Kamasi Washington Announces Free Concert To Kick Off NYC’s SummerStage

first_imgRising star Kamasi Washington will play a free concert this summer as a part of Central Park’s SummerStage series. Coming off a year in which the tenor saxophonist released his debut album, The Epic, to rave reviews, Washington will join a long list of celebrated jazz artists to play the NYC series, the first coming in 1986 held at Central Park’s Naumberg Bandshell, featuring the Sun Ra Arkestra.Says Heather Lubov, the executive director of the City Parks Foundation, “For the last couple of years we’ve been identifying a theme, something that’s relevant to New York City.” She adds, “This year, given what seems to be a resurgence of the music particularly with younger jazz artists, it made sense to infuse jazz throughout our festival.”Other performances at this year’s SummerStage will include a June 4th appearance by the McCoy Tyner Quartet and groups led by the bassist Ron Carter and the drummer Roy Haynes as a part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival, as well as Jason Lindner’s Breeding Ground in Marcus Garvey Park on August 26 and the Donny McCaslin Quartet in Tompkins Square Park on August 28 as a part of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival.SummerStage’s full schedule will be released this April and available here, but in the mean time, you can check out this live performance by Kamasi Washington via Jazz Night In America featuring several cuts from The Epic including “Askim,” “Change of the Guard” and “Henrietta Our Hero.”[Quotes via The New York Times]last_img read more

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Men’s Hockey: Badgers prepare for Border Battle series against Gophers

first_imgTh University of  Wisconsin men’s hockey team (14-13-4, 8-9-3 Big Ten) will take on longtime rival University of Minnesota (16-13-1, 7-10-1 Big Ten) this weekend in Madison with games on Friday and Saturday night.Wisconsin and Minnesota are both in the latter half of the top 20 in the USCHO standings, ranked No. 17 and No. 12 respectively.  With 16 teams making the Frozen Four and only four games left in the regular season, the Badgers will need to have an impressive run to earn a spot in the tournament.The Badgers have been playing solidly of late, riding the momentum from three weeks ago when they upset No. 1 Notre Dame at a neutral site in Chicago. Since that game, Wisconsin’s only loss has been when they split their last series against University of Michigan.Men’s Hockey: Badgers take on Wolverines, enter home stretch of regular seasonThe Wisconsin Men’s Hockey Team enters February riding a three-game winning streak and preparing to face a critical point in Read…Wisconsin scores slightly more than Minnesota at 3.26 goals per game to the Gophers 3.21. Luke Kunin leads the Badgers in this category with 12 goals on the year whereas Rem Pitlick is the primary option for Minnesota with nine goals.Despite comparable offensive output, Minnesota’s defense has been significantly better, averaging almost half a point less per game at 2.47 goals to Wisconsin’s 2.9 goals.Wisconsin will be without their head coach, Tony Granato, who is off in South Korea leading the charge for the United States Olympic Team.First puck drop will be in the Kohl Center at 8 p.m. Friday night and the next game Saturday at 8 p.m. with coverage of both available on BTN Plus.last_img read more

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VGC, Native FC Dominate at Nike Soccer Tourney

first_imgThe maiden edition of the Nike Homecoming football competition came to a thrilling end recently with VGC FC and Native FC emerged champions of the tournament.The three-day event, which was a mixture of music, art and sport was organised by Boy Better Know Africa and the sporting segment of the event was curated by BallOff and took place at Upbeat Centre in Lekki.The football tournament was in two fold with the first made up of mixture of male and female players from various backgrounds, as well as local academies.The second part of the tournament had an array of international celebrities and social influencers which included the Nigerian/British  musician Skepta and others.In the first tournament final, VGC FC defeated Chad FC by 2 – 1 to win that category of the tournament.Whilst Immaculate FC defeated  Industry Fc by  2 – 0 to win the third place match. The other teams that featured in this category were, YM FC and FBG FC.The second part of the tournament had various celebrities battling it out for the coveted first place position. Former Super Eagles players such as Daniel Amokachi, Garba Lawal, Ike Shorunmi, Julius Aghahowa and Taribo West also graced the event by playing a novelty match with the All Star team selected from the celebrity tournament. The Ex-internationals won their match 2 -1.At the closing ceremony, the Brand Communications Manager, Nike football, Mr. Neil Potter, said that the company’s aim of organising the tournament is to create a meaningful cultural exchange which was certainly achieved.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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