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- How I Fell in Love with Jazz | Savage Content
2 n d Annual HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH Jazz VIDEO CONTEST VISIT THE GALLERY SEE THE WINNERS THE WINNERS ARE IN! GRAND PRIZE $5,000 2ND PLACE $2,500 Plus, $50,000 donation to the Jazz Foundation of America. Welcome to the 2 n d Annual "HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH JAZZ" VIDEO CONTEST Presented by We are looking for 1-3 minute video diaries detailing how individuals fell in love with jazz music. To enter, simply pull out your recording device and tell us how your passion of jazz came to be. Be creative as to how you present your story! YOUR 2021 HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH JAZZ WINNERS ARE... GRAND PRIZE WINNER: DREW TUCKER from Kennesaw, Georgia— a vibes player and educator who prides himself in opening the worldview of his students through jazz. Drew has had the pleasure of watching his daughters fall in love with the art form as well. 2ND PLACE WINNER: SVETLANA SHMULYIAN from NYC. Svetlana, a singer herself, finds jazz to be an escape and an inspiration to persevere. She was drawn to jazz through the beauty of its expression, and was moved by it so much so that she packed up and moved to a different continent to pursue her dream of being a musician. GRAND PRIZE - $5,000 2ND PLACE - $2,500 TOP 25 CROWD FAVORITES - $100 EACH Plus, we donated $50,000 to the Jazz Foundation of America this year to support musicians in need. VIEW THE GALLERY READ THE FULL GUIDELINES Submission Period: October 1, 2021 @ 8 AM ET - January 15, 2022 @ 11:59 PM ET Voting Period: October 1, 2021 @ 8 AM ET - February 1, 2022 @ 11:59 PM ET For more details, please see our Official Rules. **NO REGISTRATION FEE OR PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Meet the Finalists How I Fell in Love With Jazz 2021 - Fina... All Categories Play Video Play Video 02:55 Play Video Play Video 02:54 Play Video Play Video 01:29 Play Video Play Video 02:57 Play Video Play Video 03:00 Play Video Play Video 02:47 Play Video Play Video 02:54 Play Video Play Video 01:01 Meet the Judges . WAYNE SHORTER Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. Active since the late 1950s as principal composer for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, a member of Miles Davis’ celebrated ‘60s quintet, and as a solo leader on Blue Note Records, Shorter co-founded the bestselling fusion band Weather Report with Joe Zawinul in 1971. He is the winner of 12 Grammy Awards as a player and writer, including a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Since 2000, the Wayne Shorter Quartet has performed his symphonic works with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Photo credit: Daniel Prakopcyk STEVE JORDAN Drummer, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Jordan has recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Beyoncé, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, Alicia Keys, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea, to name only a few. He is currently on tour with the Rolling Stones, in the drum chair previously occupied by the late Charlie Watts. He has produced and played on three albums by Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos, and has also helmed recordings by Mayer, Guy, Beyoncé, Booker T. & the MG’s, and Bettye Lavette, among others. He co-founded and records with the Verbs for Jay-Vee Records, a musical partnership with his wife Meegan Voss. He captured an Emmy Award for his musical direction of Movies Rock. Photo credit: Danny Clinch PEDRITO MARTINEZ Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, where he began his musical career at 11 with a deep foundation in rumba and Afro Cuban Yoruba traditions. Since settling in New York City in 1998, Pedrito has recorded or performed with many greats including Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Chucho Valdez, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Camila Cabello, and Sting. Contributing to over 100 albums, Pedrito was also a founding member of the Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena. In 2008, he formed the The Pedrito Martinez Group. The group’s first album was nominated for a Grammy, as well as among NPR’s Favorite Albums of the Year. In 2019, Pedrito was executive producer on a collaboration with Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, Duologue with Quincy Jones. He also worked on a new version of Eric Clapton’s song, “My Father’s Eyes,” a song that he also performed with Clapton at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, Texas. . EMMET COHEN Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has been praised by Downbeat for his "nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary" he employs to communicate "the deepest level of humanity and individuality." He is the leader of the "Emmet Cohen Trio" and creator of the "Masters Legacy Series." Emmet Cohen is the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and the Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis. Cohen has appeared and headlined at the Village Vanguard and other major New York jazz clubs and international jazz festivals. For many years he was Hammond B-3 Organist-in-Residence at Harlem's SMOKE jazz club. During the lockdown he created "Live From Emmet's Place," a weekly livestream that received millions of internet views worldwide. A Suzuki piano student at age three, Cohen holds jazz piano degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) and the University of Miami (B.M.). . ANDROMEDA TURRE Vocalist and composer Andromeda Turre is the founder of Growing Up Jazz, an educational program teaching American History through the lens of Jazz. In addition to performing internationally as a Jazz vocalist, she is also a speaker, host and curator of Jazz events worldwide. The daughter of acclaimed Jazz musicians Steve Turre and Akua Dixon, Andromeda attended the Berklee College of Music and got her first professional job as a Raelette singing with Ray Charles. She has since toured in over 17 countries and her compositions have been used for television, film and video games. www.AndromedaTurre.com www.GrowingUpJazz.com Watch Examples Please note these sample videos are for demo purpose only and may not meet all the requirements of the contest. Please review the guidelines below for detailed requirements. WHAT DO I SUBMIT? We are seeking video submissions, 1 to 3 minutes long, that detail how you fell in love with Jazz. Whether you’re a performer or an enthusiast, we want you to tell your story with passion and enthusiasm. We are open to many video styles. So, whether you’re submitting a simple retelling or a full-on production with multiple camera angles, edits, special effects, and props., let your creativity shine. Your video must be in English. You can submit up to three entries throughout the contest, however, only your best/video with the most votes will be eligible for a prize. Viewers can vote up to five times a day. ***You must be a legal resident of the US, Canada (excluding Quebec) or the UK in order to enter this contest WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW? All accepted video entries will be displayed in our online gallery allowing for public viewing and voting. Entries with the highest number of votes will be further evaluated by our panel of judges, who will determine the first-prize winner and second-prize winner. To “get out the vote,” we encourage you to promote yourself like crazy! Light up all your social media platforms, and let your friends, family and followers know. The top 25 videos that got the most votes (excluding the videos that took 1st and 2nd prize) will be awarded $100 as our "crowd favorites. Submission Period: October 1, 2021 @ 8 AM ET - January 15, 2022 @ 11:59 PM ET Voting Period: October 1, 2021 @ 8 AM ET - February 1, 2022 @ 11:59 PM ET GRAND PRIZE $5,000 READ THE FULL GUIDELINES VIEW OUR FAQ SECOND PLACE $2,500 Go Over the Guidelines HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! DOWNLOAD OUR OUTREACH KIT This kit includes email and text messages, social posts for Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and accompanying social images. View the 2021 Gallery Carol Cass - "HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH JAZZ!!!" Charles Skeete - "My Love Affair With Jazz" James Freeman - "A jazz encounter" Frederique Magne - "The bounce of the bass The swing of life" Craig Jackson - "How I Fell In Love With Jazz- My Travels" Jim McInnes - "The time I met Dizzy Gillespie" Roy Damptey - "From jazz Soundtracks" John Collin - "How I fell in love with jazz" Drew Tucker - "How I Fell In Love With Jazz" Sedjroh Effie - "A Jazz experience" Antero Sievert - "How I Fell in Love With Jazz" Mia Berman - "Mia Loves Jazz - thanks to Dad" SEE ALL THE 2021 ENTRIES SEE ALL THE 2020 ENTRIES
- No Ordinary Man: The Billy Tipton Documentary Review
Billy Tipton’s story is one that I wish more people knew. His story is not only intriguing but also incredibly important for trans history. Despite society only recently beginning to accept transgender people for who they are, trans men and women have always been around. They were not something that came “all of a sudden” or in these modern “woke” days. Billy Tipton is proof of that, and this documentary raises up the voices of the trans community to detail Tipton’s life and the impact his story has made on the community today. No Ordinary Man: The Billy Tipton Documentary is an empowering look into how Billy Tipton’s story has validated and inspired the transgender community because of Tipton’s unwavering choice to be his authentic self in a time when being transgender wasn’t considered “a thing” accepted by society. Brought to you by co-directors Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt, No Ordinary Man details the professional and personal life of jazz musician Billy Tipton. Aside from bringing awareness to his story and life, the documentary also serves as a way to set the record straight about Tipton’s life and highlighting him for the transmasculine icon that he is. No one in Billy Tipton’s life knew that he was a trans man until his death in 1989 when he was grossly outed by the media. In the months after the news hit the public, there was a massive media circus as publications attempted to frame the news as an outrageous deception on Billy Tipton’s part. Tipton’s family came under fire for never knowing, with many talk-show hosts, including Oprah, calling into question how Tipton’s wife and kids had never known. All the while misgendering and speaking ill of their lost loved one. The nail in the coffin for the Tipton family came from Diane Middlebrook’s book Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton where the writer crudely theorized that Tipton only presented himself as a man to help further his music career in a time when female musicians had a hard time doing so, while also insinuating that the Tipton family knew more than they were admitting. Most disappointingly, the book doesn’t question, “How was Billy feeling?” but rather “how is his wife feeling?” One of the interviewees described it as “polite transphobia.” No Ordinary Man shows us moments like this over the years to further show how Billy Tipton’s history was written over by what society wanted to believe. While many media outlets claim his “double life” was done to help further his music career, it’s clear from the documentary and Tipton’s history that it was clearly not just to get ahead in music as he was male in all facets of his life. He married, adopted three children, lived authentically as himself, and many were none the wiser that he was AFAB (assigned female at birth). As the documentary continues, it becomes clear that Tipton’s story was only the catalyst for the production to dissect and educate the public about a large range of things relating to the harmful narratives around trans lives. Along with voiceovers about Tipton’s life, we also get to hear a variety of voices from the transgender community. The interviews of the people often take place in club-like settings, a choice likely made to set the ambiance for the sort of settings that Tipton often played in. The interviewees all bring incredible insight to the table when discussing these topics and it was incredibly interesting to learn not only the experiences of Tipton but of the many other people being interviewed. Some of the most interesting lines to come from the documentary that really stood out to me were... “It’s scary when centuries of your survival have been based on not being seen.” “We have to think of outing as a form of harm [in death]. Because people are no longer able to speak for themselves, that harm is often masked over by questions like, “Well what about the wife?” An interviewee speaking to his daughter after announcing his transition... “[Over time] You will change, and I will change, but we will always recognize each other.” “It’s not a question of passing or transition. It’s about a person finding a way to make themselves happy. Are you your own interpretation of happiness?” This documentary is extremely important in a time when trans masculinity is still scarcely covered in media. Billy Tipton is a way for the transgender community to be able to look back on history and see that, “ah, yes, there was someone like me back then. There I am in the history.” This documentary highlighted the historical presence of trans people in all areas of society. Showing that there were pioneers like Tipton living as their true selves, even at a time when that truth was not validated, highlights that the contributions made to society by trans people matter, and they will make an impact on future generations. While Billy Tipton didn’t consent to the visibility of being trans, knowing this about him is important for the trans community today, to serve as a model to look back on. If you’re looking for an educational and deep look into trans issues and history, No Ordinary Man is an incredible watch. You will absolutely walk away from it with a lot to think about it, but I feel that a documentary hasn’t done its job if it doesn’t tap into that part of your mind. Billy Tipton’s life and career as a musician was the reason for creating No Ordinary Man, but the documentary is at its heart, a piece about the importance of trans visibility and acceptance. No Ordinary Man: The Billy Tipton Documentary can be rented/bought through services such as Vudu, YouTube, and Apple TV. Written by Kristen Petronio
- Jazzology Episode 6
Episode 6 of Jazzology! Returning champ Joe Petrucelli is replaced by guest contestant Hank Shteamer, who will be going against trumpeter, bandleader and son of jazz legend Jamil Nasser - Muneer Nasser!
- Jazzology Episode 5
Episode 5 of Jazzology! Returning champ GRAMMY award winning Ricky Riccardi from the Louis Armstrong House faces off against Joe Petrucelli, Executive Director of the Jazz Foundation of America.