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Sadao Watanabe Day

February 1, 2018

Sadao Watanabe Day

Sadao Watanabe (渡辺 貞夫 Watanabe Sadao) (born February 1, 1933) is a Japanese jazz musician who plays alto saxophone, sopranino saxophone, and flute. He is known for his bossa nova recordings, although his work encompasses many styles with collaborations from musicians all over the world. He has had over ten albums reach the top 50 Billboard charts and 2 within the top 10. He has also had numerous albums reach number one on the jazz charts. Among his awards are the Order of the Rising Sun, the imperial medal of honor for contribution to the arts, and the Fumio Nanri award.

Born in Utsunomiya, Japan, Sadao first began learning music at the age of 18 and started performing professionally in 1953. By 1958 he had performed with leading musicians and quartets. In 1962 he left Japan to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1995 the college awarded him an honorary doctorate degree for his contributions to music. In addition to his musical career, Watanabe has published six photography books in Japan.

 

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World Music with Muthu Kumar and Ravi Kulur

February 1, 2018

World Music with Muthu Kumar and Carnatic flutist Ravi Kulur

 

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Daily Roots with Dave Barker and the Upsetters

February 1, 2018

Daily Roots with Dave Barker and the Upsetters

2-1-18

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RHYTHM ROOTS WORKSHOP 1-31-18

January 31, 2018

RHYTHM ROOTS WORKSHOP
Wednesday January 31st 2018 noon-2pm
Partnership Resources Inc-Minneapolis
Ancient rhythm journey for the Developmentally Disabled!

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The Cosmos with M74

January 31, 2018

The Cosmos with M74

Messier 74 (also known as NGC 628) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces. It is at a distance of about 32 million light-years away from Earth.[5]The galaxy contains two clearly defined spiral arms and is therefore used as an archetypal example of a grand design spiral galaxy.[6] The galaxy’s low surface brightness makes it the most difficult Messier object for amateur astronomers to observe.[7][8] However, the relatively large angular size of the galaxy and the galaxy’s face-on orientation make it an ideal object for professional astronomers who want to study spiral arm structure and spiral density waves. It is estimated that M74 is home to about 100 billion stars

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Charlie Musselwhite Day

January 31, 2018

Charlie Musselwhite Day

Charles Douglas “Charlie” Musselwhite (born January 31, 1944) is an American electric blues harmonica player and bandleader, one of the non-black bluesmen who came to prominence in the early 1960s, along with Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield, or bands such as Canned Heat. Though he has often been identified as a “white bluesman”, he claims Native American heritage. Musselwhite was reportedly the inspiration for the character played by Dan Aykroyd in the Blues Brothers.

Musselwhite was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. He has said that he is of Choctaw descent, born in a region originally inhabited by the Choctaw. In a 2005 interview, he said his mother had told him he was actually Cherokee. His family considered it natural to play music. His father played guitar and harmonica, his mother played piano, and a relative was a one-man band.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Lq0trdG5nc

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Phillip Glass Day

January 31, 2018

Phillip Glass Day

Philip Morris Glass (born January 31, 1937 Baltimore, Md) is an American composer. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the late 20th century. Glass’s compositions have been described as minimal music, similar to other “minimalist” composers including La Monte Young, Steve Reich and Terry Riley. However, Glass has described himself instead as a composer of “music with repetitive structures”,[6] which he has helped evolve stylistically.

Glass founded the Philip Glass Ensemble, with which he still performs on keyboards. He has written numerous operas and musical theatre works, eleven symphonies, eleven concertos, seven string quartets and various other chamber music, and film scores. Three of his film scores have been nominated for Academy Awards.

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Roosevelt Sykes Day

January 31, 2018

Roosevelt Sykes Day

Roosevelt Sykes (January 31, 1906 – July 17, 1983) was an American blues musician, also known as “The Honeydripper“.

Sykes was born in Elmar, Arkansas, and grew up near Helena. At age 15, went on the road playing piano in a barrelhouse style of blues. Like many bluesmen of his time, he travelled around playing to all-male audiences in sawmill, turpentine and levee camps along the Mississippi River, gathering a repertoire of raw, sexually explicit material. His wanderings eventually brought him to St. Louis, Missouri, where he met St. Louis Jimmy Odenthe writer of the blues standardGoin’ Down Slow“.

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World Fusion with Okra Playground

January 31, 2018

World Fusion from Finland with Okra Playground

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Daily Roots with Ansel Collins

January 31, 2018

Daily Roots with Dave & Ansel Collins

1-31-18

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hy-_voUuDQ

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RHYTHM ROOTS WORKSHOP 1-30-18

January 30, 2018

Rhythm Roots Workshop

Tuesday January 30th 2018 noon-2pm

Partnership Resources Inc

St Louis Park, MN Location

Developmentally Disabled participants exploring their inner rhythmic sensibilities!

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The Cosmos with M61

January 30, 2018

Messier 61 (also known as M61 or NGC 4303) is an intermediate barred spiral galaxy in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. It was discovered by Barnaba Oriani on May 5, 1779. This was six days before Charles Messier observed the same galaxy, but had mistaken it as a comet.

M61 is one of the largest members of Virgo Cluster, and is designated to belong to a smaller section of the galaxy cluster known as the S Cloud. It has an active galactic nucleus and is classified as a starburst galaxy containing a massive nuclear star cluster with an estimated mass of 105 solar massesand an age of 4 million years, as well as a central candidate supermassive black hole weighing around 5×106 M solar masses. cohabiting with an older massive star cluster as well as a likely older starburst. Evidence of significant star formation and active bright nebulae appears across M61’s disk. Unlike most late-type spiral galaxies within the Virgo Cluster, M61 shows an unusual abundance of neutral hydrogen (H I)

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Marty Balin

January 30, 2018

Marty Balin Day

Marty Balin (/ˈbælɪn/, born Martyn Jerel Buchwald; January 30, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the founder and one of the lead singers of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.

Balin was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Catherine Eugenia “Jean” (née Talbot) and Joseph Buchwald. His paternal grandparents immigrated from Eastern Europe. His father was Jewish and his mother was Episcopalian. Marty attended Washington High School in San Francisco, California.

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Tubby Hayes

January 30, 2018

Tubby Hayes Day

Edward Brian “Tubby” Hayes (30 January 1935 – 8 June 1973) was an English jazz multi-instrumentalist, best known for his tenor saxophoneplaying in groups with fellow sax player Ronnie Scott and with trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar.

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Ahmed Abdul-Malik

January 30, 2018

Ahmed Abdul-Malik Day

Ahmed Abdul-Malik (born Jonathan Tim, Jr.; January 30, 1927 – October 2, 1993 Brooklyn, NY) was a jazz double bassist and oud player.

Abdul-Malik is noted for integrating Middle Eastern and North African music styles in his jazz music.[3] He was the bassist for Art Blakey, Earl Hines, Randy Weston, and Thelonious Monk among others.

 

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Roy Eldridge

January 30, 2018

Roy Eldridge Day

David Roy Eldridge (30 January 1911 – 26 February 1989), nicknamed “Little Jazz“, was an American jazz trumpet player. His sophisticated use of harmony, including the use of tritone substitutions, his virtuosic solos exhibiting a departure from the smooth and lyrical style of earlier jazz trumpet innovator Louis Armstrong, and his strong impact on Dizzy Gillespie mark him as one of the most influential musicians of the swing era and a precursor of bebop.

Eldridge was born on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 30, 1911, to parents Alexander, a wagon teamster, and Blanche, a gifted pianist with a talent for reproducing music by ear, a trait that Eldridge claimed to have inherited from her. Eldridge began playing the piano at the age of five; he claims to have been able to play coherent blues licks at even this young age.[2]The young Eldridge looked up to his older brother, Joe Eldridge (born Joseph Eldridge, 1908, North Side of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, died March 5, 1952), particularly because of Joe’s diverse musical talents on the violin, alto saxophone, and clarinet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd4Vs7kHXUQ

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World Music with Flor De Toloache

January 30, 2018

World Music from Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States with the all female latin group Flor De Toloache.

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Daily Roots with Johnny Nash

January 30, 2018

Daily Roots with Johnny Nash

1-30-18

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The Cosmos with NGC 1931

January 29, 2018

 

NGC 1931 & IC 417

Will the spider ever catch the fly? Not if both are large emission nebulas toward the constellation of the Charioteer (Auriga). The spider-shaped gas cloud on the left is actually an emission nebula labelled IC 417, while the smaller fly-shaped cloud on the right is dubbed NGC 1931 and is both an emission nebula and a reflection nebula. About 10,000 light-years distant, both nebulas harbor young, open star clusters. For scale, the more compact NGC 1931 (Fly) is about 10 light-years across.

 

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James Jamerson

January 29, 2018

James Jamerson Day

James Lee Jamerson (January 29, 1936 – August 2, 1983) was an American bass player. He was the uncredited bassist on most of the Motown Records hits in the 1960s and early 1970s (Motown did not list session musician credits on their releases until 1971), and is now regarded as one of the most influential bass players in modern music history. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. As a session musician he played on 30 Billboard #1 hits, as well as over 70 R&B #1 hits, more than any other bass player in both categories.

In its special “Bass Player’s 100 Greatest Bass Players” issue in 2017, Bass Player Magazine named Jamerson the number one “Greatest Bass Player”. In 2011, Jamerson ranked third in The “20 Most Underrated Bass Guitarists” in Paste magazine.

A native of Edisto Island (near Charleston), South Carolina, Jamerson moved with his mother to Detroit, Michigan in 1954 and began playing in Detroit area blues and jazz clubs. His son, James Jamerson, Jr. (1958–2016), was also a professional bassist.

 

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