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The Jazz Scene in New York City is Alive and Well

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urban radio personalities, rap radio stations,r&b radio station, hip hop music radio, black female singersNew York’s vibrant jazz scene is the envy of the world. For decades, musicians from around the United States and abroad have convened in New York’s renowned jazz clubs. Jazz clubs attract people of all backgrounds and are locally in some of the most diverse neighborhoods in New York, including Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side, and other places.  New York City is widely considered as the Jazz Mecca and these five jazz clubs help maintain its status as the most premier jazz scene in the world. All the venues listed below, prove that New York City was and will remain in the near future to be the undisputed Jazz Capital of the World.Blue Note: “The Jazz Capital of the World”From down the street, you can see a piano, slightly ajar, jutting out from the building. Above it a banner, in royal blue and white, is the iconic Blue Note logo with its eighth note in the middle. Inside, the scene is even more amazing. It’s feeling is intimate and the musicians can be heard clearly. The tables are compact and closely packed, instantly creating an intimate and comfortable setting to relax and enjoy the music.   The club itself was founded on September 30, 1981, by the owner and founder Danny Bensusan. New York City’s premier jazz club boasts iconic performers ranging from Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, among others. The club is famous overseas as well by maintaining locations all around the globe in Japan (Tokyo and Nagoya), Italy (Milan), China (Beijing) and Slovakia (Nové Mesto nad Váhom), and elsewhere in the United States (Waikiki and Napa in Hawaii and California respectively). Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola: “One of New York City’s most intimate music venues”Located five stories from the New York City’s always-moving energy is Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in Frederick P. Rose Hall of Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC). The iconic jazz club is sometimes considered the epicenter of the jazz scene in New York.  Dizzy’s Club, the lights are turned down, the food is exquisite (and expensive). What is maybe the best part of Dizzy’s Club is the palette of musicians you are able to hear. From cool jazz, to R&B, to bebop and the blues, Dizzy’s Club really lives up to its hype. The club itself is named after trumpeter Dizzy Gillepsie, one of the pioneers in the development of bebop and modern jazz in the 1940s alongside the alto saxophonist Charlie Parker. Iridium:“New York City’s Best Live Music Venue”The Iridium Jazz Club is easy to miss from the outside. On either side, a Mamma Mia! sign and a Stardust restaurant look much more imposing. But inside, Iridium is vibrant, far out teaching the energy in other places in New York City. It is widely known as the “Home of Les Paul,” a now-deceased guitar legend that performed weekly at the venue. Located at 1650 Broadway, nearby Jazz at Lincoln Center, it is considered a musical landmark where with its neon signs, 180-seat capacity, and high-quality food, Iridium is a force to be reckoned with.Jazz Standard: “One of the World’s Top Jazz Venues”This club hosts some of the most renowned bands in the worlds as regular performers from the Mingus Big Band, to the Mingus Dynasty, to the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra.  Located on the Lower East Side in the Rose Hill neighborhood of New York City, the Jazz Standard is owned by restaurateur†Patr Danny Meyer in the basement of one of his many Blue Smoke restaurants located around New York City. Birdland: “Your Choice for Virtuoso Live Jazz in New York City”Situated in Midtown Manhattan at 315 West 44th Street, Birdland Jazz Club is the sight to see. This coming December will mark its sixtieth anniversary since its founding in December 1949. Birdland has a rich history. Its headliner was the Charlie Parker, who alongside Dizzy Gillespie, was one of the forefront pioneers and champions of bebop and modern jazz. Consistently, jazz legends had been regulars at the iconic venue, From Count Basie to John Coltrane, the performers’ list has been nothing short of spectacular. It was at this venue that the now unforgettable George Shearing tune “Lullaby of Birdland” was originally recorded. The clubs did not just attract jazz musicians but also household celebrities including Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra. 

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Valerie Simpson To Receive The ASCAP Foundation George M. Cohan Friars Foundation Award

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R&B And Pop Icon Valerie Simpson To Receive The ASCAP Foundation George M. Cohan Friars Foundation Award; Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Melinda Wagner To Be Honored With The ASCAP Foundation Masters Award

At The 2018 ASCAP Foundation Honors In NYC On December 12

Two music pioneers who have excelled in their respective genres — R&B and pop icon Valerie Simpson and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Melinda Wagner — will be recognized at the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Honors on December 12 in New York City. Simpson will receive the distinguished ASCAP Foundation George M. Cohan Friars Foundation Award while Wagner will be honored with The ASCAP Foundation Masters Award at this invitation-only event. "Valerie, together with her husband Nick, has written some of the most memorable songs of the 20thcentury," said The ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams"This award recognizes the whole of Valerie's talents and her multifaceted career which continues to bring so much creative joy to so many people." Williams continued, "We honor the career of distinguished concert composer, Melinda Wagner, for her rich catalog of work, her achievements, and recognize her important work as an educator and mentor. She is well-deserved to be the next recipient of The ASCAP Foundation Masters Award." Simpson has served on The ASCAP Foundation board for 21 years, and established the Reach Out and Touch Award which honors her late husband Nick Ashford by advancing the careers of promising songwriters with financial assistance for professional recordings of their work. Ashford & Simpson were a musical force for over three decades. The celebrated pair is responsible for such classics as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "You're All I Need to Get By," "I'm Every Woman," and "Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand."  They were previously honored by ASCAP with its highest honor, The Founders Award. Simpson currently owns and operates The Sugar Bar in New York City, and has appeared on Broadway. Wagner is a celebrated composer and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1999 for her Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion.  Her works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.  Recent performances have included the American Composers Orchestra, the United States Marine Band, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Wagner has been recognized with a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and ASCAP.  She currently serves as the chair of composition on the faculty of The Juilliard School of Music and gives master classes, often at many esteemed institutions including HarvardYale, Eastman, Juilliard, and UC Davis. Melinda Wagner was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2017. The ASCAP Foundation George M. Cohan Friars Foundation Award honors the work of a multi-talented person connected to the music industry who has led a multi-faceted career and achieved success in a variety of roles including but not limited to composing performing, writing, directing and producing. The award was established at The ASCAP Foundation in 2013 by the Friars Foundation.  In honor of the award recipient, a contribution in the amount of $2,000 will be made in their name to The ASCAP Foundation Children Will Listen Program. Children Will Listen introduces the American Musical Theater to youngsters who might otherwise not have the opportunity. The ASCAP Foundation Masters Award is presented to an ASCAP member who has lived a life rich in artistic achievement, and whose music is matched by personal integrity and dedication to education. In addition to celebrating music creators who have excelled at their craft, The ASCAP Foundation Honors showcases the contributions The Foundation makes to nurturing new talent by recognizing its 2018 high school and college scholarship and award recipients. The evening will also feature performances by rising talent in various musical genres.

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WNET Presents “My Everyday Hustle” — An Original Digital Series Profiling Everyday People in...

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They are often nameless, yet they are part of our daily routine. They walk our dogs, make our lunch, drive us to our destination, deliver our packages, and entertain us in the subway. An integral part of the fabric of any city -- including New York --they are the people we interact with every day.

My Everyday Hustle, an original digital series from Chasing the Dream, WNET's multi-platform initiative on poverty and opportunity, offers five first-person accounts to reveal the struggles, successes, and explores the everyday hustle of New Yorkers who support themselves and their families in jobs that are often overlooked. In this series they share how they are chasing their version of the American Dream.

Shot in New York City, My Everyday Hustle, introduces us to a dog walker, Nadir Samara; a street cart vendor, Walid Abdelwahab; an on-demand driver, Cecilia Brentlinger; a courier, Daniel Rodriguez; and a subway performer, Heidi Kole; who are all working hard to just get by. How do they make ends meet in one of the most expensive cities in the nation? Is the American dream achievable for them?

This series will be available on the Chasing the Dream: Poverty & Opportunity in America website Fridays, July 14 through August 4 and Thursday, August 3. Each runs approximately five minutes. As part of the launch for My Everyday Hustle, there will be a social media component with a companion photo series on Instagram and short clips on Twitter.

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My Everyday Hustle

"The Dog Walker" – Friday, July 14

Ever wonder how dog walkers manage those enormous packs of dogs, let alone support themselves? Meet Nadir Samara, a New York City dog walker who makes more money walking dogs in Brooklyn than he did working for an insurance company in Philadelphia. A recent college graduate, Nadir's "everyday hustle" means walks during the day, rain or shine, so that he can work on film projects -- his true passion -- at night and support himself.
"The Street Vendor" – Friday, July 21

There are an estimated 10,000 street food vendors in New York City, many of whom are immigrants. Walid Abdelwahab is one of them. His "everyday hustle" is working long hours cooking and selling food from a cart in Manhattan to support his family. He also confronts constant challenges that come along with vending on New York City's streets, from long hours to obstacles deliberately placed on "his" piece of sidewalk. If he can't work, he can't feed his family. Yet for him, it's all part of his American Dream.
"The On-Demand Driver" – Friday, July 28

On-demand drivers are becoming a vital and sometimes controversial part of every American city. But these drivers face challenges in their "everyday hustle" from road rage, to personal safety issues, to low pay. Cecilia Brentlinger came to New York from Peru in search of a better life for her son. She started working as an on-demand driver for the freedom of determining her own hours, but quickly learned this flexibility comes at a price.
"The Courier" – Thursday, August 3

Weaving and whizzing through traffic, bike couriers are synonymous with a thriving city. In a world where practically everything is "on-demand," they contribute vitally to delivering things almost instantly. Twenty-one-year-old Daniel Rodriguez loves being a bike courier, but he relies on tips to supplement his hourly wage of $11. Still living at home in the Bronx, he gives half of his earnings to his mother to pay bills, but will he be able to save enough to finish college and start his dream career?
"The Subway Performer" – Friday, August 4

While millions of New Yorkers ride the subway to work, Heidi Kole is already at work busking. Despite the tough crowds and the dangers, Heidi's "everyday hustle" means singing her heart out. She competes with trains and cellphones for your ear -- and your donations. But does she make enough to get by?
Following the presentation of My Everyday Hustle online, the five-part digital series will be packaged into a half-hour program and air Friday, August 11 as a MetroFocus Special at 5 p.m. on WLIW21; 5:30 pm on NJTV; and 6 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

My Everyday Hustle was produced by: Geraldine Moriba, Executive Producer; Hazel Gurland-Pooler, Producer; Maya Navon, Associate Producer; Julie Florio, Videographer and Editor; Andrew Robertson, Videographer and Editor; and Ed Hersh, Programming Consultant.

Chasing the Dream: Poverty & Opportunity in America is WNET's multi-platform public media initiative providing programming on poverty, income equality, and opportunity. Since 2015, the initiative has produced reports, including news segments, documentaries, and radio and digital stories. These stories have been seen by a cumulative 14.7 million viewers on television alone and the Facebook postings have had over 3.5 million impressions.

Major funding for Chasing the Dream: Poverty & Opportunity in America is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation.

WNET Presents "My Everyday Hustle" — An Original Digital Series Profiling Everyday People in...

rfocus.org

They are often nameless, yet they are part of our daily routine. They walk our dogs, make our lunch, drive us to our destination, deliver our packages, and entertain us in the subway. An integral part of the fabric of any city -- including New York --they are the people we interact with every day.

My Everyday Hustle, an original digital series from Chasing the Dream, WNET's multi-platform initiative on poverty and opportunity, offers five first-person accounts to reveal the struggles, successes, and explores the everyday hustle of New Yorkers who support themselves and their families in jobs that are often overlooked. In this series they share how they are chasing their version of the American Dream.

Shot in New York City, My Everyday Hustle, introduces us to a dog walker, Nadir Samara; a street cart vendor, Walid Abdelwahab; an on-demand driver, Cecilia Brentlinger; a courier, Daniel Rodriguez; and a subway performer, Heidi Kole; who are all working hard to just get by. How do they make ends meet in one of the most expensive cities in the nation? Is the American dream achievable for them?

This series will be available on the Chasing the Dream: Poverty & Opportunity in America website Fridays, July 14 through August 4 and Thursday, August 3. Each runs approximately five minutes. As part of the launch for My Everyday Hustle, there will be a social media component with a companion photo series on Instagram and short clips on Twitter.

Chasing the Dream: Poverty & Opportunity in America –
My Everyday Hustle

"The Dog Walker" – Friday, July 14

Ever wonder how dog walkers manage those enormous packs of dogs, let alone support themselves? Meet Nadir Samara, a New York City dog walker who makes more money walking dogs in Brooklyn than he did working for an insurance company in Philadelphia. A recent college graduate, Nadir's "everyday hustle" means walks during the day, rain or shine, so that he can work on film projects -- his true passion -- at night and support himself.
"The Street Vendor" – Friday, July 21

There are an estimated 10,000 street food vendors in New York City, many of whom are immigrants. Walid Abdelwahab is one of them. His "everyday hustle" is working long hours cooking and selling food from a cart in Manhattan to support his family. He also confronts constant challenges that come along with vending on New York City's streets, from long hours to obstacles deliberately placed on "his" piece of sidewalk. If he can't work, he can't feed his family. Yet for him, it's all part of his American Dream.
"The On-Demand Driver" – Friday, July 28

On-demand drivers are becoming a vital and sometimes controversial part of every American city. But these drivers face challenges in their "everyday hustle" from road rage, to personal safety issues, to low pay. Cecilia Brentlinger came to New York from Peru in search of a better life for her son. She started working as an on-demand driver for the freedom of determining her own hours, but quickly learned this flexibility comes at a price.
"The Courier" – Thursday, August 3

Weaving and whizzing through traffic, bike couriers are synonymous with a thriving city. In a world where practically everything is "on-demand," they contribute vitally to delivering things almost instantly. Twenty-one-year-old Daniel Rodriguez loves being a bike courier, but he relies on tips to supplement his hourly wage of $11. Still living at home in the Bronx, he gives half of his earnings to his mother to pay bills, but will he be able to save enough to finish college and start his dream career?
"The Subway Performer" – Friday, August 4

While millions of New Yorkers ride the subway to work, Heidi Kole is already at work busking. Despite the tough crowds and the dangers, Heidi's "everyday hustle" means singing her heart out. She competes with trains and cellphones for your ear -- and your donations. But does she make enough to get by?
Following the presentation of My Everyday Hustle online, the five-part digital series will be packaged into a half-hour program and air Friday, August 11 as a MetroFocus Special at 5 p.m. on WLIW21; 5:30 pm on NJTV; and 6 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

My Everyday Hustle was produced by: Geraldine Moriba, Executive Producer; Hazel Gurland-Pooler, Producer; Maya Navon, Associate Producer; Julie Florio, Videographer and Editor; Andrew Robertson, Videographer and Editor; and Ed Hersh, Programming Consultant.

Chasing the Dream: Poverty & Opportunity in America is WNET's multi-platform public media initiative providing programming on poverty, income equality, and opportunity. Since 2015, the initiative has produced reports, including news segments, documentaries, and radio and digital stories. These stories have been seen by a cumulative 14.7 million viewers on television alone and the Facebook postings have had over 3.5 million impressions.

Major funding for Chasing the Dream: Poverty & Opportunity in America is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation.

Nick Cannon's 'Wild 'N Out' Breaks Records

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Nick Cannon’s ‘Wild ‘N Out’ Breaks Records

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WCBS NEWSRADIO 880AM Hosts 50th Anniversary Event & Performance By Tony Bennett

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Pandora To Host Sounds Like You: NYC Featuring Nas, Young M.A and Dave East

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On July 19, just as New York City's summer hits its stride, Pandora will celebrate the sounds of New York City with PANDORA SOUNDS LIKE YOU: NYC. New York's own NAS, YOUNG M.A, DAVE EAST, and the legendary BIZ MARKIE will perform for fans at this free event which takes place at Brooklyn Steel. 

Beginning July 12, listeners can tune into the Pandora Sounds Like You: NYC mixtape exclusively curated by Mass Appeal - featuring a selection of hip-hop's greatest hits and anthems made famous in NYC over the past three decades. Following the event, the Pandora Sounds Like You: NYC station will also feature audio from the live performances.

"This event is a natural extension of the Sounds Like You campaign which was created to highlight the hyper personal music experience on Pandora. And on July 19, Pandora will sound like New York City, its artists and fans," said Jeff Zuchowski, vice president of artist marketing at Pandora. "We are honored to work with Nas, an iconic New York City voice with over a billion spins on Pandora. We're also excited to welcome Young M.A who drew great crowds at Pandora's SXSW activation, Dave East, whose weekly station adds are largely from fans in New York City, and New York's own legendary Biz Markie. The popularity of these artists and their music on Pandora is a true testament to the power of hip-hop."

Pandora Sounds Like You: NYC attendees will be treated to custom activations from sponsors including: Cantu Beauty ®, Lincoln Tech, MetroPCS.

ESPN Films Presents DOC & DARRYL 30 for 30 Premiere

ESPN Films Presents DOC & DARRYL 30 for 30 Premiere

Radio Facts: doc_darrylWith the official red carpet premiere of ESPN Films Presents Doc & Darryl going down June 29th at the Joseph Urban Theater in New York, fans won't have to wait too long to see this masterpiece.  The actual film will be available for fans to watch on ESPN July 14th.  This one should be a classic.Directors Judd Apatow (“Trainwreck,” “This Is 40”) and Michael Bonfiglio (“You Don’t Know Bo”) will explore the lives and careers of former New York Mets superstars, the young flame thrower, Dwight “Doc” Gooden and feared power hitter Darryl Strawberry.When they were good, they were great; the biggest stars on a team that captured the imagination of New York City and won the 1986 World Series. But when life spiraled out of control for both men, Gooden and Strawberry inadvertently broke the hearts of Mets fans. “They were going to be our guys for years,” laments Jon Stewart in this evocative yet searing 30 for 30 documentary.Reunited at a diner in Queens, the pitcher and the power hitter look back on the glory days of the mid-80s and the harrowing nights that turned them from surefire Hall of Famers into prisoners of their own addictions. Listening to Doc talk about missing the World Series parade down the Canyon of Heroes, or Darryl counseling others at his ministry, you can only wish that these two very different men had not followed the same destructive path.https://youtu.be/bohuS2CZJys
ESPN Films Presents DOC & DARRYL 30 for 30 Premiere

ESPN Films Presents DOC & DARRYL 30 for 30 Premiere

Radio Facts: doc_darrylWith the official red carpet premiere of ESPN Films Presents Doc & Darryl going down June 29th at the Joseph Urban Theater in New York, fans won't have to wait too long to see this masterpiece.  The actual film will be available for fans to watch on ESPN July 14th.  This one should be a classic. Directors Judd Apatow (“Trainwreck,” “This Is 40”) and Michael Bonfiglio (“You Don’t Know Bo”) will explore the lives and careers of former New York Mets superstars, the young flame thrower, Dwight “Doc” Gooden and feared power hitter Darryl Strawberry. When they were good, they were great; the biggest stars on a team that captured the imagination of New York City and won the 1986 World Series. But when life spiraled out of control for both men, Gooden and Strawberry inadvertently broke the hearts of Mets fans. “They were going to be our guys for years,” laments Jon Stewart in this evocative yet searing 30 for 30 documentary. Reunited at a diner in Queens, the pitcher and the power hitter look back on the glory days of the mid-80s and the harrowing nights that turned them from surefire Hall of Famers into prisoners of their own addictions. Listening to Doc talk about missing the World Series parade down the Canyon of Heroes, or Darryl counseling others at his ministry, you can only wish that these two very different men had not followed the same destructive path. https://youtu.be/bohuS2CZJys

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