May 10, 2018

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm ...By The Music Restoration Place

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm
an all-female big band that was perhaps one of the few
 — and one of the most — racially integrated dance-bands of the 
swing era.

I thought I should share this amazing female band with you all who are not familiar with The International Sweethearts of Rhythm. I totally was not until I found this article and video amongst others on You Tube.
From the Piney Woods School in the Mississippi Delta to the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York City, this toe-tapping music film tells the story of the swinging, multi-racial all-women jazz band of the 1940s. A 16 piece band with a strong brass section, heavy percussion, and a deep rhythmic sense, the Sweethearts were not just a novelty but featured many of the best female musicians of the day. Starring Anna Mae Winburn, Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, Vi Burnside, Roz Cron, Evelyn McGee Stone, Helen Jones, Helen Saine, and Pauline Brady, of whom drummer Panama Francis says, "She played drums like a man!"

They were the top female jazz/swing band of the 1940's. Though they don't get much recognition and attention like Duke Ellington and Count Basie and never were inducted into the Jazz or Swing or Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, these women were just as good as the men and could really swing hot jazz, they were talented and plus beautiful...and here's the proof. Anna Mae Winburn, the bandleader, led the band with beauty, elegance, style, and glamour. Tiny Davis was the big personality of the band and she could blow...both vocally and trumpet.

There were many female bands in the 30's and 40's but the International Sweethearts of Rhythm was number one! All the female bands back then were great, but they never got a chance to be superstars, never got inducted into the Jazz/Swing Hall of Fame because of sexism and racism., Women were expected to sing, not play instruments (maybe piano if anything), arrange, direct, produce, nor write, even today this sexism in music still exists. So these women were pioneers!


The Harlem PlayGirls, Darlings of Rhythm, Ina Ray Hutton and Her Band, Rita Rio and Her Band, Lorraine Page and her Band, Ada Leonard All American Girl Orchestra, Thelma White and Her Girls, Frances Carroll and Her Band, and Ivy Benson and Her Orchestra, all these white and black female bands are pioneers.

However, this band was considered to be the most racially integrated dance-bands of the entire swing era. Latina, Asian, Caucasian, Black, Indian and Puerto Rican women came together and created music that more than held its own in the Swing Era. Take a listen to their music and see footage online. Enjoy this great music, and check out some other videos from the Talented and Beautiful International Sweethearts of Rhythm.  






May 7, 2018

What is Your Favorite Music Era?

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ERA?  Remembering the 20s, 30s, and 40s
Music is Timeless,
Make It Last Forever 


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April 30, 2018

Top 10 Reasons Why Kids Should Study Music In School

JAMBOX Entertainment has always been affiliated with music education and awareness in our schools and for our youth. We have supported this over several years through our non profit organization REACH OUT INC. whose mission is to increase social awareness through musical presentations. So we put together 10 proven reasons why music is important to the overall development of today's students. Our music school tour program has helped thousands of children get a first hand experience touring our studios, listening to guest speakers, and recording like professionals in our pro recording studios. 
 

1.    Studying music optimizes brain development of neurons and circuits. Music listening and performance impacts the brain as a whole, stimulating both halves – the analytical brain and the subjective-artistic brain, affecting a child’s overall cognitive development and possibly increasing a child’s overall intellectual capacity more than any other activity affecting the brain’s bilateralism.

2.  Musical symbols, structure, and rhythmic formation use fractions, ratios and proportions, all of which are important in mathematical studies. Studies have shown that students who play instruments are often better in math than students who don’t.

3.    Using sheet music improves kids’ writing and critical reading abilities. When you see black and white notes on a page, you have to recognize which note it is and translate it to a finger position; at the same time you also have to read what rhythm those notes are and produce the correct pattern.

4.    Playing a musical instrument increases hand-eye coordination: just like while playing sports, kids can develop important motor skills when playing music. By reading musical notes on a page, students’ brains subconsciously must convert that note into specific motor patterns while also adding breathing and rhythm to the mix.

5.    Musicians have better auditory skills: they can pick out predictable patterns from surrounding noise and better detect meaningful, information-bearing elements in sound. A musician will be listening to the sound of his own instrument even though many other instruments are playing, a skill not unlike separating one voice from a crowd of voices. Tests show that certain sounds produce stronger electrical signals in a musician's brain stem, and these signals offer a more accurate representation of pitch, timing and tone quality (three things that help us pick out a single voice in a noisy room).

6.    Musical associations help memorization: repeating the rhythmic structure of a song makes it easier to memorize. In one study of musical effects on memory, visual cues were paired with background music; later, participants who could not recall details of the scene were presented with the background music as a cue and recovered the inaccessible scene information.

7.    Kids can learn teamwork: band or orchestra activities help promote cooperation, social harmony and teach children how to work together towards a common goal.

8.    Several reports indicate that students who have experience with music performance or appreciation score higher on the SAT. One report indicates an average of 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math for students in music courses.

9.    Responsible risk taking: live performing can be scary but doing so teaches kids how to take risks and deal with fear and anxiety. With encouragement from teachers and parents, students playing a musical instrument can build their pride and self-confidence, and control their ‘butterflies’.

10. Learning how to play a musical instruments can be very challenging, it requires personal commitment and concentration; practicing often and working hard on the difficult parts and not just the easy and fun ones teaches you disciplines that permeate into other crucial areas of life.

JAMBOX School And Group tours supports and develops the education of our youth through music.
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April 10, 2018

JAMBOX'S LEE EVANS REMASTERS ICONIC 'IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT' BEAT


JAMBOX'S LEE EVANS REMASTERS CLASSIC
'IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT' BEAT FOR :


The first four beats of Impeach The President by the Honeydrippers, are ubiquitous to the 80s and 90s Hip-Hop era. The beat has been sampled in over 700 songs, making it one of the most sampled beats in the history of Hip-Hop and was truly instrumental in defining the sound of that early hip-hop era
Most pre-millennials will know the first four beats of the song, but most will not know the entire song itself, after the rest of the band joins in. They also don't know how funky a band the Honeydrippers actually were, or the fact that it was written during a time when Nixon, our then president, was about to be impeached. The song was basically in agreement saying the ‘presidents got to go’.
We’ve had the honor to Re-Master this piece of history in our top recording and mastering studios in NYC  for NYC long time itop industry player, Tuff City Records. "We chose not to stray too much from the original, go for more richness, and fullness, but not overwhelming." 

Enclosed is a 20 sec sample of the original beat only loop and a longer sample of the new mastered version, ...longer for your listening enjoyment!
This may be the perfect time to bring this beat back! What do you think? Do you like the new Master?
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April 7, 2018

JAMBOX Welcomes Lisa Fitzpatrick Ireland’s most loved Fashion Stylist

Fashion guru Lisa Fitzpatrick bought some members of her lovely family to partake in a fun filled Gift OF Song recording session at JAMBOX.    CEO & Head Engineer Lee Evans bought out the magic.

Lisa Fitzpatrick Lisa Fitzpatrick.com is Ireland’s most loved Fashion Stylist, Author, TV Presenter and Radio Broadcaster. She appears regularly on television here in Ireland with TV3 on Ireland Am and Xpose and in the UK on ITV’S This Morning sharing her fashion tips and style advice. On TV Lisa is well known for her honest style reviews reporting on events such as The Golden Globes and The Grammys.


One of Lisa's biggest accomplishments was her weight loss. She went from a size 20 and over 210 lbs to the sultry stylish woman she is now   

Lisa won VIP Best Dressed Woman of The Year Award in 2007 voted by the Irish public. She hosted Miss Universe Ireland 2012-2013 and judged Miss Ireland Competitions from 2007-2010. Lisa was Lexus ambassador with Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland’s rugby captain from 2008-2013).
She was Viviscal Ambassador for Ireland from April 2007 until September 2011 and Lexus ambassador with Brian O’ Driscoll Ireland’s rugby captain from 2008-2013. Currently Lisa is Patron for the Baby Max Wings of Love Charity.

Lisa has also become a fashion presenter with ITV which started summer 2013 on the ‘This Morning’ programme. Lisa judges Oasis ‘Search for a Stylist’ with tv3 for the last three years and as a judge for Oasis in ‘Search for a Designer 2013′.

In print media, she wrote a weekly column “Lisa Meets …..” for the Evening Herald. Now soon to be released, Lisa’s second book has finished editing stages with Kyle Cathy UK publishers and will hit shelves May 2014. Lisa has appeared on the cover of the following magazines:-
  • VIP Magazine
  • Woman’s Way Magazine
  • Daily Mail YOU Magazine
  • Social and Personal
  • Sunday Independent LIFE Magazine
  • Easy Health & Living Magazine
Lisa was just supposed to be a music loving gal coming to JAMBOX to try our GIFT OF SONG Service with her Fam .... who'd've thought??? But, we love it when awesome people like Lisa come thru!
Lisa Fitzpatrick...Style, Flair and Really Nice Hair!

March 15, 2018

NYC Mission Society records with JAMBOX Music School Tours and Youth Development Program


The NYC Mission Society kids have joined JAMBOX studios once again for a unique and thrilling experience. JAMBOX hosts the Jambox Music School Tours and Youth Development program to introduce music to our youth and empower the youngest members of our community. NYC Mission Society and JAMBOX seek to make educational and cultural enrichment programs accessible to underserved communities. Mission Society and JAMBOX have come together once before to produce a cover of Michael Jackson's 'Man In the Mirror' which caught the attention of the author that penned the song itself... Siedah Garrett. This years efforts were MJ's 'They Don't Really Care About Us'. They did a great job, and of course it's all about the fun. JAMBOX strives to make good music a part of our youth's culture.


March 14, 2018

The JAMBOX Engineer's Roundtable Podcast





For over 20 years, JAMBOX Entertainment has been known for it’s family vibe and top quality engineers. Being one of the top recording studios in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, JAMBOX has some of the best Audio Engineers in the business. JAMBOX Engineers have worked with many of today’s chart-topping artists Hip Hop. Pop and R&B, such as Gucci Mane, Andre 3000 Busta Rhymes, Raekwon, Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, YMCMB, Sara Bareilles, Meghan Trainor J. Cole, Ciara, Krewella, PNB Rock, SkiMask Slump God, August Alsina

  Introducing… The JAMBOX Engineers Roundtable Podcast. JAMBOX brings to you a series of podcasts over the course of the next couple of months. We will delve into topics like top engineers’ craft, the psychology that goes within sessions, and how they handle clients. Our engineers will also be sharing their greatest successes, and their biggest drawbacks. From the history and evolution of engineers, to reviews of the latest and greatest plug-ins, the podcasts will cover a robust amount of the music engineering industry giving anyone who watches an inside look at the lives and challenges of top engineers. Get into the mindset of our engineers from our top Midtown Recording Facility, JAMBOX Entertainment Studios.
You can watch this podcasts series on the JAMBOX AET Engineering Facebook pg.  https://www.facebook.com/aetnyc/
You can watch this podcasts series as a YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSfyv-TWqso&list=PL4iohYotdYJS0ylxZeaYJ1_SQh1QQkkGP


February 2, 2018


Music Mondays W/ MAZEMENT Podcast



CEO Lee Evans sits down with MAZEMENT for Music Mondays Podcast where they discuss happenings in his music career, but also give tips and tricks on what other up and coming musicians can take advantage of. 

They also touch on the advantages of technology and where it has taken the music industry and the economy overall. 

As well as, the beginnings of JAMBOX and how it all came about.

Topics of discussion: 
Mumble Rap & Trap Music
Music Industry Today
Hip Hop & The 90s
Technology


Multi Talented Jamaican Bred Artist KC Jockey Releases New EP


JAMBOX Presents : KC Jockey's "Love In The Air"

Multi Talented Jamaican Bred Artist KC Jockey Releases New EP



KC Jockey is an artist who is hard to define. His style is a little bit ‘Kingston’ with a side of ‘Brooklyn.’ He’s part ‘R&B’ with a dash of ‘dance hall reggae.’ He has a been a long time member of JAMBOX Entertainment Studios in which he recorded hits like "Toast to the Dads" (picked up by Disney) & many more. To call him simply a musician does not even begin to scratch the surface of his career in the entertainment industry. Jockey’s recent appearances in major motion picture films, his modeling deals with a worldwide clothing line, his stint as official spokesperson for a popular energy drink, not to mention owning and operating his own record label, Jockey is a one man empire with a skill set that can challenge anyone in the business.

He now has dropped his new EP called "Love In The Air"

“This new EP will have eight tracks on it, and we are very excited to release this EP as a new year's gift for 2018 for our fans"





According to the KC, the track listing includes "You Are A Mother", "Gimme Some Of That", "Don't Bully", "Cancer", "Dem Gone", "Payroll Snitches", "Unnecessary", and "Tears Of Blood".

"It's a bit tribute to my mother and all powerful females who are mothers and play many roles. A mother naturally gives everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination. It is better to be looked over than overlooked.


Listen Here: KC Jockey - "Love In The Air"

January 15, 2018

JAMBOX Entertainment Honors MLK Legacy


JAMBOX ENTERTAINMENT acknowledges Martin Luther King Jr. on this special day! Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered for generations. He stood up for civil rights and promoted equality amongst all people.

This day is a remembrance for the years of inspiration that Mr. King spread to every culture. We must always stand strong and pave the way for those that will come after us. Let's set a great example to the youth and genuinely represent our slogan, "With Liberty and Justice for All"!

October 5, 2017

JAMBOX ENGINEER'S SPOTLIGHT Award Winning Engineer, "Peter Jorge"

Through the years, JAMBOX Entertainment has become known for its great  audio engineers, music and office team! Over the next few weeks, we'd like to spotlight some of the great individuals that give so much of themselves to help JAMBOX be the 'go-to' studio in midtown Manhattan.


This week we would like to bring to the spotlight a top NYC veteran engineer that has worked with the JAMBOX team for over 15 years. 

Introducing… Mr. Peter Jorge! 

With over 25 years of experience and a very impressive track record, Peter has worked with some of the best in the business. Peter has worked with Hip Hop artists that have helped to establish the genre, such as KRS One, Peter Gunz, Big Daddy Kane, M.O.P, Don Omar, Young B, P-star, Megan Rochell, Brooklyn Zu, Jim Jones, and more...

Peter Jorge offers a deep level of experience unsurpassed by most engineers. He delivers nothing but the best. He holds a great attention to detail, and there is always a great outcome to a "Peter Jorge project." On top of the experience, he also provides a great and relaxed vibe. With such an incredible work ethic and years of experience, he is able to record, edit, and mix music to produce an amazing and professional final product for our clients.

 To book Peter for a session, call JAMBOX Entertainment at 212.979.8324


Q And A: Read on as Peter Jorge keeps it real and let's his voice be heard!


1) What do you like and dislike about the music industry today?
That's a double edged sword because it's so much easier to get your music/videos out there nowadays then it was when I first started. Back then you would have to get your demos recorded at a studio, play gigs at clubs, and then shop your demo around and hope you got a record deal. With today's social media outlets you have plenty of access to get some great music seen and heard but then you have all this garbage polluting it, as well. It's great, awesome and talented artists vs. lame, non artistic posers!!!

2) What do you love about being an engineer/producer?  
Why I love my job is because of my love for music. That's why I went to audio school (Five Towns College) and received my Associates Degree. I wanted to be somehow involved in the music making process and since I didn't know how to play an instrument I chose to become an audio engineer. I love show up to a session and not knowing what to expect and making the best of what's presented to me that day. No two sessions are ever the same, they're all different. At the end of the day, we all have to leave with being happy and proud of what we have accomplished that day/session.

3) What has been the highlight of your career?
The highlight of my career has been to be a part of the hip hop world since 1988. When hip hop was at it's finest with little or no air play at all. When you had to make noise to be heard. Working at state of the art studios on large analog consoles, with only 48 tracks of 2" analog tape, walls/racks of outboard gear, cabinets full of microphones and rooms full of drum machines, samplers and keyboards/pianos/organs/drums/amps. Those were the days, no copy & paste, no undo button & no autotune. Singers had to sing all their parts, musicians had to record/play their parts and midi gear was locked up to smpte in order to record songs/music onto tape. If edits needed to be done, we would have to splice tape together with a razor & splicing tape via the editing block on the tape machine.

4) What do you love most about being apart of the JamBox Family? 
 I enjoy being a part of the Jambox Family for the last 12 years because it's a close knit family and we have each other's back. It's all positive vibes at Jambox, we help each other out. Each one, teach one...All in the Family!!!

5) What advice do you have for any new artist or engineers coming into the music industry?
Make sure it's what you want to do or be in life. It's not easy, so you have to be the best you can be 24/7. Never give up, be consistent and persistent. Do your best and master your craft. Create a name for yourself and people will follow if they like what they see and hear. Don't be a follower, sent your own trend/mark. If need be don't quit your dayjob/schooling because you'll need something to fall back on if things don't work out. And to all the songwriters out there, whether you write lyrics or make music or both never give up your publishing. Give credit where credit is due!!!

Stay tuned for more interviews with some of the great talent that makes up our JAMBOX staff!

August 29, 2017

The Temptations In A Mellow Mood A Jewel Of Classics

The Temptations In A Mellow Mood
A Classic Innovation. Why was it groundbreaking?

writer: Lee Evans

The Temptations In A Mellow Mood was the sixth studio album by The Temptations for the Motown label released in 1967. This album was one of the most magnificent, intricately arranged, harmonically blended, inspirational albums released by the mighty Temptations. Arranged by H. B. Barnum and big band saxophonist John Costa, produced by Jeffrey Bowen and Frank Wilson who wrote and produced hit records for Brenda HollowayMarvin Gayethe Supremesthe Miracles, the Four Topsthe TemptationsEddie Kendricks, and more. Album liner notes done by 'Soupy Sales'

This record, a brainchild of Berry Gordy Jr, was made with the intention of crossing the amazing Temptations over to a broader based white dominated pop market which to a large extent it succeeded. Many fans from the Tempts 'Black' fan base accused them of 'selling out'. The Temptations felt the need to expand from their current formula which gave us #1 chart topping hits like 'My Girl' 'You're My Everything' and 'Get ready'. 

In music history, especially at that time, never has another 'Soul' 'R&B' group took on such a risky undertaking to release an album in a totally different genre and do it so well!. Today, it is a bit more widely received with the likes of Lady Gaga crossing from her well-received edgy dance pop albums to her romp into classic jazz music with the legendary Tony Bennett. 

The 'Mellow Mood' album certainly struck the right chord with me and helped to shape my musical and harmonic palette for my productions and arrangements. It has been a major influence to this day.

Stirring lead vocal performances include Paul William's For Once In My Life and David Ruffin's 'What Now My Love'. Give this playlist a whirl. If you're a fan of the classics ala 'Frank Sinatra', Cole Porter, you'll be a fan!

Check out the full Temptations In A Mellow Mood album with bonus performances here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4iohYotdYJRS1DcuUpVeudnACcVWtCyt


Lee Evans is a music veteran, musician, songwriter, producer, and Co-owner/CEO  of JAMBOX Entertainment Studios NYC




The "Classic 5" lineup of the Temptations: 
David Ruffin
 (bottom left), Melvin Franklin (top left), Paul Williams (top right),
Otis Williams
(bottom right),
and 
Eddie Kendricks (center) c. 1965.

 

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