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Institute of Jazz Studies: IJS Roundtable, 1-21-15 “Concept of Blues Analysis by Radam Schwartz”

Institute of Jazz Studies: IJS Roundtable, 1-21-15 “Concept of Blues Analysis by Radam Schwartz”

Please join us on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 when the Institute of Jazz Studies will present a Jazz Research Roundtable entitled: "Concept of Blues Analysis by Radam Schwartz".

Summary: Blues Analysis is a system of analyzing music. It attempts to demonstrate that there is a linear and harmonic system in the blues that is prominent in jazz vocabulary and is quite distinct from the diatonic system. This can also lead to a re-appraisal of jazz history.
Radan Schwartz, Hammond B3 organist and jazz pianist, has built his reputation over the last 30 years playing with such great musicians as Arthur and Red Prysock, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Al Hibbler, David "Fathead" Newman, and Jimmy Ford. He continues to make music history today playing with renowned artist Cecil Brooks III, Russell Malone, the Spirit of Life Ensemble and many others.  
Radam's prolific career has led to many successful recording, Organized (Muse Records, 1995), was mentioned in the B3 Bible as one of the essential organ records of all time. In 2005, Radam's recording Conspiracy for Positivity (Blue Ark Records) occupied a spot of the National Charts for 12 straight weeks, climbing as high as number 15. Magic Tales, the second recording with his group, was released on Arabesque Records in 2007, and got as high as #11 on the charts stayed there for 14 weeks. In March 2009, Savant records released Blues Citizens by Radam and an all-star group which made it to #9 on the national charts. In August of 2010 Arabesque released one of Radam's more daring recordings that combined the jazz vocalese style with the organ groove entitled Songs For the Soul, and this recording reached #23 on the national charts.
In 2009 and 2010 Radam received awards from Sesac for jazz compositions. He was also mentioned in the world famous Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll in August 2008. He was also awarded a  grant from the Morroe Berger-Benny Carter Jazz Research Fund.
Radam has been a jazz educator for almost 30 years. He was the musical director of the Jazz Institute of New Jersey for 15 years which won the Louis Armstrong Award from the IAJE in 1996. Radam has been an artist-in-residence at Middlesex County Arts High School for over 25 years, and currently is on the teaching staff at Jazz House Kids (JHK) in Montclair, NJ. He is the instructor for the Mosaic Jazz Ensemble at Rutgers-Newark. In 2012 Radam's ensemble at JHK won first place nationally in the Charles Mingus competition. He taught at the Montclair State University Jazz Connections camp for 16 years and is currently a part time instructor at the Jazz Academy at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. He was also a staff accompanist at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University between 1986 to 1997. Radam received a Masters degree from the Jazz History and Research Program at Rutgers-Newark in 2012.


It runs from 7 to 9 PM in the Dana Room of John Cotton Dana Library, 4th floor, Rutgers University-Newark.

For directions: <http://www.newark.rutgers.edu/maps/>

Vincent Pelote
Interim Director
Institute of Jazz Studies
Rutgers University
Dana Library
185 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
phone: 973-353-5595
email: pelote@rulmail.rutgers.edu


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