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Lourdes Baron helps us to Fall in Love with Jazz, again — EOTM Music Reviews

By Carla B.

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” It pulled me like a magnet, Jazz did, because it was a way that I could express myself.” — Herbie Hancock

Lourdes Duque Baron: All That Jazz

First Listen: Lourdes D Baron, ‘Sinatra’

“The night is young, and it feels like, New York, New York,” Lourdes D Baron croons, “I just want to hear some Sinatra, Some Sinatra,” and she’s got a point. “The Feeling Good At Any Age,” Los Angeles Music Awards winning singer is instantly identifiable. To put it pointedly, there is none other like her. This is a fact. That very first time, this is how you will know…remember. How you will recognize. Whether she’s singing from the bottom or the top of her heart… where the sounds soars way up into the recesses of the nights sky or the morning dew…. you can bet your bottom dollar it reaches those that resonate with the distinct sounds of jazz, yes jazz, the sound of love, of music, that thing that makes the world go round. Yes Sir! There is nothing better. Than LOVE.

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Three years into her career, she’s let the volume dip a bit, but moments of vein-bulging intensity remain.  “As we look at the skyline and I say, man that’s life,” the ole 20′s twang surrounds the deep distinctive yowl with an assortment of new age melodies. At times, the arrangements are downright jarring, as when her deep throaty vocals let fly with some seriously old-fashioned interjections — the repetition of “I just want to hear some Sinatra, some Sinatra. I don’t care where we go.” Or the echoes of “You can fly me to the moon” and “You are such a delight and I like the way you look tonight,” resonance moving amiably along until it builds to one of Baron’s best rafter-rattling bellows. “I just want five minutes more but make it last forever. No Elvis tonight, no now, no never.” A sense of ramshackle playfulness buoys “Sinatra”, as if Baron had made a decision upfront to leave no genre or jazz-music era off-limits in the songwriting and recording process. But this is no mere exercise. Baron use nods to the past as a means of placing her voice at the center of something truly unexpected — remarkable. She may use the same voice she’s always had, but her and her collaborators are still coming up with new ways for people to hear it.” Sinatra gets 5 stars from me!!!!!   Cheers, cheers to you Lourdes Baron.  

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NewMusic-Reviews.com – Lourdes D Baron, ‘You Can’t Take My Man’

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Lourdes Duque Baron proves once again that she can set — and often raise the bar for modern jazz music –

Singer Lourdes Duque Baron has graced us with yet another timeless piece from her latest album ‘Back to Romance.’ The new hit ‘You Can’t Take My Man’ has a way of captivating and charming all who are blessed to hear. Whether they be relaxing in a soothing bubble bath, lounging in their favorite night club, or simply strolling by an open window or door, Mrs. Baron’s sultry, playful tone leisurely weaves through and embraces the melody of the song. It will make you stop, listen, and smile warmly while your body sways naturally to the sophisticated light beat of the sounds of music. Baron demonstrates her unique skills by incorporating a lovable amount of sass, the sexy melody of jazz, with a dash of playful delight emitting from her sultry red lips, the illustrious chords  will have you two stepping all night long. I can dig it.

Lourdes Duque Baron - Hot New Single, "You Can't Take My Man"

This hot new single has become a sensation as it makes it way around the world giving fans the voice and opportunity to tell their rivals: ” I don’t mind your sticky hands, just don’t put them on my man!” Simple yet effective, straight to the point. You Can’t Take My Man gets 4 stars for raw talent and bravery! It’s upbeat yet mellow, relaxing yet exhilarating. It’s in effect, shameless & celebratory…and I loved it. This swanky sticky icky icky original rendition was produced by the talented Mr. Andrew Lane. Cop it for yourself on iTunes, Amazon or Spotify! Stay tuned and I promise to keep you updated on more hot new tracks and other exciting projects from the accomplished Diva Mrs. Lourdes Baron.


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Get READY: "Feeling Good At Any Age" will be on the Big Screen very Soon!! ~ Congrats Lourdes!!

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Singer Lourdes Duque Baron Swags Her Way To Grammy Consideration

(EOTM Public Relations) – Los Angeles, California – Oct 11, 2014 - The breakout singers latest single “My Spring In Paris” has accomplished an unprecedented feat, according to some — making the grade in itself.

67 yr old award winning author and singer, Lourdes Duque Baron is celebrating a humbled welcome and early acclaim from the entertainment industry, her peers and music enthusiasts alike — as the beauty queen is in consideration for the upcoming 57th Grammy awards process.

Lourdes has made a swift and impressive mark in music, helping to bring back class and sophistication to an lackluster era. The starlet is the business — and an absorbingly wonderful entertainer. Her vogue is a wonderful, spirited rendition of a life lived fully, dipped in candy-coated sentiment – basked in a lovers collection of twangy ballads – that both the budding and the versed can dig.

The breakout singer has garnered many accolades in such a short span of time on the scene — and they continue to trickle in from her debut CD, Feeling Good At Any Age, which also received an overwhelming amount of thumbs up across the music circuit.

It seems the Me And Mr. Jones crooner draws from deep down in her inner most soul… and creates a sum greater than its parts. The result. A showcase of melodies and exceptional vocal harmonies called, My Spring in Paris.

No wonder she is adored by her fans.

Under the direction of Grammy-winning, multi-platinum producer Andrew Lane, Mrs. Baron’s talents shine within each carefully crafted verse. Her music affirms her vocal range as a poignant singer and theatrical storyteller.

RELATED: Lourdes Duque Baron ‘Me & Mr. Jones’ Reviews: What Critics Are Saying

Coincidentally, the 2015 Grammy Awards are still more than four months away – but I would like to make an “informed prediction” on which rising star/breakout vocalist stands to earn a nomination at musics most esteemed award show.

Envelope please. (paper tearing)

**Clearing my throat**

Can you say, Lourdes Duque Baron!!

The multi faceted entertainer proves that age “ain’t nothin’ but a number!”

Lourdes Duque Baron: My Spring In Paris is available at iTunes .

By Carla B.

Jazz Legend George Duke dead at 67

Published by EOTM News Editor on August 6th, 2013 - in Breaking News, Celebrity Deaths, Jazz Music, Music News

Jazz musician George Duke died Monday in Los Angeles, he was 67.

A pioneer in the funk and R&B, Duke had been battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia, according to his label Concord Music Group, which confirmed his death.

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“The outpouring of love and support that we have received from my father’s friends, fans and the entire music community has been overwhelming,” said his son, Rashid Duke, in a statement. “Thank you all for your concern, prayers and support.”

Born in San Rafael, Calif., Duke aspired to a music career from an early age, after his mother took him to a Duke Ellington concert.

“I remember seeing this guy in a white suit, playing this big thing, which I later found out was a piano,” Duke told USA TODAY in 1997. “He had all these guys around him, and he was waving his hands conducting, and he spoke very intelligently and seemed to be having a good time. And his name was Duke, and my last name was Duke. I told my mom, ‘I want to be him.’ That moment in time set the stage for me.”

Over the course of his four-decade-plus career, the Grammy Award-winning keyboardist put out more than 40 albums and collaborated with artists such as Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Jill Scott and Michael Jackson. His music was also sampled by Kanye West, Daft Punk and Common.
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“It’s a wonderful thing that has happened under the banner of jazz,” Duke told USA TODAY of his career longevity. “In R&B and rock, when you are over a certain age, they say goodbye to you. But in jazz, you just kind of level off and continue to gain respect, so long as you keep your integrity.”

Duke’s final album, DreamWeaver, was released July 16 and made its debut at No. 1 on Billboard‘s contemporary jazz chart. It was his first new music since the death of his wife, Corine, last year.

News Source: USA Today

Carla B. Interview with Founder of Ruby Flower Records ‘Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez’

By Carla B.

Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez  has had monumental success throughout her career, a member of the Jazz Journalists Association, Dr. Ana  is also a Biologist, writer, jazz editor, independent filmmaker, music/art promoter and producer. Educated in Europe and self- taught Victorian patchwork maker, she has worked on this art since the early 90s and has presented her craft in France and Luxembourg. She is also an accomplished scientist who began training on insect-plant pathology and biological control research at the age of eighteen and has lectured and cooperated in miscellaneous capacities throughout South America, Europe, Africa, East-Europe, Japan, China and New Zealand. Ana Isabel Ordonez is also an Agronomic Engineer with Masters and Doctoral degrees in Genetics, Forestry and Animal Biology. She was awarded by the Colombian Society of Entomology with the national prize, Hernan Alcaraz-Viecco. In 2004 she published a book which enlightens integrated pest management strategies in Luxembourg. She has also published numerous articles on the value of nature.

Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez is as busy as ever bringing her fantastic, heartfelt initiatives to the forefront nationally and internationally.

Ordonez continues to pour her “heart and soul” into creating new art and sharing with the world art that should be never forgotten, hence her participation with the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial benefit.

With only weeks away from the 2012 Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Benefit, Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez stopped by for a candid interview to talk about the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Benefit, how she found herself involved with such a wonderful organization, what bringing Christopher Kennedy Lawford aboard meant to her and the similarities she shared with him.

Carla B.: Hello Dr. Ana, so happy to be able to speak with you about all the great things you are doing! As you well know, there is an exciting benefit coming up, the Dizzy Gillespie/Englewood benefit which is dedicated to Jazz Musicians in need. Can you explain why this important?

Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez: Of course, Carla. Dizzy Gillespie was a major force in the jazz world.  He died in 1993.  One of his wishes was to help fellow jazz musicians that were uninsured – he wanted them to be treated for free at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.

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The hospital team decided they would honor Dizzy’s last wishes.  Dr. Frank Forte was Dizzy’s oncologist. He and Dr. Bob Litwick created a network of physicians, who bestowed to privately treat the Jazz Foundations’ uninsured musicians for free and provide operations and diagnostic testing and treatment. The Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund was born and it’s the first fully free medical treatment partnership of musicians in America. The Dizzy Memorial is a 100% donor-supported fund.  Jazz is the most important American form of art, it’s vital to help musicians in health crisis.

Carla B.: That’s wonderful! Yes, I recently sat down with Dr. Francis Forte, and he shared those tidbits as well. You all are such a Gods gift to these musicians!

I noticed you are also founder of Ruby Flower Records. What types of genres do you work with? Tell us a little bit on how that came into formation.

Dr. Ana: I and trumpeter Herb Robertson founded Ruby Flower Records in 2005. I was at a turning point in my life and wanted to burn my passion for art and jazz so we founded the recording label focusing mainly on avant-garde music. The label yearns to please connoisseurs and purist audiophiles.

Our slogan is simple:  ”Creatively speaking…Where the talents blossom”… we  have produced innovative music while searching for a technical excellence on the releases. The success of an Indie label is never reached nightlong. However, my force of will is strong and I’m a hard worker and I have the certitude that my passion and love for music will drive Ruby well into the future. This is the legacy I will leave behind. I’m exploring other aspects of art like poetry and theater pieces for children but the main objective of the label stills the avant-garde niche.
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 Carla B.: So you are definitely a music lover. Or so it appears…

 Dr. Ana: Absolutely!!  There is no other way to be for me. I’m too direct, sometimes sharp. As I said I’m driven by passion and willpower.  When I love I do with my guts, my heart and a part of my brain. I live and breathe for Art and this music. I’m talking about Avant garde music. It’s a niche, its needs supporters. I have been blessed because I had worked with luminaries and Jazz Masters. I have learned a lot from them. My work with Maestro Cecil Taylor brought a big deal of maturity into my life and also startling revelations about myself, about what and who I am. Herb Robertson is the most inspiring trumpeter I have ever met. He’s so sensitive and complicated! His emotional radar detected fakeness and it guided me for years. This small niche is rich on history and forward tendencies. But I should say that I appreciate all kind of music. There is not bad or good music; there are sounds, spaces, phrases. Music is a universal language that carries peace and love. I happen to spend many hours listening to classic music too. Sometimes I cry…beauty makes me cry… I think it is the joy involved with beauty that moves me. How lucky I am that I can hear! Life has blessed me abundantly. Music can be complex but it’s one of the simplest things you can find and enjoy every day. I’m grateful for this, for being alive, and for having found my place in the universe. In that universe music vibrates on my heart all the time.

Carla B.:  You are excellent at painting pictures. I am sitting here visualizing this very beautiful world of music that you speak of…and I can see and feel it too! I guess that makes me a music lover as well. We are definitely kindred spirits…in this sense. Tell me…what was the first concert you ever attended Jazz?

Dr. Ana:  It was in 90 in Praha. It was just after the fall of the Berlin wall. Praha is a gorgeous city and there is this bridge, the Charles Bridge. Jazz musicians were there playing those wonderful standards. I was dazzled because their music was an expression of a retrieved freedom. I remember to have met this young Czech musician who showed me part of the town and his big band which played swing and bebop, I loved it! This man was so full of hope and joyful. He showed me how beautiful it was to live … following his own inspiration. After that encounter I wanted to know more about this type of music. I think nothing comes to us randomly. Some things are just meant to happen. I count my blessing every day and even if my journey has been hard and bumpy at the edges, I consider myself a blessed woman for having met that man…

When I went back from Praha I wanted to play an instrument. I was ballet dancer during my youth and played guitar but my favorite instrument was trombone so I decided to pick up the trumpet very late. I mean REALLY late. Therefore I’m a terrible trumpet player but I wanted to believe…. I took lessons with many trumpeters including my dear friend and fabulous trumpeter from Luxembourg, Ernie Hammes. We now laugh about that time.  I can play “My funny Valentine” (which is a song with a lot notes!) “Summertime”, “Sonnymoon For Two” …but for sure not now…You know what they say: when you play trumpet…if you don’t play one day, you know it, if you don’t play two days , your friends know it and if you don’t play three days everybody know it. (Ana Chuckles) I have no excuses for my lack of practice well…yes may be one: I totally suck but I do believe and I’m sincere, that’s important. I thought that taking lessons with everybody would help me but trumpet is a very hard instrument and you have to begin early in life…Still it’s never late to test the joy from time to time of playing in pitch a high C.

So, yeah I think my blast with jazz started that spring day in Praha. My ultimate jubilation was seeing Dizzy playing at Banlieu Blues in Paris in 1991.  It was a concert with Miryam Makeba. I remember every song they played. Those two moments marked my passion for live Jazz.

Carla B.: Wow Ana, that was really beautiful. You are probably the most open and honest person I have ever interviewed. It’s as if you are 100% okay with every aspect of you…from the fun and somewhat quirky to the genius in you. I know my readers feel this as much as I do….for that….I am very grateful and humbled to have this opportunity to sit with you.

What do you love the most about experiencing live jazz as a fan?

Dr. Ana: I think I’m more than a fan. I’m engaged to this music. It’s part of me and my life. The experience is celestial like when you lie in bed listening to the rain outside? It’s hard to put words on what I feel and how I love live jazz.  The greatest pleasure in music comes when you hear it.  In many live jazz concerts I found myself giggling like if I were in a bubble bath.  I get butterflies in my stomach every time I listen to live jazz. I could call it love for music and for me that’s unconditional and stronger than time.

Those moments of absolute joy can’t be stolen from me because it doesn’t depend on happenings   as happiness does, but is in that moment.  When I listen to jazz I feel my life is worth living. Jazz goes beyond sounds; it’s also standing up for people’s rights!  It’s taking away someone’s pain. When you attempt a concert you are paying respect to the music. I know I put a smile on someone’s face! I take joy in knowing there are truly honest jazz musicians out there, descent people that I have had the chance to meet. Some of those people share themselves and their love of music with the world. I know I have experienced joy listening to live jazz, a joy deeper than pleasure or happiness.  I have received it as a gift that remains with me.  I think people call that beatitude.

 
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 Carla B.: In your opinion, what is it about Dizzy Gillespie that has left an imprint on music lovers worldwide?

 Dr. Ana: To me Dizzy had a truly Avant garde spirit, he elevated jazz to a called “elitist” music genre.  It was around the 40s when Monk, Miles, Bird, Mingus and Dizzy begin to play “faster”. Bop and Bebop emerged on the musical scene and everlastingly changed the print of jazz music. This revolutionary new form fore-teller the birth of modern jazz.  Bop was radical because the melody became additional; the improvisations were founded encircling harmonies and chords, the big bands where more or less left aside encouraging smaller groups. The music got more complex and may be harder to absorb. The tempos speeded up, and extended soloing became the focal point.  Swing became then an old-fashion kind compared to this articulation coaxer genre. Nonetheless, inaccessibility avoids bop to attain commercial success as swing did.

Dizzy Gillespie is definitely the founding father of modern jazz and a major figure in 20th century American music.  Who doesn’t know his facial expressions, sense of humor, moon cheeks and bent trumpet?  Dizzy initiated an intense, high-speed revolution that becomes an enduring jazz style. Don’t forget that he also embodied Afro-Cuban music into jazz, creating again a new genre.  His career was very long and sustainable. He was brilliant; an inventor, a virtuoso. Dizzy Gillespie tot up all fields of American popular art!

 Carla B.: Considering you are also founder of a production company and label what is your opinion on trends in music this year, with artists like Lady Gaga that seem to have major influence?

 Dr. Ana: This is a very interesting question. On these days every college student has an iPod or MP3 player as a part of their existence. Now everybody is talking about an IPhone 5 with much functionality. For me that’s almost unknown territory. Listen to the radio, there are many number of music genres and styles that many people are able to connect with. I see that popular trends in music are going towards underground/indie music, mainly rock and pop. This seems to be the leading competition for the last few years.

Jazz has become “elitist” music. I spent several years on the road with jazz musicians. I observed the audiences. I rarely saw young people on those concerts. It’s sad because this music has roots on what was the origin of rock and pop.

Indie music has gone great beyond that and has for some reason created a farcical amount of sub-genres that fall under its wispy category. With all those copious sub-genres, almost any artist can label themselves as an indie artist or band. Add to these all the social networking sites and music blogs…artists are now able to fleetly many fans. Thus, in a way, indie, as genuine as it wishes to be, is dropping in mainstream. Some popular artists among young generations are: Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, Jay-Z, The Black Keys, Adele….

The lowdown, garnered from music collections and computers speaks of how pop music is edging a golden age.

Carla B.: I definitely agree with you 100% and it is really unfortunate that Jazz music is not as popular with our youth as genres such as pop and rock.

Let’s talk about the upcoming benefit, The Dizzy Gillespie Memorial taking place on October 16th at the historic Cotton Club in New York.You have a couple  fabulous hosts and thanks to you..I had the privilege to interview one in particular, Christopher Kennedy Lawford. A fascinating and humble gentleman that has had his fair share of struggles with addiction. Was this a key factor for you in choosing him to host? You also mentioned before that this benefit really hits home for you. Can you share what you meant by that?

 Dr. Ana: Well…this year fundraiser is very special. Since several years ago I’m following the work of Christopher Kennedy Lawford. First I was amazed for his sincerity and courage for being able to talk about the stigma of addictions, he came from a very well known family and I know by my own experiences that in certain families there are things you just don’t talk about. Then I bought his books. I cried reading it but I laughed too. He has this fabulous sense of humor mixed with a lot grace.  All that reading brought me back to painful memories I have endured in the past dealing with alcoholic/drug addicts artists  and with my own co-dependent demons too.

I came from a family of  alcoholics, workaholics and hysteric characters. My father and my uncle  drank heavily and eventually died because of this disease. They were brilliant as a medical doctor and DDS,  work- functional but the family was and still totally dysfunctional and like in many dysfunctional families some members are in denial. I discovered addictions are a genetic disease when my brother (a brilliant medical doctor and politician) was in a detox for alcohol, drugs and sex addiction at the South Miami Hospital. You know, I was living in the U.K at that moment and my mother called me up saying they need me there. So I went to Miami and spent ten days supporting my brother. The meetings were a revelation to me : all those folks talking about their stories were sending me a mirror. It was so painful…and I told me : “wait a minute, who am I?. Each story is like a part of me. I’m just a co-dependent. When it was my turn to talk I stood and I reckon… I was a co-dependent” . My brother and I got into each other arms and cried together for 30 minutes.  I think that saved my life. That was in 98. I now know this disease can kill, in many ways. That brother I adored so much died in 2001, just few years after his detox in Miami. He got back into politics and power and got killed by the guerrillas. He was 37 years old… After he died, my family really got atomized. The silence and no explanations almost killed my soul. But, you see? Since I was nine years old I knew I have to be away from my family  in an effort to save myself. Now I understand that I cannot save them. I had to deal alone with my own demons. It has been a very hard journey but I did it alone, I did it in my way. I am just beginning to come to terms with being an adult child of addicts, and I understand this is a pattern from my upbringing. I know many jazz musicians alcoholics and drug addicts. Some of them see it as a “therapy”, may be because they’re still alive and functional… but on getting too involved in their lives just re-enforced my co-dependent character.
When I discovered Dr. Forte’s cause I knew that was a way to help those musicians without getting involved in their addictions. By my own experience I know the most difficult part is to talk . I think Christopher Kennedy Lawford is an example of a real phoenix and his story and endeavors are so inspiring that I’m sure his presence, meeting with Dr. Forte at the fundraiser will tremendously benefit the music community. This is an illness, there is not shame or stigma in talking about it, to help each other and if we want to heal, we can!.

Carla B.: Yes Ma’am….that is so true. I want to thank you for being so candid. You are such a beautiful person inside and out and it reverberates when you speak. You are not just a musician and a doctor you are a spiritual healer of sorts….its your God given talent or at least one of them. Thank you so much Dr. Ana for your time — this interview… I’m sure has not just touched my heart….it has the power to touch and heal anyone with a heart of compassion. Cheers to you Ana…cheers to you!

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Carla B. interviews Dizzy Gillespie’s longtime Physician & Founder of the Memorial Fund benefiting Musicians in need, ‘Dr. Francis Forte’

By Carla B.

It is isn’t often that you’re fortunate enough to sit down with a renowned Doctor who attended medical school at Yeshiva University Albert Einstein College of Medicine, graduating in 1964 — with over 48 years experience.Not to mention this fine physician also being an esteemed Jazz Musician, as well as friend and doctor of American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer Dizzy Gillespie.

Francis Forte, MD and Dizzy Gillespie met some twenty years ago. It was music and medicine that brought these two extraordinary human beings together and it’s the same combo that still intertwines them in spirit and practice today.

Dr. Forte was kind enough to sit down for an interview with me and share his knowledge, his experience working with Dizzy Gillespie and how the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund was born. Let’s get started!

 

Carla B. : Dr. Forte, thank you for your time.  I hear that you are a jazz musician as well, how exciting! Please tell us about your background in music and medicine.

Dr. Forte: Well, Carla, I think I’ve always wanted to be a doctor.  As a little kid, the sound quality had static. I agreed to make the sick people better.  Then, I went into oncology and hematology where the sick people really need to be made better, but often it is not measured in a cure.

When I was 11 years old, I found a ukulele in my grandmother’s attic and taught myself how to play it.  My father suggested that I play the guitar and brought home a $12 Stellar, and guitar players of my vintage will know exactly what I mean.   From there, it was lessons, seminars, bands, all kinds of fun things although I must confess that the guitar did gather a lot of dust while I was in medical school.  Now I play solo jazz guitar on a nylon string one night a week in a restaurant.  It encourages and impels me to keep in shape and practice.  I try to read and listen to other musicians as much as I can and keep up my reading music skills.

Carla B.:  Thank you for painting that wonderful picture for me! How did the relationship with Dizzy Gillespie and Englewood Hospital come about?

Dr. Forte: Dizzy was a patient with pancreatic cancer.  His general practitioner asked me to see him and then our relationship began.  Try as much as we could, the surgeons, the oncologists and the radiotherapists, Dizzy was not to be made better.  To be made more comfortable and to be given some support, yes, but not to be cured.  Pancreatic cancer is one of the worst cancers that we deal with.  During that time, we talked a great deal about music and I enjoyed his unique sense of humor as well as his genuine feeling for musicians and friends.  Everybody at Englewood knew Dizzy Gillespie and would say hello to him and he would stop and have a chat with them on the street.  He was that kind of guy, you liked him immediately.  When he was dying, he told the administrators of the hospital that he would be glad to give his name to the hospital to use for whatever they wanted, as long as we helped musicians who did not have life as good as he did.  He said, perhaps, they had a lot of skill and they had a lot of good futures in instruments, but some way or another, not everybody makes it, that’s the way God wants it.  I’ll never forget that and I think that may be because God wants us to help some people that really are not getting to where they ought to be.  So, we got in touch with the Jazz Foundation, which was founded by a number of greats like Jamil Nasser, Billy Taylor, and a businessman who was also a jazz pianist, Herb Storfer.  They were the nuts and bolts of the Jazz Foundation, and I must include Jimmy Owens, who is now a Master of the National Endowment for the Arts.  They were very impressive and very helpful.  They helped us choose the people that we should help and have always helped them and helped us help them as well.  The Jazz Foundation started a few years before the Dizzy Gillespie Fund, but soon I became involved in the Jazz Foundation as well.

 Carla B.: Wow, I am so in awe right now. The Jazz Foundation has done so many great things for musicians in need as well, kudos to them and continued success. What did you do to start the Dizzy Gillespie Fund and keep your promise to take care of indigent jazz musicians?

Dr. Forte: Well, first of all, I had the full cooperation of the hospital in terms of paying for hospitalization, drugs, inpatient studies, outpatient studies, and second of all, I have a team of about 70 wonderful physicians who are also willing to give their time, pro bono, to help this cause.  Without that, I don’t think anybody can succeed in this day and age of medicine.

Carla B.: So Dizzy Gillespie died of pancreatic cancer.  Correct.  Did he have health insurance?

Dr. Forte: Yes he did.  Did I ever worry about how much money his illness was costing or what he needed?  No, I just gave him everything that I thought he needed.

You know the Jazz Foundation does many other things, trying to keep people in their homes, keep their union dues paid, telephones working, and get them some gigs.  When there is a disaster somewhere, we do as much as we can, remembering Katrina, wherein we did a lot.

Carla B.: That’s really wonderful Dr. Forte. What services does this wonderful network of doctors provide?

Dr. Forte: Medical visits, medical treatments, surgeries, direction.  We are a little thin on home care and on outpatient services other than those provided by doctors but we are working on that.

Carla B.: Is there a cost to musicians?

Dr. Forte: Only to say that they need help and to come and get it and to be approved by the Jazz Foundation, and that is because I do not, nor do my colleagues, know all of the people who are truly jazz musicians and I like to make sure that we have a uniform way of accepting patients for care.

 Carla B.: How large is your pro bono network?

Dr. Forte: Well, it is 70-some-odd doctors in Englewood Hospital and that includes many different specialists as well as internists and general practitioners.  Our network extends to Englewood Hospital only, however, and often includes screening programs and educational programs for the patients.
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 Carla B.: How can musicians get funding for their illness?

Dr. Forte: In general, budgeting for health insurance should be included.  They should try to get their union dues paid and try to get enough union-supported gigs so that money will be put aside for their pension plan and their health plan.  That’s a little bit hard for jazz musicians, especially in some of the big cities and especially when we don’t have an organized concert tour or facility that contracts music that respects these things. 

Carla B.: What if they have no insurance?  What if they didn’t have enough quarters for Social Security?

Dr. Forte: Then, we take care of them and that’s in more than just a health and sickness way but through the Jazz Foundation, a lot more of their needs are met as we mentioned above, housing, and food…food, imagine, food…a fellow who’s played music all of his life and has entertained people and made them feel happy has to worry about what he’s going to eat, but these are things that we are trying to do more and more of.  Unfortunately, we have to include drug counseling and alcohol counseling and free legal counseling which occurs from time to time when these fellows get themselves in a jam or when they’re getting thrown out of their apartment illegally.

Carla B.:  Since 2001, this network of amazing doctors has grown to other states where you all have found uninsured musicians who need help.  Is this something that will continue indefinitely?

Dr. Forte: I hope we’re going to be able to continue.  The costs are high and the funding is getting thin.  My advice to other physicians who want to do this is to be dedicated to it, spend the time that it takes, and convince your hospitals to help you.  Otherwise, you will have a very hard time making any headway meeting the non-physician costs that are encountered with the patient’s care.

You know that in certain instances such as the Katrina disaster, we have been there.  We spent a fair amount of money and time helping these people relocate, get jobs elsewhere, get involved in the jazz in the school program to make some money and also to replace music, instruments and things that were lost during the flood that were necessary for their survival.

Vegas TicketsCarla B.:  Is the Jazz Foundation of New York connected to the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial?

Dr. Forte: More correctly, the Jazz Foundation of America, which is based in New York and started in Herb Storfer’s apartment with one little desk for the executive to work with, now has an office in the Union Hall on 48th Street.  The Jazz Foundation of America is connected to the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial in the ways that I’ve mentioned before.  Some of the fundraising that goes on at the Jazz Foundation of America is for the Dizzy Gillespie Fund at Englewood Hospital.

Carla B.:  How can donors help support the work of the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund?

Dr. Forte: If they send money or a check to the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund at Englewood Hospital, c/o The Development Office, 350 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ  07631, we will use it to the best of our ability and 100% in efforts for the patients.  If you have questions, you can always reach me at the same address or our Development office.

Carla B.:  There are now thousands of musicians that can have a fulfilled life and are singing and dancing because of the Dizzy Gillespie fund and you, Dr. Forte, and your wonderful network of physicians.  How does this make you feel?

Dr. Forte: It makes me feel very good.  It makes me feel like I’m doing something for people that have done something for me, that have helped shape my life.  They’ve played music that has bolstered me up at times when I would much rather have sat in the corner and cried. They inspired me to continue to play my guitar.  By the way, when I play my gigs, any money that I get, whether it’s passing the hat or actually from the club owner, all the money goes to the Dizzy Gillespie Fund because I am not a professional musician and I know who needs the money more than I do, so how does it make me feel and how does it make all of my compatriots who are helping in this?  We feel real good.  You should see the excitement that the doctors have when they have one of these patients.

This changed my life a lot.  I had to learn a lot of things.  I had to learn about musician-related injury and problems with lack of sleep, lack of good food, being on the road, and depression, because a lot of artists who don’t feel that they are up to where they belong are depressed or, at least, sad.  I also had to learn how to get help for people in specialties other than my own when I’m over my head, and that’s more often than I wish it were, but it is a fact so I do that and I think the specialists appreciate that and enjoy helping us out.

Carla B.: I commend you and your colleagues, you all are doing such a great service for these musicians and you are such an inspiration. Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with me, it’s truly been an honor. One last question, will you be performing at the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Benefit on October 16?

Dr. Forte: Yes,  two songs.

Carla B.: I am definitely looking forward to seeing your performance. Thanks again Doctor Forte.

Dr. Forte: Thank you very much.

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Jazz lovers unite at Concert to Benefit the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund



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Jazz lovers unite in an Intimate Concert to Benefit the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund

Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez, Ruby Flower Records, Christopher Kennedy Lawford and Cheryl Wills joins with The Dizzy Gillespie/Englewood to Fundraiser for Jazz Musicians worldwide in New York, October 16th at the incarnation of the Historic Cotton Club in New York.

LOS ANGELES, CA–(EPR – August 10, 2012) The ritzy fundraiser supports the “Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund” which underwrites the costs of hospitalization, diagnostic tests, and a full range of surgical and medical care for jazz musicians who are uninsured and in distress. Since its formation, the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund-Englewood Hospital has provided over $5 million in medical services, the Fund is 100% donor supported.

Dizzy Gillespie was one of the most influential figures in many American musical forms, having first revolutionized jazz in the 40s by being one of the acknowledged inventors of bebop; and then again in the decades that followed when he championed the rich rhythms of Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, and Brazilian music that, to a large extent, still dominate jazz to this very day. Born October 21, 1917, Cheraw, South Carolina, John Birks Gillespie, Dizzy moved to Philadelphia with his family at age 18 and joined Frankie Fairfax’s band before moving on to New York City and Teddy Hill’s big band in 1937.

Later he played with all the greats—Ella Fitzgerald. Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Earl Hines, and Billie Holliday. Gillespie was the first jazz artist to be sent abroad under the auspices of the United States government, spreading American goodwill and good music around the world. John Birks Gillespie died on January 6, 1993 in Englewood, New Jersey.

Actor, writer and activist in the substance abuse recovery movement, Christopher Kennedy Lawford will host the illustrious event.

Christopher spent 20 years in the film and television industries as an actor, lawyer, executive and producer. He is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption (2005) and Moments of Clarity (2009). He has also published Healing Hepatitis C (2009) and his newest work, Recover to Live, Kick Any habit, Manage Any Addiction, is forthcoming. In recovery for more than 26 years from drug addiction, Mr. Lawford campaigns tirelessly on behalf of the recovery community in both the public and private sectors. He presently works with the United Nations, the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse, the White House Office on Drug Control Policy and the World Health Organization. He also consults with Fortune 500 companies and numerous non-profit groups, speaking around the world on issues related to addiction, mental health and Hepatitis C. In 2009, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Lawford to the California Public Health Advisory Committee. In 2011, Mr. Lawford was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime to promote activities supporting drug treatment, care and recovery. He also serves as National Advocacy Consultant for Caron Treatment Centers. Mr. Lawford holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University, a Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School and a Masters Certification in Clinical Psychology from Harvard Medical School where he held an academic appointment as a Lecturer in Psychiatry.

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Mr Lawford will be accompanied by NY1 Anchor Woman , Cheryl Wills. Mrs Wills is an award-winning television personality for Time Warner Cable’s flagship national news network, New York 1 News, based in New York City. She has been with the news channel since its launch in 1992 and the journalist is also the author of Die Free:  A Heroic Family Tale  which traces her great-great-great grandfather Sandy Wills’ courageous service in the Civil War as a member of the United States Colored Troops.  On March 25, 2011, Cheryl Wills made history as the first journalist invited to speak inside the United Nations General Assembly Hall for the International Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Cheryl is also a blogger for the internationally renowned The Huffington Post and she contributes to Essence.com.  A nationally recognized public speaker, Cheryl has been tapped to host and speak events at The Essence Music Festival, McDonald’s Gospel Fest, The Congressional Black Caucus and The World Summit of Mayors in Senegal West Africa. As a television journalist, Cheryl Wills has been a reliable guide through everything from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to moderating televised discussions about the presidency of Barack Obama. She has received numerous awards for her work including New York Press Club and AP Awards, the YMCA National Black Achievers in Industry Award.  In 2010, McDonald’s honored Wills as a broadcasting legend during a regional ad campaign. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from New York College of Health Professions in May of 2005. Her acting work has included playing herself in television shows like NBC’s Law & Order SVU and major motion pictures such as Freedomland, starring Samuel Jackson, and The Brave One, with Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard. Wills is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and is the V.P. of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists,  an active member of The Women’s Forum of New York, The Links, Incorporated, The Inner Circle of City Hall Journalists,  The New York Press Club, and The Screen Actors Guild.  Cheryl is also proud to be a The Founding Commander of the New York Chapter of the “Sons & Daughters of the United States Colored Troops”.

Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez, who is a member of the Jazz Journalists Association, a writer, editor, independent filmmaker, poet, music/art promoter, publisher and producer. Ordonez was educated in Europe and is an accomplished scientist who has lectured and cooperated in miscellaneous capacities throughout South America, Europe, Africa, East-Europe, Japan, China and New Zealand. Ana Isabel is a Doctor of Sciences in Animal Biology and holds three post doctorates. Ordonez has been a recipient of multiple grants : The Dutch Embassy Luxembourg, The American Embassy Luxembourg and Ville de Dudelange for her film projects on film Noir and Jazz, in 2009 by Augusta Savage Gallery, University of Massachusetts for her film project on the Shoah. Ana Isabel is also the founder of Ruby Flower Records.

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