May 14, 2004

Jazz At Lincoln Center Moving to Time Warner Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new $128 million home in the Time Warner Center is designed to be as fluid as the music itself, with stages that can be reconfigured and the city’s skyline as a backdrop.

“The whole space is going to be dedicated to the feeling of swing, which is a feeling of extreme coordination,” said trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who also is Jazz at Lincoln Center’s artistic director.

The Frederick P. Rose Hall, on the fifth and sixth floors of the Time Warner Center, a vertical mall that opened in February, won’t welcome paying crowds until October. But Lincoln Center officials held a news conference in the half-built facility on Wednesday to announce the lineup for the 2004-05 season.

“Our first season in our new home is going to include programs that cover a broad range of artists and styles and span the entire history of jazz,” Marsalis said.

The new concert hall, perched atop pricey restaurants and shops a few blocks south of Lincoln Center’s main site, will be the first in the world engineered specifically for jazz.

The ceiling at the Rose Theater, the largest of the three performance spaces with a capacity of 1,231, can be dropped, and the room can be “tuned” by adjusting velour curtains and banners, said Chris Darland, an acoustical consultant.

Towers of seats can be moved to offer the choice between “concert in the round” and proscenium theater configurations.


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HeadCount Voter Registration Benefit Show In NYC Planned

HeadCount, a voter registration group affiliated with The Dead and most of the top improvisational music acts, will be holding a benefit concert at BB King Blues Club on June 7, 2004 to raise money for its nationwide voter registration campaign. moe. will make a special appearance following a performance by the HeadCount All-Stars, featuring Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico of moe., and Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of the Disco Biscuits. The HeadCount All-Stars performed together once before in Denver, Co on February 14th, at an event to mark the organization’s launch.

Schnier is a member of HeadCount’s board of directors, and Brownstein is the organization’s co-chair.

HeadCount will also send street teams on tour with The Dead this summer, and also register voters at Lollapalooza and most major festivals. The organization already has voter registration tables at up to 25 concerts per week around the country.

Show Details:

Monday June 7, 2004
BB King Blues Club
237 West 42 St- New York, NY
7:30 pm
$32.50 GA
$50 reserved seats (with free poster)
$100 VIP (with poster autographed by all participating artists, plus special VIP laminate and photo opportunity with select artists).

All proceeds from the event will go to HeadCount. The organization’s web site,, is also accepting volunteer applications and donations. It also houses a proprietary on-line voter registration system.

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Loretta Lynn, Jack White Plan Two More LPs, Tour

Hot on the heels of her universally acclaimed Van Lear Rose LP, subversive country legend Loretta Lynn has announced plans to collaborate with White Stripes axe-grinder Jack White on two more full-length records for Interscope. Speaking last week to The New York Times, Lynn revealed, “I’ve got two more [albums] in mind, and Jack and I are going to do ’em together. When I’m on the road, I say to my fans: ‘How many of you know The White Stripes?’ And they applaud. Country people know him.”

Lynn is presently on the road, playing modest gigs– mostly at casinos– nationwide, but she told the paper that she will also embark on another tour with White and the Van Lear Rose backing band, which she named The Do-Whaters, possibly playing rock venues: “Me and Jack are going to do a tour with the Do-Whaters, the boys that played on the album. I’ll take my band out, too, so it won’t be no big deal.” When she might find time for that tour remains to be seen, however, since her current itinerary has her booked fairly solid through the end of the year. Current dates:

05-14 Johnson City, TN – Freedom Hall
05-15 Norfolk, VA – Chrysler Hall
05-29 Hurricane Mills, TN – Loretta Lynn Ranch
06-04 Lubbock, TX – West Texas Canyon Amphitheater
06-05 San Antonio, TX – Sunset Station
06-11 Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo State Theatre
06-12 Toledo, OH – Stranahan Theatre
06-18 Florence, IN – Belterra Casino & Resort
06-19 Branson, MO – Grand Palace
06-20 Birmingham, AL – City Stages
06-25 Bossier City, LA – Isle of Capri Casino
06-26 Jackson, MS – Jackson Municipal Auditorium
07-03 Hurricane Mills, TN – Loretta Lynn Ranch
07-17 Branson, MO – Grand Palace
07-21 Walker, MN – Northern Lights Casino
07-22 West Bend, WI – Washington County Fair Park
07-30 Gilford, NH – Meadowbrook Farm Musical Arts Center
07-31 Atlantic City, NJ – Adrian Phillips Ballroom
08-07 North Myrtle Beach, SC – Alabama Theatre
08-20 Chautauqua, NY – Chautauqua Institution
08-21 Lancaster, PA – American Music Theatre
08-22 Lancaster, PA – American Music Theatre
08-24 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Wolf Den
08-25 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Wolf Den
08-27 Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Pavillion
08-28 Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Pavillion
09-17 Robinsonville, MS – Sam’s Town
09-18 Kinder, LA – Grand Casino Coushatta
10-02 Hurricane Mills, TN – Loretta Lynn Ranch
10-16 Taylorville, IL – Nashville North
10-17 Taylorville, IL – Nashville North
10-23 Cumming, GA – Lanierland Music Park
11-12 Renfro Valley, KY – Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
11-13 Renfro Valley, KY – Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
12-17 Burgettstown, PA – Pepsi Cola Roadhouse


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Rush To Release Eight Song Cover Album

Canadian rock trio Rush’s next release will feature covers of classics popularized by the Who, Cream, Buffalo Springfield and the Yardbirds. Due June 29 via Atlantic, the eight-track “Feedback” marks the first time the group has ever recorded material by other artists.

The album kicks off with a new take on Blue Cheer’s cover of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues.” The track list is rounded out by the Yardbirds’ “Heart Full of Soul” and “Shapes of Things,” the Who’s “The Seeker,” Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” and “Mr. Soul,” Love’s “Seven and Seven Is” and Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads,” famously covered by Cream.
Bassist] Geddy [Lee], [guitarist] Alex [Lifeson] and I were channeling back to 1966 and 1967, when we were 13- and 14-year-old beginners,” drummer Neil Peart writes in the album’s liner notes. “We thought it would be a fitting symbol to commemorate our 30 years together if we returned to our roots and paid tribute to those we had learned from and were inspired by. We thought we might record some of the songs we used to listen to, the ones we painstakingly learned the chords, notes and drum parts for, and even played in our earliest bands.”

As previously reported, Rush’s 30th anniversary tour begins May 26 in Nashville and will wrap its North American portion with an Aug. 22 show in the group’s Toronto home town. A European swing kicks off Sept. 8 in London.


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Jurassic 5 Begins Work On New Album

Hip-hop act Jurassic 5 has wrapped three songs for its next Interscope set, the group’s DJ Nu-Mark tells Billboard. The as-yet-untitled set will be the follow-up to 2002’s “Power in Numbers,” which debuted at No. 13 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In the meantime, Nu-Mark just released his Sequence mix CD “Hands On,” while members Chali 2na and Cut Chemist have scored solo deals with Interscope and Warner Bros.

The group also signed a partnership deal with Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee for his new “Super 7” cartoon, due in 2005. “That’s really cool for us because three out of the six of us collected comics growing up, so we’ve always wanted to see the merge of hip-hop and comics come into play,” Nu-Mark says. “Cut Chemist and I will be doing beats for the cartoon and Chali 2na might be doing the voice for one of the characters.”


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Reggae Album Tribute To Bob Dylan Planned

Toots Hibbert, Beres Hammond, Sizzla and Israel Vibration’s Apple Gabriel are among the reggae heavyweights contributing to “Is It Rolling, Bob?,” a reggae tribute to Bob Dylan. The 15-track set is due Aug. 10 via Sanctuary/RAS Records and includes a rare reggae mix by Sly & Robbie of Dylan’s “I and I,” the original version of which can be found on his 1983 album “Infidels.”

“As a major fan of both Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, I believe this record really addresses the commonality between their audiences,” RAS Records founder/album producer Gary Himelfarb says. “Dylan was a voice of the oppressed in the 1960s just as Bob Marley was a voice of the oppressed in 1970s.”

The set is highlighted by Hibbert’s version of “Maggie’s Farm,” Luciano’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” (which frequently substitutes “zion” for “heaven”), Gabriel’s upbeat take on “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Hammond’s “Just Like a Woman” and Gregory Isaacs’ “Mr. Tambourine Man.”

“Is It Rolling” features a backing band of musicians who played on sessions by Marley and the Wailers and Peter Tosh, including harmonica player Lee Jaffe and guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith.

Dylan’s vast body of work has previously been the subject of tribute albums by a string quartet and gospel artists, among many others.

Here is the track list for “Is It Rolling, Bob?”:

“The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Apple Gabriel
“Maggie’s Farm,” Toots Hibbert
“Just Like a Woman,” Beres Hammond
“Lay, Lady, Lay,” the Mighty Diamonds
“Gotta Serve Somebody,” Nasio with Drummie Zeb & the Razor Posse (featuring Incline)
“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” Luciano
“The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,” Michael Rose
“Subterranean Homesick Blues,” Sizzla
“Mr. Tambourine Man,” Gregory Isaacs
“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” JC Lodge
“One Too Many Mornings,” Abijah
“Blowin’ in the Wind,” Don Carlos
“A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” Billy Mystic
“I and I (Reggae Mix)”


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