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World Poetry Celebrates the Wonderful Erin McDougald!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posters from our upcoming event from the VPL and Vani Pradeep.

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe Radio Show, May 3 on CFRO, 100.5 FM 1-2 pm PST was honored to feature Selwyn Jacob from the National Film Board speaking about his retrospective film The Road Taken and publicist Katja De Bock who brought some tips for upcoming actors in the studio. 

Also  calling in at 1:30 PM PST, was the wonderful jazz musician from Chicago Erin McDougald   celebrating her new CD “Outside the Soiree”  and giving her thoughts about being an outsider and the MeToo movement. She kindly agreed to answer a question from a young aspiring musician from Arkansas who asked her about the role of women in music and how the Me Too movement has affected women in the music industry. 

All the guests who have been asked questions from youth around the world have been so helpful in answering . As one youth from Senegal stated: ” They give us hope and tell us to believe in ourselves.” The World Poetry family is honoured to show support for the wonderful youth of this world-the shinning lights of the future. we would like to also thank Braithwaite and Katz for sending us such wonderful artists. braithwaitekatz 

The World Poetry Team does a great job keeping us on the air and interviewing fascinating guests. 

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Vocalist Erin McDougald‘s fourth studio recording, Outside the Soiree, is a heartfelt ode to all the outsiders – those independent-minded souls who find themselves, by choice or by fate, living outside the halls of power: neglected by history, oppressed by the majority, lonely in love, bucking the trends, swimming upstream.  Erin McDougald

Due out March 16, 2018 (Erin’s birthday!) from Miles High Records, Outside the Soiree offers a thematic narrative explored through “McDougald’s evocative artistry” (Chicago Music Guide), a voice that Jazz Improv Magazine has called a “rare instrument to be savored… sweet and spicy, positively mercurial.” The subject matter is poignantly and uniquely expressed from unexpected musical angles as Erin seamlessly amalgamates, modernizes and reinterprets obscure standards, her own original composition and genres “outside” the jazz idiom within a progressive jazz mentality.   

She’s joined by a stellar band featuring guitarist and pianist Rob Block, bassist Cliff Schmitt, drummer Rodney Green, percussionists Mark Sherman and Chembo Corniel, and saxophonist Dan Block. The band is given the imprimatur of a couple of born outsiders who’ve become insiders (and legends) through decades of singular artistry: saxophonist David Liebman and trumpeter Tom Harrell.  

Erin

McDougald is well acquainted with the outsider’s existence; she tends to be one herself. Known by her fans as “the Flapper Girl,” the Chicago-based improvisational jazz singer is a progressive thinker with a throwback aesthetic. She embodies the sensuality and fierce emancipatory attitude of an audacious fashionista and political egalitarian in her personality and artistry. With a moniker evoking a ’20s-era flapper she’s not interested in glamorous nostalgia, but instead spotlights the formidable female icons that stemmed from an era of resistance that forever changed American culture and its musical heritage.  

As McDougald regularly points out to audiences, flappers were suffragists, with libidos, rhythm, style and social cachet. As “the flapper girl of modern vocal jazz”, Erin’s artistry has become synonymous with marrying vintage foundations and contemporary concepts in her rhythmic, daring interpretations of era- spanning jazz, from American Swing through the Post-Bop catalogue. Her ability to borrow music from other genres and infuse a jazz treatment has garnered her fans of all ages, and collaborators with global renown.  

Miss McDougald has appeared and or recorded with members of the elite jazz scene that include Nicholas Payton, Paul Wertico, Ira Sullivan, Carlos Henriquez, Ben Wolfe, Von Freeman, Howard Levy, Roy Hargrove and many others. Downbeat critic and Jazz Journalist Association President Howard Mandel declares, “McDougald is one of the finest and freest voices in jazz OR pop today.” The late Verve Records producer/conductor/arranger Buddy Bregman emphatically stated of Erin in 2006, “There’s an essence to her singing that is all her own… not a mimicked, watered-down version of someone else, but… a very deep, soulful connection to the songs she chooses. Her pitch and phrasing are superb, but there is something about her interior-very sweet… she has ‘It’. My favorite singer to come along since Anita O’Day in her prime.”  

With performances in sold-out venues from Chicago to Paris, McDougald has headlined The Chicago Jazz Festival’s Heritage Stage, and premier jazz venues such as The Jazz Showcase, The Allerton, Green Dolphin Street, The Green Mill, 54 Below, Smalls, Anthology, Savanna Jazz, The Mint, Dizzy’s of San Diego, The Velvet Note, BluJazz, The Acorn Theater, Notes Jazz Club, and Le Bilboquet in Paris, among many others.  

Outside the Soiree is a sublime symposium of venerable soloists and emerging talents that expose a raw synergy and emotive message. Erin’s keen idea to turn Charles Deforest’s obscure, melancholy 1950’s ballad “Don’t Wait Up for Me” into a liberating, rhythmic 5/4 proclamation also crystalizes the style and strengths of featured soloists David Liebman on soprano saxophone and Tom Harrell on trumpet (with impeccable embellishment by drummer Rodney Green). Likewise, the sophisticated and changing time signatures on Erin’s “Midnight Sun” shed light upon vibraphonist Mark Sherman’s musical eloquence where again Liebman shines in a flurry of pithy soprano sound.

Brothers Rob and Dan Block create an ethereal, sorrowful beauty on the group’s Chorinho-styled adaptation of the Broadway musical song “Unusual Way;” Tomoko Block (Rob’s wife) teamed up with Rob to arrange this gem, showcasing Rob’s quietly weeping guitar solo and Dan’s haunting clarinet playing. Percussionist Wilson “Chembo” Corniel is strongly showcased along with bassist Cliff Schmitt on Erin’s original composition and title track “Outside the Soiree” in a connected, reflexive and moving journey through Erin’s poetic lyricism and mournful melody. Hard-swinging is Erin with her band on songs like “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” and “Don’t Be on the Outside;” exceptional elements of avant-garde singing and playing are showcased on the CD’s final cut, “The Parting Glass,” a deftly reimagined traditional Irish funeral hymn in a minor key, performed with thundering gravity. The addictively nuanced Cha-Cha rendition of “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” gloriously highlights the band with undulating musicality and fervor.  

McDougald celebrated with a concert on her birthday – the album’s release date – Friday, March 16, 2018 at The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks Michigan

Recorded & Mixed by Dae Bennett. Liner Notes by Howard Mandel (Jazz Journalists Association, DownBeat). Album concept, design & overall production: Erin McDougald. Co-executive producers: Larry Young & Mark Sherman. Photography: Gulnara Khamatova. Artwork: Miriam Dauber. Graphics: Lisa Ghisolf. Publicist: Ann Braithwaite – ann@bkmusicpr.com Radio Promoter: Mark Elf – jenbayjazz@gmail.com

Source: Braitwaite and Katz

World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Kelley Montgomery!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show welcomed local Vancouver, BC, Canada poet Kelley Montgomery, poet and musician. Kelley’s work is heard on the show every week , presented by sound engineer Victor Swartzman.  Kelley has developed quite a following with listeners and it was a great pleasure to have  him on the show reading his poems and singing his unique songs. 

Also, featured on the show was music of the Jazz Singer Allegra Levy with her new CD Between Cities and Poetic News and Creativity Rocks. Source: Braitwaite and Katz, Katherine Growdon.

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Kelley Montgomery writes:

“My name is Kelley Montgomery and I have been in this world, more or less, for 46 years.

If my feet were held to the fire and I was forced to call myself something I would probably call myself an artist.

These day I feel mostly fresh off the battlefield. The war was quite brutal, many times I felt deep within the darkest of pit and other times little better than a ghost, but there was some sunshine along the way. 

I am too Godly to ever feel alone and have too vibrant of an inner life to ever feel bored.

My equilibrium is a wonderful place to reside and my love of God, myself and others is something that I reap solace from and never take for granted.”

A Poem song:


When I am pressed to write

A poem about me

I force my eyes inward

To pull out what I see

 

It’s not a simple answer

To drink from the heart

So many times at ropes end

So many times at the start

 

I guess I feel lucky

To even try to express

And I think of my calling

Is it not love to impress?

By Kelley Montgomery  (C) All rights reserved.

 

 

World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Laszlo Gardony!

Ariadne’s notes: 

World Poetry Café Radio Show, a fascinating show October 9,1-2 pm, CFRO 100.5 FM with Lazlo Gordony http://www.lgjazz.com/ calling in at 1:10 pm and Award Winners Elena and George Gilliam calling in at 1:35 pm.

Powerful Jazz greats!  Due to the stature of the guests , I will do separate features. Peace e-poems from  Bam Sharma, Nepal and Davynouich Fidel plus a special poem by Mamta Agarwal from India, a Big Bessie story  by Sharon Rowe. (people look forward to her stories)  Suburb piano solo music from his new CD “Serious Play” by Lazlo Gordony and live singing with the amazing voice of Gillian Williams made the show a special one. Many thanks to  Ann Braithwaite and Katherine Growdon for presenting Lazlo and Osiris Munir for presenting George and Elena.http://gilliamjazz.com

Thanks to Victor Swartzman , super tech and reader and Sharon Rowe , special volunteer.

***Next Thursday, on November 16, a celebration of African Voices  with Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah from Ghana and e-poet Olajuwon Timileyin from Nigeria will make a must hear show!

 

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Laszlo Gardony is a critically acclaimed artist who has brought his soulful improvisations and compositions to audiences in 26 countries. Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Gardony has been called a pianist worthy of praise within the highest pantheon of performers by Jazz Review and a great pianist by Dave Brubeck.

He has released twelve albums, leading groups that included Dave Holland, Miroslav Vitous, Mick Goodrick, Yoron Israel, John Lockwood, Jamey Haddad, Bill Pierce, Don Braden and Stan Strickland among others.

Laszlo Gardony’s new solo piano CD, Serious Play, released in July 2017, received a 4-star review in  All About Jazz. His previous CD, Life In Real Time – featuring Bill Pierce (saxophone), Don Braden (saxophone), Stan Strickland (sax, bass clarinet, vocals), John Lockwood (bass), Yoron Israel (drums) and Laszlo Gardony (piano, composer, arranger) – received a four-star review in Down Beat and was named by the  Boston Globe as one the ten best jazz albums of 2015.

Gardony has been praised for his fluid piano by The New York Times and for his uniformly high quality of compositions by All About Jazz Magazine. Jazz Times has called him one of contemporary music truly original voices and a formidable soloist who lives in the moment.

 

As a sideman, Gardony recorded and toured extensively with Yoron Israel’s High Standards Quartet and with Matt Glaser’s Wayfaring Strangers. He has performed with the David Fathead Newman Quintet at numerous jazz festivals. Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman and John Blake appeared as guest soloists with his group.

Gardony has been featured with the Boston Pops, the Utah Symphony and The Smithsonian Institute Beyond Category Traveling Duke Ellington Exhibit.

Additionally, he appeared live and on record with vocalist, Shelley Neill’s group and with guitarist, Garrison Fewell’s quartet. He has performed with the Eddie Gomez Quintet, Victor Lewis and the Marco Pignataro Jazzet. Gardony was also commissioned to arrange his original compositions for The Danish Radio Big Band.

Laszlo has been living in Boston for the past twenty five years, where he is a Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music.

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Born in Hungary, Gardony showed an early aptitude on the piano. He wasn’t much older when he started improvising, devising little tunes inspired by the blues, pop and classical music he heard around the house. Immersed in the European classical tradition while growing up, he was drawn to progressive rock as a teenager, and spent countless hours improvising blues-based music at the piano. He investigated gospel and studied jazz, a passion that soon overshadowed his classical pursuits. We had jazz and African music classes at the Conservatory, Gardony recalls. There were some very knowledgeable people and a lot of records. When it came to jazz it was a tiny community, but very inspiring.

After graduating from the Bela Bartok Conservatory and the Science University of Budapest, he became one of Europe’s most sought after accompanists, and released his first albums as a leader. Possessing a powerful sense of swing, a strong feel for the blues and a firm command of post-bop vocabulary, he gained invaluable insight by sharing festival stages with acts like Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and Abdullah Ibrahim. After several years on the road, Gardony decided he needed to deepen his knowledge of jazz.

A full scholarship to Berklee brought him to America in 1983, and a faculty position at the school upon graduation kept him stateside. He made his US recording debut with the acclaimed 1988 album The Secret (Antilles) featuring Czech bass great Miroslav Vitous and drummer Ian Froman, but it was his 1st place win the following year at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition that catapulted him into the national spotlight.

His primary vehicle for the past decade has been his state-of-the-art trio with bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel, an ensemble first documented on the 2003 Sunnyside release Ever Before Ever After. One of the finest working bands in jazz, the group performs and records regularly, exploring Gardony’s extensive book of original pieces as well as the occasional standard and jazz classics by the likes of Horace Silver and Billy Strayhorn. Gardony augments the trio’s latest release, 2011’s beautifully textured tribute to jazz’s African roots Signature Time’s (Sunnyside), with Stan Strickland on saxophone.

Laszlo continues to tour and record, attracting new fans and earning critical acclaim for his synthesis of many musical sources and for creating a joyous, powerful, insightful, and open spirited music.

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Laszlo Gardony is a New England Foundation for the Arts Touring Roster artist. NEFA provides up to 50% of musician fees when his trio is presented by a non-profit organization in five New England states (not in MA) . For more information please visit Laszlo Gardony’s page at NEFA’s CreativeGround.org (formerly Matchbook.org)