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Music School in Zihuatanejo Teaches Kids the Classics

By: Elisabeth Ashe.

As John F Kennedy once said ““If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”

Kids, both rich and poor, benefit from the study of art and music. And, Elivs Rose, aka Aikeke, is dedicated to teaching to developing one of the most important music and art schools in Latin America – right here in Zihuatanejo known as the Escuela de Musica y Artes de Zihuatanejo (EMAZ).

Elivis “Aikeke” Rose is developing a music and art school in Zihuatanejo for children in the area.

Aikeke, who began playing professionally at just 11 years of age, credits his years in the Military playing  with the military band as the best musical training he could have ever received. From there he was a graduate of the prestigious Military School of Music in Virginia with an emphasis on theory and technical proficiency. In New York as a studio musician he played with some of the greatest musicians of the time – names like Ellsworth (Shake) Keane, Rueben Blades and Roland Prince to name a few. His touring band, known as the Equitables, played the USA, across Canada and into Mexico.

Aikeke and others have managed to obtain a beautiful piece of property in Zihuatanejo from the government and are now working on plans for the design of the school.  It has taken many years to get even this far, and although discouraging at times, Aikeke believes it is imperative that the school be built here in Zihuatanejo. His dreams include International teachers versed in ballet, jazz and folkloric dance, with an eye to reviving “Huapanga” a form of cultural music and dance from Mexico back to the community. And of course, always there is the music- drums, guitar, brass and woodwinds.

People ask Aikeke why he charges his students so little – a mere $200 pesos per month – to which he replies, “My job is not to teach rich children to play music. My job is to teach children who have talent.”

How You Can Help: The school receives little support from local organizations and counts on people to donate what they can towards badly needed instruments, sheet music, and music stands to name a few.

  • Do you have an instrument you no longer play or need? Consider donating it to EMAZ and make a child’s wish come true.
  • Or, consider sponsoring a child’s budding music career by paying for his/her classes approximately $150 per year.
  • Or, offer a musical scholarship to help a promising student continue their musical education.

To make a donation, contact Aikeke by email at jahsvibes@yahoo.com or by calling 755 133-1707

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MexicArte Classical Group Gives Benefit Concert to Save the Turtles on February 11, 2017

By: Patricia Ann Talley, Editor.

Last year, I had the pleasure of attending a fabulous classical concert by MexicArte Ensemble, and they are back again to help benefit one of my favorite local charities, Campamento Tortuguero Ayotlcalli A.C. – the “Save the Turtles” foundation. MexicArte is an orchestral ensemble from the Musial Conservatory in the state of Mexico.

MexicArte will perform on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., at the Casa de la Cultura (Culture House), located on Cinco de Mayo Street in central Zihuatanejo. VIP Seating is $700 pesos and General Seating is $350 pesos, with proceeds donated to the cause of saving our endangered turtle community. For the love of Mother Earth!

Here is a preview of some of the fantastic music you will enjoy!

Bésame mucho. Mexicarte

To learn more about the “Save the Turtles” charity, read: Every Night is an Adventure to Save the Turtles

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Sacred Spirit – Chants and Dances of the Native Americans

Listen to the Sacred Spirit, Chants and Dances of the Native Americans- Volume 1. This is the full album, courtesy of: Kostas Palaiokostas on YouTube. Published on Apr 19, 2013.

  • 1 00:00 – 02:59 —- Intro and Prélude (How the west was lost)
  • 2 02:59 – 09:54 —- Tor-Cheney-Nahana (Winter ceremony)
  • 3 09:55 – 15:05 —- Ly-O-Lay Ale Loya (The counterclock wise circle dance)

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is located in the Mexican state of Guerrero, where there are a variety of different races and ethnic groups with cultural and linguistic expressions that have given the area a very special image. There are approximately 600,000 indigenous people living in Guerrero, about 20% of the total population of the state. There are more than 20 different native languages spoken by its inhabitants, but the principal one spoken is Náhuatl. Guerrero is also noted for its population of Afromexicans, who are concentrated in the Costa Chica Region of the state.

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The Village Caller Music Show: Inspirational Music

Buddha-Bar-VMusic has a wonderful way of being the medium to set the tone for whatever mood you need. If you have the blues and want to linger in your heart break, or if it’s party time and you want to rock, the music sets the tone. At those times when I simply want to float away into an afternoon in a hammock or feel some kind of spiritual connection to things around me on a rainy morning, this is some of the music I listen to – John Coltrane’s song to God in his inspirational “A Love Supreme,” or Pharaoh Sanders’ mystical tributes into the spiritual.  They sooth my spirit and bring me peace. It could be music from India, Japan or Africa – it does not matter from where or what genre is used, if the music moves or inspires, I listen, enjoy and relax my spirit.

Album: Let Us go Into the House Of the Lord by Pharoah Sanders

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Pedro H. Torres Peña Sings of the Costa Chica

By: C. Donají Méndez Tello*

Born in the city of Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, Pedro Torres Peña started showing his artistic talents at an early age. The area, comprised of the northern part of the state of Oaxaca and the southern part of the state of Guerrero, is called the “Costa Chica” region of our country.

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Pedro inherited his love for chanting from his grandfather and father. He is a singer who, through his compositions and voice, transmits the vibrant feeling of the Costa Chica of Guerrero and Oaxaca, through Chile, boleros, poetry, and verses. He has presented at various events in Oaxaca, Guerrero, Puebla, the CDMX, and the Cervantino Festival, and has recorded twelve musical productions.

He us costeña (from the coast) He is Pedro Torres Peña. Enjoy!

PEDRO TORRESCANTO A LA COSTA CHICA VERSOS Y CHILEANAS

PEDRO TORRES (PERICO) CHILENAS, ÉXITOS

PEDRO TORRES – PINOTEPA

* About the Author: C. Donají Méndez Tello is a profesor of tourism at Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero in Zihuatanejo and is an expert in Afromexican history and culture.

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Alexander Abreu – The Cuban Influence in Music!

The Cuban influence in Mexico is undeniable. The music of Latin America and the Caribbean is the result of the mixture of the various cultures and races. One popular Cuban musician is Alexander Abreu. Go get your beverage now, so you can sit back and listen… you don’t want to miss any of this!!

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Alexander Abreu y Havana D´ Primera – Me dicen Cuba

Alexander Abreu y Havana D´ Primera feat Luis Enrique- La Vuelta al Mundo

Alexander Abreu & Francisco Rosado; Pirulo -La Negra Tomasa

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Songs of Peace, Unity, and Love

Here are some wonderful songs about peace, wellness, love, and diversity. Enjoy!

United Nations – United Nations Song

Nahko Bear (Medicine for the People) ღ Aloha Ke Akua – Filmed in Mexico

A.R. Rahman’s ‘Infinite Love’ – Full Video

Kid’s Peace Song – Great song for elementary school kids to teach them about the beauty of diversity. Song by Peter Alsop. Sung by Julie Austin off her Fandagumbo album.


May Peace Prevail on Earth!

May Peace Prevail in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo!

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The National Anthem of Mexico

The Himno Naciónal Mexicano (Mexican National Anthem), also known as Mexicanos, Al Grito de Guerra (Mexicans, at the shout of war), is the national anthem of Mexico. The anthem first started being used in 1854, although it was not officially adopted until 1943. The lyrics of the national anthem, which allude to historical Mexican military victories in the heat of battle and include cries of defending the homeland, were composed by poet Francisco González Bocanegra, after a national contest in 1853. Later in 1854, he asked Jaime Nunó to compose the music, which now accompanies González’s poem.

Scroll down and listen to it with an English translation.

Title: Himno Nacional Mexicano (Mexican National Anthem)

Also known as: Mexicanos, Al Grito de Guerra (Mexicans, at the shout of war)

Lyrics: Francisco González Bocanegra, 1853

Music: Jaime Nunó, 1854

Adopted: 1943 (Mexico)

Coro:
Mexicanos, al grito de guerra
el acero aprestad y el bridón.
Y retiemble en sus centros la Tierra,
al sonoro rugir del cañón.
Y retiemble en sus centros la Tierra,
al sonoro rugir del cañón!

Estrofa:
Ciña ¡oh Patria! tus sienes de oliva
de la paz el arcángel divino,
que en el cielo tu eterno destino
por el dedo de Dios se escribió.
Más si osare un extraño enemigo
profanar con su planta tu suelo,
piensa ¡oh Patria querida! que el cielo
un soldado en cada hijo te dio.

Estrofa:
¡Guerra, guerra sin tregua al que intente
De la patria manchar los blasones!
¡Guerra, guerra! Los patrios pendones
En las olas de sangre empapad.
¡Guerra, guerra! En el monte, en el valle
Los cañones horrísonos truenen,
Y los ecos sonoros resuenen
Con las voces de ¡Unión! ¡Libertad!

Estrofa:
Antes, patria, que inermes tus hijos
Bajo el yugo su cuello dobleguen,
Tus campiñas con sangre se rieguen,
Sobre sangre se estampe su pie.
Y tus templos, palacios y torres
Se derrumben con horrido estruendo,
Y sus ruinas existan diciendo:
De mil héroes la patria aquí fue.

Estrofa:
¡Patria! ¡Patria! Tus hijos te juran
Exhalar en tus aras su aliento,
Si el clarín con su bélico acento
los convoca a lidiar con valor.
¡Para ti las guirnaldas de oliva!
¡Un recuerdo para ellos de gloria!
¡Un laurel para ti de victoria!
¡Un sepulcro para ellos de honor!

Mexican National Anthem

Chorus:
Mexicans, at the shout of war,
make ready the steel and the bridle,
and may the Earth tremble at its centers
at the resounding roar of the cannon.
and may the Earth tremble at its centers
at the resounding roar of the cannon!

Stanza:
Let gird, oh Fatherland!, your brow with olive
by the divine archangel of peace,
for in heaven your eternal destiny
was written by the finger of God.
But if some enemy outlander should dare
to profane your ground with his sole,
think, oh beloved Fatherland!, that heaven
has given you a soldier in every son.

Stanza:
War, war without quarter to any who dare
to tarnish the coats of arms of the country!
War, war! Let the national banners
be soaked in waves of blood.
War, war! In the mountain, in the valley,
let the cannons thunder in horrid unison
and may the sonorous echoes resound
with cries of Union! Liberty!

Stanza:
O, Fatherland, ere your children, defenseless
bend their neck beneath the yoke,
may your fields be watered with blood,
may their foot be printed in blood.
And may your temples, palaces and towers
collapse with horrid clamor,
and may their ruins continue on, saying:
Of one thousand heroes, here the Fatherland began.

Stanza:
Fatherland! Fatherland! your children swear to you
to breathe their last for your sake,
if the bugle with its bellicose accent
calls them together to battle with courage.
For you, olive wreathes!
A memory for them of glory!
For you, a laurel of victory!
A tomb for them of honor!

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Camila Guzmán – An Example of Zihuatanejo’s Talented Youth!

One of Zihuatanejo’s greatest treasures is the talent of our youth! They are amazing! An example is Camila Guzmán, a seventeen year old high school student who is striving for a music career. She sings and plays the guitar; she has her own “Social Network” channels; she performs live – what a talent!

Carmen Guzman

First, meet this young teenager. She has a “Hola” (Hello) video on Youtube. Warning: As with most teens, she chats for a long time. Enjoy the first few moments of teen life!

Hola! – Camila Guzmán

Now, listen to these songs performed by her.

What Do You Mean/Where Are Ü Now – Justin Bieber

One Last Time- Ariana Grande

Can’t Feel My Face – The Weekend

Antologia – Shakira

You can follow Camila Guzmán on Youtube and social media channels.

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Enjoy Traditional Music from the Costa Chica Region of Guerrero

Enjoy Traditional Music from the Costa Chica Region of Guerrero

Many people around the world are becoming more aware of the “Costa Chica” Region of Mexico – the Black Mexico. The Costa Chica Region is comprised of the southern part of the state of Guerrero and the northern part of the state of Oaxaca. This area is known for its high concentration of African descendants.

The state of Guerrero, named after President Vicente Guerrero, the nation’s second president, is located on the Pacific Coast, and is just 2.5 hours by air from Houston, Texas. Guerrero has a population of about 3 million and has seven (7) regions (like counties or providences): Tierra Caliente, North, Central, Mountain, Costa Grande (in which Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is located), Acapulco, and Costa Chica.

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The state of Guerrero has seven regions, like providences. The Costa Chica Region has a high concentration of Afromexicans.

The Costa Chica Region has a high population of Mexicans of African descent.

The Costa Chica Region has a high population of Mexicans of African descent.

Enjoy some of the traditional music from this region!

By: GRUPO MÚSICO -CULTURAL KELELE /MI REGIÓN

Producción Discográfico, Obras Inéditas de Gelacio Mohamed Molina Rodriguez.

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Relaxation Music – by Dolphins and Whales

Whale watching is a favorite relaxation activity for folks living or visiting the coastline of Guerrero. There are seventy-five miles of coastal waters along the state that are part of the Northeastern Pacific humpback whale migration route. The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates that at least two thousand individual whales travel south along this route each year.

In tribute to our marine friends, we invite you to relax and enjoy this unique music selection, courtesy of http://ser-alegre.blogspot.com/

Música de relajación – Delfines y ballenas

Relaxation Music – by Dolphins and Whales

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Another PRINCE of Music- Prince Royce

The world or music has another prince – Prince Royce, who has made his mark on both American and Latin music. Geoffrey Royce Rojas (born May 11, 1989), known by his stage name Prince Royce, is an American singer and songwriter from Bronx, New York. He started playing music at an early age and became a professional musician at nineteen.Prince Royce

Price Royce released his debut album in 2010, which generated two commercially successful singles, “Stand by Me” and “Corazón Sin Cara”. Both songs reached number-one on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart while “Corazón Sin Cara” reached number-one on the US Hot Latin Songs chart. His song, “Incondicional” and was nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Best Tropical Fusion Album.

So, if you haven’t heard THIS Prince, listen to some of his most popular songs!

Prince Royce – Incondicional (Official Video HD)

Prince Royce – Darte un Beso (721,629,125 views on Youtube)

Prince Royce – Soy El Mismo [ALBUM COMPLETO Mix] (Bachata 2013 – 2014) by DJ OG J

Prince Royce BACHATA MIX 2015 (Grandes Exitos) 2015 – 2016

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Jazz! – A Form of African-American Music that Unites the World!

April 30th is INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY, but jazz is celebrated every day throughout the world. According to the UNESCO proclamation, the Day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people. Many governments, civil society organizations, educational institutions, and private citizens currently engaged in the promotion of jazz music will embrace the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.

Born in the South of the United States, blues and jazz are African American-derived music forms that recognized the pain of lost love and injustice, and gave expression to the victory of outlasting a broken heart and facing down adversity. The blues evolved from hymns, work songs, and field hollers — music used to accompany spiritual, work and social functions. Blues is the foundation of jazz as well as the prime source of rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and country music.1

Jazz was born in New Orleans about 100 years ago (early 20th century), but its roots can be found in the musical traditions of both Africa and Europe. In fact, some people say that jazz is a union of African and European music.

Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential artists in the history of music. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 4, 1901, he began playing the cornet at the age of 13. Armstrong perfected the improvised jazz solo as we know it today. Learn more about this famous musician at the Louis Armstrong Museum: http://www.louisarmstronghouse.org/

Louis Armstrong in Cuba

 Louis Armstrong is the father of jazz music and promoted it around the world. He is shown with Lucille Armstrong and pianist Marty Napoleon in Cuba in 1960.  Photo by: https://twitter.com/ArmstrongHouse/status/713076252911996928/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

According to UNESCO, the benefits of jazz are1:

  • Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance;
  • Jazz is a vector of freedom of expression;
  • Jazz is a symbol of unity and peace;
  • Jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities;
  • Jazz fosters gender equality;
  • Jazz reinforces the role youth play for social change;
  • Jazz encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones;
  • Jazz stimulates intercultural dialogue and empowers young people from marginalized societies.

Jazz in Mexico? Absolutely! Jazz is played all over the world. Big Band Jazz de México is one of the most popular groups of its type in the country.

The Big Band Jazz de México is an orchestra founded in 1999 by musicians from Mexico City who wanted to promote jazz music in their country. Most of its members began their musical studies in the children’s and youth bands there. Many band members have also studied professionally at schools like the Escuela Naciónal de Música and the National Conservatory of Music of Mexico.

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The band is now emerging on an international level. The group has participated in various jazz and music festivals in Mexico, appeared on television programs, and recorded live albums. Its repertoire includes many jazz standards along with other types of selections from tango, various Latin styles, and even popular music. Big Band Jazz de Mexico -Repertorio

Enjoy some of these jazz classics!

Big Band Jazz de México – “Beyond the Sea”

Big Band Jazz de México – “God Bless the Child”
Big Band Jazz de México – “The Girl from Ipanema”

Big Band Jazz de México – “Di que no es verdad”

Big Band Jazz de México – “Voy a apagar la luz”

If you live in Mexico or plan to visit, you can look for concert dates and tickets at Ticketmaster: Big Band Jazz de México en Ticketmaster MX

Reference:

  1. INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY – United Nations International Event

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The Village Caller Music Show: Latin Female Vocalists Expand World Boundaries

Join the Village Caller Music Show to explore the global village of music. I’m your host, Bill Tucker. We will travel from the old to the new in the world of music. We will listen to, read about, and see videos on some of the world’s greatest musical artists of different genres. We will talk about their lives and contributions to the world of music, while listening to some great music.

This month, we are featuring Latin Female Vocalists. These artists are expanding the variety of “Latin Music,” with their contributions from Spain, Mexico, Peru and Brazil. Click on the videos to enjoy this musical experience!

Singer Sarah Aroeste from Spain performs “Ladino Music,” a style created by Sephardic Jews of the Iberian Peninsula.  Listen to “Gracia”from the album”Gracia.”

Céu from Brazil performs “Baile de Ilusao” from the album, “Caravana Sereia Bloom.”

Bebel Gilberto from Brazil entertains with her album, “Chill Out Sessions 8,” and the song, “Samba da Bencao.”

Susana Baca is from Peru.  Listen to her album, “Tu mirada y mi voz.”

I hope you enjoyed the show.

By: Bill Tucker, Host and Publisher

 

 

 

 

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The Joy of Music: The Children’s Philharmonic Orchestra of Zihuatanejo Will Perform!

This Christmas, residents and visitors of the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo community will enjoy a wonderful treat from the Children’s Philharmonic Orchestra that will give its second anniversary concert at the Casa de Cultura on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. Admission is FREE!

What a fabulous start to the Christmas holiday!

Children's Simphonic

Surprised? A children’s orchestra in Zihuatanejo?

Currently, the city is participating in a state-wide project to create a symphonic orchestra for children and adolescents. The objective of the project is to help prevent delinquency among minors by involving them in constructive activities.

This musical project is the creation of Amilcar Torres, the director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Acapulco. The orchestra project was initiated in Zihuatanejo in November 2013 with the participation of 140 children from low-income families. The children are guided by teachers who give instruction on music theory and musical instruments. The children work hard with their teachers from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. every day. The orchestra has twenty-five different musical instruments and a choral group.

Music means a lot to little children. The ages of the participants range from six years old to thirty years old. Some members have physical disabilities. Music provides an outlet for expression, a positive activity, and, may lead to a future career for some students.

Mark your calendar to catch their performance this year!

Mexican child and violin

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My Top Five: By Jennyfer Sanchez

Editor’s Note: We want to hear more from our young people. They have wonderful ideas and dreams. So, we are opening this music page to guest “DJs” from our local high schools and colleges. Their selections may surprise you!

My name is Jennyfer Sanchez, but Jenny is okay.

I’m eighteen years old. I was born in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo on September 28, 1997. I still live in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. I’m graduated from Prepa 5 high school that is located in Zihuatanejo. For college, I want to study industrial design.

Jenny Sanchez

I like to draw and paint. I like to sing too, but I just sing for myself. On weekends, I usually go skateboarding on the cycling path. Sometimes my friends come over and we just watch movies or do random stuff that I like a lot.

I love listening to music everywhere and always. I have a kind of weird interest. I like to look at clouds, stars, the sky, by day and night, which is weird because most people would get bored, but I don’t. It gives me time to think and realize we are just a small part of the universe.

Here are my “Top Five” songs that I enjoy. I hope you like them too!

Artist:   Dirty South and Alesso, featuring Ruben Haze

Song:   “City of Dreams”

This is a remix of the original song, but it features my home town of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.

Artist:    Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole

Song:   “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

Israel was born in Hawaii, USA (May 20, 1959-June 26, 1997). Zihuatanejo is not an island like Hawaii, but it’s a beach place. This song makes me feel the good vibes and helps me to relax. This song is one of my favorites. It might be a little old, but for me it is one of the best.

Artist:    Calvin Harris

Song:     “Summer”

This song is about the end of summer, when the leaves start turning brown. It must take place up north, because summer in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is the rainy season and our leaves are green! I love this song!

Artist:    Enrique Iglesias, featuring Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona

Song:     “Bailando”

This is a very popular video on YouTube. 

Artist:    Lana Del Rey versus Cedric Gervais

Song:     “Summertime Sadness” Remix

Lana Del Rey has gained a lot of fame during the last few years. She is popular here in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, and all over Mexico. Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (born June 21, 1985), known by her stage name, Lana Del Rey, is an American singer–songwriter. 

I hope you enjoyed my music show! I had fun doing it.

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Juanito Zihua – Listen to One of Zihuatanejo’s Favorite Musicians!

He plays at weddings and special events. He entertains in restaurants and bars around the Zihuatanejo area. He volunteers his time teaching music to children. He’s part of Zihuatanejo – Juan Rubén, more popularly known as “JUANITO ZIHUA.”

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We’d like you to sample and enjoy his music. First, a wonderful song about Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico.

Title: Zihuatanejo

This is fun!

Title: Djobi Djoba

Enjoy!

Title: La pantera kumbala

And, for weddings or anniversaries, everyone loves Besame (Kiss me)!

Title: Besame

You can contact Juanito Zihua at 755 102 13 60, or  mailto:juanitozihua@hotmail.com .

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You can always listen to our music section at: http://imagine-mexico.com/music12

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Amazing Grace! – US President Obama Sings to Heal the Nation and the World

It was an historic moment in the history of the United States and in the history of the entire world! Viewers around the globe wept when President Obama led the world to sing “Amazing Grace” at the funeral of Reverend Clementa Pinckney, this week in South Carolina. Rev. Pinckney was one of nine people massacred in a race hate crime.

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“Amazing Grace” is one of the oldest hymns sung in many churches in the United States. Historically, African-Americans were not allowed in white churches, so they formed separate denominations for worship. For African-Americans, “Amazing Grace” became a hymnal of deliverance from slavery and racial oppression. Ironically, it was written in 1779 by John Newton, a captain of an English slave ship, after his vessel was delivered by “grace” from a major storm. 1   

The first verse of the song is well known by many:

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found;

Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved;

How precious did that grace appear

The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares,

I have already come;

’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,

And grace will lead me home.

President Obama honored the South Carolina victims and made an incredible address to the world about race and race relations in America. (Download: Remarks by the President in Eulogy for the Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney )

“The alleged killer could not imagine how the city of Charleston, under the good and wise leadership of Mayor Riley — (applause) — how the state of South Carolina, how the United States of America would respond — not merely with revulsion at his evil act, but with big-hearted generosity and, more importantly, with a thoughtful introspection and self-examination that we so rarely see in public life.

Blinded by hatred, he failed to comprehend what Reverend Pinckney so well understood — the power of God’s grace.  (Applause.)”

Then, in an incredible moment, he led the WORLD in song.

An amazing moment!

Reference:

Amazing Grace: The Story of John Newton by Al Rogers http://www.anointedlinks.com/amazing_grace.html

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The Village Caller Music Show: Smooth Jazz Male Vocalist

This program will highlight a few of my favorite smooth jazz vocalist. Bordering somewhere between popular music and jazz, smooth jazz took off in the early eighties and was meant to be jazzy, but avoid the hard jazz style. This created a greater audience and made it possible for a lot of musicians and singers to cross over to a growing market. A good example of this would be Kenny G., a good technician, but he didn’t have the “chops” for straight ahead jazz.  He found the perfect market and success with smooth jazz.  Groups like Steely Dan and singers like Michael McDonald increased their popularity with this new format.  Listen!  And remember, you can listen to past shows by clicking the archives section.

Artist: Michael Franks

Song: Down in Old Brazil

Song: The Lady Wants To Know

Song: Egg Plant

Artist: Kenny Rankin

Song: Grovin’ On A Sunday Afternoon

Song: House Of Gold

Song: When Sunny Gets Blue

Artist: Bobby Scott

Song:  If Ever I Would Leave You

Hope you enjoyed the program.

Your Host, Bill Tucker

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Enjoy the Jazz Interpretations by Big Band Jazz de México

Jazz in Mexico? Absolutely! Jazz is played all over the world. Big Band Jazz de México is one of the most popular groups of its type in the country.

Jazz is a type cultural music of African-Americans that emerged in the early twentieth century. It is characterized by improvisation, syncopation, and usually a regular or forceful rhythm. Brass, woodwind instruments, and piano are associated with jazz. Styles include Dixieland, swing, bebop, and free jazz.

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The Big Band Jazz de México is an orchestra founded in 1999 by musicians from Mexico City who wanted to promote jazz music in their country. Most of its members began their musical studies in the children’s and youth bands there. Many band members have also studied professionally at schools like the Escuela Naciónal de Música and the National Conservatory of Music of Mexico.

The band is now emerging on an international level. The group has participated in various jazz and music festivals in Mexico, appeared on television programs, and recorded live albums. Its repertoire includes many jazz standards along with other types of selections from tango, various Latin styles, and even popular music. Big Band Jazz de Mexico -Repertorio.

Enjoy some of these jazz classics!

Big Band Jazz de México – “Beyond the Sea”

Big Band Jazz de México – “God Bless the Child”

Big Band Jazz de México – “The Girl from Ipanema”

Big Band Jazz de México – “Di que no es verdad”


Big Band Jazz de México – “Voy a apagar la luz”

If you live in Mexico or plan to visit, you can look for concert dates and tickets at Ticketmaster: Big Band Jazz de México en Ticketmaster MX

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Bruno Mars Gives “Uptown Funk” to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and the World!

Everywhere you go around Ixtapa Zihuatanejo you’ll hear the sound of Bruno Mars. Both young and old are enjoying his rhythms and songs. He’s funky!

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Bruno Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Like many other Americans, he is of mixed ethnic heritage. His father is half Puerto Rican and half Jewish, and is originally from Brooklyn, New York. His mother immigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines as a child, and is of Filipino and some Spanish descent. His father nicknamed him “Bruno” because of his resemblance to legendary professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino.

Mars was one of six children and came from a musical family, who exposed him to a diverse mix of reggae, rock, hip hop, and R&B. Everybody in his family sang and played instruments and Bruno grew up performing in his father’s band. At the age of 17, after graduating from high school, Bruno moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a musical career. He added the last name of “Mars” to give some pizzazz to his stage name and because girls called him “out of this world.”

Before becoming a successful solo artist, Mars was an acknowledged music producer, writing songs for Alexandra Burke, Travie McCoy, Adam Levine, Brandy, Sean Kingston, and Flo Rida. He reached prominence as a solo artist after being featured on and co-writing B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire”; both songs peaked within the top ten of many charts worldwide.

Bruno Mars’ debut album, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans”, was released in October 2010, producing hits such as “Just the Way You Are” that reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 as well as several other charts worldwide. He has emerged to become one of the most popular recording artists in the world.

Let’s listen, and get funky! . . .

Uptown Funk!

Treasure

The Lazy Song

Locked Out of Heaven

 When I Was Your Man

Grenade

It Will Rain

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The Peace Party is at the LOOT in Zihuatanejo – February 7, Starting at 8 pm!

What’s a celebration without a party! And, the LOOT is a great place to party! The Peace Party is at the LOOT in Zihuatanejo on Saturday, February 7 starting at 8 pm. So, get your beach party clothes out and let’s get down. Music, dancing and fun are the best ways to bring people together. For the Peace Party, we want to join the young and old, and people of different nationalities and cultures.

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 The LOOT is located on La Ropa Beach drive in Zihuatanejo.

Some of our special guests for the Celebration of Peace are coming from Detroit, Michigan, USA – MOTOWN! Detroit is one of the automobile capitals of the world. The city is also known for its rhythm and blues sounds and dancing. So, we’re going to start the party with a Motown Shuffle Dance. Here’s a video so you can start practicing!

Then, starting at 9:00 pm, there will be a Live Guitar Show. Enjoy music, dancing, hamburgers, and fun!

Let’s Party!

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Billboard’s Top 5 Digital Songs for 2014 – Interesting!

Technology is changing the world, and music is at the forefront. Music especially influences young people. And now, everyone has the ability to share it through the digital world.

We invite our readers, of all ages, to take a few moments to listen to the songs and messages that are most popular today. This month, we are featuring Billboard’s Top 5 Digital Songs for 2014.

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Music has always been at the forefront of the digital revolution, leading the way for other creative industries and defining the future of digital entertainment.”  — Edgar Berger, Chairman and CEO, International, Sony Music Entertainment

1.  HAPPY – Pharrell Williams

2.  DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J

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3.  ALL OF ME – John Legend

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4.  TALK DIRTY – Jason Durulo featuring 2 Chainz

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5.  FANCY – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX (EXPLICIT CONTENT) – We would normally not feature a song with explicit content, but we think everyone should listen to some of the youth messages of today.

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Now, that gives you something to think about!

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The Village Caller Music Show : The Music Of Christmas

The music you listen to at Christmas often reflects your emotions, and of course, Christmas is the season that brings out the joy or sadness of your emotions the most. Whether you are happy or sad, I believe that Christmas music should sooth the spirit — after all, it is a religious holiday.

Every artist makes a Christmas album and many of them have become classics, but there is one album, in my opinion, that combines the right amount of soothing spirituality and satisfies me musically. That album was recorded back in the 60’s by Vince Gualraldi, live at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. I don’t think the album was meant as a Christmas album, but when you combined that album with Gualraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas, you can here the symmetry and feel the spirit of Christmas.

Album: Vince Guaraldi at Grace Temple, Lord Have Mercy Upon Us, Theme To Grace

Album: A Charlie Brown Christmas, Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal)

Album: Barbara Streisand, A Christmas Album, My Favorite Things

Album: A Christmas Album, The Best Gift

Album: Happy Holidays To You, The Whispers

I hope you enjoyed the show. Have a Merry Christmas.

Your host, Bill Tucker

 

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Music at the LOOT in Zihuatanejo for November 2014!

The LOOT is Zihuataneo’s new “concept store,” located on the beautiful La Ropa Beach. It’s an art gallery, cafe, and interior design store. There’s a pool. They will soon be opening a restaurant. Plus, the LOOT offers a variety of musical entertainment from around the world. (Click for more information: LOOT IS A CONCEPT STORE- Promotional Page for Imagine Magazine)

This month, you can see the following performers LIVE at the LOOT!

November 2, 2014

Music: Moullinex (from Portugal) and Pool Party

Moullinex – Take My Pain Away (OFFICIAL VIDEO HD)

Moullinex – Sunflare (OFFICIAL VIDEO HD)

Moullinex – Take My Pain Away

November 21-23

FF Editions Grand Opening, Madrid Fashion Film Festival

Music: GoldRoom (USA), Lemon Mint (France/Mexico)

Goldroom from the USA – Embrace (Official Video)

Lemon Mint featuring Caroline – Solitude (Video Edit)

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Chihiro Fukuda from New York Met Orchestra Gives Benefit Concert in Troncones Beach, Mexico

Residents and visitors of Troncones Beach, Mexico, were recently treated to a private viola concert performed by Chihiro Fukuda from the New York Met Orchestra. The concert was for the benefit of the local elementary school.

Troncones is a small beach community located about twenty-five minutes north of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero. The town has an enclave of foreign-owned (American and Canadian) boutique hotels and Bed & Breakfast properties, and is known for its natural wildlife and surfing.

The Troncones Elementary School needs help. The school needs toilets and sinks, fans, book-shelves, paint, chairs, games, windows, and a garden. So, the residents and visitors are taking action. The benefit concert with Chihiro Fukuda raised over $1,000 USD for this cause.

Chihiro Fukuda in Troncones Beach, Mexico

Born in New York City and raised in Japan, Chihiro Fukuda began playing the violin at the age of six and the viola at seventeen. She started playing in the Met Orchestra in 2008, and is also currently a member of the Mostly Mozart Orchestra in New York City, the Iris Orchestra in Tennessee, and the Saito-Kinen Orchestra of Japan. Previously, she has been a member in the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and assistant principal violist at the Valencia State Opera Orchestra of Spain. In 2006 and 2008, she received the Music Award from the New York Japanese-American Association and made her first recital appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Weil Recital Hall.

As an avid teacher, Ms. Fukuda teaches violin and viola at Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. She currently teaches at PS30 and PS171 in East Harlem and has several private students in the after-school program at Opus 118. Ms. Fukuda received her bachelor of music degree at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music under Junji Suganuma, and master of music degree at the Juilliard School under Masao Kawasaki. 1

Enjoy some of the concert!

If you would like to help with a donation for the school in Troncones, contact any Bed & Breakfast or Innkeeper in the area.

  1. Biography: http://www.metorchestramusicians.org/chihiro-fukuda/

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The Village Caller Music Show: Latin Songs, Singers and Jazz

We received a great response to the Village Caller Music Show! Join me as we explore the global village of music. I’ll be your host, Bill Tucker as we travel from the old to the new in the world of music. We will listen to, read about, and see on video some of the world’s greatest artist of different genres. We will talk about their lives and contributions to the world of music while listening to some great music. You can listen to past shows whenever you like because each program is archived in our Music section.  Go to our Facebook page to submit comments or questions.

This program will highlight Spanish songs with jazz interpretations. What was the first song that you heard in another language that captured you?  My uncle, who was a jazz enthusiast, introduced me to Nat King Cole at an early age. When I first heard Nat King Cole sing “Perfidia,” I was captured by the music and felt that I understood the words even though they were in Spanish. The song was written in the 1930s by Alberto Dominguez Borras, a Mexican, and became a classic. My appreciation for this collaboration of Spanish and jazz continued from there.

Singer: Nat King Cole

Song: Perfidia…..the loose Spanish translation for this song is faithless, treacherous or false. It was written by Alberto Dominquez (1911-1975), who was Mexican.

Album: Bolero Jazz,  Singer: Renee Barrios

Song: Tu, Mi Delirio

Album: Joe Cuba Sextette Latin Gold, Singer: Cheo Faliciano

Song: Como Rien

Album: Embraceable You  Singer: Venissa Santi

Song: Embraceable You

Album: Magos Herrera Jazz

Song: Tu Mi Delrio

Album: Bridges by Milton Nascimento

Song: Bridges

I hope you enjoyed the show.

Your host,

Bill Tucker, Publisher

 

 

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The Joy of Music: The Children’s Philharmonic Orchestra of Zihuatanejo

By: Ekaterina Kulganek.

Zihuatanejo is a growing city, not only geographically but also culturally. Currently, the city is participating in a state project to create a symphonic orchestra for children and adolescents. The objective of the project is to help prevent delinquency among minors by involving them in constructive activities.

Amilcar Torres, Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Acapulco, heads this project of creating symphony orchestras throughout the state of Guerrero. The first children’s orchestra was formed in Acapulco and includes three hundred participants.

The musical project was initiated in Zihuatanejo in November 2013 with the participation of 140 children from low-income families. The children are guided by five teachers who give instruction on music theory and musical instruments. The orchestra has twenty-five different musical instruments and a choral group.

Music means a lot to little children like Omega Osorio Hernandez, who is nine years old.  She has always liked music and asked her mother if she could participate.  She enjoys every moment of choir class and plans to study the violin.

The youngest in the group is six years old. The oldest member is Daniel, who is thirty and blind. For these children, music is not only an expression but can be a future career.

The children work hard with their teachers from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. every day. Soon you will hear the best of classical music played by the little ones of Zihuatanejo!

Listen to their premiere concert.

Translation by: Patricia Ann Talley

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Music Review: 2014 Zihuatanejo Guitar Fest – A Wonderful Event!

By: Ekaterina Kulganek.

The Zihuatanejo Guitar Festival was held again last month, March 2-9, and celebrated its eleventh year hosting music concerts on the bay. The week was full with seven concerts on the beachfront of La Madera Beach, plus six gala dinners, a special musical presentation, a children’s concert, and a “jam” to close the event. Awesome!

Year after year, the Zihuatanejo Guitar Fest has grown and become more known to tourists and visitors from around the world. The festival requires a lot of preparation on the part of its organizers. This year, there was a volunteer committee of seven, formed by local musician, José Luis Cobo; Miguel Angel Barrera; Jose Luis Noriega; Edilma Coronado Fernandez; Federico Velderrain; Catherine Kratz; and Heidi Nygard. Volunteers help to run the event.

The Zihuatanejo Guitar Fest is classified as a Mexican non-profit organization and is dedicated to creating international cultural events to attract world-class artists to our beautiful Zihuatanejo, Guerrero.

“Our festival is distinctive among other festivals in the country,” said Heidi Nygard. “It is not dedicated exclusively to classical guitar music. Instead, we accept and even look for different genres, and creative and exotic ways to show all possibilities of playing the instrument.”

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The Zihuatanejo Guitar Fest features different genres and creative ways of playing the instrument. Shown is Chakrapani Singh from India. Photo by: Ekaterina Kulganek

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Bruno Mars! Popular in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and Around the World!

Everywhere you go around Ixtapa Zihuatanejo you’ll hear the sound of Bruno Mars.  Both young and old are enjoying his rhythms and songs.  Bruno Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Like many other Americans, he is of mixed ethnic heritage.  His father is half Puerto Rican and half Jewish, and is originally from Brooklyn, New York. His mother immigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines as a child, and is of Filipino and some Spanish descent. His father nicknamed him “Bruno” because of his resemblance to legendary professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino.

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Mars was one of six children and came from a musical family who exposed him to a diverse mix of reggae, rock, hip hop, and R&B.  Everybody in his family sang and played instruments and Bruno grew up performing in his father’s band.  At the age of 17, after graduating from high school, Bruno moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a musical career. He added the last name of “Mars” to give some pizzazz to his stage name and because girls called him “out of this world.”

Before becoming a successful solo artist, Mars was an acknowledged music producer, writing songs for Alexandra Burke, Travie McCoy, Adam Levine, Brandy, Sean Kingston, and Flo Rida. He reached prominence as a solo artist after being featured on and co-writing B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire”; both songs peaked within the top ten of many charts worldwide.

Bruno Mars’ debut album, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans”, was released in October 2010, producing hits such as “Just the Way You Are” that reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 as well as several other charts worldwide. The second single, “Grenade”, was also successful on international charts.   Mars’ second album called “Unorthodox Jukebox” was released in December 2012 with hits like “Locked Out of Heaven”.  In the United States, the album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. The album also charted number one album in Switzerland and in United Kingdom, he became the fastest selling album by a recording artist in 2012.  Let’s listen. . .

Album: Unorthodox Jukebox                     Song:  Locked Out of Heaven

Album: Unorthodox Jukebox                     Song:  When I Was Your Man

Album: Doo-Wops & Hooligans                 Song: Grenade

Album: Doo-Wops & Hooligans                 Song: It Will Rain

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The Village Caller Music Program: Let’s Work Together!

Collaborations…When two or more talented musicians decide to collaborate on a project the results are not always guaranteed, but sometimes the sum of the parts are greater than the whole; and in rare cases, classics are born. I want to share with you a few of my favorite collaborations I have enjoyed over the years. In later programs I will share collaborations in other genres that are equally enjoyable. I hope you enjoy the selections for this program.

John Coletrane and Johnny Hartman

John Coltrane / Johnny Hartman / Autumn Serenade
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The Best Jazz Songs to Start the Year

There’s no place better than Ixtapa Zihuatanejo to kick-back, chill out and listen to some good music!  You can spend the whole day listening to smooth jazz along the beach.  And the music, waves and food just keep coming!

To start the year, let’s enjoy some of the week’s most popular songs from Billboard Charts Best Jazz Songs.  So, kick back and get another margarita.  We’ve got much more music to listen to this year!

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The Village Caller Music Program: Sarah Vaughan – “A Wondrous Voice”

Sarah VaughanSarah  Lois Vaughan (March 27, 1924 – April 3, 1990) was an American jazz singer whose  voice was almost hypnotic. She was described by Jazz commentator/music critic Scott Yanow as having, “one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th
century.”  (Wikipedia)

You can read about Sarah’s life on Wikipedia or on several other sites if you are interested in her biography. However, I agree with the critics and thousands of others that the most important thing about Sarah was that she had a “wondrous voice,” something so special that the musicals instruments that accompanied her played second fiddle to her musical voice.

There is nothing more to say other than listen.  Give me your opinion and tell me what you think on our Facebook Page: Village Caller Music Program on www.imagine-mexico.com

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The Village Caller Music Show: Herbie Hancock The Chameleon of Music

Herbie HancockHerbie Hancock was born in Chicago on April 12, 1940 and is one of America’s greatest jazz pianist, arranger composer and band leader in the jazz world.

Herbie had the greatest influence on my musical taste. It was about 1963 that my taste in music started drifting towards jazz from an exclusive diet of rhythm and blues. Miles Davis was also helping to change my musical maturity, and it was at this time that Herbie and Miles were part of the same  ensemble with Ron Carter, Tony Williams, and Wayne Shorter called Miles Davis’s “Second Greatest Quintet”. (more…)

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Frank Sinatra A Man For All Seasons

Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra was a legendary American singer and actor whose popularity was worldwide. He was born December 15, 1915 and died May 14, 1998, living to be 83 years old and for most his life he was a star either as a singer, actor or a friend of gangsters and politicians. What was it about Frank Sinatra that made me like him even in my early twenties?  Frank could deliver a song that made you listen. Impeccable timing, good song selection and incredible arrangers made you feel that Francis Albert Sinatra could determine your evening. I have selected a few of my favorites to share with you. Please enjoy the program.

Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim ( 1967 ) Full Album

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It Was a Very Good Year: When I Was Seventeen

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The Village Caller Music Program: The Blues and Rock

stevie-ray-vaughan-dean-russoThe Blues… In its original meaning was the music that expressed the suffering of black slaves in the southern USA, living and struggling on plantations. The blues had many manifestations as blacks migrated north, and to the big cities of the south. Some cities like Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans and Kansas City are known for their particular style of blues. In the early sixties, cross-over radio stations were integrating white and black music, and of course the blues with its long history, was the root for this transitional music. It is not surprising that so many rock stars give homage and readily admit the influence of the blues on their music. On this program, I have selected some of my favorite blues tunes integrated with a little rock music. Stevie Ray Vaughn, Boz Scaggs, Jimi Hendrix, Mose Allison, Albert and B.B are all on the program. Enjoy! (more…)

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The Village Caller Music Show: The Magical Music Of Steve Khun

183419-steve-kuhnSteve Kuhn was born on March 24, 1938, in Brooklyn, New York and is still alive creating great music. He is, in my opinion, one of the great American contemporary jazz pianist in the same vein as Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock, and his compositions are equally magical.  He began studying piano at the age of five and studied under Boston piano teacher Margaret Chaloff, mother of jazz baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff, who taught him the “Russian style” of piano playing.  At an early age he began improvising classical music.

As a teenager he appeared in jazz clubs in the Boston area, playing with the likes of Coleman Hawkins, Vic Dickerson, and Chet Baker. He graduated from Harvard University and attended the Lenox School of Music where he was associated with such other future jazz masters as Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, and Gary McFarland, with a supportive faculty that included George Russell, Gunther Schuller, the Modern Jazz Quartet members and Bill Evans.

This allowed Kuhn to play, study, and create with some of the most forward-thinking innovators of jazz improvisation and composition, culminating with his joining trumpeter Kenny Dorham’s group for an extended time and briefly with John Coltrane’s quartet at New York’s Jazz Gallery club.

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The Village Caller Music Show: Lee Morgan

By: Bill Tucker.

Lee+MorganEdward Lee Morgan was born on July 10, 1938 in Philadelphia and died on February 19, 1972 in New York City. He was 33years old. Packed into those 33 years was some of the best jazz trumpeting the jazz world has ever heard. Lee Morgan was killed by his girlfriend in the club whhe was playing. Wikipedia describes it best, “Morgan was killed in the early hours of February 19, 1972, at Slug’s Saloon, a jazz club in New York City’s East Village where his band was performing. Following an altercation between sets, Morgan’s common-law wife Helen More (a.k.a. Morgan), shot him. The injuries were not immediately fatal, but the ambulance service was reluctant to go into the neighborhood where the club was located. They took so long to get there that Morgan bled to death. He was 33 years old. According to an eyewitness, Miss More (13 years his senior) walked out of the club just before the last set. She returned and the band was already on stage. Lee was trying to get up there, but was talking with some people. He just started to get up the stage, when she entered and called his name. He turned around and she shot him. She then turned the gun on the club’s doorman Ernie Holman, who grabbed her wrist and took the gun away from her. She started to scream “Baby, what have I done?” and ran to him. She was later committed to a mental institution for some time. Soon after, Helen Morgan returned to her native North Carolina. Reportedly she never spoke publicly of the incident, until she granted an interview a month before her death. She died in Wilmington, NC, from a heart condition, in March 1996”. In an instant it was over, but Lee Morgan left us enough music in his 33 years on the planet to enjoy for a life time. Enjoy a few of my favorites. (more…)

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The Village Caller Music Show: Donald Byrd, Gone But Not Forgotten

Donald ByrdDonald Byrd was born in 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, my home town, and recently died February 4, 2013. The passing of Byrd and so many of the great musicians in the last few years has made my desire to keep the history and the music of jazz alive for those who come after me or those not aware of this piece of African American culture. Donald Byrd was a musical scholar and teacher as well as a great musician. He received a bachelor’s degree in music from Wayne State University in Detroit, my alma mater, and a master’s degree from the Manhattan College of Music. He was also a teacher and taught music at several universities in the USA. I first paid attention to Donald when I heard “ Christo Redentor “ as a sign off song for one of Detroit’s illustrious disc jockeys circa 1968. The thing about Donald Byrd is that you sort of grew up listening to his music if you were mildly interested in jazz. In the process of growing, Donald took us through several manifestations of his musical diversity, but the most significant thing was that he gave me a bridge to commercial jazz that I could appreciate. Make no mistake, Donald was a “straight ahead jazz musician” in the Detroit style, but when working with his students the “ Black Byrds” and others, he gave us tunes and melodies that we still remember. Donald will be missed but not forgotten. (more…)

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The Village Caller Music Show: Great Rock Songs of the Sixties and Seventies

Young RascalsThere was a renaissance of music in the late sixties and seventies. Jazz was merging into rock, and rock was merging into jazz and blues, and there were the protest music that seemed to capture the American heart beat tired of a protracted war in Vietnam. The war and the civil rights movement was a magnet that drew musicians from all around the world that would not normally be in the same venue to share their music of peace, love and protest. Don’t forget the British invasion that acted like a catalyst to an already brewing American stew of cross cultural music. The songs I have selected for this show are based in part on the length of the song. This music is great but you may not have heard them, depending on where you lived in the United States or Canada. If you had a FM station with a long play format and you are over sixty, you might remember some of these old songs.

This is only a small sample of the great music and musicians that sprang to life in the fertile soil of the sixties and seventies. All genres of music were affected by the events of the world and for this reason I believe we had a real renaissance of music; it crossed the color line, the border line, and the Atlantic to bring the difference and oneness of music to the world for the first time.

Album: Do What You Like

Group: Blind Faith

Song: Do What You Like
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The Village Caller Music Show: The Music of Freddie Hubbard

Freddie HubbardFreddie Hubbard was born in April 7, 1938 in Indianapolis, Indiana and died in Sherman Oaks, California on December 29, 2008 from congestive heart disease. Freddie started playing the trumpet in high school and his talent was apparent. He was encouraged by trumpeter Lee Katzman to study at the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of music with Max Woodbury, the principal trumpeter of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In his teens, Hubbard worked locally with brothers Wes and Monk Montgomery, and worked with bassist Larry Ridley and saxophonist James Spaulding. In 1958, at the age of 20, he moved to New York and began playing with some of the best jazz players of the era, including Philly Joe Jones, Sonny Rollins, Slide Hampton, Eric Dolphy, J. J. Johnson, and Quincy Jones. In June 1960, Hubbard made his first record as a leader, “Open Sesame,” with saxophonist Tina Brooks, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Cliford Jarvis (more…)

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Community Volunteer Effort Supports Local Musician Jose Luis Cobo

A Note from Your Host:  I’ve been passionate about music for as long as I can remember. Whether it’s a song or an artist, if I hear it one time and I like it, it is pressed into my memory and my passion zone not likely to be forgotten.  I have produced a few shows and loaned money to talented musicians who were a little short of cash — you can call it my way of supporting the arts.  Recently, I met Karen Van Skiver, whose passion for music has compelled her to use her own resources and solicit donations from others, to help share the music of Jose Luis Cobo, one of Zihuatanejo’s finest musicians, with the world.  Karen is trying to help Jose Luis create a quality recording to give him greater recognition.  She requested our help in spreading the word about her efforts.  We support our local musicians and any effort that helps them to gain greater recognition is good for our community.  Please read Karen’s letter.

Jose Luis with KarenMy name is Karen Van Skiver. I am from Nanaimo, BC, Canada. I got my love for music from my father. A life altering illness brought me to Zihuatanejo in a very unusual circumstance in 2007, and I have been coming every winter since. With much gratefulness to many special people I have met in Zihua, I am living my life to the fullest. I came to Zihua to rest and began listening daily to the live Latin music. It became my healing savior. Historically, music is what lifts the spirits of people in despair, and in my opinion, it is undervalued. This particular music like no other warmed my heart in a way that is difficult to describe. In the last few years, I have become passionate about supporting accomplished musicians in gaining the recognition they deserve. Jose Luis Cabo is one of these musicians. (more…)

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Can You Name that Christmas Song?

christmas-music-pianoHere’s a fun activity for you to share with your friends and family during the holiday season.  Think about some of the most popular Christmas carols.  Here are some clues.  Can you name that Christmas song? (And don’t peak at the answers below.)

 

 

 

  1. The lad is a diminutive percussionist.
  2. Decorate the entry-ways.
  3. Sir Lancelot with laryngitis.
  4. A B C D E F G H I J      K M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
  5. Exuberance to this land.
  6. 288 Yuletide hours.
  7. Do you perceive the same pressure which stimulates my auditory sense organs?
  8. The red-suited papa is due in this suburb.
  9. Far back in a hay bin.
  10. Leave and give an elevated broadcast.

 

Answers

  1. Little Drummer Boy
  2. Deck the Halls
  3. Silent Night
  4. Noel
  5. Joy to the World
  6. The 12 days of Christmas
  7. Do You Hear What I Hear?
  8. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  9. Away in a Manger
  10. Go Tell it on the Mountain!
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The Village Caller Music Show: Keith Jarrett, A Musical Wonder

Keith Jarrett was born May 8, 1945 in Pennsylvania and is one of America’s greatest pianists and composers. He possessed absolute pitch, and he displayed prodigious musical talents as a young child. He began piano lessons just before his third birthday, and at age five he appeared on a TV talent program hosted by the swing bandleader Paul Whiteman. The young Jarrett gave his first formal piano recital at the age of seven, playing works by composers including Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and Saint-Saëns, and ending with two of his own compositions. Encouraged especially by his mother, Jarrett took intensive classical piano lessons with a series of teachers, including Eleanor Sokoloff of the Curtis Institute. During his career, Keith played with all the greats such as Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Charles Lloyd and many others.

In 1973, Jarrett began playing totally improvised solo concerts, and it is the popularity of these voluminous concert recordings that has made him one of the best-selling jazz artists in history. Albums released from these concerts include; the 1973 album Solo Concerts: Bremen/Lausanne which Time Magazine gave its ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ award. The Köln Concert (1975) which became the best-selling piano recording in history and the Sun Bear Concerts (1976) – a 10-LP (and later 6-CD) Box Set solidified Keith as one of the greatest musicians and composers

Keith Jarrett: Somewhere Over The Rainbow

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The Village Caller Music Show: The Music of Chet Baker

Chet Baker: Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker, Jr. was born on December 23, 1929 in Yale Oklahoma and died in Amsterdam on May 13, 1988. He was an American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and singer whose involvement with drugs shaped his career. Baker’s earliest notable professional gigs were with saxophonist Vido Musso’s band, and also with tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, though he earned much more renown in 1951 when he was chosen by Charlie Parker to play with him for a series of West Coast engagements. In 1952, Baker joined the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, which was an instant phenomenon and only lasted one year because of Chet’s incarceration for drug possession. I enjoyed Chet equally as a musician and singer. I hope you will enjoy the selections I have made of some of my favorite “Chet”.

Album: Autumn Leaves, Chet Baker and Paul Desmond
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The Village Caller Music Show: The Versatility of Les McCann

Les McCann: Born September, 23, 1935 in Lexington Kentucky was one of the most versatile Jazz performers of the 1960’s and 1970’s. His career started in the early 1960’s when he recorded with his trio for Pacific Jazz Records. Les evolved into many different manifestations over the years including singing. His classic album, Swiss Movement with Eddie Harris, and his collaborations with soul and rock singers made him one of the most versatile performers of his time. He was one of the first musicians to include electric piano, clavinet and synthesizer into his music. The result was the classic album “Layers” that I think was his masterpiece. (more…)

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The Village Caller Music Show: The Song Stylings of Gloria Lynne

This program will highlight a few of my favorite songs by Gloria Lynne. Gloria did not receive as much fame as some of her contemporaries who were born in the 1930’s. This, in part, was due to an early contract dispute with her record company that kept her out of the main stream while other female jazz vocalists like Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, and Carmen McCrea and many others faired much better. Gloria never received the royalties on her recordings and had to earn her living with personal appearances. Greatness can’t be denied and she proved in a way that only she could. Her timing and tone was “right there” and once you heard her, you couldn’t forget her melodious voice. I hope you enjoy the selections I have chosen. Contact me on my face book page and let me know your opinion Village Caller Music Program on www.imagine-mexico.com (more…)

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10 Year Old Mariachi Singer Steels the Show on TV’s America’s Got Talent

Little Sebastien El Charro de Oro from San Antonio, Texas won the hearts of many and helped to introduce Mexican mariachi music to the world on the popular television show, America’s Got Talent.  Mariachi is the best known form of folk music from Mexico. The name refers to the music, the musicians and the band/orchestras that play it.  Mariachi began as a regional folk style originally played only with string instruments and musicians dressed in the white pants and shirts of peasant farmers. Modifications of the music include influences from other music such as polkas and waltzes, the addition of trumpets and the use of “charro” outfits by mariachi musicians. “Charro” is a term referring to a traditional horseman from Mexico, originating in the central-western regions. The traditional Mexican “charro” is known for colorful clothing. (more…)

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Technology Changes the Way We Listen to Music

Ten years ago, who would have imagined using a telephone to listen to music!  Or, who would have envisioned turning on the computer to hear the “radio?”  For those who remember listening to music on “45s,” it’s hard to believe that music is now more available in “digital format.”  According to the Digital Music Report 2012 issued by the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), digital music revenues now account for 32% of music sales worldwide.  Some markets now see more than half of their revenues derive from digital channels, including the USA (52%), South Korea (53%) and China (71%). (more…)

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