APRIL is INTERNATIONAL JAZZ MONTH!
Vincent York's 2023 INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY CONCERT: April 30 @ Kerrytown Concert House
MANY THANKS to all our Friends & Supporters for making the 2023 JAZZistry Rent Party a SUCCESS!!
JAZZistry's 20th RENT PARTY was
Vincent York’s JAZZistry’s 20th ‘Annual’ RENT PARTY was
Saturday, February 25, 2023, after a 2 year COVID break.
JAZZistry’s RENT PARTY 2023: A MARDI GRAS MASKED BALL
VINCENT YORK, saxophones, flute, clarinet
JOHN DOUGLAS, trumpet
RON KISCHUK, trombone
KEATON ROYER, piano
RON ENGLISH, guitar, banjo
ROB BICKLEY, string bass
JESSE KRAMER, drums
MANY THANKS to our SILENT AUCTION DONORS & Bidders:
We had awesome things from these supporters:
Downtown Home & Garden
Happy House Gifts
Music Go ‘Round
Zingerman’s Mail Order
We had a BLAST at 5:01 with the LLAMA!! THANK YOU, WEMU, for so many Happy Hours!
Vincent will be SWINGING with 2 of our great co-sponsors-WEMU & the Blue LLama
welcoming in the 2023’s first 5:01 JAZZ Event at Ann Arbor’s beautiful BLUE LLAMA Jazz Club, 314 S. Main St. This event is free and the music goes to 7pm. Sponsored by WEMU, the Band will include:
VINCENT YORK, Saxophones & Woodwinds
KEATON ROYER, Piano
JOSEF DEAS, Bass
JESSE KRAMER, Drums
OOO how we missed LIVE audiences during COVID restrictions! Your support kept us going and we moved to video recordings for JAZZistry’s ORAL HISTORY PROJECT. We are documenting the lives and mastery of Vincent and the JAZZistry Band members. (See vol. 1 in Videos,)
Planning SUMMER EVENTS and FESTIVAL VISITS
SIGNING SCHOOLS and SENIOR CENTERS up for live programs for the 2023-24 school year.
Continuing to release volumes of JAZZistry’s ORAL HISTORY Project in 2023.
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Here are some shots from 2022 JAZZistry shows:
JAZZistry Headlined the YPSI Jazz FEST July 16, 2022
Ypsilanti Michigan Jazz Festival featured FREE Live concerts
EVERY SATURDAY– JULY
at RIVERSIDE PARK (in Depot Town)
The JAZZistry Band included:
TASLIMAH BEY – piano
RON ENGLISH – guitar, banjo, mandolin
JOHN DOUGLAS & DAVID GREEN – trumpets
RON KISCHUK – trombone
BILL HIGGINS – drums
ROB BICKLEY – bass
VINCENT YORK – alto/tenor/soprano sax, flute, clarinet, oboe
NEWS / VINCENT YORK joins BANDCAMP!
Bandcamp and Vincent York: BLENDING FORCES – A MEMORABLE MIX
We are pleased to announce that Vincent York is releasing his recordings on Bandcamp!
Bandcamp is an online record store and music community where passionate fans discover, connect with, and directly support the artists they love. You will able to listen to and download Vincent York’s BLENDING FORCES recording, also available in vinyl and CD.
We are proud to announce VINCENT YORK’s ALBUM RELEASE on BANDCAMP. Check out Linda Yohn’s reflections on the recording and its musical and historical significance.
Linda Yohn's Reflections on Vincent York's BLENDING FORCES
“… Four of the seven musicians who blended their considerable individual forces into a meaningful septet have since transitioned: trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, pianist Gary Schunk, drummer Lawrence Williams and percussionist Sundiata Keita. They represented the top Detroit and Ann Arbor jazz talent at the time and still do. The music is timeless: richly deserving re-examination. Two of the Blending Forces musicians continue to swing strong as performers, composers, educators and mentors: leader, saxophonist/flutist Vincent York and bassist Marion Hayden. Neither has lost any of their 1989 youthful verve.“
“… If you invest in a CD, you’ll read about a formative era in Detroit jazz. Even if you invest in a digital copy, you’ll have music for endless pleasure and inspiration. Case in point – the song No.3, penned by Vincent’s great friend, drummer/composer Lawrence Williams. Vincent says there isn’t a day that he doesn’t recall Lawrence with affection, admiration and fascination. Lawrence’s musical mind was unique and all encompassing. The ensemble knew when to come together in passionate choruses and when to grant space for genius-level individual expression over Williams’ confounding time signatures and chord structure. Following No.3 is a piece by another of Vincent’s dear friends: Eugene Thorne….”
JAZZistry is Thrilled to WELCOME Detroiter TASLIMAH BEY to the JAZZistry Band!!
Taslimah P. Bey, Ragtime Piano Expert
“When I play ragtime, it feels like coming home.” Taslimah P. Bey began studying classical music at age 16, then switched to jazz in her senior year of high school. She started researching ragtime music and the roots of jazz while in college. When Taslimah heard Charlie Gabriel—clarinet and saxophone player with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band—play his horn, the music she had been reading about came alive. She formed Taslimah’s Ragtime Band, which featured the compositions of early ragtime composers, including Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Tom Turpin, Artie Matthews, Harry P. Guy and James P. Johnson. For her efforts in performing the music and lecturing on the lives of these highly talented 20th century American composers, Taslimah received an award for the Preservation of African-American Music from the Society for the Culturally Concerned in Detroit. READ MORE on MUSICIANS page....