2015 Festival Updates …
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It’s “Festival Time” on “The Vine” again ….
Bill Svoboda has joined the team this year as Executive Producer and has begun the planning and execution phases of the 2015 edition of Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival. Bill comes to us from the Kansas City company, EventPros. He is known for his extensive event planning experience, unparalleled professional expertise and extensive knowledge of Kansas City’s finest venues and creative resources; he has earned a compelling reputation for event excellence and customer care.
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2015 Festival Headliners …
New York-based jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig is considered one of the world’s complete jazz musicians, atop both the performing and jazz educational fields with an abundance of composer and arranger credits, as well. To date, he has released 20 recordings as a leader in addition to contributing to nearly 200 other recording sessions with some of the most notable artists in jazz. He has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, Joe Lovano and Tom Harrell, among many others.
[ JAZZ HEADLINER – CONRAD HERWIG ]
Born Ted Horowitz in the Bronx, New York, Popa Chubby was the son of a candy store owner. At 13, Chubby began playing drums; shortly thereafter, he discovered the music of the Rolling Stones and began playing guitar. Although he grew up in the 1970s, Chubby took his cue from artists of the ’60s, including Sly & the Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton, among others. By the time he was in his early twenties, he enjoyed and played blues music, but also worked for a while backing punk poet Richard Hell. Chubby’s first big break was winning a national blues talent search sponsored by KLON, a public radio station in Long Beach, California. He won the New Artist of the Year award and opened at the Long Beach Blues Festival in 1992. Chubby played more than 200 club dates a year through the ’90s. His Sony/Okeh debut, Booty and the Beast, was produced by longtime Atlantic Records engineer/producer Tom Dowd, whose recordings by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, and others are legendary.
[ BLUES HEADLINER – POPA CHUBBY ]
Adult contemporary R&B singer/songwriter/producer Dwele grew up on Detroit’s west side, listening to soul music from Motown visionaries Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye as well as jazz on the radio. Born Andwele Gardner, he began writing songs at the age of ten, after his father was murdered outside his home, and attended Cody High in Detroit. Dwele spent a year studying music at Wayne State but then opted for an informal education, making music at his home while living in Dearborn and working for AAA. His demo tape, 1998’s The Rize, made waves around the Motor City, and he spent time collaborating with Detroit hip-hop group Slum Village and Philadelphia rapper Bahamadia. Signed to Virgin on the strength of his songwriting and performance skills, Dwele released Subject in mid-2003 and cemented his appeal with European audiences (he was a favorite on Gilles Peterson’s influential Radio 1 program) with a tour that summer. His second album, Some Kinda…, followed in 2005 and reached the Top 10 of the R&B chart. A couple years later, he provided the hook on Kanye West’s hit single “Flashing Lights” and signed to Koch/eOne to release Sketches of a Man (2008) and W.ants W.orld W.omen (2010). Both albums maintained the singer’s streak of Top Ten R&B albums. Greater Than One (2012), also released on eOne, featured some of his breeziest, most pleasing grooves. ~ John Bush, Rovi
[ NEO-SOUL / R&B HEADLINER – DWELE ]
Sly & The Family Stone harnessed all of the disparate musical and social trends of the late ’60s, creating a wild, brilliant fusion of soul, rock, R&B, psychedelia, and funk that broke boundaries down without a second thought. Led by Sly Stone, the Family Stone was comprised of men and women, and blacks and whites, making the band the first fully integrated group in rock’s history. That integration shone through the music, as well as the group’s message. Before Stone, very few soul and R&B groups delved into political and social commentary; after him, it became a tradition in soul, funk, and hip-hop. And, along with James Brown, Stone brought hard funk into the mainstream. The Family Stone’s arrangements were ingenious, filled with unexpected group vocals, syncopated rhythms, punchy horns, and pop melodies. Their music was joyous, but as the ’60s ended, so did the good times. Stone became disillusioned with the ideals he had been preaching in his music, becoming addicted to a variety of drugs in the process. His music gradually grew slower and darker, culminating in 1971’s There’s a Riot Going On, which set the pace for ’70s funk with its elastic bass, slurred vocals, and militant Black Power stance. Stone was able to turn out one more modern funk classic, 1973’s Fresh, before slowly succumbing to his addictions, which gradually sapped him of his once prodigious talents. Nevertheless, his music continued to provide the basic template for urban soul, funk, and even hip-hop well into the ’90s.
[ PARTY BAND HEADLINER – THE FAMILY STONE ]
And, a special thanks to Bob Kendrick and his great staff of our sister museum at 18th & Vine, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum for letting us announce our HEADLINER TALENT FOR KANSAS CITY’S 18TH & VINE JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL from their HEART OF AMERICA HOTDOG FESTIVAL stage on Saturday, August 1, 2015. Be sure to join them again next year!
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On behalf of the board, staff and volunteers at the American Jazz Museum, we hope you enjoy the great programming and community events in the district.
Interim Chief Executive Officer
American Jazz Museum
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