Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

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The Lemonade Weekend 2.0, including the First Annual Citrus Music Awards event and the Motortown Hollywood Revue, is taking place in Hollywood, CA March 27-30, 2014. Over four days of fun, sub, food, wine and friends, nearly ONE HUNDRED artists from around the world will come together to perform Contemporary Jazz music, and all for a good cause: to benefit School Music Programs, and help create the NEXT generation of great musicians and performing artists. Featuring artists like Paul Brown, Darren Rahn, Chuck Loeb, Chieli Minucci, Lao Tizer, Chris Standring, Bob Baldwin, and dozens more, the Lemonade Weekend is going to be THE Contemporary Jazz event of 2014.

Sponsors include SOLAR RADIO, and JAZZRADIO.COM and many of the most prominent Contemporary Jazz Internet Radio stations and presenters, Don’t miss this event! http://LemonadeWeekend2.com

The Jazz & Classics Division of Concord Music Group has been honored with four GRAMMY® Awards. Winners were announced by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) at the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards on Sunday, February 12, 2012, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. All nominations were for albums released from October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011.

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
500 Miles High
Chick Corea, soloist
Track from: Forever (Corea, Clarke & White)
[Concord Records]

Best Jazz Vocal Album
The Mosaic Project
Terri Lyne Carrington & Various Artists
[Concord Jazz]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Forever
Corea, Clarke & White
[Concord Records]

Best Instrumental Arrangement
Rhapsody In Blue
Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)
Track from: That’s How We Roll
[Telarc International]

Concord Music Group’s legendary family of labels includes Concord Records, Concord Jazz, Fantasy, Stax, Milestone, Riverside, Specialty, Telarc, Peak, Heads Up, Prestige and most recent acquisition, famed American roots label Rounder Records.


CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
www.concordmusicgroup.com

 

The 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards will be presented after all! The Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach, Florida, has come to the rescue.

Mark and Renee Carter, who produce the Seabreeze Festival, are coordinating exactly when and how winners will be announced and the Oasis Awards will be presented. The Festival runs April 13th through the 17th.

The custom-made statuettes have logged some miles. “The actual Oasis Award trophies were already engraved and on a UPS truck headed to San Diego when we had to cancel the event. We retrieved the Awards and began looking for an appropriate way to present them. When Jeffrey Wolfe contacted us on behalf of the Seabreeze Festival, we were elated. Seabreeze is a premiere event deserving of the Awards”, said Oasis co-producer Larry Seacat.

The list of winners has been a carefully held secret. “We have had numerous requests from media outlets and even a few artists asking about the winners list”, said Oasis co-producer Bill Paddock, “but only my partner and I and Mark and Renee have that information”.

Over 10,000 votes were cast for the 19 Oasis Award categories during the online voting throughout February.

The 2011 Oasis Awards were originally scheduled to be announced and presented in San Diego on Saturday, March 12, as part of an extensive four day event. Organizer Bill Paddock orinally launched the Oasis Awards, then called Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, in 2000 and continued in 2001 with a SOLD OUT show at the Chicago Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Paddock sold his interest in the Awards after the 2001 show and the new owners produced a successful show in San Diego in 2002. The Awards had been on hiatus after 2002 until last year when Paddock and Seacat decided to re-launch in 2011. Paddock explained “We had great interest from all over the United States and around the world. That just didn’t translate to ticket sales. We had great publicity and support. Our mistake was planning too much and not getting the word out more clearly. Our post-cancellation feedback showed us that our message was not clearly understood”. “We do want to thank our friends in the industry and especially the artists who have sent words of support in the past month”, added Paddock. “And special thanks to Mark and Renee Carter and Jeffrey Wolfe. Once again, the good people of jazz have come through!”.

Details will be forthcoming from the Seabreeze Jazz Festival.

www.SeabreezeJazzFestival.net.

 

This open letter is to find at the website of the promoter:

We began the Oasis Awards in 2000 (work started in 1999) when there were many naysayers. We were told repeatedly that the Awards concept just wouldn’t work in “Smooth Jazz”. It worked. And in 2001, we sold out the Chicago Theater for a second round of awards.

Fast forward to 2011 and we regrouped and planned the best Jazz event yet with some sixteen events over four days to take place in a city known for jazz fans and close to so many of the artists.

We advertised extensively on radio, online and in magazines. We got generous support from the San Diego newspaper. We signed the biggest names in the business, almost 50 of them, and planned two exciting shows. And it fell flat. We sold barely 200 VIP Tickets and less than 50 individual tickets over a four month period.

Fellow fans, Radio has left us. CDs don’t sell like they used to. But the music is still great. The artists are the most engaging in the world. And the fans are the most responsive – usually. Folks, don’t desert this music.

We have cancelled the Oasis Awards due to the dismal sales. Next time there is a concert in your area, I hope to see you there.

To the great people who were FOR the effort, we say thank you. To the volunteers who helped us over the past ten months, we are truly indebted. To everyone who was truly part of the team, you’re the greatest.

It’s about the music.

We are disappointed to announce that the Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards shows have been cancelled by the promoter. The CJazz JAZZ FOR CANCER show on the aircraft carrier Midway will still be held as it was a stand-alone event.

Please contact the Oasis Awards directly for ticket refunds. Neither Smoothjazz.com, Humphrey’s or the artists will be able to assist you in this regard.

The Promoter comments:

I want to thank the artists and fans who have sent words of encouragement. They know we tried very hard to do what had never been done before. The public just didn’t respond. Barely 200 tickets were sold. We thought when we went to Ticketmaster that sales would take off. Unfortunately, Ticketmaster only sold 37 additional tickets.

Nick Colionne comments:

Well the Oasis awards are cancelled. But you know what I say to all my friends who were nominated. You are all winners and I am sorry that the fans who voted did not get a chance to see you honored. But, as I said you are all winners in my book because you are some of the best people I have had a chance to meet and jam with.

Oasis Jazz Awards Official After Party
New Music Night

Sponsored by http://www.SmoothJazz.com

Thursday March 10, 2011
Humphreys Backstage
San Diego CA

Slim Man http://www.slimman.com
Joey Sommerville http://www.joeysommerville.com
Cindy Bradley http://www.cindybradley.com
Will Donato http://www.willdonato.com
Olivia Duhon
Andre Delano http://www.andredelano.com
Tony Exum Jr http://www.tonyexumjr.com

http://oasisjazzawards.com/Thursday_Humphreys.php

G.A. Tickets $25 Until March 1/$35 at Door
V.I.P. Seats $30 until March 1/$40 at Door

Check out the Sunday Night Party…
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=147367368657263

Yes, you read correctly. That is the title of The New Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards. The voting for these awards already ended at 18th February. Now we have to await the result. The Canadian Smoothies Awards is honoured to be hosting performances by the following:

2011 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Larry Carlton
Mindi Abair
Paul Brown
Michael Dunston
Leyland Gordon
Gabriel Mark Hasselbach
Warren Hill

Dave Koz
Lisa McClowry & Jim Peterik
Steve Oliver
Alexander Zonjic

Tickets for the Canadian Smoothies can be purchased at The Mississauga Living Arts Centre, 905-306-6000 or buy online at http://bit.ly/hMD8DH – on sale now and going fast!



Oasis Jazz Awards Show w/Jason Miles

Friday, March 11th at 3pm – The Edge, Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego

Looking forward to this one!!

 

New Artist: Esperanza Spalding

Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Crazy Love,” Michael Bublé

Latin Jazz Album: “Chucho’s Steps,” Chucho Valdes and The Afro-Cuban Messengers

Contemporary Jazz Album: “The Stanley Clarke Band,” The Stanley Clarke Band

Jazz Vocal Album: “Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From >Dee Dee,” Dee Dee Bridgewater

Jazz Instrumental Album: “Moody 4B,” James Moody

Improvised Jazz Solo: “A Change is Gonna Come,” Herbie Hancock

Large Ensemble Jazz Album: “Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard,” Mingus Big Band

Pop Collaboration With Vocals: “Imagine,” Herbie Hancock and Larry Klein, arrangers (Herbie Hancock, Pink, Seal, Jeff Beck, India.Arie, Konono No 1 & Oumou Sangare)

Pop Instrumental Album: “Take Your Pick,” Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto

Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, is proud to announce that bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding has won the GRAMMY® Award for Best New Artist. Winners were announced by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards on Sunday, February 13, 2011, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. All nominations were for albums released from September 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010.

Spalding is the first jazz musician to ever win the Best New Artist GRAMMY® Award. She was nominated along with Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & the Machine, and Mumford and Sons. Her inclusion in this mainstream category signified her considerable appeal to a broad audience.

“Esperanza is a phenomenal artist, and we’re thrilled about her GRAMMY® win,” says Mark Wexler, Senior Vice President and Label Manager, Jazz and Classics Group. “All of us at the Concord Music Group are delighted that she’s been honored by her peers in the music industry, and we’re proud to be a part of her success.”

Concord Music Group label manager Gene Rumsey added, “Esperanza embodies everything a ‘Best New Artist’ should: inspired vision, unique creativity and undeniable talent. The Concord team is extremely pleased to be associated with such an outstanding person and artist. We look forward to what will surely be an important and lasting career in music.”

Spalding combines the imaginative flights of a serious improviser with the musical accessibility of a pop star and within two years of her solo debut has beguiled success at nearly unimaginable heights. Esperanza, her 2008 release, spent over 70 weeks on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and was the most successful internationally selling debut that year.

Chamber Music Society, Spalding’s most recent release, is a brilliant marriage of string and jazz trio, and a showcase for her eclectic sensibilities along with her vocal and compositional talents. In January 2011, Chamber Music Society hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

Other career highlights include two televised performances at the White House, a Banana Republic ad campaign, features in Oprah Magazine and The New Yorker, numerous awards and high profile tour dates, capped by an invitation to perform at the 2009 Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

For nearly 20 years, Heads Up International has been successfully carving its niche in the world of contemporary instrumental music. Heads Up artists and releases have consistently landed on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz, Traditional Jazz and World Music charts, and have garnered numerous industry awards, including Billboard’s Contemporary Latin Jazz Album of the Year, the AFIM’s Independent Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, eight GRAMMY® Awards and numerous GRAMMY® nominations. Heads Up was also the winner of JazzWeek’s Radio Programmers Album of the Year Award for two consecutive years, and Gibson Guitar’s Best Female Jazz Guitarist. In addition to the awards and accolades, Heads Up artists have regularly captured the No. 1 slot in national radio airplay.


Esperanza 2011 Spring Tour

Date
Venue
Location
16-Feb-11 Blue Note Tokyo, Japan
17-Feb-11 Blue Note Tokyo, Japan
18-Feb-11 Blue Note Tokyo, Japan
19-Feb-11 Blue Note Tokyo, Japan
25-Feb-11 Portland Jazz Festival – Newmark Theater Portland, OR
26-Feb-11 Bovard Auditorium Los Angeles, CA
27-Feb-11 Campbell Hall Santa Barbara, CA
03-Mar-11 Shaftman Performance Hall Roanoke, VA
04-Mar-11 Weinberg Center Frederick, MD
05-Mar-11 Union County Arts Center Rahway, NJ
09-Mar-11 Finney Chapel – Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
11-Mar-11 Music Hall Detroit, MI
12-Mar-11 Ritz Theatre Jacksonville, FL
26-Mar-11 Capetown International Jazz Festival Cape Town, South Africa
30-Mar-11 Cully Jazz Festival Cully, Switzerland
01-Apr-11 Teatro Metropolitan Catania, Italy
02-Apr-11 Teatro Kursaal Santa Lucia Bari, Italy
05-Apr-11 Hangar 23 Rouen, France
06-Apr-11 Espace 1789 Ouen, France
08-Apr-11 Barbican Centre London, England
09-Apr-11 Palau de Congressos Girona, Spain
10-Apr-11 Auditori de Barcelona Barcelona, Spain
12-Apr-11 Jazzablanca Festival Casablanca, Morocco