*The second annual 2012 Skoole Awards will be presented on August 4, 2012, at the Marriott Hotel, Marina Del Rey, California – it was announced today by awards founder and entrepreneur Cornelius Grant.
Honorees for this year’s annual celebration of the achievements of Old School contributors to the music and entertainment worlds will include Regina Jones, founder and publisher of Soul Magazine; Wally Roker, original member of the Heartbeats and original promotion man at Scepter Records; and David Harrison Levi, cancer awareness champion to the entertainment industry.
The first presenters named for the star studded event are Paul Williams Jr. and David Ruffin Jr. (sons of the famed original members of The Temptations).
Entertainment for the night will be provided by jazz icon Barbara Morrison, accompanied by the 18 piece Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center (BMPAC) orchestra, conducted by John Daniel Stephens. Other surprise guests are slated to perform as well.
About The Skoole Awards
The genesis of the Skoole Awards came as original member of the Temptations, guitar/writer/conductor Cornelius Grant became increasingly aware of how many old school entertainers have been lost in the mist of time and all but forgotten. Determined to change that, he partnered once again with his long-time collaborator, Ruth Adkins Robinson to produce and write the awards.
Tickets may be purchased at www.TicketstoSkooleAwards.com, and CorneliusGrant.com. Tickets: Individual Dinner tickets $75 USD; Tables of 10: $650.
Linda Morgan Founder of Jazz Living Legend Foundation
*In two years avid jazz promoter Linda Morgan has carved a niche in Los Angeles among jazz fans by lauding more than thirty five jazz artists, programmers and artisans at the Los Angeles based Living Legends Jazz series, now titled “A JaZzabration” ™. Ms. Morgan founded the Living Legend Foundation with the purpose of honoring Jazz & Blues Legends and educating them about the importance of legacy protection and preservation.
Linda Morgan to EURweb.com:“It is important to celebrate the past, so that we know on whose shoulders we are standing and who lit the torch and handed it to the present.”
Linda has partnered with various organizations to bring forth her vision, among them are the Jammin’ Foundation, the We-Can Foundation, Sweet & Hot Music Foundation, the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP and The Jazzone. Many jazz and blues artists have since received adoring words from colleagues and commendations from city officials. From vocalists to guitarists, violinists and trumpeters, a full spectrum of jazz excellence has been included in the Living Legends event. Among the honorees were Linda Hopkins, Barbara Morrison, Jai Rich, Dr. Roland Holmes, Clora Bryant, Rose Gales, Marla Gibbs, Donald Dean, Phil Upchurch and several legends who have since passed away.
Linda Morgan to EURweb.com: “We must celebrate the present, while they are alive to receive it and give them their flowers while they can smell them and create new bonds of friendship, new musicianship and new collaborations.”
The qualifying factor for the legends is that they have all dedicated at least twenty five years to the jazz industry and are at least 65 years old. Young people are also encouraged to attend the JaZzabration™ and have previously been invited to perform.
Linda Morgan to EURweb.com:“We must celebrate the future, encouraging new young aspiring artists so that they will continue the legacy of jazz and carry it into the future.”
Though other cities are soon to be included, the next “JaZzabration™” happens July 26th at LA’s Regency West ballroom, with subsequent events August 30th and September 27th. The honorees in July are Billy Mitchell, Gerald Wilson and Charlie Jene.’ Each night has been a sold out event. For details and tickets go to www.livinglegendfoundation.com.
EURweb.com is dedicating a Jazzy In July series especially designed as a promotional and marketing opportunity at our site, which boasts over a million readers. Space is limited. For info email LSRadioscope@hotmail.com asap for details. Put Jazzy In July in the subject box.
*Recently, jazz and blues legend Barbara Morrison introduced 6-year-old Harmony “Love” Bailey as the first performer to open the new Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center.
Little Miss Harmony did the honors by performing “Almost There” from the hit Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog.”
Morrison predicted her new place will be the launching pad for a lot of new artists.
“There’s so many good vibes in this area,” says Morrison. “There’s so many kids that don’t have a place to go and learn the music, so I said ‘You know what? There’s a beautiful park here. Why don’t I do some symphony, bring the symphony in, bring the big bands in?’”
*Singer Barbara Morrison has been a trailblazer in the Jazz & Blues genre for the past 35 years, plus. With her first recorded appearance happening at the ripe age of 10 in Detroit.
As she celebrates her 60th birthday this month, Morrison is partying in style by inviting all of her friends to share the stage with her on September 12.
She’ll be singing the blues and telling the stories next Saturday at the John Anson Ford Theater in Los Angeles for the Barbara Morrison’s Jazz & Blues Birthday Party. Morrison is definitely 60 years young.
The fountain of youth must be located on a nearby blues stage. She never seems to stop touring. She has dates just days before her birthday show and did the world’s largest art and music festival in Scotland last spring.
“We had a wonderful trip,” she said. “We won the Angel Award from the Herald Newspaper for Outstanding Performance (at) the Fringe. The Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. They have 35,000 performers from all over the world. It’s a large festival held in Scotland every year.”
Morrison said she’s played the Fringe for 13 years, and still has a great showing.
“This time I played a small venue,” she reported, “but I played every night. We sold out every night.
The songbird continued that the blues does quite well abroad, but it’s the States that give the genre, well … the blues.
“It’s doing OK here, but they just have so many festivals in Europe. They have over 400. One blues festival would pay for all the jazz festivals. That goes to show you how much people love the blues.” “I think the main problem is people look at it as being old,” she decided. “You’ve got to find out a way to reach the young people. We do have some that have grabbed hold of the music and they’ve even changed it and made it more youthful, but we’ve got to start thinking young songwriters as opposed to beating the old American songbook to death.” “It’s getting better because now we have it in the schools,” said the UCLA Ethnomusicology professor. “Before, you didn’t have jazz studies program at college or university.”
So in celebrating the genre and her 60th birthday, Morrison has invited an all-star lineup to meet up in Los Angeles for a spectacular concert performance. And though you never ask a lady her age, Morrison is shouting it from the rooftops.
“I’m the oldest living person in my family,” she said. “It’s time to celebrate. We consider it an honor to get past 50. It’s a celebrating of life, to me. I don’t care if you know how old I am. My old man always says, ‘You’re still in the game.’ I’m still in the game and people that do what I do live a long time, so I’m not afraid. Hell naw, I don’t care if you know how old I am.”
And as for celebrating in public, Morrison explained that it’s more than just about a birthday party. She said that the concert gives the public an opportunity to really see how musicians stick together and take care of each other.
“The people that are on the show are people that love me. They’re people that I’ve gone through the last 35 years with,” she said. “They’ve covered for me when I’ve been over in a foreign country and I couldn’t get back in time to do my gig. These people give me a gig when I can’t make it. I think the public should see that and hear these stories that are going to be told about how musicians take care of each other; the camaraderie among musicians.”
Among the comradeship confirmed for the event are jazz and legends Gerald Wilson, Bill Henderson, James Moody, Tierney Sutton with Mel Carter, and Freda Payne just to name a few.
“Keb Mo said he might drop by,” Morrison added. “I’m opening and closing the show. It’s going to be the biggest jam you ever saw! It’s guaranteed to be a blockbuster.”
For more on blues legend Barbara Morrison and her September 12 birthday bash, visit www.barbaramorrison.com.
Here’s Barbara doing the classic ‘Everyday I Have The Blues’: