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Thoughts and Comments - by KID LUCKY
Improvised music is the root of all creation. Big words but for those who
have not reached that level but improvise, you will. I have seen past,
present and future while under the influence of a heavy groove. Which is
why I feel that improvised music is more than just entertainment. Improvised
music has healing purposes and teaches us many things or makes us more
aware to the (((vibes))) that are around us. Jazz is a very good example of
improvised music being an open healing force and than becoming a
"controlled substance." Improvised Music was the root of it all in classical
music. But after Beethoven created the the whole writing thing, because
he was going deaf, it seems like it became a forgotten art in classical music
as well. We won't even go to the heart of Black American music. So many
Duke Ellingtons Before Duke Ellington and during, it is boggling. But we are
told that if we cannot read it, and if you can't write it, then it is not music.
Sun Ra is so powerful that when I was sick "Space Is The Place" cured me.
Improvised music is credited to being the beginning CREATIVITY... Well
According to Christians and other religions, their Gods CREATED heaven
and earth. And there you have it - improv is the root of all creation.
I do feel that improvised musicians should work harder at connecting
with each other around the U.S. and beyond. And that the Only way to
do it Is to gather funds to create a larger record label that has the
Prince deal: leave the creating up to the artist and the business of
promotion and other label administrative stuff to the label.
Or to start up a large space similar to the Lincoln Jazz
Center. Just size, not music. I mprov musicians must bang down NARAS's
door so that we can get the credit that we deserve; for being able
to create on the spot. Do you really think that Wynton Marsalis can play
jazz like Cecil Taylor? Heck no! Cecil can create for hours take a break and
then play again! Wynton Marsalis can't even go through the first round!
Also, improvised music holds the key to unity amongst the masses.
In improvised music, listening is more important than playing. Now if you
apply that to many different relationships you would find that arguments,
wars and other difficulties would drop dramatically if people were more
sensitive to each other. To be able to work with sound is similar to working
with people. Improvised music is alive and must be treated with respect
Kid Lucky projects!
Urban Acappella is a magnificent vocal concept bringing jazz, trip hop and
r&b together with three of the most unique vocalist to hit the
scene.Featuring Miles Griffith, M and Kid Lucky the young mastermind behind
this project; are showing the future of of a cappella jazz. What is more
amazing is that these amazing pieces of music are all improvised!
Improvised music is making a huge comeback in the NYC jazz and
music scene and NEW YORK CITY JAM SESSION INC. is on the cutting
edge of it. Founded by it's president Terry(kid lucky)Lewis, NEW YORK CITY JAM
SESSION INC. began in the fall of 1999. NEW YORK CITY JAM SESSION INC.
started an improvised jam session at the Sidewalk Cafe
located at 94 ave.A (on the corner of East 6 street and ave.A)
now currently happening every Wednesday from 11:00pm - 1:00am.
It is the place to be on a late wednesday night. some of the musicians that
have shown up to play or just check it out are Sabir Matten, Codi Mundi,
Luther Thomas, Ed Littman, Danny Zanker, Bruce Mack, On Davis, M,
Thierno,Adam Feller, Tom Chess, Tor Snyder and countless others in the Free
For more info 212-222-3532 or email email@example.com
NEW YORK CITY JAM SESSION INC. is at it again with a new spin on the
whole slam scene. With all the musicians complaining about other musicians
and who is good and who sucks... bring all the gripes to
"The Open Improvised Slam Jam Competition!".
What is it?
1. go to the Pink Pony at 7:30pm on Tuesday March 7
2. Sighn up. First 25 musicians get on list. So get there early!
3. Competition starts at 8:00pm
4. Each musician gets 3 - 5 min to create an improvised piece with
thier own instrument (a drum kit and guitar amp are also provided)
Each musician is judged by three judges picked out of the audienc before the
5. After 1st round the ten lowest scorers are subtracted and the remaining
15 musicians compete in the 2nd round.
6. After 2nd round is over the next 10 lowest scoring musicians are
subtracted. Leaving only 5 musicians to compete for the grand prize
7. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of each week will compete at the end of
the month for $50.00
8. Your hosts of the competition will be Dan Walsh, Tor Snyder and Kid Lucky
9 Admission is $5.00
Pink Pony is located at 176 Ludlow st.
sighn up at 7:30pm showtime 8:00pm
starting Tuesday March 7, 2000
For more info contact Terry at 212-222-3532 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org