Lift Every Voice and Sing

Wake up to a deeply stirring rendition of 'Lift Every Voice and Sing,' the black national anthem in the United States, released on the historically grunge Sub Pop label, featuring remarkable, soulful, tenor saxophone impact at the beginning and in …

Published: 19 Jan 2021. Updated: 17 months.

Wake up to a deeply stirring rendition of 'Lift Every Voice and Sing,' the black national anthem in the United States, released on the historically grunge Sub Pop label, featuring remarkable, soulful, tenor saxophone impact at the beginning and in the flow makes complete sense on a communicative level. Wow.

Yesterday was the Martin Luther King holiday in the States. More on the new MLK/FBI documentary out now you can read here. Performed above in the video and audio by the trad-jazz New Orleans institution Preservation Hall Jazz Band pianist-composer-bandleader Gerald Clayton who wrote the documentary's score also, it's worth seeking out, down in the Village Vanguard last year made a live album for the early-21st century and since John Coltrane defined the live album at the New York venue in 1961 the bar is set sky high in that most revered and meaningful of spaces.

The struggle for civil rights and equality Dr King did so much to inspire in America goes on as #BlackLivesMatter continues its work every day of the year in the US and globally in its many forms.

Martin Luther King Jr, top. MLK/FBI is out now

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Another blow for beleaguered Northern Ireland jazz scene: no jazz winner included among the Young Musicians’ Platform Award winners

What a shame that there is no jazz genre recipient this year in the list of 6 award winners announced today. The biennial awards run by the Arts Council in collaboration with BBC Northern Ireland aim to showcase and support the development of young …

Published: 18 Jan 2021. Updated: 17 months.

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What a shame that there is no jazz genre recipient this year in the list of 6 award winners announced today.

The biennial awards run by the Arts Council in collaboration with BBC Northern Ireland aim to showcase and support the development of young musicians from the region, by providing individual funding awards of up to £5,000.

Usually there is a jazz presence.

This funding is promoted as enabling the recipients to spend a sizeable amount of time learning from a master musician, mentor, teacher or composer either in Northern Ireland or abroad.

The awards this year have been extended beyond the classical and folk music arenas to reach out to singer-songwriters in the region, in place of a jazz musician representation included in previous cycles.

The awardees receive two professional radio broadcast engagements, including one with the Ulster Orchestra in 2021.

The NI live jazz scene as part of the overall live music picture has been disastrously dormant since March 2020.

Restrictions by the Executive at Stormont have been far harsher than imposed shut-downs impacting on the English scene where venues opened albeit briefly during this time by contrast.

What a morale downer for upcoming jazz talent then that the Platform Award could not have been more supportive at a very difficult time.

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