is a fascinating piece of rock history that has many fans wondering “what if?” Only problem: Quiet Riot says it never happened.

“All lies,” the band’s official Facebook page responded to a story featuring Sixx’s recent quotes. “That never happened. (Which means Nikki wasn’t asked to join Quiet Riot. Yes, we all know he auditioned.)”

A follow-up post to the Quiet Riot account, written by drummer Frankie Banali’s widow, Regina, claimed “Family and friends of Kevin, Frankie and Randy have ALL debunked this story.”

“When I was an actress, I auditioned for a lot of big movies and TV shows,” she continued. “That doesn’t mean that I was asked to participate. There is a big difference. Nikki Sixx has NEVER been asked to join Quiet Riot. Period. Do.”

Regina’s post appears to match what DuBrow said during a 2007 interview. The since-deceased singer claimed that Sixx “didn’t know the names of the [musical] Remarks. Yeah, so Randy (Rhoads) couldn’t sit there and teach him how to play bass. We really liked him as a person, but he just couldn’t play the instrument. This is not an insult; it’s just a fact. I mean, in 1977 he didn’t know the instrument.

This isn’t the first time Sixx has claimed to have been asked to join Quiet Riot. In a 2021 interview with Kerrang! Radiothe bassist said Rhoads and DuBrow offered him the gig.

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FixMusic is revolutionizing the musical instrument repair industry https://swedishmusicshop.com/fixmusic-is-revolutionizing-the-musical-instrument-repair-industry/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/fixmusic-is-revolutionizing-the-musical-instrument-repair-industry/ FixMusic is revolutionizing the musical instrument repair industry LOS ANGELES, California, USA, Jan. 29, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Musicians typically search for these common questions: Where is the best luthier near me? Where can I find the best piano mover near me? What is the best guitar repair near me? Sometimes just searching for these answers […]]]>

FixMusic is revolutionizing the musical instrument repair industry

LOS ANGELES, California, USA, Jan. 29, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Musicians typically search for these common questions: Where is the best luthier near me? Where can I find the best piano mover near me? What is the best guitar repair near me? Sometimes just searching for these answers on different websites and lists becomes confusing and messy. Wouldn’t it be nice to have all music repair related queries in one place?

Easy to navigate, access and browse, FixMusic improves the way instruments are repaired. The process of repairing a broken instrument can be tiring or inefficient when requesting multiple repair shops consecutively. FixMusic changes that with its new website where all users can browse repair services and broken instrument listings. The smooth process of repairing music that this allows contributes greatly to the musical instrument repair industry.

Find services easily: Request a quote

By entering the instrument name, brand, model, year, required service, repair date and additional data for the repair, users can request a quote. Accompanied by a brief description of the problem, the form is sent simultaneously to several repairers. This form is posted publicly online, where it can also be viewed by other repairers. Since it is public, any repairer who meets it can view and submit their own estimate. This is one of the factors that makes FixMusic an improvement for the industry: users’ instruments are visible to any repairman who encounters them, rather than instrument owners who inquire about separate repair shops.
When a repair shop submits their quote, users can easily verify the credibility and quality of their work. On the repairer’s profile page, their ratings, reviews, photo galleries, location, list of services and terms of service can be viewed. Ratings and reviews are submitted from old instruments or audio equipment they have repaired.

FixMusic is efficient for both users and repairers because users can quickly find services for their instruments or audio equipment, and repairers can easily provide their services when needed. Small but valuable features are also incorporated into the website. Users can message the repairer at any time for updates and the status of their instrument or audio equipment. Also, other users can offer to buy broken instruments that have been posted. There are many uses for the instrument profile page online submission, which is the form with instrument information and details.

About Fix Music

FixMusic was created by musicians for musicians with the goal of making musical instrument repair quick and easy. Anyone who owns a musical instrument is strongly encouraged to visit their website at www.fixmusic.com for repair, maintenance, and even tips or best practices for optimal instrument care. Instrument repair professionals, shops and educators are welcome to register for free.

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