Pianist Randy Weston headlines the artist lineup at the 15th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards gala, to be held on June 11, 2011, in New York City. Tickets and more information can be found at the Awards website.
Mary Rowell Says Adieu to ETHEL: In a May 31 email message, violinist Mary Rowell announced her decision to leave the rock band/string quartet ETHEL, after 13 years. She will be succeeded by new music specialist Jennifer Choi.
Yvonne Lam is Eighth Blackbird’s New Violinist: The sextet eighth blackbird has announced the appointment of violinist Yvonne Lam. Lam, the current assistant concertmaster of the Washington National Opera Orchestra, will succeed Matt Albert.
John Gilbreath Named a 2011 JJA Jazz Hero The Jazz Journalists Association has named CMA member John Gilbreath, executive director of Earshot Jazz in Seattle, WA as one of its 2011 Jazz Heroes-"activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz" who have had significant impact in their local area.
Ensemble Dal Niente names new E.D.: Saxophonist Ryan Muncy has been appointed executive director of the Chicago-based new-music group Ensemble Dal Niente. A candidate for the Doctor of Music degree in saxophone performance at Northwestern University, Muncy succeeds founding composer Kirsten Broberg.
The E/O has been invited to return to Addis Ababa to be the centerpiece of a tribute to Ethiopia's maestro of the 1930's-70's, Nerses Nalbandian. Mr. Nalbandian was THE Maestro of Ethiopia from the 1930s to the 1970s. To help fund the May 2011 trip, we have created a Kickstarter.com "crowdfunding" site.