The Blue Devils win 2014 DCI World Championships

The Concord Blue Devils won their 16th DCI World Championship on Saturday night in Indianapolis. The Blue Devils scored a 99.65 (the highest score ever in DCI) in their final performance. The Bluecoats (97.175) won 2nd place and The Cadets (96.875) placed 3rd. The Blue Devils had an amazing year, winning every competition leading up to finals. The Santa Clara Vanguard placed first in percussion for their final performance.

For complete results and recap analysis, check out DCI.org. Congratulations to The Blue Devils.

Were you there or did you watch it live? What were your favorite moments of the season? Leave a comment and let us know what you thought of the 2014 DCI season.

Here’s the Blue Devils show from Salem, VA on 07/29/2014.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE_n1p0NLXk

Japan’s “New World”

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Attention all auditioning orchestral percussionists: audition for Japan’s “New World” Symphony; the Hyogo PAC Orchestra. I recently returned from a healthy week long visit to HPAC for the PAC Percussion! series of concerts on August 2nd and 3rd. Every year in August the orchestra organizes two concerts (the same) featuring the PAC percussion section with a guest artist. For more information about this years concerts click here.

As it turns out there is an inspirational story around the orchestras inception. According to HPAC’s site: “During the decade following the great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of 1995, the courage, persistence, and compassion of Hyogo’s local residents brought about a miraculous renewal of the devastated region.” In 2005 the orchestra opened as a symbol of cultural rebirth of the region. Since then it has seen it’s 4 millionth audience.

HPAC orchestra is a resident orchestra exclusively affiliated with Hyogo Performing Arts Center under artistic direction of Yutaka Sado. During a three-year term, 48 international core members under the age of 35 engage in a variety of performance opportunities
including full orchestra and chamber orchestra concerts, a fully-staged opera, and chamber ensemble performances of standard and modern repertoire. They are joined in these performances by leading conductors, guest players and coaches from around the world. The HPAC program offers professional development for Core Members through master-classes and private lessons with visiting artists.

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The facilities are immensely impressive and the center, being fully government funded, spares no expense when it comes to putting on productions and concerts. I had a first class experience. So, I share this post as an advocate for the center as it seems a bit unknown. Be sure to explore the source link above for more information.

Where you aware of this opportunity? Have any others that fit into this category? Please share your thoughts below the post.

Gary Burton Resource Guide: Part Two

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BookChattr is in full swing and I hope you are enjoying reading the book. As you know, we are reading Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton: An Autobiography by Gary Burton. This post will discuss chapters 3-9 and will include listening examples as mentioned in the book.

Chapters 3 – 5 take place in Gary’s early years (around 1959 – 1962). He continues to talk about growing up in Indiana and starting college at the Berklee School of Music. Chapters 6 – 9 are the beginning of the section marked “Apprenticeship” and include his move to New York (when he meets Joe Morello), his time with George Shearing and then Stan Getz. I am enjoying reading about his experiences and lessons he is learning at a very young age.

“Sometimes, we play because we really want to play; sometimes we play as a favor for another musician; and sometimes, it’s just because we need the money. Despite countless hours of practice and concentration to elevate our art, we all too often have to put that aside because of circumstances.” – Gary Burton [Chapter 4, pg. 48-9]

Below, you will find the listening resources. I am also going to put together a Spotify playlist and I will add a link to it on this post. If you find something that is not correct or missing, please let me know.

Chapter 3: The Local Scene
The Nashville All-Stars – After the Riot at Newport

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slZ4vg5L-8g

Chapter 4: College Bound
No musical examples

Chapter 5: New Adventure
New Vibe Man in Town (1961) [Gary’s First Album as a Leader] – Selections

“Joy Spring”
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4NbONUpufc

“So Many Things”

Part II. Apprenticeship

Chapter 6: “Autumn in New York”
Who is Gary Burton? – Selections [with Clark Terry (trumpet), Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone), Phil Woods (alto sax), Gary Burton (vibraphone), Tommy Flanagan (piano), John Neves (bass), Chris Swansen (drums)]

“Storm”
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_icObnisiE

“I’ve Just Seen Her”
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V7AiknIIe8

Chapter 7: On the Job Training, Part One

George Shearing Quintet – September in the Rain
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHpiMqqS3Sw

George Shearing Jazz Concert – Not Available

Chapter 8: The West Coast Scene

Harry Partch – Genesis of a Music

George Shearing Quintet – J.S. Bop
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgwPP3ctf_w

George Shearing Quintet – Out of the Woods
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgwPP3ctf_w&list=PLjRpv3cr2epH0qolHaHRPfzIZULSBNglw

Gary Burton Something’s Coming – Selection
“Summertime”
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soYP5yNnQNE

Chapter 9: On the Job Training, Part Two

Jazz Samba with the Charlie Byrd Trio – Selection
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-vlX8uRLMQ

Stan Getz Focus
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcf455NwMOY

Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto Getz/Gilberto (1963)
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KpIV57PSeo

Getz Au Go Go (1964) – Selection
“Corcovado”
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEbe3OJsdak

The Hanged Man (Movie – First broadcast November 18, 1964)
This was the second made-for-tv movie shown on U.S. television.

“The Girl from Ipanema”
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aYNdWeHE8A#t=24m50s

“Only Trust Your Heart”
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aYNdWeHE8A#t=1h01m59s

Get Yourself A College Girl

“The Girl From Ipanema”
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rzw1xEcQg4Y

“Sweet Rain” – Not Available

Bob Brookmeyer and Friends
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fgoFCEpkd0&list=PL8DD04F42C1FE650E

The Groovy Sound of Music – Not Available

A Genuine Tong Funeral
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymbcq5RW0ho&list=PLn2RzTNvfUD_cGMrgkNGRBDHC1zGFwAMs

Gary Burton Resource Guide: Part One

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BookChattr is starting soon. Come join the DrumChattr community and read Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton: An Autobiography by Gary Burton. I started the book last week and I am really enjoy it. The style of writing is conversational and the information is informative and insightful. As I was reading the first couple of chapters, I starting think about how I would like to listen to the pieces Gary talks about in the book. So I decided to put together a resource guide (similar to the Steve Schick Listening Guide Part 1 & Part 2 that I compiled when we read his book). While some of these recordings are probably not the exact recordings Mr. Burton heard, I wanted to familiarize you with the pieces. If there is something I missed or if there is another version we should listen to, please leave your comments below and I will add them to the post.

Intro

Unfortunately, the 1994 Fresh Air interview is not available. The only NPR interview was recorded on May 8, 2004. Gary Burton Steps Down, Out

Part 1: Early Years

Chapter 1: What is a Vibraphone?

Twelfth Street Rag (Performed by Pee Wee Hunt & his Orchestra 1948)
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l73jhrBHhaI

Way Down Yonder in New Orleans – Al Jolson (Played on a Victrola)
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOwQxZxruIs

Bye Bye Blues (Performed by Les Paul and Mary Ford)
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmMCzGKCeYo

Chapter 2: “After You’ve Gone”

After You’ve Gone (Benny Goodman Sextet 1945)
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_8xJ3RjF70

After You’ve Gone (Eddie Daniels & Gary Burton Quintet Live in Bern, May 1994)
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SREZzCbiO6k

Memories of You (Performed by Lionel Hampton 1939)
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBxgfefKBGw

Flying Home (Performed Live by Lionel Hampton 1957)
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_rTICMVXQQ

Kind of Blue Miles Davis 1959
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIiD__29-f8

BookChattr 2014 is here!

BookChattr 2014 is here!

We are excited to announce the 4th Annual BookChattr 2014. This year we will be reading Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton: An Autobiography by Gary Burton.

A seven time Grammy Award winner, Gary Burton was born in 1943 and raised in Indiana. He taught himself to play the vibraphone and, at the age of 17, made his recording debut in Nashville, Tennessee, with guitarists Hank Garland and Chet Atkins. In the 1970s, Burton began his music education career with Berklee College of Music in Boston. Burton began as a teacher of percussion and improvisation at Berklee in 1971. In 1985 he was named Dean of Curriculum. In 1989, he received an honorary doctorate of music from the college, and in 1996, he was appointed Executive Vice President, responsible for overseeing the daily operation of the college.41mnkXH5h2L._SL500_AA300_

Why this book? It has been a while since we have read an autobiography (The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams – Steven Schick). Mr. Burton’s new book has been receiving a lot of critical acclaim and I thought our community would enjoy reading it.

Starting July 1st, we’ll read a few chapters a week. Each week, we will be putting up summaries and discussion points for the chapters. (Please use the link above to purchase your book. If you use this link, you will help support DrumChattr.)

After we finish the book, we will put together a Google Hangout to talk about the book. I am also going to email Mr. Burton and see if he will join us for an interview. Thanks and enjoy the book!

Steve Weiss 1943-2014

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As you all know the percussion music industry lost a giant yesterday in Steve Weiss. Their strong web presence came well after setting the standard (pre-internet) with their mail order catalog. This shopping catalog wasn’t only a way to order via mail but became the ultimate reference for instruments and repertoire. It was like Christmas back in the day receiving the new Steve Weiss catalog!

All of us at Drumchattr say thanks to Steve for what he has done for our art. And, of course, we say thanks for his support of Drumchattr!

There are some amazing stories about Steve on the Steve Weiss Facebook Page. We encourage to NOT leave your thoughts below but on the thread above. Thanks for everything Steve!

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