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January 2012 events and activities at Community Colleges of Spokane

General information Monday, Jan. 2 New Year’s Day holiday. CCS campuses and offices are closed. Wednesday, Jan. 4 First day of winter quarter 2012. SFCC college information night, 6-8 p.m., SFCC SUB, Bldg. 17, Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Free. Information: 533-3500 SCC college information night, 6-8 p.m., SCC Student Services Building 15, Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. Free. Information: 533-8020 Monday, Jan. 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day. CCS campuses and offices are closed. Tuesday, Jan. 17 CCS Board of Trustees meeting, 8:30 a.m., Institute for Extended Learning Lodge, 3305 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Information: 434-5006 Arts and entertainment Thursday, Jan. 5-Saturday, Feb.4 SFCC Art Gallery exhibit: The Strip Show 10×10, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, SFCC Fine Arts Building 6, Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George … Read entire article »

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Tuxedo Junction Big Band to highlight First Night Spokane festivities

Tuxedo Junction Big Band to highlight First Night Spokane festivities

Tuxedo Junction Big Band will be performing at First Night Spokane on Dec. 31st. They will be playing from 9:00 PM until 12:30 PM at the DoubleTree Hotel’s Grand Ballroom in Spokane. You can come early and get some dance lessons from Spokane Dance from 7:00 PM until they start. Come hear live, big band music at it’s best! This is arguably Spokane’s biggest party! Every year, thousands of people flock to the downtown area to celebrate … Read entire article »

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Hot Club of Spokane throwing release party for new CD

Hot Club of Spokane will release their debut CD, “Hot Club of Spokane: LIVE! At the Glover Mansion” live, at–where else?–the Glover Mansion, located at 321 W 8th in Downtown Spokane, near Sacred Heart Hospital. The venue has a great dance floor, and the best vintage ambiance in Spokane! The party will be on Tuesday, December 13th. Doors will open at 7pm. The band will start playing at 7:30pm and finish by about 9pm. This is an all-ages event! However, a no-host bar with appetizers, soft drinks, & beer and wine will be available for 21+ with ID. Adults are $10 each, or if you prefer, couples can get in for $25 with a copy of our new CD. CDs are $15 each. Students with ID & Seniors are half off admission. Children 12 … Read entire article »

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Kenny Werner Quintet brings jazz to SFCC

Kenny Werner Quintet brings jazz to SFCC

Tickets are on now sale for a December 2 jazz concert at Spokane Falls Community College featuring the Kenny Werner Quintet with special guests Randy Brecker and David Sanchez (with Scott Colley and Antonio Sanchez). The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the SFCC Music/Performing Arts Building auditorium, Bldg. 15, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Tickets are $15 (adults) or $10 (students and seniors with ID) and can be purchased at Hoffman Music, 440 W. … Read entire article »

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Funk, blues and gospel join jazz at 2012 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

The University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival celebrates its 45th anniversary with jazz, funk, gospel and blues during the four-day winter festival in Moscow, Idaho, which runs Feb. 22-25. The 2012 festival will highlight “Mentors and Masters: Partners Shaping Tomorrow.” “It’s fitting to focus on our mentors and masters, since the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is one of the largest and most anticipated educational jazz festivals in the United States,” said Steven Remington, executive director of the festival. “We’re excited to have greats like NEA Jazz Masters Paquito D’Rivera and Roy Haynes working with the next generation of jazz musicians.” The festival opens on Wednesday, Feb. 22. On that day, select schools will take part in a “master class” created for these invited groups and, along with invited soloists, will perform in … Read entire article »

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Hot Club of Spokane to cut live CD at Glover Mansion

Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls, we’re going to record LIVE and in person at the Glover Mansion! This is a NO COVER event, though we gratefully encourage you to help out by having a drink or two (soft drinks, wine, beer, cocktails available with ID). There’s no better way to warm up for Halloween weekend than a special night out at the historic Glover Mansion! Come participate – be part of our long-awaited debut CD by cheering us on! Space is limited. Please RSVP, but seating is first-come, first-serve. We’ll be recording live at 7pm, Thursday, October 27th. The Glover Mansion is at 321 W 8th Ave, and there is ample free parking just south of the mansion in the hospital parking lot. For more information, send an email to Garrin Hertel: bandleader@hotclubofspokane.com Related Reading: La … Read entire article »

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18 killed in mass panic at Germany’s Love Parade

Crowds streaming into a techno-music festival in western Germany surged through a jammed entry tunnel Saturday, setting off a panic that killed at least 18 people and injured 80 at an event meant to celebrate love and peace. “The young people came to celebrate, and instead there are deaths and injured,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel. “I am horrified by the suffering and the pain.” Criticism quickly fell on city officials for allowing only one entrance to the grounds of a popular event that drew as many as 1.4 million people to dance and listen to DJs spin in Duisburg, near Düsseldorf, in the industrial west central part of the country. The founder of Love Parade, Matthias Roeingh, known by the name Dr. Motte, blasted the planning for the event, saying “one single entrance … Read entire article »

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Seattle Symphony announces new conductor

The Seattle Symphony announced today that Ludovic Morlot, former assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony and the Orchestre National de Lyon who works with symphonies in the U.S. and abroad, will succeed Gerard Schwarz as the symphony’s new conductor. … Read entire article »

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Chilling with Arctic Soul

By Hope Logan Three years ago, local electronic musician Lawrence Mudge quietly began recording under the name Arctic Soul, and putting his music out on a few social music websites. What started as a lark has become a small industry for the self-taught artist. In 2003, Mudge was given a copy of music that a coworker had made himself. Mudge said his coworker told him he creates his own music on the computer. Mudge liked it and decided to try it for himself. Starting in August 2007, Mudge began investing much of his time into creating instrumental rock on his computer, working independently and writing his own material. Since then, he has created many songs such as “Jose Helps”, “Dolls and Pins”, and “Al Dente (the last bite)”, which have garnered high rankings online, … Read entire article »

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Bluegrass music performances and jam sessions coming up

By Jim & Sally Shamp 1. Dave McRae has a solo gig this Friday, May 21, at the Coffee Social, 113 W. Indiana (site of the Brick and Mortar Songwriter series). He’ll start playing around 6:30 to 7ish, and go for a couple of hours. Probably have a few pickin’ friends stop by also. 2.  Thursday evening at the Elks: Music starts at 7 p.m. and the 40 minute +/- show is followed by a Grand Circle Jam! This is turning into one of the most popular midweek bluegrass venues in the area. Lots of good seating and parking, popcorn and beverages, and best of all–top flight music. For more information call Frank Wagner at 509 928 2273. May 20th Paul & Debbie Dickerson; May 27th Hahner Family. 3.  The old time fiddlers … Read entire article »

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Jazz saxophonist Ron Kieper announces upcoming play dates

Straight Ahead Jazz Quartet leader Ron Kieper has lined up a series of jazz duo gigs with his piano player at the Scratch Restaurant in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho: May 12 May 26 June 9 June 23 July 7 July 21 August 11 August 25 All times are 6:00-8:30 pm. Kieper is also currently working on a personal music website. Stay tuned! … Read entire article »

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Entertainer Lena Horne dead at 92

By News Services Stage, film, music and television star Lena Horne has died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said. She was 92. … Read entire article »

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Largest ever SFCC Jazz Festival hosts legendary artists and budding students

By Jocelyn Stott February heats up with hot jazz at the Spokane Falls Community College Jazz and Diversity Festival Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-6. Concerts at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague, include nine-time Grammy-winner Eddie Palmieri and his Latin Jazz Band, featuring Brian Lynch on the trumpet, 8 p.m. Feb. 5, and the Terri Lyne Carrington Quintet, featuring Greg Osby on the saxophone, 8 p.m., Feb. 4. Carrington is on faculty at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Tickets for the Feb. 4 show are $15, general admission, and $22, reserved. Tickets for the Feb. 5 show are $27, general admission, and $32, reserved. Reserve tickets to both shows are $46. Workshops are held each day for about 225 local student musicians from eight area middle and … Read entire article »

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The world has lost a remarkable innovator and musician: Les Paul passes away at 94

By Caroline Galloway Les Paul, acclaimed guitar player, entertainer and inventor, passed away today from complications of severe pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plain, New York, surrounded by family and loved ones. He had been receiving the best available treatment through this final battle and in keeping with his persona, he showed incredible strength, tenacity and courage. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks for the thoughts and prayers from his dear friends and fans. Les Paul was 94.  One of the foremost influences on 20th century sound and responsible for the world’s most famous guitar, the Les Paul model, Les Paul’s prestigious career in music and invention spans from the 1930s to the present. Though he’s indisputably one of America’s most popular, influential, and accomplished electric … Read entire article »

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Billy Taylor celebrates his 88 years with 88 new jazz videos

By News Release Dr. Billy Taylor, who turns eighty eight on July 24th, celebrates this milestone with the posting of eighty eight videos on his website, and a concert at William Patterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Dr. Taylor is the Artist-in-Residence at William Paterson University’s Summer Jazz Week, performing with his Trio, featuring Chip Jackson on bass, and Winard Harper on drums, on July 24th at 8:30 pm.  For tickets, please contact the Shea Center Box Office at 973-720-2371. He will also be working students in the school’s Jazz program, spending a day critiquing ensembles and answering questions in a Master Class setting. For the past six years, Billy has been working closely with web Jazz video maven Bret Primack to digitize his video archives.  Bret has been posting the video on his … Read entire article »

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Billy Taylor celebrates his 88 years with 88 new jazz videos

By News Release Dr. Billy Taylor, who turns eighty eight on July 24th, celebrates this milestone with the posting of eighty eight videos on his website, and a concert at William Patterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Dr. Taylor is the Artist-in-Residence at William Paterson University’s Summer Jazz Week, performing with his Trio, featuring Chip Jackson on bass, and Winard Harper on drums, on July 24th at 8:30 pm.  For tickets, please contact the Shea Center Box Office at 973-720-2371. He will also be working students in the school’s Jazz program, spending a day critiquing ensembles and answering questions in a Master Class setting. For the past six years, Billy has been working closely with web Jazz video maven Bret Primack to digitize his video archives.  Bret has been posting the video on his … Read entire article »

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