The MFM Hudson Valley Chapter Meet Up #1 w. Jazz Maestro Joe Lovano is held in Kingston (NY), October 12th, 2019.
This public meet up is organized and run by Musicians For Musicians (MFM) President Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (347-963-1448) and member Stephen Johnson (845-282-6721).
PLEASE CALL STEPHEN JOHNSON AND ASK FOR ADDRESS. —— FREE FOR MEMBERS!
EVERYBODY (not only MFM members, but also local musicians, radio hosts, music industry people, journalists, event curators, artists, etc.) is welcome to attend.
It’s a great opportunity for Hudson Valley professional musicians and all people who care for Musicians Rights come together and discuss #MakingMusicIsAProfession and how to advocate #UnityInTheMusicCommunity in their communities. The time has come that ALL musicians of ALL genres make the public aware that #MusicAintFree.
After the Hudson Valley Music Summit, August 9th, 2019, Saadat and Johnson decided to start a MFM Chapter in Kingston. Johnson (UK citizen, professional musician, and leader of Future350 Nu Bossa) offered his service as the rep and spokesman of this chapter.
“So whether you are a seasoned professional gigging musician or a budding songwriter, there are some shared issues that MFM is boldly addressing, such as knowing our rights as musicians. Professional musician distinctions. Sustainability in the music industry. Educating and inspiring music patronage. Championing the value and business of music.
These are all matters we share concern for, and this conversation promises to be time well spent especially with your voices being heard.” – Stephen Johnson
The main goal of this chapter is to reach out and organize the Hudson Valley musicians. The chapter is a place for its members to network and work out specific local strategies how to reach out to the Hudson Valley musicians community.
Six Hudson Valley professional musicians have already joined. One of them is legendary jazz man Joe Lovano who will attend the meeting. Membership is expected to grow, because “organizing” is the only option musicians got in order to take care of their business.
1. Johnson’s “welcome” speech. Introducing himself as the Chapter’s rep and spokesman. (3 min)
2. Saadat speaks about MFM tasks and commitments (5 min)
3. Johnson reports about the Hudson Valley Music Summit (August 9th) which was co-sponsored by MFM
4. A conversation with Joe Lovano about the Hudson Valley Jazz scene
About MFM (https://musiciansformusicians.org/)
MFM seeks to bring together musicians from all disciplines, styles, traditions and localities in the cause of their mutual self-betterment. Whether through education, networking or political action, MFM’s ultimate goal is to elevate the work of all musicians to the level of a true profession, one which is recognized and appropriately rewarded by the society in which they live and work. MFM additionally advocates for the creation and maintenance of a fair and sustainable musical ecosystem, one in which participants share equitably in all forms of revenue generated by their work product, whether composed, recorded, or performed live. In the final analysis, we seek to promote all conditions which benefit the musicians’ community and the music created by it, while opposing all those which do them harm.”
Tenor saxophonist Ray Blue enjoys his WORK, creating a straight-ahead jazz set filled with warm melodies.
A Well-Balanced Program Of Originals, Standards And Tunes By Nat Adderley, Jimmy Smith And George Coleman
The New York based tenor saxophonist and MFM member Ray Blue, who has a deep tone and a melodic style, is featured on WORK, a set of accessible yet quietly creative music. The program mixes together three of his originals with surprising versions of standards and lesser known but superior jazz songs. He and Randy Klein, head of Jazzheads Music Group, worked diligently to achieve the appealing Old School feel and sound that Blue’s listeners want to hear.
Blue teams up with three pianists (Sharp Radway, Kirk Lightsey and Benito Gonzalez), guitarist Jeff Barone, bassist Essiet Okon Essiet, drummer Steve Johns and, on three songs apiece, the rambunctious trombonist Ron Wilkins and percussionist Neil Clark. Starting with the exuberant “Work,” the program includes such surprises as an uptempo transformation of “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” two versions of “That’s All” (including a duet with pianist Lightsey), a playful rendition of “Don’t Know Why,” and a cooking “Everything Happens To Me” which is normally taken as a slow ballad. Blue, displaying a large tone that almost sounds like a baritone in spots, is heard at his best on his original ballad “My Friend And I Took A Walk” and “Our Day Will Come” which benefits from a shuffle rhythm. Trombonist Wilkins is quite boisterous on Nat Adderley’s soulful “Sweet Emma,” the Jimmy Smith minor blues “Mellow Mood,” and George Coleman’s “Amsterdam After Dark.” Another highpoint is Blue’s “Attitude” which, after an energized and surprising melody, becomes a hot swinger that features the composer.
Ray Blue has been an important saxophonist for the past 20 years, leading his own CDs on a regular basis since 2001. Among those who he has worked with through the years have been John Gilmore, Art Davis, Ted Curson, Benny Powell, Eddie Henderson, Steve Turre, Wycliff Gordon, Bernard Purdie, Harold Mabern, Kirk Lightsey and the Sun Ra Arkestra. The saxophonist, who has appeared at many international jazz festivals, has also been an influential educator and is the founder of Cross-Cultural Connection, Inc. a non-profit organization that promotes jazz culture, performance and education.
WORK is one of Ray Blue’s most enjoyable outings to date, a melodic set that will appeal to a large audience, especially those who enjoy the Old School swinging jazz style and sound.
RAY BLUE QUINTET:
Ray Blue – Saxophone
Sharp Radway – Piano
Santi DiBriano – Bass
Alvester Garnett – Drums
Neil Clarke – Percussion