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Frank Wess, Saxophonist and Flutist, Dies at 91 - October 30, 2013

10/30/13 Frank Wess, Saxophonist and Flutist, Dies at 91 Played with Count Basie and many others in seven-decade career By Jeff Tamarkin Frank Wess, whose career as a saxophonist and flutist began prior to World War II and was still going strong seven decades later, died yesterday, Oct. 30, it was confirmed by NPR's A Blog Supreme. The cause of death was kidney failure. Wess was 91. Wess, who recently released a new album, Magic 101, recorded in 2011, was born Jan. 4, 1922 in Kansas City, Mo., where, at age 10, he began playing alto saxophone. He would later add tenor sax, flute and clarinet and began working professionally in Washington, D.C. Following a stint in the Army he led singer Josephine Baker’s band and also played with Lucky Millinder, Billy Eckstine and others. Img_1518_depth1 1 Frank Wess performing at the Concert to Benefit the James Moody Scholarship for Newark Youth By Jim Eigo Wess_golson_depth1 2 Frank Wess and Benny Golson at the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters awards By Michael G. Stewart Frank_wess_depth1 3 Frank Wess 1 of 3 Next In 1953, Wess joined Count Basie’s orchestra, staying with that ensemble for 11 years, during which time he helped popularize the use of the flute in jazz. He moved to New York City in 1964 and, in addition to playing with bands in the area, he worked in the TV medium, performing on such programs as Saturday Night Live and The Dick Cavett Show. As a sideman, Wess contributed to recordings by Elvin Jones, Zoot Sims, Gene Ammons, Yusef Lateef, Houston Person, Milt Jackson, Woody Shaw and others. In 1967, Wess joined Clark Terry’s big band, staying with them into the '70s. In subsequent years he played with the New York Jazz Quartet, Kenny Barron, Mel Torme, Benny Carter, Frank Vignola, Toshiko Akiyoshi and others. Wess also maintained an active performing partnership with saxophonist and fellow Basie alumnus Frank Foster for more than 20 years. Foster died in 2011. Wess recorded more than a dozen albums as a leader beginning in 1957. He was still performing in 2013. He was named an NEA Jazz Master in 2007.

Nielsen BDS Virtual Encode - September 10, 2013

New Version of Virtual Encode Is Now Available A new Mac compatible version of the BDS Virtual Encode digital delivery system is now available for use. This new version allows you to upload mp3 and wav files online from any browser and computer platform. You may continue to use your current account and password to log into this new version which is found at . Audio CDs may still be used to upload media through Internet Explorer and Windows. Please contact or by phone at (646) 654-5396 with any questions, concerns or comments. Thank you - Nielsen BDS

DELAWARE WATER GAP, PA. Festival celebrates jazz and the arts - September 10, 2013

The rain couldn't cool off the hot jazz at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts on Saturday, September 8, 2012. With foul weather moving in, the performances were moved under the tent to continue.

Goza Nena Goza by Carlos Jimenez - July 13, 2013

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Carlos Jimenez: Goza Nena Goza

Guitar Center- Ridge Hill Mall - May 21, 2013

At: Guitar Center – Billy Sheehan Featuring a live performance, Q&A, meet & greet and autograph signing From his early days with Talas, to the David Lee Roth band and going on to form Mr. Big and Niacin, Sheehan's status as master of bass is undeniable. He is also the author of a series of instructional books and videos. Join us for a rare, in-person event featuring the legendary Billy Sheehan. Billy Sheehan Wednesday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m. – Guitar Center Manhattan Get Directions » Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m. – Guitar Center Danbury Get Directions »

5 Big Retailers That’ll Be Gone in 5 Years By Jeff Macke | Breakout – 10 hours ago - April 11, 2013

5 Big Retailers That’ll Be Gone in 5 Years By Jeff Macke | Breakout – 10 hours ago Email Recommend 1.2k Tweet 156 0 Print Pop quiz: Which public company had the highest market capitalization of all time when adjusted for inflation? Here's a hint, it shares the same fate as Borders, Woolworth, Circuit City and Blockbuster. In other words, it went bankrupt and disappeared taking loyal shareholders' money with it. Before I give you the answer, it's time for a hard fact: Companies are no different than dogs, grandparents or houseplants; they're born, they live and eventually die. There are no exceptions. The answer to the quiz is The Dutch East India Company. Formed in 1602 to carry out colonial activities for the Dutch government, its stock was valued at over $7.4 trillion at the height of the tulip bubble in 1637. In 1798 the company went bankrupt and was officially dissolved two years later. In the attached video Brian Sozzi, CEO of Belus Capital Advisors, runs through five retailers that are household names today but will be non-existent five years from now. 1. J.C. Penney (JCP) It's become fashionable to pick on Penney's lately. (In fact, this may be the first time the word "Penney's" and "fashionable" have been used in the same sentence since the late 1970s.) Sozzi says JCP's decision to fire ex-Apple retail head Ron Johnson and bring back former CEO Myron Ullman will only speed up their inevitable demise. As fast as Johnson was running through JCP's cash with his ambitious remodel plan, it's going to be almost as expensive to undo it. Half of Penney's stores are in the various stages of being gutted and about 500 stores haven't seen a paint brush in years. To bring the two versions of JCP together is going to cost a fortune and confuse customers even more. "It's going to get worse," says Sozzi, adding that the stock will ultimately move "in one direction — down." 2. Staples (SPLS) Sozzi thinks Staples is a victim not so much of ineptitude but changing times. Tablets, emails and texts have finally reached the long awaited point at which they've obviated the need for an office supply store down the street. The products people need to help them work at home (printer paper, ball point pens, etc.) are available at every merchant in town, and more exotic products can be ordered online and delivered in record time. Staples has a robust online presence, but nothing so great that a company like Amazon (AMZN) could not destroy it on a whim. Staples' most obvious way to escape its death spiral would be expanding internationally. Unfortunately history hasn't been kind to even the best retailers trying to tap foreign markets. As dim as Staples' prospects are domestically staying home gives the company a better shot at survival than a cash-draining attempt to go global. 3. Sears (SHLD) It may be impossible for most to remember, but Sears was once the "go to" merchant for almost anything. The Amazon of its time, Sears was the first retailer to make it easy for customers to shop from home via its once iconic catalog. That was a long time ago. Sears has been on a steep slide for ages, held together by little more than the will and imagination of billionaire investor Eddie Lampert. As a merchant, Lampert makes an amazing hedge fund manager. "Here's a fast fact," offers Sozzi, "the domestic same-store sales have been down for seven straight years." The slide is inexorable. Sears stores will disappear, and the company will be chopped into pieces. 4. Radio Shack (RSH) Despite still having thousands of stores, RadioShack embodies an idea that is behind the times. They've tried almost everything to maintain a place in America's shopping habits, but there just isn't that much need for speaker wire, knock-off remote controlled toys or another cell phone seller. RadioShack is "a little, small store of product deflation," Sozzi notes. Everything in the stores, except perhaps the batteries, once cost more than it does today. It's somehow encouraging that a handheld robot with almost no functionality can be had for less than it cost 20 years ago, but there's no margin in such toys and gadgets. 5. Barnes & Noble (BKS) Say it isn't so! The last of the major physical book retailers had one shot at relevance, Sozzi says. That was in the form of the Nook, a would-be competitor to the iPad and Amazon's Kindle. Barnes & Noble's "big idea" was that people who had a Nook could be driven into stores, where customers would congregate to enjoy each others' company and perhaps buy a cup of high-margin coffee and a few magazines. Instead, Nook sales have dwindled to the point that the company can no longer afford to pursue what little opportunity there may be for a third-place offering in the tablet arena. Sozzi says Barnes & Noble giving up on the Nook eliminates its long-term chance of survival. If any of these stores are still here in five years, they'll either be a museum or a privately-held vanity property for founder Leonard Riggio. Which stores do you think will go bust? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below or visit us on Facebook!

Bebo Valdes Music Giant is Dead at 94- Jazz Times - April 3, 2013 03/23/13 Bebo Valdés, Cuban Music Giant, is Dead at 94 Trailblazer’s career was revived in ’90s after a three-decade layoff By Jeff Tamarkin Bebo Valdés, a pioneering Cuban pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer who was instrumental in wedding traditional Afro-Cuban dance rhythms with the improvisational freedom of American jazz, died yesterday (March 23) in Stockholm due to pneumonia. A multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy winner, Valdés, who spent his last years living in Benalmádena, Spain, also suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 94. 200204_016a_depth1 1 Bebo Valdés By Louise Wohlfahrt Largesecondary2_2of2_depth1 2 Bebo and Chucho Valdes 1 of 2 Next Ramón Emilio “Bebo” Valdés Amaro was born Oct. 9, 1918 in Quivicán, a village outside of Havana. His interest in music began at age 7 and he studied both European classical and Cuban music at Havana’s Municipal Conservatory. His earliest performances were in the native rumba style but his exposure to jazz in the 1930s altered the course of his music as he adopted the African-rooted rhythms and the swing of the American big bands to his own playing and arranging. Valdés is credited with developing the batanga rhythm. His ascension to musical director for the Tropicana (as well as in-demand arranger for film scores and studio sessions) came in 1948. Valdés played piano not only for Cuban performers but for visiting American jazz artists (including Nat “King” Cole, with whom Valdés worked on the 1958 album Cole Español) and by 1952, when Verve Records’ Norman Granz recorded him for the label’s first Afro-Cuban jazz session in Cuba, his renown had spread beyond the island. Following the 1959 Castro revolution Valdés, while in Mexico for a performance the following year, defected, leaving his wife and five children behind. (One of his sons, Chucho Valdés , is a major pianist, composer and bandleader in his own right.) He never returned. In 1963, while in Europe, he remarried, settling in Stockholm, where he resided for most of the remainder of his life. He made his living playing piano in a Stockholm hotel for the next three decades, before being coaxed back into the limelight by fellow Cuban musician Paquito D’Rivera in 1990. The 1994 album Bebo Rides Again, his first since going into exile from Cuba, revived Valdés’ career, and he continued to play until shortly before his death. Valdés was featured in the 2000 documentary film Calle 54, during which he was reunited with son Chucho, now 71. The Oscar-niominated animated film Chico & Rita was loosely based on Valdés’ life. For more on the life and career of Bebo Valdés, see this JazzTimes article from 2002.

Red Tailed Hawk Vol II by Carlos Jimenez Mambo Dulcet - March 9, 2013

Red Tailed Hawk Vol II by Carlos Jimenez Mambo Dulcet

8 Professional Certifications In High Demand - March 5, 2013|main5|dl6|sec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D278271 8 Professional Certifications In High Demand By CareerBuilder Posted Mar 5th 2013 @ 7:43AM Filed under: Career Paths, Career Advice 27657888801047 submit to reddit jobs with professional certificationBy Larry Buhl In some fields -- medicine and teaching, for example -- certifications and accreditations are the "entrance ticket" to the profession. In others, certifications may not be mandatory but can significantly improve chances of landing a job, moving up, getting a raise or taking on new responsibilities. The vast majority of professional certificate programs are for people who are already working in a particular field and are not for people with limited work experience or who are just out of high school. Here are eight in-demand professional certificate programs. Some are industry-specific, while others can help ignite careers in a variety of fields. 1. Professional project management. Project managers can be found in just about any company or industry that has projects, from information technology to construction to government. While PMP certification, administered by the Project Management Institute, is now an expectation for project managers, it has become a bragging right for anyone who might have managerial duties. 2. Foreign language. In many occupations, especially customer service, knowing more than one language can provide a significant career boost. Proving you're proficient in those languages is easier with a certificate of foreign languages. There are many tests and certificates offered through community colleges or distance learning programs. 3. Corporate training. Corporate training is an in-demand business-management specialty that can be lucrative. If you're in management or human resources and want to specialize, move up the company ladder or just want to extend your knowledge and skills, the Certified Professional Trainer degree offered by the American Training and Seminar Association can give you a boost. More: 6 Certifications That Will Help You Get A Good Job 4. Desktop support administration. IT support specialists have a variety of certifications that can expand their portfolio of skills. The Windows operating system, however, is ubiquitous, and even if you're working in a general support position, having a Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Administrator certification can be a big plus. The certification provides the knowledge to install, maintain and manage the Windows 7 desktop operating system. 5. Personal fitness training. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this booming career field is experiencing faster-than-average job growth. In theory, anyone who understands fitness could be a fitness trainer, but having a certificate -- or two or three -- will prove to employers and clients that you know what you're doing. Certification programs are offered by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, National Academy of Sports Medicine and American Fitness Professionals & Associates, among others. 6. Professional sales. You're unlikely to find a college degree in sales, but a variety of certificate programs can give you the skills and experience to prepare for a career selling goods and services. Many of these programs are industry-specific; there are nearly as many professional sales certificates as there are professions, but the National Association of Sales Professionals is a place for sales generalists to get started. More: 6 Certifications That Will Help You Get A Good Job 7. Web design and development. Nearly every business has an online presence. Professionals who design, develop and maintain company websites have many opportunities. For people who don't want to specialize as Web designers or developers, but may occasionally pitch in to help with Web-related tasks, there are many certificate programs. Some even qualify for government financial aid. 8. Certified clinical medical assistant. If you have general skills and experience but don't have the time or money to get a bachelor's or associate degree in a health-care field, there are certificate programs that can provide a boost to your career. A certified clinical medical assistant understands clinical and laboratory procedures, as well as many administrative roles. For those with an administrative background, CCMA programs can be door-openers for working in doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals. Larry Buhl researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues for Follow @CareerBuilder on Twitter.

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Making New York a World Class Tech Community - February 21, 2013

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Obama Climate Change Poll - February 13, 2013

Obama Climate Change Poll Finds Majority Supports 'Significant Steps' To Tackle Problem Posted: 02/13/2013 11:34 am EST Share on Google+ Obama Climate Change Poll 94 48 6 629 Get Green Alerts: Sign Up Follow: Barack Obama , State of the Union, Climate Change, State of the Union, State of the Union, Climate Change, Barack Obama , Barack Obama , Barack Obama , Video, Obama Address, Obama Climate Change Poll, Obama State Of The Union 2013, Obamas State Of The Union, President Obama Address, President Obama Speech, Sotu, Sotu 2013, State Of The Union 2013, State Of The Union Address 2013, State Of The Union Speech, State Of The Union Speech 2013, Green News WASHINGTON -- A wide majority of Americans support President Barack Obama's call to take action on climate change, according to polling released by the League of Conservation Voters conducted before his State of The Union Address Tuesday. Sixty-five percent of Americans support "the President taking significant steps to address climate change now," including 89 percent of Democrats, 62 percent of independents and 38 percent of Republicans. The survey finds that most Americans see climate change as a tangible threat, as 61 percent said climate change is already affecting them or will affect them sometime in their life. An overwhelming 93 percent say there is a moral obligation to leave an Earth not polluted or damaged to future generations, with 67 percent strongly agreeing. Despite support for action, a cap-and-trade bill passed the then-Democratic House in 2010 but died in the Senate. President Obama withdrew proposed EPA regulations on smog in September 2011 under heavy pressure from Republicans who said that the new rules would cost jobs. In his second inaugural address, the president stepped up his rhetoric on taking more immediate action on climate change. "I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago," said Obama Tuesday. "But if Congress won't act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy." The devastation caused by superstorm Sandy in the Northeast gave the public powerful and disturbing images on the damage to which climate change can contribute. However, Obama pollster Joel Benenson, who conducted LCV's survey, rejected the suggestion that the storm is the sole driver behind public support for action. "I think it's picked up some steam, but I wouldn't call it a major shift," he said. "I think you're seeing a slight uptick in the urgency to act now ... I don't think it's just Sandy," he said, listing several recent extreme weather events. Fifty-seven percent of Americans, however, already think "there are already significant limits on the greenhouse gases that have been linked to global warming that power plants are allowed to emit." But such rules have not yet taken effect: The EPA has proposed rules on limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants and is expected to follow through with rules on existing power plants, according to Politico. Climate activists have cited the Supreme Court's 2007 ruling in Massachusetts vs. EPA as the basis for the agency's authority to regulate greenhouse gases as a pollutant.|main5|dl1|sec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D270158

Pope Benedict to Resign (Huffington Post) - February 11, 2013

AOL> Weather - February 10, 2013

Snow-Covered Cars Become Deadly Traps in Boston 'My son, my son' father cries after finding his boy By Associated Press Updated Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at 8:52 a.m. ET A man walks past snow covered cars in the Chinatown neighborhood of Boston on Saturday. AP Photo/Charles Krupa. BOSTON (AP) - Snow-covered car exhaust pipes killed two people and sent two others to the hospital in three separate incidents Saturday. All three tragedies happened much the same way: People trying to warm up while they or their parents dug out their vehicle sought refuge in the car while its tailpipe was still blocked with snow. "You've got to have ventilation (for exhaust) if you're going to dig your car out," state Fire Marshal Stephen Coan told the Boston Herald. "Clear out the exhaust vent first." In the first case an 11-year-old Massachusetts boy had been helping his father shovel the snow in the Dorchester neighborhood but got cold, so his father started the car and the boy got inside the vehicle, Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said. Witnesses said that a snow plow had later come up the street and had pushed snow back onto the bank, which then impacted the car's exhaust pipe. Just a few hours later, a man in his early 20s was found dead in a car with the engine running in Mattapan, according to media reports. It's believed the car's tailpipe was blocked by snow, allowing the gas to build up. Two other children, ages 5 and 8, were hospitalized Saturday night after getting in a car to keep warm while their father shoveled snow in East Boston, WBZ-TV reported. Boston firefighter Octavius Rowe came came across the first tragedy when he noticed a commotion in the street while at home. He went outside and saw the father leaning against a pile of snow, Rowe said. "I came over to the car where it all started and the father appeared to have lost consciousness," Rowe said. "He was semi-conscious and laying on the snow bank, and I wanted to first get him off that cold surface." Rowe said he put the man on a flat surface to revive him. He said the boy apparently had been taken into an apartment building where a woman was administering CPR. Paramedics from the fire department and Emergency Medical Services arrived and provided oxygen to the father to stabilize him and tried to engage him in conversation to keep him alert. "He was responsive so we were able to, at least, get him up, get him to the stairs. He did say, 'My son, my son,' so he knew his son was involved or was in distress," Rowe said. "We were talking to him. He was moaning, but the only discernible thing that he said was 'My son.'"|main5|dl3|sec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D268437

Aol News New York Snow Storm 2013 - February 9, 2013|main5|dl1|sec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D268245 Behemoth Storm Drops 2 Feet of Snow on Northeast Some 650,000 without power, 5,300 flights canceled By Associated Press Louie Rodriguez of the New Bedford Forestry Department cuts a fallen tree in New Bedford, Mass., on Friday after heavy snow and winds from the storm. AP Photo. BOSTON (AP) - A behemoth storm packing hurricane-force wind gusts and blizzard conditions swept through the Northeast overnight, where more than 650,000 homes and businesses in the densely populated region lost power and New Englanders awoke Saturday to more than 2 feet of snow. More than 38 inches of snow fell in Milford in central Connecticut, and an 82-mph wind gust was recorded in nearby Westport. Areas of southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire notched at least 2 feet - with more falling. Airlines scratched more than 5,300 flights through Saturday, and the three major airports serving New York City as well as Boston's Logan Airport closed. Flooding was also a concern along the coast, and the possibility led to the evacuation of two neighborhoods in Quincy, Mass., said Fire Deputy Gary Smith. Snow piled up so high in some places Saturday that people couldn't open their doors to get outside. Streets were mostly deserted throughout New England save for plow crews and a few hardy souls walking dogs or venturing out to take pictures. In Boston's Financial District, the only sound was an army of snowblowers clearing sidewalks. Streets in many places were impassable. Some of the worst of the storm appeared to hit Connecticut, where all roads were ordered closed Saturday. The storm made travel nearly impossible even for emergency responders who found themselves stuck on highways all night. In the shoreline community of Fairfield, police and firefighters could not come in to work, so the overnight shift was staying on duty, said First Selectman Michael Tetreau. "It's a real challenge out there," Tetreau said. "The roads are not passable at this point. We are asking everyone to stay home and stay safe." RELATED ON SKYE: Northeast Storm Disrupts Travel for Sports Teams The National Weather Service says up to 3 feet of snow is expected in Boston, threatening the city's 2003 record of 27.6 inches. A wind gust of 76 mph was recorded at Logan Airport. In the Hartford suburb of South Windsor, residents used snowblowers to clear driveways that ended in huge snow drifts, with the roads still clogged with roughly 2 feet of undisturbed snow. Some cars were buried to the point they were nearly invisible. Snow had stopped falling, but the swirling wind was blowing fine, powdery snow from trees and rooftops. Several state police cars were also stuck in deep snow in Maine, where stranded drivers were warned to expect long waits for tow trucks or other assistance. Even the U.S. Postal Service closed post offices and suspended mail delivery Saturday in New England. The wind-whipped snowstorm mercifully arrived at the start of a weekend, which meant fewer cars on the road and extra time for sanitation crews to clear the mess before commuters in the New York-to-Boston region of roughly 25 million people have to go back to work. But halfway through what had been a mild winter across the Northeast, it also could mean a weekend cooped up indoors. A little more than 11 inches fell in New York City, where carpenter Kevin Byrne was using a scraper to dig out his car Saturday and was relieved the storm hadn't hit the city more strongly. He said he'd taken his shovel out of his car and left it at home. "I wasn't prepared. ... But was anybody prepared? The last two winters have been so mild," he said. "I've been meaning to buy a salt spreader all winter long, but I just kept putting it off." Nearly 22 inches of snow fell in Boston and up to 3 feet was expected, the National Weather Service said, threatening the city's 2003 record of 27.6 inches. In the heavily Catholic city, the archdiocese urged parishioners to be prudent and reminded them that, under church law, the requirement to attend Sunday Mass "does not apply when there is grave difficulty in fulfilling this obligation." Gov. Deval Patrick enacted a statewide driving ban for the first time since the Blizzard of '78, a ferocious storm that dropped 27 inches of snow, packed hurricane-force winds and claimed dozens of lives. RELATED ON SKYE: Sandy in Back of Easterners' Minds as Snow Falls Early snowfall was blamed for a 19-car pileup Friday in Cumberland, Maine, that caused minor injuries. In New York, hundreds of cars got stuck on the Long Island Expressway on Friday, and dozens remained disabled early Saturday as police worked to free them. About 650,000 customers in the Northeast lost power during the height of the snowstorm, most of them in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, Mass., lost electricity and shut down Friday night during the storm. Authorities say there's no threat to public safety. At least five deaths were blamed on the storm, three in Canada and one in New York. In southern Ontario, an 80-year-old woman collapsed while shoveling her driveway and two men were killed in car crashes. In New York, a 74-year-old man died after being struck by a car in Poughkeepsie; the driver said she lost control in the snowy conditions, police said. One pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and killed Friday night in Prospect, Conn., state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said. Flooding was expected along coastlines still recovering from Superstorm Sandy, which hit New York and New Jersey the hardest and is considered Jersey's worst natural disaster. In Manhattan, streets normally bustling after midnight, were quiet Saturday but for the hum of snowblowers, the scrape of shovels and the laughter from late night revelers who braved the snow. Bill Tavonallo, 39, said he walked home on purpose from a Manhattan bar to enjoy the snow falling. "With Sandy, we were scared. But this is wonderful," he said, his glasses crusted with ice. "It's nice to have a reason to slow down." Fashion Week, a series of designer showings with some activities held under tents, went on mostly as scheduled in the city, though organizers put on additional crews to deal with the snow and ice, turned up the heat and fortified the tents. The snow did require some wardrobe changes: Designer Michael Kors was forced to arrive at the Project Runway show in Uggs. For Joe DeMartino, of Fairfield, Conn., being overprepared for the weather was impossible: His wife was expecting their first baby Sunday. He stocked up on gas and food, got firewood ready and was installing a baby seat in the car. The couple also packed for the hospital. "They say that things should clear up by Sunday. We're hoping that they're right," he said. Said his wife, Michelle: "It adds an element of excitement."

Blog Music - February 9, 2013

Miami Heat - February 9, 2013 - January 15, 2013

The Latin Jazz Corner-Chip Boaz - December 25, 2012

There’s no doubt that music is always a special part of the holiday season, and what better way to celebrate Christmas than with a little bit of clave filled cheer? These five videos are full of Christmas spirit, just the way that we like it – with some Latin Jazz!

Everyone loves this type of music – we’ve got videos from Latin Jazz legends and newcomers. By all means, there’s something for everyone this Christmas season. If you’re interested, there’s links to the albums from these artists below the videos.

I’ll skip the analysis today and just soak in the joys of the day, with a Latin Jazz slant – enjoy!

Poncho Sanchez, What Child is this

The Latin Giants of Jazz- I'll be home for Christmas

Bobby Rodriguez- Feliz Navidad

Cuba L.A.- God rest ye merry gentleman

Carlos Jimenez Mambo Dulcet- Feliz Navidad 2012

HOFFINGTON POST - May 10, 2012

Many people who have a high fever can barely watch basketball, let alone play it at a championship level. So an ad that implies Michael Jordan's gulping of Gatorade helped him beat the flu in a 1997 NBA Finals game has one watchdog group calling foul.

The Public Health Advocacy Institute has urged the Federal Trade Commission to yank the ad because it encourages teen athletes to play through a dangerous condition when they should be home in bed.

In a letter reported by USA Today, the institute told the FTC: "The Jordan Ad openly promotes engaging in vigorous physical activity while suffering from a very high fever, in Jordan's case 103 degrees. It is a generally recognized safety principle that teens and even professional athletes suffering from a severe fever and flu-like symptoms should not engage in vigorous physical activity."

Gatorade parent PepsiCo had no comment, the newspaper reported.

The institute elaborated on its website: "The FTC should order PepsiCo to engage in corrective advertising that advises teens to not engage in physical activity when they have the flu or are suffering from a fever, describes the dangers of competing in sports when ill, and clearly states that Gatorade is not intended to be used to enhance the athletic performance of teens who are suffering from the flu or a fever."

With commentary provided by former Bulls coach Phil Jackson, the "Win From Within" spot (above) shows Jordan suffering, sipping and finally winning.

If only Gatorade could help the ailing team that Jordan owns. The Charlotte Bobcats finished this season with a record of 7-59, the worst NBA winning percentage ever.

TMZ - May 10, 2012

John Travolta was not in L.A. the day a masseur claims the actor sexually assaulted him ... in fact, Travolta flew to New York the night before ... TMZ has learned.

We checked flight records which show Travolta's jet took off from Los Angeles International Airport at 8:21 PM on January 15, 2012 and landed at 3:59 AM the next morning in Westchester County, NY.

The masseur's lawyer claims Travolta met the masseur in question at the Beverly Hills Hotel at 10 AM on January 16, but the flight records show differently.|main5|dl2|sec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D159586

Latinos Unidos Record Pool- Caliente Updates by Nelson Rodriguez - December 18, 2011

Caliente Updates by Nelson Rodriguez

Many artists have had very good Latin Jazz releases that include some new names and many veterans such as Arturo Sandoval, Michel Camilo, Steve Kroon, Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, as well as his sons the O’Farrill Brothers, Sammy Figueroa and his LJ Explosion, Bobby Matos And His Afro Cuban Ensemble, Henry Brun & The Latin Playerz, Jerry Gonzalez y El Comando De La Clave, Maraca & his Latin Jazz All Stars, Curtis Brothers, Luis Conte, Panchito, Manhattan School Of Music Afro-Cuban Orchestra directed by Bobby Sanabria, John Santos Sextet, Latineo, Guisando Caliente LJ Quintet, Wayne Wallace LJ Quintet, Bill O’Connell, Steve Pouchie, Daniel Amat, Nelson Riveros, Claudio Roditi, Miguel Zenon, Robert Incelli, Pamir Guanchez, Dave Valentin, Daniel Smith, T.K.Blue, Adam Cruz, Jane Bunnett, and the newer acts: Newton Velazquez, Kiki Sanchez, William Johnson, Luis Disla, Mario Flores, Tony Succar, Gregor Huebner, Harold Lopez Nussa, Robert Vilera, and more.

In Salsa so far this year we have seen many debut recordings from all parts of the world that include: Sonido Criminal, Mongorama, Jose Raul ‘Lips’ Morales, Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, Carlos D’Castro, Cocoblue Salsa Band, Walter A. Torres, Lucky 7 Mambo, Pelusa y La Banda Caramba, Orquesta Changui, Lisandro Torres, Nabori, Montuno Swing, Carlos Faroy, Orquesta Rikoson, Jenny Colon, La Mas Orquesta, Don Adolfo, Villariny Salsa Project, Grupo Salsafon, Hector Ivan Rivera, Nayibe, Melena, Nelson, Gilmar Gilberto, El Maestro Seda, Janeen Puente, Ervin Rosario, Wito Colon, Santiago All Stars, Jimmy Morales, Tony Fuentes, and many others. In other words new recordings keep coming out at an enormous rate despite the lack of commercial radio. That does say something about the stations and colleges that do play them.

We also cannot forget the sophomore efforts by 8 Y Mas, Sol, Bloque 53, Dislocados, Fay Roberts y su Orquesta Charangoa, Willy Torres, and Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao.

TOP 50 Salsa Recordings of 2011

1- Jose Rizo’s Mongorama

2- Mambo Legends Orchestra- Watch Out

3- Lucky 7 Mambo- Chapter 1

4- Alex Wilson Presents Salsa Veritas- Ready For Dancers

5- Grupo Salsafon- Tribute To The Barrio

6- Bloque 53- Te Hace Mover Los Pies

7- Santiago All-Stars- Joyas y Rarezas

8- Montuno Swing- Rico Tumbao

9- Sonido Criminal- Crime Payz

10- Dislocados- Pasaporte Universal

11- Sonando- Vengo Subiendo

12- Javier Plaza y su Orquesta Son Risa- Con Sabor A Coco

13- Son De Tikizia- Salsa Retro Live

14- Jose Raul ‘Lips’ Morales- Tumbaito Y Trompeta

15- La Mas Orquesta

16- Don Perignon y La Puertorriqueña- A Otro Nivel Homenaje Al Bailador

17- David Calzado y Charanga Habanera- Acabaito De Nacer

18- Lisandro Torres- Creencias

19- Timbalive- La Timba Pa’ To’ El Mundo

20- 8 y Mas- Que Mas

21- Michael Stuart- Tributo A Louie Ramirez

22- Rumbache- Llego La Fiesta

23- Sirak Y Su Sonora Antillana- Sirak

24- La Contrabanda- Y Ahora Que?

25- Fay Roberts Y su Orquesta Charangoa- Lo Que Quiero Es Charanga

26- Cache- Looking From The Top

27- Tiempo Libre- My Secret Radio

28- Frankie Morales- No Te Equivoques…Es Frankie Morales

29- Kongas Orquesta- Contundente

30- Tito Rojas- Independiente

31- Rumbankete- Que No Pare La Fiesta

32- Choco Orta- Choco Swing

33- Cabo Cuba Jazz- Rikeza y Valor

34- Carlos Cascante Y su Tumbao- Hablando En Serio

35- Willy Torres- Hardcore

36- La Surcusal SA- Sin Fronteras

37- Sammy Garcia Y El Sabor de Puerto Rico- Objetivo

38- Orquesta Changui- Habia Que Hacer Algo

39- Walter A. Torres- Peligrosa

40- Jorge Cordero y Los Gran Daneses- Siempre Pa’Lante

41- Julito Alvarado Del Sur Al Norte- Perseverancia

42- Sol- La Que Manda Soy Yo

43- El Maestro Seda- Como Yo Queria

44- Conjunto Puerto Rico- Asi Es..Invitado Especial Rafu Warner

45- Pelusa y La Banda Caramba- Escuela De La Salsa

46- Wito Colon- Ahora Es Mi Tiempo

47- Ervin ‘El Boricua’ Rosario- De Corazon

48- Bio Ritmo- La Verdad

49- Pedro Conga y La Internacional- Rumbero De Barrio

50- Cachao- The Last Mambo

For next year we have to consider the recordings by Don Perignon y La Puertorriqueña, Victor Manuelle, Orquesta Inmensidad, Fajardo Jr., Grupo Arcano, Sonido Original, Humberto Ramirez, Jose Lugo Guasabara Combo, Elio Villafranca/Arturo Stable, Steve Guasch y su Orquesta Nueva Era, Herman Olivera, Papo Pepin, Van Lester, Edwin Lebron, NG Lebron, Orquesta Sabadonga, and Tromboranga Salsa Orquesta. Some of these CD’s, which came out towards the end of 2011, will get most of their airplay in 2012.

My Top Latin Jazz CD’s of 2011

1-Manhattan School Of Music Afro Cuban Orchestra- Tito Puente Masterworks Live

2-Wayne Wallace LJ Quintet- To Hear From There

3-Latineo- Two Ways

4-Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion- Urban Nature

5-Dave Valentin- Pure Imagination

6-Panchito- Las Ultimas Canciones

7-Roberto Quintero- Transmissions

8-Michel Camilo- Mano A Mano

9-Guisando Caliente LJ Quintet- Coolantro

10-Kiki Sanchez- Two Worlds

11-Carlos Jimenez Mambo Dulcet- Red Tailed Hawk

12-Arturo Sandoval and The WDR Big Band- Mambo Nights

13-Poncho Sanchez & Terence Blanchard- Chano Y Dizzy

14- Stefon Harris, David Sanchez & Christian Scott- Ninety Miles

15-Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra- 40 Acres & A Burro

16-T.K. Blue- Latin Bird

17-Bill O’Connell- Triple Play Plus Three

18-Steven Kroon- Without A Doubt

19-Henry Brun & The Latin Playerz- 20th Anniversary

20-Bobby Matos and His Afro Cuban Ensemble- Beautiful As The Moon

21-John Santos Sextet- Filosofia Caribeña, Vol.1

22- Edwin Clemente- Viva Clemente- 3D Zone

23-Jerry Gonzalez Y El Comando De La Clave

24-Luis Disla- The Prophecy

25-Miles Español

26-Maraca and his Latin Jazz All Stars- Reencuentro

27-Miguel Zenon- Alma Adentro

28-Kevin Hart Latin Jazz Quintet- Corazon

29-Newton Velasquez- Collage

30- William Johnson- Flor De Vida

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The-Mayor-s-Summer-Splash-Music-Festival---Fundraiser-- - August 16, 2011

LONG ISLAND WINTERFEST 2011 - February 5, 2011
S A T U R D A Y 1 pm
Brecknock Hall, Greenport

Inside the “Out” Side of Jazz – FREE!
Discussion with David Liebman and Lewis Porter. Moderator Ray Anderson.
“Trane’s Travels: Giant Steps to Ascension.”

1:30 pm
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard

Nick Demopoulos Trio

3 pm
Bedell Cellars

Jazz on the Halfshell

3 pm
Laurel Lake Vineyards

Carlos Jimenez

4:30 pm
Sherwood House Vineyards


4:30 pm

David Liebman & Lewis Porter

7-10 pm
Hotel Indigo

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