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May 19, 2016

RIP Electronic Composer, Keyboardist and Visionary Isao Tomita

RIP Electronic Composer, Keyboardist and Visionary Isao Tomita
by Lee Evans




1932–2016

written by: Lee Evans

A great visionary has passed. his electronic music tapestries in the '70' and early '80s left a warm, gentle and innovative imprint on us and helped to shape the then budding electronic age of musical. No one has been as influential from a 'Classical / Contempory' perspective beside maybe the transgender Walter/Wendy Carlos and her cutting edge offering, 'Switched On Bach'
I happened to see Isao Tomita in concert in Battery Park NYC. I stumbled upon this free concert one night after leaving my midtown NYC recording studio.  It was given on the water. There was a full orchestra of about 50 pieces on a boat that looked like it could’ve been a Staten Island ferry. A huge sound system was set up. All seemed to be controlled by a hovering spacecraft hundreds of feet in the air.
There were great musicians, solos pieces and dancers, amazing fireworks, and the mysterious space craft. Holst The Planets, Claude Debussy pieces and more were played by Tomita (the orchestra and the superb soloists). Such an amazing show, way way ahead of it’s time. I’ve never seen anything like it since. I was a devout Tomita fan after that night. I rushed out to find his music and as much history as possible. I purchased these albums:
 Now you can find excerpts of this amazing concert with celebs like Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, and a Japanese children’s choir on YouTube.
As far as his music, You really appreciate it even more when you realize that at that time in the 70’s, modular synths were monophonic for the most part. So, Tomita had to submix and perform MAJOR bouncing and overdubbing techniques to create his magic. Digital music, computers, copy and paste, things we take for granted today were not yet part the human lingo.
Tomita was a true visionary. Unfortunately, not enough people know about him that really should. May he rest in peace.
Lee Evans
CEO
JAMBOX Entertainment Studios


check out one of my favs Tomita's version of Debussy's 'Clair De Lune' 






PS
Here is some info I found on another blog post

TOKYO -- Over the years, relatively few Japanese musicians have found global fame. One might argue that this is because Japanese sensibilities toward sound and music are unique, but the ones who embrace this uniqueness and pursue their craft with a limitless curiosity can make the leap from the domestic to the world stage.
Isao Tomita, who died on May 5 at the age of 84, was one such musician. Unrivaled as a composer, synthesizer player and acoustic engineer, he spent his life as a "seeker of sound," crossing boundaries with ease.
His interest in acoustics began when he visited the echo wall, an architectural feature with unique acoustical properties, at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, where he spent part of his childhood.
Tomita focused on surround sound and other 3-D audio effects from early in his professional career. This eventually evolved into "Sound Cloud" events, in which the audience was surrounded by sound from all directions.
Japanese record labels were reluctant to release Tomita's first synthesizer album, "Clair de Lune," an arrangement of Claude Debussy's piano pieces, because they had no idea which category to put it in. U.S. label RCA took notice of his work and released the album under the title "Snowflakes are Dancing" in 1974. For this album, Tomita became the first Japanese musician to be nominated in four categories at the Grammy Awards.
In his later years, Tomita returned to his roots. "Symphony Ihatov" is a musical interpretation of the world of novelist and poet Kenji Miyazawa, an early source of inspiration for Tomita. When the symphony was performed in Beijing, he revisited the echo wall, the point where his lifelong pursuit started.
At the time of his unexpected death, Tomita had finished composing the basic structure of "Dr. Coppelius." Combining music, ballet and visual effects, "Dr. Coppelius" is not only the culmination of his own life's work, it is also the realization of the dream of the late Hideo Itokawa, a pioneering Japanese rocket engineer and amateur ballet dancer whom Tomita revered. "Dr. Coppelius" will be completed by another composer, like Mozart's Requiem, and is slated to premier this autumn.
Atsufumi Suzuki is a music critic.
http://asia.nikkei.com/Life-Arts/Milestone/Japanese-synth-pioneer-Isao-Tomita-pushed-electronic-music-to-new-heightshttp://asia.nikkei.com/Life-Arts/Milestone/Japanese-synth-pioneer-Isao-Tomita-pushed-electronic-music-to-new-heights

May 9, 2016

Top Five Reasons All Musicians Should Create A Blog !

written by: Patrick Polakowski


For many talented musicians, blogs are great tool to establish an online community and produce content on anything you are doing. Social media is globally used by everyone and one of the most fastest way to promote events, products, services and most importantly, yourself. JAMBOX Entertainment Studios feels strongly that blogging is a growing trend and many musicians should take advantage of this because there many rewards. Blogs plays a prominent role in shaping a musician's career. Here are five top reasons for all musicians to create a blog!



#1 Blogs help  build new conversations with your Fan-Base

A blog gives an opportunity for musicians to discuss things that really matter to them. It gives all musicians an opportunity to connect with there audience on regular basis and on a more personal level. You can create interesting stories and expand on your music. You have the freedom to discuss all things and build trust with your readers.

#2 Builds Brand Awareness

A blog is one most cheapest tool to have in your arsenal, when it comes promoting your music.  A blog has the ability to link all of your other social media like your Twitter and Facebook together for maximum exposure in one-shot. A blog creates and provides value to other businesses in the same industry. It creates brand loyalty and hones your voice to your audience.

#3 You Take Control of Your Online-Identity

Even if you are up-coming artist or a highly known musician in your industry. A blog has a great benefit to showcase the best impression of who you truly are. A blog gives the opportunity to put the right information about your work and music. It helps musicians respond quickly to all incorrect information the internet provides. Whether your a person or a business, making sure the right information about you is online is really important to your image or brand. 

#4 Establish Your Voice within a Niche Community

A blog gives you the opportunity to target specific groups of readers that are close to your genre of music or brand. It gives readers the opportunity to really personalize with the content you are putting out worldwide. It gives you the ability to put out your thoughts, advice and views on things you feel close about. Many musicians don't blog so this is a way to really stand out from your competition.

#5 Gives You Opportunity to Make Money

A blog has the ability to reach and connect to millions of potential readers around the world. It also gives the musician to monetize his music and his brand to others. Its a beneficial way for musicians to make additional sources of income through social media. A blog can help increase your revenue sales of your music and your career. The more a blog has traffic the more opportunities for a musician make real impact.  



April 11, 2016

THE DOW-PRINCEPLE Funk Music Artists at JAMBOX Entertainment Studios

THE DOW-PRINCEPLE - Funk Music Artists
at JAMBOX Entertainment
Written by: Lee Evans

The 80s 'Funk' band ala Rick James, Cameo, Brass Construction, P-Funk, The Ohio Players ' style of music has  all but disappeared from today's music scene. There is still a large appetite for some good ol' foot pounding, head shaking, neck breaking, ugly face making funk music though. Just look at the amazing success of Marc Ronson and Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' record.
Well we have a special project going on at JAMBOX Entertainment Studios aimed at reviving 'ol school funk and funk rock' "We are laying down some hard core soulful funk tracks with real musicians. We're bringing back the Glory Days" Says Keyboardist Lee Evans.

The core musicians on the project consist of:



- Bass Player Gary Dow: (Cameo, Force MDs, Keith Sweat), 

- Vocalist Vivian Prince, (Roy Ayers Ubiquity, Melba Moore, Bernard "Pretty Purdie" Purdie, Seldon Powell Steve Kroon).

- Guitarist Ronnie Drayton: (played on over 100 different albums including   Edwin Birdsong  Super Natural, Material- One Down, Nona Hendryx- Female Trouble, Meshell Ndegeocello Bitter,)

- Keyboardist and Head Engineer/Owner of JAMBOX Entertainment, Lee Evans: (Afrika Bambaataa, Brass Construction,Force MDs, Cyndi Lauper, Marc Anthony). 



Gary and Lee has toured the country together. Gary introduced Lee to Vivian and Ronny.


So ...yeah, these are your funk heavy hitters.



The name of the act is The Dow-Principle'


A video has just been shot for their 1st single 'Decisions'
Look out for 'The Dow-Principle' coming your way soon!


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April 4, 2016

LARRY PAYTON DRUMMER FOR BRASS CONSTRUCTION FUNK BAND DIES

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LARRY PAYTON DRUMMER FOR BRASS CONSTRUCTION FUNK BAND DIES
Written: by Lee Evans

The music world took yet another hit with the passing of Larry Payton, founding member and awesome drummer for Brass Construction, on March 20th 2016. Payton was a great part of the ‘Funk Band” era of the mid 70s and 80s, having 10 albums and a string of hits including Changin, Movin, The Right Place, Walking The Line, Get Up To Get Down under their belts on United Artists and Capitol records.  They take their place among the likes of P-Funk, Ohio Players, Confunction, Lakeside, the Barkays, Cameo, BT Express and many more.
I remember when I first heard Brass’ Movin and Changin’ songs, I  flipped. This band had that rugged thugged tight groove which I loved. I quickly became a big fan. Being from the South Bronx, my musical tastes had a strong urban edge…they were it for me. When I found out they were from Brooklyn I was even more blown away. So I felt totally blessed when I was asked to join the band.

I joined Brass Construction around 1980 as a second keyboard player and to give Randy Muller the ability to get from behind the keys and be a front man. The band quickly became my ‘On The Road” family as I traveled extensively abroad with them doing tours of Germany, France, London and much more, and kicking A** on  every gig. Led by Randy Muller (until the mid 80s)  Mick Grudge, Morris Price, Larry Payton, Sandy, Joe, Jessie, Tyrone, Wayne, Wade Lee Twine, and myself became a force of funk to be reckoned with.

Larry Payton was a strong solid drummer, able to hold down that ‘Brass Construction’ style funk groove.  Solid and a heavy hitter, Larry was the nucleus of the BC sound. His playing was strong solid and ‘in the pocket’ He was also a 'show drummer' always great to watch, and getting the audience involved. I learned a few showmanship tricks from Larry.
Larry and I became friends and had long inspiring talks about what lied ahead for himself as well as the BC band. Larry was a funny guy, always had a joke or quip for everyone. He was always ready to give of himself and was a true team player. I remember him volunteering himself many times and went way out of his way to pick me up with my keyboard at the Brooklyn train to do a rehearsal. He put his heart and soul into his work.

In 2011, Larry embarked on his own solo project with me at my studio, JAMBOX Entertainment Studios in NYC. A promising project that was never completed because of his declining health.

Larry was also a great family man. In our conversations, he would always speak very highly of his wife and children. In fact, his wife Vanessa used to run Randy Muller's office at 1650 Broadway. She is one of the sweetest women you'd ever meet. I met her (around the time I joined the band) we quickly became friends. She was very knowledgeable and helped me immensely to learn how things ran with Brass, and in the music biz in general.
My heart goes out to the Payton family and the large family of musicians friends and fans whose heart Larry Payton has touched over the years. He will be truly missed.

Here are two top Brass Construction records featuring Larry Payton on Drums




l-r Sandy Billups, Morris Price, Wayne Davis, Larry Payton, Lee, Evans, Lee Twine, Danny Newman, Mick Grudge 



 










April 1, 2016

AKEJU AKA. (B CLAY) RELEASES “MOST HIGH” FEATURING ALEXIS LAYNE

Written : Patrick Polakowski

On February 25, 2016, Akeju better known as B-Clay is making a big impact in the music industry with his new hit "Most High" featuring very talented Alexis Layne under the Black Speech Media Group label

The single "Most High" draws upon inspirational elements of dance-hall, reggae, and afrobeat. The song pays respect to upbringing in Ghana.


Since joining JAMBOX Entertainment Studios family in 2011, Akeju continues to show his dedication towards his writing and music. Lee Evans, CEO of JAMBOX Entertainment Studios stated "B-Clay is a talented and definitely going places." Akeju has performed at "Africa Unites Tour” in South Africa, “Save Africa Concert Foundation” at the Apollo Theater in New York City, and “The Art of Speech for Humanity Concert” in London. Recently, he worked on Voices of African Mothers for United Nations.

Akeju stated, "To be able to use my talent to celebrate and honor my upbringing is a gift I cherish." Akeju is very closely connected to his heritage and continues to show this in his new hit "Most High."
Vocals recorded @ JAMBOX Entertainment. He wishes to express his gratitude to his culture and the support of all his fans, worldwide.  From your JAMBOX Entertainment family, we wish you the best success in your future.



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March 31, 2016

Emerson Lake & Palmer or ELP.. Kieth Emerson, Progressive Rock at it's finest

Emerson Lake And Palmer aka ELP..

70s Progressive Rock at it's finest. 

Made up of 3 amazingly talented musicians, they dominated the rock scene in the 70s along with top bands like Pink Floyd.

The original roster?

Keith Emerson:Piano Organ & huge modular Moog Synth
Greg Lake: Bass & Vocals
Carl Palmer; Drums

Keith Emerson was one of Lee Evans, CEO of JAMBOX Entertainment Studios early inspirations to get into analog  synths in the 70s.

Keith Emerson was a maniac and a genius on the keys. Whether on acoustic piano or flippin out on his modular Moog! He was an amazing player, one of the best of that era.
Being very accomplished, gifted and versatile, He also played the crap out of some inverted Bach pieces (meaning he climbed up on the lid of his grand piano and played pieces from the back of the piano , great contemporary 20th Century classical pieces, and even held his own playing jazz with the Great Jazz Pianist legend Oscar Peterson. Keith always intrigued. RIP Keith Emerson. Much Respect!

Check out this epic Live video
  Fanfare for the Common Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Olympic Stadium Montreal)
Video

March 29, 2016

Mary Brown stopping by at JAMBOX Entertainment Studios to produce song for TV Show

By: Patrick Polakowski

Recently at JAMBOX Entertainment Studios, we had multi-talent songwriter Mary Brown and Charles Beatty stop by to produce their next hit song with one of our top engineers, Xalent. Mary had nothing but warm words to share about her overall experience to Lee Evans, CEO of JAMBOX Entertainment Studios, saying, “She feels right at home.”

Mary Brown has been working in the music industry for over eighteen years. It all took shape when she was asked to write a new song for this up and coming girl group called 'Destiny’s Child' entitled “No, No, No.” In 1997 it became a monster hit worldwide. Over the years she continued to work with many phenomenal artist such as: BeyoncĂ©, Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Teddy Riley, Mary J. Blige, and Missy Elliott. 

Her BMI publishing company, Ms. Mary’s Music, has been very successful achieving more than over 40 awards.  Mary Brown stated “I write strictly for the love of music,” and it definitely shows with her dedication to her work. Lee Evans enjoyed having Mary Brown at JAMBOX Entertainment Studio and we wish you nothing but up most success in the future.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fenh3addpmc

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