Umphrey’s McGee Covers Mark Ronson In Scorchin’ Asheville Opener

first_imgThe full setlist can be seen below, thanks to All Things Umphrey’s! Umphrey’s McGee wraps up their two-night Asheville, NC run tonight with the second performance.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Arena, Asheville, NC – 2/19/16Set 1: There’s No Crying In Mexico > Out Of Order, Walletsworth, Tribute to the Spinal Shaft > Deeper > Padgett’s Profile, The Linear > Andy’s Last Beer, The Triple WideSet 2: Wizard Burial Ground > Gulf Stream > Wizard Burial Ground, Speak Up, Daffodils, Intentions Clear -> Kula, Wappy Sprayberry > The FloorEncore: DivisionsCheck out Phierce Photo’s full gallery below: Load remaining images Umphrey’s McGee kicked off a two-night stand in Asheville, NC last night, February 19th, reaching the end of their winter tour schedule. While the band will be back less than a month later for some springtime dates, the finality of this run has only increased the jam band’s potential for sonic perfection. Last night’s show was the latest in a series of energetic performances, and, much to the fans’ delight, UM mainly within their own original catalog for a monumental performance.With songs like “There’s No Crying In Mexico” to open the performance, the 250th ever “Tribute To The Spinal Shaft,” and “Wappy Sprayberry > The Floor” to close out set two, this was certainly a show for the ages. Of course, the fun cover of Mark Ronson’s “Daffodils” was a nice treat in the second set as well, played for only the second time in UM history! Check out photos from the event, courtesy of Phierce Photography:last_img read more

Bobby Deitch Band To Bring Plenty Of Soul To NYC’s The Cutting Room

first_imgWith the recent release of his solo album, Grateful, Bobby Deitch (father of Lettuce/Break Science drummer Adam Deitch) has created an album that clearly demonstrates the 50+ years of musical acumen the multi-instrumentalist has garnered during a lifetime of playing alongside greats such as Prince, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, and many more. He will be bringing that style to NYC’s The Cutting Room on Saturday, June 3rd for a special evening full of soul, funk, and R&B flavor with his own Bobby Deitch Band.The group played a fantastic album release show at the Blue Note several weeks back, which featured special guest spots from Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Louis Cato, and more. With Dave Reiss (bass), Scott Reeves (guitar), Eddy Bishai (keys) and JoeMamma Carpentieri (drums) in tow, Deitch brings an old-school vibe to the new school. Expect another solid outing from the group at one of NYC’s most beautiful venues.Tickets for The Cutting Room show on Saturday, June 3rd are currently on-sale here. Take a listen to Grateful, and purchase the full album at this link.Enter To Win Tickets:last_img read more

Gregg Allman’s Final Album To Be Celebrated With Multi-City Events, Special Guests, “Gregg Allman Day” In Macon

first_imgThe loss of the legendary Gregg Allman shook the music community to its core back in May. With his final work Southern Blood on the way, due out on Friday, September 8th, fans of the Allman Brothers Band singer/songwriter/organist are looking for ways to continuously honor and commemorate their fallen idol. Rounder Records has announced a series of special events celebrating the final album, which was prepared as a final statement from Allman who’d been fighting liver cancer for years.“SOUTHERN BLOOD: CELEBRATING GREGG ALLMAN” events will be held in three American cities held dear by the late Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, beginning September 7th at The GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles, CA. The event will see Gregg’s son Devon Allman, longtime friend and manager Michael Lehman, Gregg Allman Band guitarist/musical director Scott Sharrard, and Southern Blood producer Don Was joining GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman to pay homage to Allman with an exceptional evening of stories, memories, and incredible music. American Express pre-sale ticketing began Thursday, August 10th at 10:30 am (local); all remaining tickets will then be released to the general public on Thursday, August 17th at noon. For more information, visit the GRAMMY that week, Macon, GA Mayor Robert Reichert will issue a proclamation declaring December 8th (Allman’s birthday) to henceforth and forever be known as “Gregg Allman Day.” On September 9th, Allman will be posthumously honored with the key to his beloved hometown at a commemorative celebration to be held at The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House, home to the original band and their families during their initial golden era of 1970-1973. In addition, that same evening will see The Big House hosting a “SOUTHERN BLOOD: CELEBRATING GREGG ALLMAN” event, this time featuring Devon Allman, Michael Lehman, Scott Sharrard, and Allman’s closest friend Chank Middleton joined by Chuck Reece, Editor-in-Chief of The Bitter Southerner, catered by the H&H restaurant which kept the Allman Brothers fed for the entirety of their career, even in the early days when they couldn’t pay.The third and final “SOUTHERN BLOOD: CELEBRATING GREGG ALLMAN” event will then be presented at the 18th annual AMERICANAFEST: The Americana Music Festival & Conference, set for September 15th at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater in Nashville, TN. Presented by the GRAMMY Museum in conjunction with the Americana Music Association, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Rounder Records, the event will feature Devon Allman and Michael Lehman sharing a stage with musicians Buddy Miller, Joan Osborne, Pony Bradshaw, and John Paul White, once again joined by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman.“As his producer, I was dedicated to helping Gregg crystallize his vision for the record and to help make sure that this vision made it to the tape,” says Don Was in a press release. “He was a musical hero of mine and, in later years, had become a good friend. The gravitas of this particular situation was not lost on me. Gregg was a sweet, humble man with a good heart and good intentions and it was a great honor to help him put his musical affairs in order and say a proper farewell.”Allman, well aware his time was short, approached the project with an unambiguously realistic agenda. High atop his list of goals was to capture the sound of the ultimate Gregg Allman Band in full flight, considering them the tightest knit combo of all the ever-shifting line-ups that had backed him over his 35+ year solo career. Despite his ongoing health issues, the Gregg Allman Band had picked up right where the Allman Brothers Band left off in 2015, spending nearly two years on the road with tour highlights including the now-annual Allman-curated Laid Back Festival. 2015’s two disc CD/DVD set, BACK TO MACON GA, immortalized Allman and his eight-member band’s floor-shaking live power but their leader was determined to see what the group could do within the confines of the studio.“Gregg was very excited to be in the studio,” says Lehman. “He was especially thrilled to be recording this studio album with his solo band – he was so proud of them and loved the sound that they produced together. Gregg felt close to every single one of them. The Gregg Allman Band was like a family or a well oiled machine, always knowing what the other band members were thinking and doing.”Rich with emotional texture, historical connectivity, and purity of performance, Southern Blood would be a landmark Gregg Allman record under any circumstance, its powerful subject matter and passionate presentation as emblematic an expression of his distinctive art as any prior work in the Allman canon. Though his loss leaves a vast musical space that can never truly be filled, Southern Blood stands tall as a remarkable valedictory and memorial to a true giant of American music, now and forever.Southern Blood arrives everywhere on Friday, September 8th. The album is available for pre-order now at all major music retailers and the Gregg Allman Official Store. First run-only limited editions are on offer, including Deluxe CD with behind-the-scenes DVD, vinyl test presses, Southern Blood T-shirts and limited edition heavyweight vinyl.[cover photo by Phierce Photos and head to his Instagram for more]last_img read more

Vulfpeck Members Cover Vulfpeck As The Fearless Flyers In New Music Video

first_imgLast week, Vulf Records released a six-track EP under a new moniker The Fearless Flyers. The new band, comprised of Vulfpeck bassist Joe Dart, guitarist Cory Wong, drummer Nate Smith, and Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri, have so far released three music-video supported tracks from the self-titled EP, with the rest of the tracks available for purchase/download here.In addition to the previously released “Aces of Aces” and “Under the Sea / Flyers Drive”, Vulf Records has shared the music video for “Barbara”. Serving as the connective tissue between Vulfpeck and The Fearless Flyers, “Barbara” is a secondary version of Vulfpeck’s 2012 Vollmich version–definitive proof of their familial ties–and features Sandra Crouch on the trombone.The new project, which is produced, composed, and mixed by the “Vulfmon” himself, Jack Stratton (bandleader/multi-instrumentalist of Vulfpeck), is seemingly a “2.0” version of the original Vulfpeck lineup. Basically, any musical group under the Vulf Records establishment will resonate with fans of Vulfpeck, as the brain and tools behind the music will all come from the same place. The Vulf Compressor, indeed, continues its legacy.The full record is available today on Bandcamp and features all sorts of musical nuggets. “Introducing the Fearless Flyers” showcases the tight musicianship between the four players, providing the style of playing that fans of Vulfpeck crave from the band’s earlier days. A sped-up, jammed-out, funkified rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” appears on the EP, featuring guitarist Blake Mills and gospel performer Sandra Crouch, as well as a “kids” version of The Little Mermaid‘s “Under The Sea”.The six-track presentation closes with “Bicentennial”, a clear continuation of the closing groove from Vulfpeck’s “Grandma” track from Mr. Finish Line. Vulfpeck’s soulful original version of the song features Antwaun Stanley on vocals, David T. Walker on guitar, and James Gadson on drums and closes with a 45-second groove that left fans wanting more in 2017. The Fearless Flyers’ “Bicentennial” is the extension of that groove and it features Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Elizabeth Lea on trombone and the voice of Jack Stratton as the “sibilant announcer.”You can own a copy of The Fearless Flyers today for $6, if you didn’t already reserve a copy of the vinyl, here. Listen to “The Seal Team 6 of funk” take on “Barbara” below: In other news, Apple recently released a new commercial for the Apple Pay feature, using Vulfpeck’s “Back Pocket” as the soundtrack. The commercial is in international circulation, positioning the song to get stuck in even more heads across the globe.Vulfpeck has a light year ahead of them, with only four dates on the calendar so far. Following a festival appearance at Sweetwater 420 and two nights in New Orleans, the funk quartet will head to Morrison, Colorado, for their first-ever headlining performance at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. With KNOWER and Kamasi Washington also on the bill, the 4/27 show is shaping up to be one of the most exciting to date. Head here for more information.,In other news, Apple recently released a new commercial for the Apple Pay feature, using Vulfpeck’s “Back Pocket” as the soundtrack. The commercial is in international circulation, positioning the song to get stuck in even more heads across the globe.Vulfpeck has a light year ahead of them, with only four dates on the calendar so far. Following a festival appearance at Sweetwater 420 and two nights in New Orleans, the funk quartet will head to Morrison, Colorado, for their first-ever headlining performance at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. With KNOWER and Kamasi Washington also on the bill, the 4/27 show is shaping up to be one of the most exciting to date. Head here for more information.last_img read more

Watch Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Welcome Marcus King Band’s Royal Horns For “F.U.” At The Peach [Pro-Shot]

first_imgIn mid-July, The Peach Music Festival kicked off with an opening day lineup featuring fan-favorite rising-star artists like Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Marcus King Band, Turkuaz, and Twiddle. Given the consistently high-caliber collaborations the festival hosts each year, it came as no surprise when various musicians joined forces, making for rare, exciting onstage moments.Despite all the talent at the festival, one of the most buzzed-about sets of The Peach Music Festival this year was Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s Thursday night show. As to be expected at festivals where numerous artists are on deck before and after their sets, the Baltimore-born funk-jam act took advantage of the musicians who were joining them on the Thursday lineup for The Peach. After electrifying takes on “Whoopie” and “Porcupine” to start the set, Pigeons invited out The Royal Horns—the young standout horn section for The Marcus King Band featuring saxophonist Dean Mitchell and trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson—for an energized “F.U.”, with the horns’ presence hinting at another special guest who would join the band later in the performance.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has now released pro-shot multi-came video of The Royal Horns sit-in on “F.U.” for everyone to enjoy. Check it out below:Pigeons Playing Ping Pong w/ The Royal Horns – “F.U.”[Video: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong; Filmed by Streamboat]Following the departure of The Royal Horns, the band moved through two additional live staples “Havana” and “Julia”, easily enrapturing the crowd with their fun-loving and propulsive sound. Another standout moment of the set was the band’s take on “Lightning”, which saw the group welcome Marcus King. Predictably, the performance functioned as a rock guitar clinic, with Pigeons guitarist Jeremy Schon and the young guitar prodigy going off and exchanging fiery solos during the song’s jam portion.Continuing with the momentum built during Marcus King’s surprise sit-in, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong launched into a “Fade Fast” sandwich, using the tune to house two energetic and nostalgic tracks from The Jungle Book that the band debuted during their Disney-themed New Year’s Eve show in Covington. After jamming through “Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You”, the band eventually jammed back into “Fade Fast” before closing out their performance at The Peach Music Festival in full with a rendition of “Fun in Funk”.You can watch a full stream of Pigeons’ explosive set below, courtesy of Michael Liacos:Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – The Peach Festival 2018 – Part 1[Video: Michael Liacos]Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – The Peach Festival 2018 – Part 2[Video: Michael Liacos]Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | The Peach Music Festival | Scranton, PA | 7/19/2018Set: Whoopie, Porcupine, FU*, Somethin’ 4 Ya, Havana, Julia, Lightning^, Fade Fast > I Wanna Be Like You > Bare Necessities > I Wanna Be Like You > Jam > Fade Fast, Fun in FunkNotes: * The Royal Horns sit in | ^Marcus King sit inlast_img read more

NOLA Legends To Team Up For All-Star Celebration Of New Orleans Music During Jazz Fest

first_imgOn Friday, May 3rd, an all-star cast will come together for a late-night tribute to the music of New Orleans during this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Dubbed NOLA 50: Celebrating The Music Of New Orleans, the performance will honor the beloved music of New Orleans at the French Quarter club, One Eyed Jacks, and feature a slew of iconic New Orleans musicians, modern-day local heroes, several members of Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce, and more.For half a century, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has consistently shined a spotlight on the Crescent City as one of the cultural capitals of the world. As Jazz Fest celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, Live For Live Music Presents: NOLA 50 will take the audience on a retrospective tour of the music and musicians that have helped build this legacy in the Big Easy.GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement award winner and bass hero, George Porter Jr. of The Meters, will lead the charge alongside Dumpstaphunk keyboardist/vocalist Ivan Neville. They will be joined by Neville’s fellow Dumpstaphunk members, Ian Neville and Alvin Ford Jr. on guitar and drums respectively, as well as Lettuce’s Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff on guitar and Eric “Benny” Bloom on trumpet. Guitarist and vocalist Walter “Wolfman” Washington, recent recipient of OffBeat Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award, will also join the band for this special occasion, as will the versatile and enigmatic saxophonist and late night jazz fest favorite, Skerik. More special guests will be announced in the coming weeks.Tickets to NOLA 50: Celebrating The Music Of New Orleans are on sale NOW at this link. For full event information, as well as the event poster by artist Kellin Townsend, see below.Date: Friday, May 3rd, 2019Show: Live For Live Music Presents: NOLA 50 – Celebrating The Music Of New OrleansArtists: George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Ian Neville, Alvin Ford Jr., Eric “Benny” Bloom, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Skerik & More…Venue: One Eyed Jacks – 615 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130Tickets: $43 Advance / $48 Day Of ShowTime: Doors –  10:00 PM / Show – 11:00 PMlast_img read more

Trey Anastasio Band Announces New Haven Show

first_imgTrey Anastasio Band continues to unveil new dates following an almost two-year-absence from touring.Trey Anastasio and his regular touring outfit consisting of Tony Markellis, Russ Lawton, Ray Paczkowski, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, James Casey, and Cyro Baptista will play a one-off show on Saturday, April 27th at New Haven, CT’s College Street Music Hall.Earlier today, Trey Anastasio Band also announced an appearance at Louisville, KY’s Bourbon & Beyond. Trey Anastasio Band’s only other scheduled 2019 tour dates include a four-night run of southern shows beginning with a performance at St. Petersburg, FL’s Jannus Live on May 28th, followed by a show at St. Augustine, FL’s St. Augustine Amphitheatre on May 29th. TAB will wrap their brief southern run with a two-night run at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA, on Friday and Saturday, May 31st and June 1st. TAB will also make an appearance at The Peach Music Festival this July.A fan pre-sale for the newly announced TAB date begins tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13th at 12 p.m. (EST) and continues through this Thursday, February 14th at 5 p.m. EST here.The general public on-sale begins this Friday, March 15th at 10 a.m. (EST).In addition to the new Trey Anastasio Band date and Phish‘s previously announced summer tour, Anastasio will mount a run of dates with his mysterious new project, Ghosts of the Forest, in April.For more information on Trey’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website.last_img read more

Challenges, solutions for South Asia

first_imgSouth Asian nations long beset by problems that demand global attention — poverty, poor health, and unrest — are increasingly places where solutions are being developed and where technology enables innovation, according to panelists examining the region’s future.The discussion Friday (April 8) came during a conference sponsored by the South Asia Initiative at Harvard University. Held in the Radcliffe Gymnasium, the two-day event featured key leaders from the region as well as several prominent Harvard officials, including President Drew Faust, Provost Steven E. Hyman, and deans of several graduate Schools.Among the regional officials who attended were Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, and Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s ambassador to the United Nations. Panelists examined the challenges facing the region, involving energy, technology and climate change, water security, population and aging, and social changes.In her opening remarks, Faust said Harvard has long had connections to the region, which is dominated by India and Pakistan, but which also includes Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. In recent years, Harvard’s engagement has grown, as the region’s rising importance has attracted the attention of several professional Schools, including Harvard Business School (HBS), which has opened a research center in Mumbai.Harvard has more than 100 faculty members whose work involves South Asia, Faust said, and Harvard students are increasingly choosing to work and travel there.Faust praised the South Asia Initiative’s “dynamic and multidisciplinary approach” toward the region’s challenges. Initiative Director Tarun Khanna, the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School, said the Harvard community has been very engaged over issues in the region, which he joked makes his job easier.“All that we have to say is we’re going to provide food and get out of the way. The intellect and energy of Harvard takes over,” Khanna said, adding that the initiative is also a matchmaker between students with interests in the region and resources to help them pursue those interests.Details of Harvard’s increased engagement with South Asia were discussed during a panel moderated by Hyman and featuring the deans of several Harvard professional Schools. The panel featured Dean Julio Frenk of the Harvard School of Public Health, Dean Mohsen Mostafavi of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), Dean Nitin Nohria of HBS, and Dean Cherry Murray of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).Nohria said HBS seeks to have the largest intellectual footprint with the smallest physical footprint. The School’s engagement has included creating 120 cases that are shared with business schools there. The School also trains instructors from around the world, including South Asia, in the HBS case teaching method during workshops each summer.Mostafavi said faculty and students from the GSD are examining the region’s rapid urbanization, whereby major cities are developing in short time periods. The growth is largely due to informal settlements, like slums and shantytowns, that have little infrastructure and for which traditional methods of urban planning fall short. Investigating these types of communities, Mostafavi said, is one way that the GSD can contribute to the region’s future.Murray said there are opportunities to learn from South Asian technological advances. Tata Motors, for example, has developed the world’s cheapest car and may offer lessons for other automobile developers.A panel on energy, technology, and innovation examined potential responses to challenges facing the region from climate change. R.K. Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and director of the Yale University Climate and Energy Institute, said climate change presents many challenges to the region. Rising sea levels coupled with more intense and more frequent storms will affect densely populated, low-lying regions like those in Bangladesh. He suggested that surging waves and heavy rains will become more frequent, while melting glaciers will threaten drinking water for many in the region who rely on glacier-fed rivers.“Where is the space in Bangladesh to which you can move?” asked Pachauri. “One is not talking about the entire coast becoming submerged. But major impacts from weather events, coastal flooding — these become increasingly severe as sea level rises.”Pachauri, who was joined on the panel by former SEAS Dean Venkatesh Narayanamurti and Daniel Schrag, director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, who chaired the panel, said the Indian national plan to fight climate change recognizes that the country’s development can’t follow the Western pattern. Innovation, he said, will be important in improving the lives of India’s poorest citizens.One approach, aimed at the 400 million who don’t have access to electricity, uses a solar lantern program to provide lighting in rural areas. In the program, developed through the Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, lanterns are charged daily by a local entrepreneur who generates electricity through solar panels. They are then taken out by area residents each night, and are returned in the morning for recharging.“You can’t minimize the importance of innovating for the poorest of the poor,” Pachauri said.last_img read more

In praise of America’s music

first_imgTwo years ago, a musician appeared on the steps of the Memorial Church during Harvard’s Commencement Exercises. He stood, calmly took a trumpet in hand, and silenced the thousands in attendance with an unforgettable version of “America the Beautiful.”The trumpeter was Wynton Marsalis, who was receiving an honorary degree. His visit led to a two-year performance and lecture series at Harvard that kicked off Thursday night (April 28) with an event that took Sanders Theatre by both quiet and storm.President Drew Faust introduced Wynton Marsalis. “We are fortunate to have an artist and performer of his caliber on campus to enhance the University’s vibrant arts scene and engage our students, staff, and faculty,” she told the crowd at Sanders Theatre.The six-part series “Hidden in Plain View: Meanings in American Music,” presented by Harvard President Drew Faust, began with a program titled “Music as Metaphor.”“Wynton Marsalis is both an internationally acclaimed musician and a leader in educating people about the importance of arts and culture,” said Faust in announcing the program earlier this month. “We are fortunate to have an artist and performer of his caliber on campus to enhance the University’s vibrant arts scene and engage our students, staff, and faculty.”At various moments a poet, preacher, musician, teacher, sage, comic, and conductor, Marsalis was a consummate entertainer throughout the evening. During a discussion punctuated by emotion-filled performances, the trumpeter traced the history and evolution of jazz and the blues, revealing how the truest of American art forms were vital to both the development of the nation’s collective history and its soul.“Music is the art of the invisible,” Marsalis told the crowd. “It gives shape and focus to our innermost inclinations, and can clearly evidence our internal lives with shocking immediacy. … Every listening provides an opportunity for deeper insights into what it means to be American.”During intermission he added to that sentiment.“What [music] tells you is meaningful,” he said. “It’s the meaning.”Backed by a superb band that included a pianist, violinist, guitarist, drummer, saxophonist, and bassist, Marsalis played through a musical history using jazz and blues, popular tunes, and beloved melodies ingrained in the American consciousness to illustrate his points. Together, the musicians and compositions like “Autumn Leaves,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Happy Birthday,” and the theme to “Sesame Street” played vital parts in the program.Marsalis’ appointment is the latest example of the University’s closer embrace of the arts, in the wake of a presidential task force that called in 2008 for a concerted effort to augment the arts on campus. Since then there has been a renewed focus on bringing prominent artists to campus who can engage students and the wider community in imaginative and innovative thinking.Those attending seemed almost stunned by the seamless mix of prose and poetry, performance and pronouncements about music, the past and present, and the condition of American democracy. The event, people agreed, was special.“After we leave tonight, the little things that he has taught us, [we] are never going to listen to music the same way again … he is opening up our ears, our minds,” said Suzanne F. Dossous-Verdier, who works in IT support for University Information Systems.“I am really happy I came. I have a paper due tomorrow, and I set that aside, and I came here, and I am so glad I did,” said senior and Quincy House resident Jean-Louis Rochet. “It’s great that Harvard is putting on these kinds of events, and bringing people of this stature, Wynton Marsalis, and integrating the arts more into the life of the community.”The talk was full of life’s lessons. Rhythm and time, collaboration, cooperation, and improvisation are as important on the stage as they are in our everyday lives. According to Marsalis, no one knew that better than jazz legend Duke Ellington.“He realized that centralized power must be balanced with the freedom to dissent. So his band was known to be the most undisciplined and free-spirited musical organization in the world … except when it came time to play Duke’s music. They understood that music was what mattered most. And because Duke exercised no control over their right to be themselves, they attacked his music with the ferocity of the free. You see, playing jazz mandated a desire to achieve balance. So does democracy.”In the spirit of great jazz musicians, the night was just getting started by 11 p.m. for Marsalis, who happily agreed to continue the evening and take questions from the crowd. He discussed practicing and performing with Willie Nelson and Eric Clapton, and his distaste for popular music that he thinks relies too heavily on computerized sound.He also described one of his earliest solo performances. Invited to join a group in New York City as a teen, Marsalis struggled through his first big solo with a piece in the unfamiliar key of C-sharp minor. Later, he looked to his father for advice.“He said,” Marsalis recalled, “ ‘Get up tomorrow morning and start working on C-sharp minor.’ ” The crowd roared.In addition to the performance at Sanders, Marsalis, who has made the promotion of jazz and cultural literacy to young audiences one of his hallmark causes, took part in a master class with students from the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School on April 29.“It was such a surprise to hear that he was coming,” said Conor Paterson, a Rindge junior who plays the saxophone. “But it was even better to know that someone cared about us enough to tell Wynton that we were worth playing with. That was really cool.”The program was presented in cooperation with the Office of the Provost, Office for the Arts at Harvard, Harvard University Department of Music, and Harvard Public Affairs and Communications.Members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra joined Marsalis on the Sanders Theatre stage.last_img read more

Lowered “time-price” of food to blame for rising obesity, says HSPH expert

first_img Read Full Story HSPH Professor Steven Gortmaker believes that there is a simple explanation for the globally skyrocketing rates of obesity in recent decades. It is now easy to obtain fast and cheap food at all hours of the day and night, giving eating a much lower “time-price” than in previous generations. People are exercising at about the same rate that they were 20 years ago, Gortmaker, professor of the practice of health sociology and director of the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center, told an HSPH audience on July 19, 2011, as part of the School’s Hot Topics series, but the food environment they face every day has changed.Constantly eating and drinking has become the norm, Gortmaker said. It is easier than ever to get cheap, high-calorie food and sugary beverages at all hours of the day and night, and kids are particularly vulnerable. Aggressively targeted by marketers of unhealthy foods and beverages, and surrounded by vending machines and fast food restaurants during the school day, unhealthy choices become their default.“We need to alter the environment where children spend their time so that it’s easy to make healthy diet and physical activity choices,” Gortmaker said. “You can’t just leave it to individual choice.” He said a good start would be to take unhealthy products out of vending machines at schools and make sure free water is available.last_img read more