Columbia Records Celebrates 125 Years Of Great American Music With 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story
Written by Pulitzer Prize-and GRAMMY-nominated author and historian Sean Wilentz, 360 Sound illustrates sweeping cultural and business changes in music over more than a century
Special deluxe version includes book by celebrated journalist Dave Marsh highlighting his selection of the 263 most important songs in Columbia’s history along with a drive including all tracks
NEW YORK, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Columbia Records will celebrate its 125th anniversary with the release of a book titled 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story on the great American record label and its role in initiating recorded music, cultivating great artists, and igniting cultural change. Written by Pulitzer Prize-and GRAMMY nominated author and historian Sean Wilentz, the book provides a journey through Columbia Records’ storied past and its contributions to entertainment from the invention of commercial recording through the present day.
360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story, published by Chronicle Books, will be released on October 30 th. It begins in the late 1880′s, when Columbia, under the leadership of Edward Easton, seized upon the phonographic inventions of Thomas Edison and others to offer the public the first commercial musical recordings. The book goes on the explore the rich stories of how Columbia’s artists and producers have redefined American music and performance over the past 125 years, at once reflecting and shaping changes in the wider culture.
Simultaneously, Columbia Records will release a deluxe package, which will include, in addition to a hard cover copy of the Wilentz book, a separate book, written by Dave Marsh, entitled 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story: Legends and Legacy. Marsh has culled from Columbia’s vaults a collection of 263 songs and tracks of the greatest historical, as well as musical, significance, and his book offers his thoughts on each selection. The package also includes a beautifully crafted drive with all 263 recordings.
360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story will also be available as an e-book through multiple platforms.
Columbia’s list of major performers, past and present, is unsurpassed and includes much of the most important, and beloved music in all genres, including pop, rock, country, show tunes, classical, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and blues. Artists recorded by Columbia and its subsidiaries have included Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Cash, Beyonce, Adele, Billy Joel, Al Jolson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Robert Johnson, Bing Crosby, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Aerosmith, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Yo-Yo Ma, LL Cool J, James Taylor, Philip Glass, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Jack White, and more.
360 Sound includes 300 rare and intimate photographs from the Columbia archives and sidebar discussions of crucial developments and performers written by eminent music historians Dave Marsh and Colin Escott. The book offers a virtual history of the music industry from its infancy, tracing Columbia’s pivotal technological as well as business innovations, not least its invention of the LP. It also reflects on the connection between Columbia’s artists and music and sweeping cultural and political changes, from the emergence of mass commercial culture to the rise of the civil rights movement and beyond.
The release of 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story will be celebrated with a launch event in New York on Oct. 30 th. Additionally there will be a retrospective exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. An event is set for November 7 th at the Museum on opening day.
360 Sound author Sean Wilentz is one of the nation’s most prominent historians. His books and commentary on music, politics, and the arts have received numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and his writing on music has been nominated for a Grammy Award. He is currently the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University.
Dave Marsh has written more than 20 books on rock and popular music. He has written extensively for publications including Rolling Stone and Playboy. Since 2004, he has hosted a two hour weekly show on XM/Sirius Radio.
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For 125 years, Columbia Records has remained one of the most vibrant and storied names in prerecorded sound, nurturing the careers of legends such as Bessie Smith, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, and many more. Written by distinguished historian Sean Wilentz, 360 Sound tells the story of the label's rich history as it interweaves threads of technical and social change with the creation of some of the greatest albums ever made. Featuring over 300 rare and revealing images from the Columbia archives, this lavishly illustrated celebration is a must-have for any serious music fan.
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Jackson Browne & Lizz Wright to Perform a Benefit Concert For Success Through The Arts Foundation And The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center on June 9th at The Orpheum Theater
AMERICAN JAZZ SAXOPHONIST AND COMPOSER WAYNE SHORTER TO BE HONORED
LOS ANGELES, May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Jackson Browne and Lizz Wright will perform a benefit concert at The Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles for Success Through The Arts Foundation and the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center on Saturday, June 9, 2012. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 27th through Ticketmaster. Premium benefit seating is available through www.sttaf.org.
Generally acknowledged to be jazz’s greatest living composer, American jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter will be presented the Dream Believe Achieve award at the benefit concert. Students from both Success Through The Arts and the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center will also perform.
Success Through The Arts Foundation provides a performing arts education to over 800 students in South Los Angeles through their After-School, Saturday, and Summer programs. They utilize performing arts such as band, dance, and theater as a catalyst to propel students forward and enable them to lead rich, productive lives. In an area where the graduation rate is well below 40%, 100% of the seniors who have participated in Success Through The Arts programs are graduating and attending college.
The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center provides superior arts instruction to under-served students in the heart of Leimert Park in South Los Angeles under the direction of Fernando Pullum. In an area where the surrounding schools offer little or no performing arts programs, the Center provides free, high quality after-school arts instruction in guitar, piano, drama, film, and recording. “Fernando’s passion coupled with his incredible arts curriculum gives these kids a sense of self-esteem and invaluable personal growth. Arts education should be a part of every child’s school experience. It’s a well-documented fact that studying music aids in the development of all kinds of cognitive skills. Fernando’s programs connect the students to the broader spectrum of their lives’ possibilities, and that’s what makes his work so vital,” says Jackson Browne .
For tickets and information visit: www.sttaf.org
About the performers:
Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007.
Beyond his music, Browne is known for his advocacy on behalf of the environment, human rights, and arts education. He’s a co-founder of the groups Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE), Nukefree.org, and Success Through The Arts Foundation, which provides education opportunities for students in South Los Angeles.
Her debut album, Salt (2003), introduced Wright as both an accomplished songwriter and an effortlessly magnetic performer, delivering subtly persuasive performances in understated jazz/R&B settings. Salt won international acclaim and was praised by The New York Times’ Stephen Holden, who wrote that Wright’s “astonishing maturity and poise stirs jazz, gospel and rhythm and blues into a reflective, flowing style that elongates songs into prayerful meditations…,” and described her singing as “pitch-perfect, with a smoky, full-bodied texture… impressive in its steadiness, control and rhythmic subtlety.”
Dreaming Wide Awake followed in 2005, expanding Wright’s interpretive range on a broad array of material ranging from Fats Waller to Neil Young and reached the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart. Her third release, The Orchard (2008), was largely self-penned as she continued to mine her own experiences to create an unmistakably personal musical statement.
Wright’s newest recording, Fellowship, (2010) continues her genre-defying journey, a nod to her roots in gospel on the one hand and her gospel of eclecticism on the other.
About the organizations:
Success Through The Arts
Founded in 2000, the mission of Success Through The Arts Foundation is to utilize performing arts programs as a means of enhancing self-esteem, academic achievement, self-discipline and social responsibility for K-12 students in South Los Angeles. An arts education can ignite a passion within each student for the arts as a whole, and, more importantly, it can serve as a tool to foster those things at the heart of our mission statement: self-esteem and academic achievement. Our After-School, Saturday, and Summer students go on to graduate from high school, attend four year colleges, and many come back to teach the next generation of students in South LA.
The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center
The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center provides quality arts instruction to under-served students in South Central Los Angeles. Through a program of exceptional instruction, curriculum and performance, students build self-esteem and develop a sense of civic responsibility. Our strategy is to present unique, culturally enriching programs and performances, provide our students with access to community service opportunities that serve our neighborhood, and promote academic achievement through our arts curriculum and tutoring program with the goal of each student raising his or her grade point average.
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WASHINGTON, April 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – More than 40 years after Louis Armstrong stood on stage in the ballroom of the National Press Club and let loose some shining, golden trumpet notes for 300 journalists to hear, the huge global audience of Armstrong fans will now hear for the first time what is believed to be his last known recorded trumpet concert.
The story of how a partnership between the National Press Club, Smithsonian Folkways and the Louis Armstrong Foundation brought an obscure recording heard by only a few hundred people that lay dormant for 40 years into a world of millions of people who listen to music on iPads, iPods and other devices is like the jazz version of a treasure hunt.
The story begins with the election of Vernon Louvier, a son of New Orleans as President of the National Press Club. Louvier wanted Armstrong, his favorite entertainer, to consider playing for the crowd at his black-tie dinner. Plans were made for a big event. British journalist David Frost was the master of ceremonies. House Speaker Hale Boggs was there as were George Romney, Walter Mondale and Comedian Mark Russell. Armstrong brought along his wife Lucille and his band of All Stars including Tyree Glenn on trombone and Tommy Gwaltney on clarinet. And they were all in tune.
But Armstrong’s health had been failing in 1970 and he rarely played trumpet anymore. His shows had become appearances of two songs or ten minutes. Late in 1970 he began to try to play trumpet again. But on this night in January 1971 he performed for nearly 30 minutes and played trumpet as well. The crowd of enthusiastic National Press Club members did not know that this was one of the last times Armstrong would perform in public and that they were witnessing history. Within five months Armstrong would pass away in his sleep from a heart attack.
A crew of CBS newsmen who were Press Club members recorded the concert. A limited edition record was made of the show which was coupled with a tribute concert to Armstrong by Glenn, Gwaltney and friends. Together with some Cajun recipes the album was called “Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours: Satchmo at the National Press Club”, and was given to about 300 Press Club members who attended the Louvier inaugural.
For the next 40 years most of these records found their way to attics, basements or garages. A couple of copies made it to the Library of Congress where they were catalogued. And the Press Club kept a couple copies in its own Archives. Like many good topics the discussion of the Louis Armstrong record existed only at the bar of the National Press Club where members would say to each other how great it was and that something more should be done about it.
Out of this conversation came the insistent voice of Press Club member Daniel Doyle, a music lover and producer who had collected all the stories of older members and was a bridge forward to the next generation. Doyle wanted the Press Club to produce and distribute the record. But the Club was not in the music business.
In 2008 Doyle, who had extensive contacts in the jazz world, found a willing ear among Press Club staff including the Archivist and the Executive Director. The Press Club agreed to submit an application for copyright to the Library of Congress for the record. It was a long and tangled process but in the end the Library of Congress would agree that the Press Club had rights to the record but they were limited to the cover art, liner notes, recipe booklet and other intangibles but not to the music itself.
Through contacts Doyle had at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the Press Club began to meet with Smithsonian to discuss what could be done to bring the music public. Eventually the Press Club granted Smithsonian what rights it had, in exchange for Smithsonian agreeing to take on all engineering, production, distribution, marketing and legal costs associated with bringing the music public. Eventually Smithsonian met with the Louis Armstrong Foundation. Agreement was reached in late 2011 that Smithsonian Folkways could produce a public issue of the 1971 record. Some of those involved in the project thought the day would never arrive.
Since then work has been done to create the CDs and to distribute and market the music. Smithsonian chose Jazz Appreciation Week as the perfect time to offer the record to the public and to mark the occasion with a news conference and panel discussion at the National Press Club.
Throughout the process the Club has been building a webpage detailing the process which can be found at http://www.press.org/satchmo. You can find photos and video of today’s events there now and more in a day or so. To order the music you can go to Smithsonian’s site at http://www.folkways.si.edu or via iTunes.
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WASHINGTON, March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — What if your favorite musician could return from the great beyond and play one last set that would, for a moment, make his music live again? And what if the music were new – something you have never heard before? It would be a moment to savor.
Well for those of you who are waiting for Elvis or John Lennon to return, you might have to keep waiting. But for those of you who long to hear the music of the greatest trumpeter of all time, Louis Armstrong, just one more time your dreams may be answered. And you should come to the National Press Club on April 27 for what is sure to be a memorable and historic occasion. On that day there will be a news conference followed by a panel discussion followed by a reception. Details will be released as the date gets closer.
Officials from the National Press Club, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the Louis Armstrong Foundation will announce their agreement to release a recording made on January 29, 1971 in the Ballroom of the National Press Club. The live recording is one of the last times Armstrong played his trumpet in public and is believed to be his last recorded trumpet performance. The recording was made into a limited edition record with only 300 copies most of which have vanished into attics. For several years a determined group of Press Club members have been working with their partners at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to bring the music to the public. Now, with the help of the Louis Armstrong Foundation, the moment has arrived.
On April 24, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the nonprofit record label of the national museum, will release “Satchmo at the National Press Club: Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours” on CD and digital download via www.folkways.si.edu and retailers including iTunes and Amazon as well as the streaming services. The album release is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s celebration of the 11th annual Jazz Appreciation Month.
Armstrong agreed to perform at the 1971 inaugural party of incoming National Press Club President Vernon Louviere who was a Washington correspondent but a native of Louisiana. At the time he was booked, Mr. Armstrong’s health was poor. He had not played trumpet for much of 1970 and his shows were mostly 10 minutes of singing. So the Press Club crowd expected to hear Louis sing a couple of songs. But Armstrong packed his horn when he traveled to Washington. He was feeling better and ready to play.
January 29, 1971 was a gala evening at the Press Club. The master of ceremonies for the event was the British Journalist David Frost. The crowd of journalists, dressed in black tie, had a real sense that they were about to witness history. Louis responded to the crowd’s enthusiasm with more than 30 minutes of spirited singing, scat and to everyone’s great surprise, trumpet. His trumpet was only to be recorded two other times: during a taped television show with David Frost; and on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson before a studio audience. It is believed that neither was turned into a recording offered to the public.
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