How Did Marilyn Monroe Change Ella Fitzgerald’s Life?

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Years ago, in an interview Ella explained how Marilyn helped change her life:

I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” – Ella Fitzgerald

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The Jazz Groove Valentine’s Special

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TheJazzGroove.com will present a special 6 hour program on the evening of Valentines Day (4pm-10pm Pacific Standard Time).

Set the mood with a romantic blend of music from Miles Davis, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Stan Getz, Nat King Cole, Joshua Redman, Terry Clark and dozens of other world class artists.

TheJazzGroove.com’s Valentines Special begins at 4pm pacific on February 14th.

Acclaimed Craft Artist Jan Lewis Offers Her Art To Supporters Of The Jazz Groove

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Acclaimed craft artist Jan Lewis is generously offering a limited number of her gorgeous bangle designs as gifts to listeners who contribute to The Jazz Groove, helping support commercial free jazz.

Janet Lewis studied design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has always been intrigued with shapes and patterns in her designs.

Many years ago while on the road with her husband, jazz great Ramsey Lewis, she would occupy her time by hand painting bangle bracelets in her hotel room. Eventually Jan had accumulated around 50 designs with her signature dot patterns. At the urging of friends who wanted to buy her distinctive bracelets, she looked for craftspeople to reproduce them, but found no reliable options for such detailed work.

Almost 20 years later while shopping, Jan came across a few pieces of well-wrought artisan jewelry at an upscale store in Chicago. Encouraged by the quality of that work, she renewed her search. In 2011, she and Ramsey traveled to India, meeting with a number of fair-trade producers. Jan found a team of artisans who met her exacting standards and Jan Lewis Designs was born.

Lewis Designs’ bangles have been handcrafted to provide you with years of enjoyment. Jan created these intricate designs based on her passion for patterns and shapes. The dots in these patterns are hand-painted in slight relief adding texture as an important element to each design.

Support The Jazz Groove and we’ll mail you one of Jan’s luxurious, elegant bangles as a token of our appreciation for your supporting commercial-free jazz.  Visit Jan’s website, JanLewisDesigns.com   

 

We’re Building The World’s Largest Collection of Laid-back Jazz

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We’re building the world’s largest library of laid-back jazz CDs, records and rare master-recordings. Every day our collection is infused with new selections of elegant, luxurious jazz which we custom blend to help you create an audio environment like no other – for your home, office or in your car (thousands now listen to TheJazzGroove.com via their mobile device).

Big thanks to everyone who has made some great suggestions. Ideas for new additions to our library are always welcome – email them to comments@thejazzgroove.com

New George Benson CD Pays Tribute to Nat King Cole

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Coming in June to TheJazzGroove.com!

After four years of touring and developing “An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole,” the legendary George Benson makes his most inspired album: Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole. The recording is one of the most meaningful of Benson’s career and is a testament to the spirit of Cole’s timeless body of work. Benson’s heartfelt renditions of some of Cole’s greatest songs with Nelson Riddle arrangements and the 42-piece Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra are complemented by duets with Tony Award winner Idina Menzel and rising star Judith Hill, along with a special collaboration with multi-GRAMMY and Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

In Memoriam

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A statement from Donald Byrd’s nephew, Alex Bugnon “Let’s remember Donald as a one of a kind pioneer of the trumpet, of the many styles of music he took on, of music education. In sum, Donald was an avid, eternal student of music, until his death. That’s what I try to be, everyday!! Rest in peace, uncle!”

Win the New Miles Davis Book!

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The Jazz Groove is listener supported and commercial free. We’re able to operate only with contributions from listeners like you. To thank our supporters, we’re giving away 10 copies of the acclaimed new book, “Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History”. From dazzling photographs of Miles to written contributions from Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Bill Cosby and many others, this gorgeous book is made for true fans of jazz and Miles Davis. When you contribute to The Jazz Groove, you’ll automatically be entered to win one of the 10 copies.

Enter to win “Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History” by clicking here.

Purchase the book here

Sample pages from the book:

You’ll automatically be entered to win your copy when you support The Jazz Groove

You’ll automatically be entered to win your copy when you support The Jazz Groove

You’ll automatically be entered to win your copy when you support The Jazz Groove

You’ll automatically be entered to win your copy when you support The Jazz Groove

You’ll automatically be entered to win your copy when you support The Jazz Groove

“MILES DAVIS: THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY” SWEEPSTAKE Official Rules:

NO PURCHASE DONATION OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. A PURCHASE OR DONATION WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

ELIGIBILITY: All people are eligible except employees, officers, directors, or members of the immediate family or household (whether related or not) of any employees, officers, or directors of TheJazzGroove.com (“Sponsor”).

SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: The Sweepstakes begins on 21 December 2012 at 12:00:01 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”), and ends on 8 February 2012 at 11:59:59 p.m. PT (the “Sweepstakes Period”). The Sponsor’s database computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes.

HOW TO ENTER: You are automatically entered into the Sweepstakes when you make a donation of five (US$5) dollars or more to TheJazzGroove.com online at http://thejazzgroove.com/support-us/ (the “Website”) during the Sweepstakes Period. You may also enter without making a donation by mailing your name, address, phone number and email address to: Miles Davis Contest, 647 26th Avenue #1, San Francisco, CA 94121 . All entries must be received by the end of the Sweepstakes Period in order to participate. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt. Limit one (1) entry per person regardless of method of entry. Subsequent entries from the same person or email address will be disqualified. Any attempt by a person to enter more than once with multiple email accounts or any other means may result in disqualification at the discretion of the Sponsor upon prize verification.

DRAWING AND WINNER NOTIFICATION: Ten drawings will be held, each to select one (1) potential winner. Each drawing will be conducted at random from among all eligible entries received through 11:59:59 p.m. PT on the day prior to the drawing, or by the end of the Sweepstakes period, as applicable. The random drawings will be conducted on 9 February 2012. All non-winning entries from each drawings will be eligible for each subsequent drawing until all 10 drawings have been completed. By entering, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules. The winners will be notified by email using the contact information given at the time of entry. Sponsor shall have no liability for any winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by a potential winner for any reason. If a potential winner does not respond within two (2) days after the first notification attempt, or if the prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such potential winner, such potential winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. If any potential winner is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules or declines a prize for any reason prior to award, such potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. Potential winner may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and/or Declaration of Compliance, as applicable, a Liability Release, and (where legal) a Publicity Release (collectively, “Prize Claim Documents”).

PRIZE/ODDS: Ten (10) prizes are available. Prize consists of the book, “Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History” published in 2012 by Voyageur Press. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.

GENERAL PROVISIONS: To the extent allowed by applicable law, acceptance of a prize constitutes winner’s permission for Sponsor to use winner’s name, photograph, likeness, voice, biographical information, statements and address (city and state) for advertising and/or publicity purposes worldwide and in all forms of media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity, without further compensation except where prohibited by law.

No responsibility for any damage to an entrant’s computer system which is occasioned by accessing the Website or otherwise participating in the Sweepstakes, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures or delays. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, late, lost, damaged, stolen, or postage-due submissions or prize notifications; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet service providers, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone or cable transmissions; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information.

Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or the Website, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes, or to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. No mechanically reproduced, illegible, incomplete, forged, software-generated or other automated multiple entries will be accepted.

In the event of a dispute as to the identity of the entrant, any on-line entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail account from which it was sent, provided such account holder must still meet the eligibility requirements for the Sweepstakes. The authorized account holder shall be the natural person to whom the applicable email address has been assigned by the Internet access provider, service provider, or other online organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

Sponsor reserves the right to modify, extend, suspend, or terminate the Sweepstakes, in whole or in part, if it determines, in its sole discretion, that the Sweepstakes is technically impaired or corrupted or that fraud or technical problems, failures or malfunctions or other unintended circumstances have impaired the integrity, administration, security, proper play and/or feasibility of the Sweepstakes as contemplated herein. If the Sweepstakes is terminated before the designated end date, Sponsor will (if possible) select winner(s) in a random drawing from all eligible, non-suspect entries unaffected by the problem. Inclusion in such drawing shall be each entrant’s sole and exclusive remedy in such circumstances. By entering the Sweepstakes, you agree, to the extent allowed by applicable law, that (i) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes, or any prize awarded, shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action; (ii) any claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to reasonable and actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes, but in no event attorney’s fees; and (iii) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, indirect or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than damages for reasonable and actual out-of-pocket expenses. These rules and any disputes relating hereto are governed by the internal laws of the State of California, USA, without regard to principles of conflicts of laws, and by entering you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts in California, USA, for resolution of any disputes relating to the Sweepstakes and waive any objection thereto.

In Memoriam

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Brubeck Family Statement:

Our much loved and revered father, Dave Brubeck died of cardiac arrest today, December 5, 2012, one day before his 92nd birthday. He died peacefully with family present. The news spread before we even left Norwalk Hospital and our family is deeply appreciative of the phone calls, messages of condolence and continuing tributes in the media and those received personally, certainly a reflection back to us of Dave’s powerful and positive impact on the world. He specialized in long relationships; married to our mother for 70 years, had few changes of personnel in his outstanding quartets or in professional management and many of his fans became personal friends he knew for decades. We thank you all for your appreciation of him and the respect you have shown our family.

Darius, Chris, Dan, Catherine and Matthew Brubeck