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Jazziversaries July 4th

Butch Miles (drums) 1944 :: Happy jazziversary to drummer Butch Miles. Butch is an American jazz drummer. He has played with the Count Basie Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., and Frank Sinatra, among others.

Miles, who cites Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and Jo Jones as favorite drummers, began playing snare drum at the age of 9 and majored in music at West Virginia State University 1962–1966.

After receiving his degree, he went on tour with the Iris Bell Trio. Miles was with the Count Basie Orchestra from 1975–1979 and returned for ten years from 1997–2007, and leader of the group Jazz Express in the 1980s and ’90s. He has also performed at the Newport and Montreux Jazz Festivals.

Butch Miles is a member of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame 2011 class of inductees. He is currently a professor in the School of Music at Texas State University-San Marcos.

In the first week of March 2014 Butch was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis which has no treatment other than a lung transplant. On July 29, 2014 he received a lung transplant and went into a period of recovery at his home in Buda, TX.

Fred Wesley (trombone) 1943 :: Big jazziversary wishes to Fred Wesley! Fred is an American jazz and funk trombonist, best known for his work with James Brown in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as Parliament-Funkadelic in the second half of the 1970s.

During the 1960s and 1970s he was a pivotal member of James Brown’s bands, playing on many hit recordings including “Say it Loud - I’m Black and I’m Proud”, “Mother Popcorn” and co-writing tunes such as “Hot Pants”. His slippery riffs and pungent, precise solos, complementing those of saxophonist Maceo Parker, gave Brown’s R&B, soul, and funk tunes their instrumental punch.

In the 1970s he also served as band leader and musical director of Brown’s band the J.B.’s and did much of the composing and arranging for the group. His name was credited on ‘Fred Wesley & the J.B.’s’ recording of “Doing It to Death”, which sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in July 1973.

He left Brown’s band in 1975 and spent several years playing with George Clinton’s various Parliament-Funkadelic projects, even recording a couple of albums as the leader of a spin-off group, The Horny Horns.
Wesley became a force in jazz in 1978 when he joined the Count Basie Orchestra.

He released his first jazz album as a leader, To Someone in 1988. It was followed by New Friends in 1990, Comme Ci Comme Ca in 1991, the live album Swing and Be Funky, and Amalgamation in 1994.

In the early 1990s Wesley toured with his colleagues from the James Brown band, Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker, as the JB Horns. With the departure of Ellis the band became The Maceo Parker Band. Wesley was featured trombonist with Parker until 1996 when he formed his own band, The Fred Wesley Group, now known as Fred Wesley and the New JBs.

Wesley’s long career includes playing with and arranging for a wide variety of other artist such as Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, Randy Crawford, Vanessa Williams, The SOS Band, Cameo, Van Morrison, Socalled and rappers De La Soul, to name a few. Many other artists have sampled his work.

In 2002 Wesley wrote Hit Me, Fred: Recollections of a Sideman, an autobiography about his life as a sideman. Also in 2002 he recorded an album entitled Wuda Cuda Shuda.

Wesley served as an adjunct professor in the Jazz Studies department of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 2004 to 2006, and now works with students as a visiting artist at numerous other schools including Berklee College of Music and Columbia College of Chicago. In addition to performing with his own band, he is currently touring as part of a collaboration called Abraham Inc. along with Klezmer artist David Krakauer and Klezmer/hip-hop artist Socalled.

In 2007, Wesley accepted an invitation to contribute to Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (Vanguard). He participated with Lenny Kravitz, the Rebirth Brass Band, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker to contribute their version of Domino’s “Whole Lotta Lovin’”.

Mike Mainieri (vibraphone) 1938 :: Jazziversary wishes to Mike Mainieri. Mike is a vibraphonist best known for his work with the jazz fusion group Steps Ahead.

Mainieri was a pioneer in introducing an electronic vibraphone, known as a “synth-vibe” and has recorded with such musicians as Buddy Rich, Wes Montgomery and Jeremy Steig.

He performed for a live album by Laura Nyro, and was featured on several tracks from the Dire Straits album Love Over Gold as well as on “Ride Across the River” on the album Brothers in Arms. He performed on the album Heart To Heart by David Sanborn and Tiger in the Rain by Michael Franks.

He has also released numerous albums and videos as a leader for a variety of labels, most notably his 1980 album for Warner Bros. entitled Wanderlust, which featured Michael Brecker and other members of Steps Ahead. T

here is good video footage of Mainieri performing live with David Sanborn, Neil Larsen, Robben Ford, etc. on David Sanborn’s Live At Montreux 1984 DVD as part of bonus footage from 1981.

As a producer, he produced three albums for Carly Simon.

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MAMA L❤VES Black People!

With all of the amazing comebacks in 2015, I know the MAMA awards will be amazing!  But besides that…

I was just thinking, it’s like a tradition now for MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards) to invite Black artists to the show every year! The award show has been here since 1999, but I realized they started inviting foreign guest to perform since 2010? so that means the majority of their guest performers are Black! I love that they ALWAYS invite Black artists to perform at the awards! and everyone seems to enjoy it and dance along, even sing along (especially when Snoop Dogg performed )

I wonder who the 2015 awards will have as a guest this year?!. I just wanted to make a list of all the Black performers they brought to the show since 2011:

  • (2011): Snoop Dogg and Dr DreDrop it like it’s hot & The Next Episode (video)
  • + Black Eyed Peas - Where is the Love (video)
  • (2012): B.O.B- Airplanes & Nothing on you (video1 @3:15 , video2  @2:13)
  • (2013): Stevie Wonder- I just called to say I love you, Lately, Isn’t she lovely & Superstition (video)
  • + Icona Pop- All Night, I love it (video)
  • (2014): John Legend- Green light, All of me (video)
  • 2015: Who’s next?!
Spin's 50 Best Albums of 2011

Spin’s recently released their top 50 albums of the year, which I know you will not agree with for the most part. I feel it is a fair assessment of all ranges of music, though there were some left out, which I have included on the bottom of the list. Here are the most notable from the list in my opinion which I suggest you check out as I think there are albums you may have not listened to but may enjoy dear brother:

50. Your girl: Britney Spears, Femme Fatale

47. Gillian Welch, The Harrow and the Harvest 

40.  Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne  (not your thing I know…but it was a good album)

39. Beyoncé, 4

14. Bon Iver, Bon Iver

13 The Weeknd, House of Balloons/Thursday

Honorable Mention:

-The Head and The Heart, The Head and The Heart

-Thao with The Get Down Stay Down, 

-Peter, Bjorn and John, Gimme Some

-Raphael Saadiq, Stone Rollin’

**AND even though it was released in 2010 she has made a surged with her recent hits ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ and 'Dancing on my Own’ which leads me to suggest everyone to revisit Robyn’s Body Talk .

Side note: For your enjoyment, Britney’s song Till the World Ends did make #13 out of 20 on Spin’s top songs of 2011.

Baby Don't Cry // OH MOM
  • Baby Don't Cry // OH MOM
  • Daesung & T.O.P

baby don’t cry, you stand vacantly alone

don’t worry, you may be lonely but you’re not the only one

look beside you, you’re not alone.



Rolling In The Deep by Adele