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The jazz orchestra, brick by brick

first_imgJazz legend Wynton Marsalis and his virtuoso Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra treated a Sanders Theatre audience to a three-hour master class Thursday evening that re-created a pivotal quarter century of jazz innovation against the backdrop of American history.His combination lecture and performance, “Setting the Communal Table: The Evolution of the Jazz Orchestra,” centered on jazz’s exploding popularity from the 1920s to the early ’40s. It was the penultimate in a six lecture-performance series by Marsalis sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, with the goal of fostering “a conversation about the arts on campus,” according to Harvard President Drew Faust, who attended the event.A nine-time Grammy Award-winner and the first jazz musician to win a Pulitzer Prize for music, the New Orleans-born trumpeter and composer showed his skills as a teacher, not just of the music but of its social and historical underpinnings. Marsalis said that “the jazz ensemble reflected America itself,” both the good and bad, working together, allowing for group harmony while making space for individual brilliance, but also capable of having “intractable divisions,” and carrying a history of racial segregation.Marsalis explained how a song was arranged, asking his instrumentalists to perform snippets, and then layering those atop each other to build the larger musical composition. He took the audience under the hood of great jazz to explain how its powerful engine was built.Prohibition, explained Marsalis, accelerated the craze for jazz, which “was happy to serve its traditional function of being grease for a good time.” He proudly described the central role of his home city, always a melting pot of cultures, in shaping the music. Early ’20s jazz, when performed by segregated white bands, was mostly “genteel dance music” that “only occasionally allowed musicians to let loose” with solo virtuosity, he said. New Orleans’ Jelly Roll Morton would change all that, with innovations such as “a rhythm section that really grooved,” as well as “solo spaces that were passed around” to instrumentalists, creating a free-flowing ensemble style. Morton promoted the sonic polyphony that made New Orleans famous, said Marsalis: “It sounds like noise, but it sounds great.”Marsalis broke down the ensemble performance of Morton’s “Black Bottom Stomp,” explaining how the polyphony was built with trumpet and trombone at the sonic forefront and clarinet underneath. Under the aegis of Morton and great instrumentalists such as trumpeter Louis Armstrong, solo virtuosity became a major component of ensemble jazz performance, said Marsalis. As his band played, Marsalis often leaned casually on the piano, sometimes chatting with pianist Dan Nimmer or having a chuckle with band members such as saxophonist Sherman Irby, then punctuating song endings with a satisfied “mmmm!”Marsalis said the jazz ensemble reached its pinnacle with the arrival of Duke Ellington in the late ’20s. Ellington developed his arrangements and compositions “to accommodate the skills of the great soloists” in his band, such as trumpeter Cootie Williams and clarinetist Barney Bigard. Indeed, Marsalis played his trumpet for the first time when his band performed Ellington’s brilliant “Old Man Blues.” Former Duke Ellington Orchestra saxophonist Joe Temperley played right along with Marsalis and the ensemble. Great soloists of the era, noted Marsalis, pushed each other. “The musicians were interested in each other and each other’s virtuosity,” he said, and the music adapted to accommodate their genius.One of the evening’s highlights was the orchestra’s foot-stomping, pulsating performance of the Count Basie Orchestra’s signature song, “One O’Clock Jump.” Marsalis’ ensemble was precise and perfectly coordinated, but also performing with a joyful expressiveness and swinging abandon, especially during instrumental solos that left many saying “mmmm!”Marsalis detailed how segregation contaminated jazz, and how white jazz legend Benny Goodman courted ostracism when he began performing with African-American musicians in the late ’30s. But, as Marsalis deadpanned to audience laughter, “the nation somehow survived” white and African-American musicians swinging together. Marsalis explained the music’s inclusive philosophy as “come together, be together, stay together.”Improvising both musically and verbally, when he tripped over pronunciation of a word, he simply repeated it slowly, then invoked fellow trumpet legend Miles Davis, who said, “I don’t know if a note is wrong until I play the next one.” Throughout, the orchestra remained tight as the proverbial drum, performing with ensemble and individual virtuosity that earned multiple standing ovations.Marsalis closed by describing jazz as an inclusive music for people “who feel it so deeply that they can’t help but share it,” saying that jazz creates a community of musicians who create communities of those who appreciate it.That feeling of artistic community, expertly nurtured by Marsalis and his orchestra, was abundantly on display in the rollicking, music-filled theater. When Marsalis explained that jazz ensembles create “a great range of expressive possibilities,” he also described the evening.last_img read more

Colombia and Brazil Hold Joint Exercises against Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo July 09, 2009 Bogotá, July 6 (EFE).- Today the Colombian and Brazilian air forces began simulation exercises to intercept aircrafts used for drug trafficking in towns located along their common border, official sources announced. The joint exercise “Colbra III” will take place through July 10 in the border cities of Leticia (Colombia) and San Gabriel de Cachoeira (Brazil). According to a statement issued by the Colombian presidency, this exercise is “a continuation of the program of exercises planned since 2005.” These simulations include interdiction operations against planes and other small aircraft used by drug gangs to transport narcotics, especially cocaine. Colombia and Brazil share a 1,644-kilometer-long border in the Amazonia, which is a poorly-accessible region taken advantage of by organizations dedicated to drug, chemical and weapons trafficking. This exercise follows a similar activity that took place on July 4 with Peru, named “Percol II.” The Colombian-Brazilian exercises were announced at the end of April and, according to the Colombian Air Force (FAC), are aimed at closing down this route for drug-trafficking flights. In March Colombia and Brazil agreed to strengthen patrol activities of their shared frontier by monitoring border airspace from their respective territories. The Colombian Minister of Defense at that time, Juan Manuel Santos, specified that radar installations and satellites would be part of the development of this initiative.last_img read more

Brazilian Navy Inaugurates Vila Branca for the 5th Military World Games

first_img In Campo Grande, Rio de Janeiro, on July 5th, the Brazilian Navy inaugurated the Guandu do Sapê Naval Village, known as Vila Branca, which will host delegations participating in the 5th Military World Games. The Peace Games, as they have been named, will take place between July 16th and 24th. The inauguration ceremony was presided over by the commandant of the Navy, Adm. Julio Soares de Moura Neto, and was attended by members of the Admiralty, admirals, and various military commanders, in addition to civilian authorities and representatives of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) and the athletic federations and confederations with links to the Games. The commandant-general of the Marine Corps, Marine Adm. Marco Antonio Corrêa Guimarães, the Brazilian Navy’s coordinator for the 5th Military World Games, stated that the construction of Vila Branca shows the effort and dedication of all the civilians and military personnel who worked hard to meet deadlines and targets, thereby elevating the reputation of Brazil and the Brazilian Navy. CISM president Col. Hamad Kalkaba Malboum was unable to be present at the ceremony, but he sent a message that was read during the event. He highlighted the fact that “this is the first time that CISM will have facilities built specifically for one of its championships or World Games.” With a built area of 65,982.28 square meters, Vila Branca is made up of twenty-two three-story blocks and has 476 parking spaces. The 396 apartments, nearly 112 square meters each, have three bedrooms, a balcony, and maid’s quarters. Each unit will be able to host up to eight athletes in complete comfort during the games. According to Admiral Moura Neto, the facilities will serve in the future as residences for Brazilian Navy personnel. By Dialogo July 08, 2011last_img read more

Cops: Dead Chickens Had Organs Pulled Out

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County Police Seventh Squad detectives are investigating the grim discovery of several dead chickens that appeared to have had their internal organs gutted, police said.A passerby came upon the disturbing scene at the Massapequa Preserve Friday afternoon, police said. The passerby reported finding an injured chicken and several deceased chickens “that appeared to have been cut open, dissected” and had their internal organs pulled out, police said in a news release.Also discovered was a ritual-type setting involving candles and a yellow bandana that was nailed to a tree, police said.Town of Oyster Bay Animal Control removed the injured chicken from the scene, police said.Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.Nassau County SPCA is offering a $2,500 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible, the organization announced.last_img read more

How to make a great first impression with credit union new accounts

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When welcoming new members into your credit union, your goal is to make an outstanding first impression, ensuring they feel confident that their Member Service Representative is someone worthy of their trust. Research has shown that trustworthiness and confidence account for 80 to 90 percent of first impressions.1 The tricky part is it only takes 3-5 seconds to make that first impression, so most of the work that goes into conveying these traits isn’t actually accomplished in the meeting, but in your MSR’s presentation, appearance, and efficient systems and resources to support their work for opening credit union new accounts.What is Image Management?According to the Image Consulting Business Institute2, Image Management is “the ongoing, pro-active process of evaluating and controlling the impact of your appearance on you, on others, and the achievement of your goals.” Image Management does not require you to be a runway model in high-end expensive clothing, nor does it require you to spend beyond your means to drive a luxury car. Rather, it is demonstrating pride in yourself by your appearance: ensuring your clothing is clean, pressed and appropriate. If your hair looks like you just got out of bed and would rather not be at work, members can sense this and get the impression you would rather not be helping them. A smirk or look of confusion on a face is immediately detracting from trustworthiness. If there is something negatively distracting about your appearance or presence, this can erode the level of confidence your new member will have when opening a new account. continue reading »last_img read more

Local mobility manufacturing company switches gears to produce PPE

first_imgTOWN OF BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Access Unlimited is a local company that specializes in mobility lifts for vehicles. With COVID-19 causing business to slow down, the company is changing up what it can make. With just a few changes, Access Unlimited has been able to successfully create masks, face shields, and is currently sewing medical gowns, all which are desperately needed. “We’ve got some skills that are sort of vestigial and that you really don’t see very much. We’ve got an upholstery shop that sews slings for our patient lifts that we manufacture all day long. We’ve got industrial 3D printers,” said Tom Egan, owner of Access Unlimited. “These people are putting their lives on the line, and they don’t even have the most basic protective equipment. I asked him if he could use some shields, if he could use some face masks, and his answer was, ‘It doesn’t matter what the question is, yes, we need everything,'” said Egan. Those supplies will go toward a variety of medical providers in the Southern Tier, including places like Helping Celebrate Abilities, and local EMS services. The new supplies, doctors say, will make a world of a difference. “We were sitting here and thinking what can we do. We talked about plastic garbage bags, and making holes for arms and a head, but you still need the long sleeves. We took bed sheets, the girls sat down and we sew the bed sheets, and we cut long sleeves from it. The CMAs were wearing that,” said Dr. Nodar Janas, Medical Director of Chapin Home for the Aging in Jamaica, New York. However, Egan wanted to take it a step further, reaching out to doctors in the New York City area that are facing a tough battle with the coronavirus. “Not just help, it’s probably going to save lives,” said Dr. Janas.last_img read more

Binghamton man pleads guilty to felony weapons charge

first_imgMasso will be sentenced on Nov. 19. (WBNG) — A Binghamton man pleaded guilty to felony weapons charges in Broome County Court Thursday. District Attorney Michael Korchak said in a statement, “The District Attorney’s Office will continue to work aggressively with law enforcement to get illegal guns off the streets, and out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them.” On July 7, the Binghamton Police Department arrested and charged Masso with criminal possession of a weapon in an investigation into a shots fired incident in June on Walnut Street. According to the Broome County District Attorney’s Office, 18-year-old Antonio A. Masso could spend up to 10 years in prison upon sentencing. He may also serve two and a half years’ parole.last_img read more

Feds outline state pandemic planning gains and gaps

first_imgJan 16, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday released an assessment of progress states have made toward planning for an influenza pandemic. The report found that many scored well in areas such as protecting citizens and administering mass vaccinations, but showed major gaps in such areas as sustaining state operations, developing community mitigation plans, and maintaining key infrastructure.States were required to submit their pandemic plans to the federal government 3 months after HHS issued a pandemic planning guide for states last March. Both the state pandemic planning guidance and the assessment requirement were spelled out in the in the Bush administration’s national pandemic influenza strategy plan, released by the White House’s Homeland Security Council in May 2006.The 31-page document, “Assessment of States’ Operating Plans to Combat Pandemic Influenza,” is available on the HHS Web site (see link below).William Raub, PhD, science advisor to HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, said in an HHS press release yesterday that states and territories have accomplished a great amount over a short time, but much more work is needed. “The results of this assessment provide a broad-brush picture of strengths and weaknesses across various aspects of pandemic preparedness,” he said.HHS’s overall assessment seems to mirror the findings of an Oct 16 report from the National Governors Association, which also found progress but expressed concerns about several planning gaps.Yesterday’s report, the second part of a two-stage assessment, was the first time that federal officials have made their state-specific findings public. The first stage, which spanned Aug 2006 to Jan 2007, was shared only with states.The review of 56 states and territories was conducted by 12 federal departments and two White House offices and covers 28 operating objectives that fall under three strategic goals: ensuring continuity of state government and agency operation, protecting citizens, and maintaining critical infrastructure and key assets.Continuity of state agencies and governmentEvaluators found that 54 states and territories were inadequately prepared to sustain state agencies and support and protect workers and that the other 2 had many major gaps. They wrote that states that had a statewide plan or one agency that directed the planning had a better understanding of what was needed to keep state government and its workforce operating during a pandemic.They emphasized that traditional continuation-of-operations plans do not contain all of the elements needed to support government operations during a pandemic.The states fared better on sustaining public health operations during a pandemic: 33 of 56 states or territories had no or few major gaps. Those that scored low in this area focused mainly on external health services and prophylaxis and didn’t adequately address internal public health operational continuity and protection of its workforce. Low-scoring states also lacked personnel training and exercises.In reviewing states’ plans to sustain transportation systems, federal officials found that states have made substantial advances in communicating with neighboring jurisdictions and other state and federal agencies, as well as being ready to issue public service announcements and public safety campaigns.They found, however, that many states haven’t formulated cleaning and sanitizing methods for transportation systems, cargo, and facilities. Some had no actionable plans for keeping goods and people moving. In all, 12 states and territories had no transportation-preparedness gaps, 11 had few major gaps, 8 had many major gaps, and 25 had inadequately prepared.Protecting citizensForty-nine states and territories had no or few gaps in ensuring surveillance and laboratory capacity during each stage of a pandemic, but evaluators reported that many seem to struggle with some specific tasks such as planning for electronic death reporting and surge laboratory capacity.Port-of-entry concerns apply to only 16 states and territories: those with a US Quarantine Station. Only one of those 16—Washington state—was found to have no major gaps in this area.Federal officials said many of the port-of-entry states and territories are still in the draft stage of pandemic planning and getting guidance from and working out reimbursement issues with federal personnel, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, the evaluators pointed out that many states seem to be having a difficult time arranging separate quarantine facilities for detaining potentially exposed passengers.Regarding community mitigation measures, states vary widely in their ability to implement plans, the authors found. Though most have identified legal authorities needed to implement interventions such as closing schools or canceling large gatherings. Most states have not engaged with businesses, school districts, tribal agencies and other partners to discuss community mitigation planning.States seem to be lagging behind in community mitigation planning when compared with other aspects of pandemic planning, the group said. “The federal government should support their efforts in this area, as it may be the single most important aspect of readiness in terms of reducing morbidity and mortality during a pandemic,” they wrote.In general, states received high marks for planning for antiviral drug distribution and ensuring mass vaccination capacity. However, some states are struggling with other tasks surrounding vaccination, including collaborating with state and local health departments, transitioning from planning to implementation, and having a stand-alone pandemic influenza vaccination plan.States seem to have misunderstood the objective that directs them to mitigate the influenza pandemic impact on workers in the state to mean just state workers, the report said. Only three had no or few major gaps. Better communication between state pandemic planners and their agencies might have avoided this problem, they said.Sustaining critical infrastructure and resourcesStates still face steep challenges in supporting and sustaining key infrastructure during a pandemic, though the authors said they are encouraged by progress many have made. The review process unveiled some notable efforts and best practices, including a dedicated critical infrastructure pandemic plan, a public-private partnership plan for preserving critical infrastructure, and inclusion of critical infrastructure concerns in health department pandemic plans.HHS said in its press release that the critical infrastructure panning merits significant attention. “Even the best plans can fail if managers cannot accommodate the significant absenteeism and disruptions in supporting services and supplies that an influenza pandemic is almost certain to produce,” the agency said.See also:Jan 15 HHS press releaseHHS state assessment reportMar 14, 2008, CIDRAP News story “HHS issues pandemic planning guide for states”Oct 16, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Governors group identified states’ pandemic-preparedness gaps”last_img read more

Hawke’s Bay mum told she’s dying after pausing cancer treatment to give birth

first_imgStuff co.nz 2 March 2017Family First Comment: A very sad – but at the same time, inspiring – story of love and sacrifice. And the value of the unborn child.For as long as he lives, Rhianna Truman’s son will know his mum laid down her life for him.Truman, 17, was diagnosed in 2012 with adamantinoma, an extremely rare bone cancer which was found in her leg.When the Hawke’s Bay teenager fell pregnant last year, she was offered a type of treatment which may have helped slow down the disease – but it would have put her unborn son at risk.She declined the treatment, in the hopes her child would be healthy.“When I found out I had cancer I was scared.“But when I found out I was pregnant, I was like, ‘this is my reason, this is my chance to make something good out of my life, and be a proud mother, and for him to eventually be proud of me’.”She was dealt the crushing blow last week that her days with him were numbered. Her son is four months old.“There’s no cure for me.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/hawkes-bay/89985947/hawkes-bay-mum-told-shes-dying-after-pausing-cancer-treatment-to-give-birthlast_img read more

911 Text Messaging Implemented In Dearborn County

first_imgDearborn County residents can now send a text to 911 operators in case of an emergency.The county becomes the latest in the region to expand services those who need to send a message when calling isn’t an option. Texting is specifically useful for someone that is deaf, experiencing a stroke, or in case of a home invasion or abduction.Text sent to 911 have the same 160-character limit as other texts. In the case of an emergency operators ask to be provided an exact location and nature of the emergency.Currently, the option is available for Verizon Wireless customers. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have also pledged to provide the service.Franklin County implemented the text-to-911 service earlier this year.Local police agencies still say the most efficient way to contact an emergency responder is through a phone call.last_img read more