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Will Calhoun celebrates the legacy of Elvin Jones

Will Calhoun makes a new appearance on Musicians' Corner's pöatform


Will Calhoun
An article with Will Calhoun


Elvin Jones means many things to me. He was my introduction to rhythmical individualism. I was very young when I first heard him, which was on a record with John Coltrane that was playing at my house. It was very striking, didn’t sound like anything else. It was highly forward-moving, and not the same language as the other giants.


Later I met him, and my meeting him included a drum clinic at SIR studios as well as talking to him backstage, from where I also watched him as he set up and tuned up – both intense experiences.


I went to his funeral. I became friends with his tour manager and wife, Keiko. I haven’t contacted her since we made the album, but back then she wanted me be on a tribute tour, and after Elvin passed over I sat in with his band.



Will Calhoun's album cover


I decided that I wanted to do a tribute album many years ago, but I wasn’t sure how. For a long time I thought about covering the On The Mountain-album in its entirety, which was the original idea. But as I did research I found so many great recordings. I have tons of recordings with him. Then Motéma Records approached me and wanted me to do the album with them. A Sonny Fortune-interview was also part of the process that lead to the making of this album.


I only wanted Elvin alumni on it. Carlos McKinney, Antoine Roney and Keyon Harrold are among my favorites. I didn’t expect that Christian McBride would be available, but he contacted me and requested to be on the album.  Jan Hammer is also a favorite. I was surprised that he said yes. There are also people who are with us in spirit on this record. There is 40 000 years of drum information on it through Doudou Ndiaye and his sons on their Senegalese sabar drums. This is where drums came from, and the modern contribution – that of the drum set – is American.


More tribute albums should absolutely be made. We live in the age of social media, and we live at twice the speed of sound not remembering a thing. Max Roach should be celebrated. They made such huge contributions. We need to remember the depth in the music, and the stories and lifestyles behind it.



Besides this project I currently have an exhibition. With Living Colour I have a mixtape out, which is a cover of Biggie’s  “Who Shot Ya?” protesting the gun violence. Our new album, Shade, will probably be released during the first quarter of next year, and we will be touring after that. I will also play a few select gigs with the Elvin Jones-project, such as a gig at Blue Note.



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Will Calhoun has previously contributed to Musicians' Corner. Read that article HERE.

Ruth Saxelby received the Music Journalist of the Year-award

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Music journalist of the year Ruth Saxelby

The Music Journalist of the Year 2015 is Ruth Saxelby.

Earlier in the year Musicians' Corners' artist-jury elected Saxelby, currently at The Fader, as the recipient based on your nominations.

And yesterday Ruth Saxelby received her much deserved award in New York.

Singer Emma Larsson presented the award.

The artist jury's motivation for awarding Saxelby's journalistic work is:


Ruth Saxelby is our choice. We have done many interviews, and questions can occasionally feel contrived. Saxelby's approach to questioning artists keeps the interest of the reader, while moving the subject matter in a cohesive manner.  As performance artists ourselves, we appreciate her insight and attention to the topic. It was refreshing to read about subjects we don't often read about, such as the inspiration of a film composer. Saxelby is a talented writer, and we hope that she will have many years of unique and insightful journalism.


The artist-jury for the award this year are Kent Beatty, Will Calhoun and Mfa Kera.


This was Musicians' Corner's second annual Music Journalist of the Year-award. In 2015 it first went to Derek Walmsley.

The importance of quality music journalism can't be overestimated, and we very much want to acknowledge it here at Musicians' Corner. We look forward to following Ruth Saxelby's work in the coming years.



Ruth Saxelby: http://www.thefader.com/contributor_hub/ruth-saxelby

Emma Larsson: http://www.emmalarsson.com/

Kent Beatty: http://www.kentbeatty.com/

Will Calhoun: http://www.willcalhoun.com/

Mfa Kera: http://www.blackheritage.de/

The Music Journalist of the Year-award for 2014: http://www.musicians-corner.net/Derek-Walmsley-received-The-Music-Journalist-of-the-Year-award/

The Music Journalist of the Year-award: http://www.musicians-corner.net/category/presentation/

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The Music Journalist of the Year 2015 is Ruth Saxelby!

Article in the section Articles about the Music Journalist of the Year award

logo for the Music Journalist of the Year award on Musicians' Corner



   We are proud to announce that the recipient of The Music Journalist of the Year-award for 2015 is Ruth Saxelby.

   Ruth Saxelby is managing editor at The Fader, and has also contributed her journalistic skills at Pitchfork, The Guardian, Dummy, and Dazed & Confused.

   Among the excellent articles that Saxelby produced during the previous year you find examples such as these:


Techno Pioneer Derrick May Is Ready For Detroit To Get Its On-Screen Dues

In Conversation With The All-Knowing Ryuichi Sakamoto


   Musicians Corners' artist jury's motivation for awarding Ruth Saxelby with the title Music Journalist of the Year:


Ruth Saxelby is our choice. We have done many interviews, and questions can occasionally feel contrived. Saxelby's approach to questioning artists keeps the interest of the reader, while moving the subject matter in a cohesive manner.  As performance artists ourselves, we appreciate her insight and attention to the topic. It was refreshing to read about subjects we don't often read about, such as the inspiration of a film composer. Saxelby is a talented writer, and we hope that she will have many years of unique and insightful journalism.


   The artist jury for this year's award were Kent Beatty, Will Calhoun and Mfa Kera.

   The annual Music Journalist of the Year-award was first presented in 2015.

  



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Season's Greetings from T.M. Stevens!

 

 

  We have received a text from one of the amazing artists who got this site started!

  Bass legend T.M. Stevens contributed a film to Musicians' Corner in December 2013, and that really meant a lot to the development on this site. (Watch it below!)

  Today T.M. shares his thoughts on the year that is about to come to a close and his hopes for the one that is about to begin. And not only that. He also shows us a few pages from his photo album of his colleagues and friends.

  Enjoy!

 


T.M. Stevens on stage

" The music business has really changed, in that when I was playing music in the mid 80's and all throughout the 90's, I made a really good living, as the recording session business was really doing great, and the Musicians Union set how much we got paid to record. Some sessions were to overdub, but most of the sessions were playing with full bands and all together. Now and all through 2014, most of the music is all computerized samples and loops, and they don't use real musicians to record those songs, so the music these days sounds very robotic and with no soul.

What caught my ear, is last New Years Eve, I flew to Washington DC and played with the great Dr. John from New Orleans, and just by listening to his left hand on the keyboards, I played about 18 songs with no rehearsal and it rocked, and was all real music. "

 


Dr. John and T.M. Stevens
Dr. John and T.M. Stevens

 

" A few weeks ago, I found out that a great friend of mine passed away, and he's a legendary bass player from the famous 60' band called “The Cream”. His name is Jack Bruce, and we both did a jam session together at the Warwick New York Shop, (as we both are Warwick endorsers), and even though it was two basses, it really rocked. "

Jack Bruce ~ , T.M. Stevens and Mordy Ferber

 

" I also miss Whitney Houston in music. I really miss her and her great talent. "

 

Whitney Houston ~ , ''So Emotional'' video with T.M. Stevens 

 

" For 2015, I pray with my heart and soul that REAL MUSIC WILL COME BACK, AND REAL MUSICIANS WILL PLAY TOGETHER AGAIN WITHOUT COMPUTERS AND LOOPS. Thank You Maria & Musicians' Corner..”T.M.” "

 

T.M. Stevens, Richie Kotzen, Will Calhoun

With Richie Kotzen, Will Calhoun

 

T.M. Stevens, Clarence Clemons and band

With Clarence Clemons ~ and band



T.M. Stevens and Stevie Wonder

With Stevie Wonder

 

Bernie Worrell, DeWayne 'Blackbyrd' McKnight, Cindy Blackman-Santana, T.M. Stevens

With Bernie Worrell, DeWayne 'Blackbyrd' McKnight and Cindy Blackman-Santana

 


Sheila E, T.M. Stevens

With Sheila E


 







 

 

 


 


T.M. Stevens, Dough Wimbish, Jeff Berlin
With Doug Wimbish and Jeff Berlin



T.M. Stevens, Ricky LawsonWith Ricky Lawson ~

 

T.M. Stevens, Mfa Kera and band

With Mfa Kera and band

 
T.M. Stevens, Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins

With Larry Graham and Bootsy Collins

 


 

 


T.M. Stevens

 

To watch T.M. Stevens 45 minute long film for Musicians' Corner, made in December 2013, and full of timeless and priceless information 

GO TO THE FILM ''STRAIGHT MUSIC TALK''

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What IS music?

 

 

 

logo for Musicians' Corner, Musicians On Music

 

 

   We are getting close to our first birthday here at Musicians’ Corner. This site, where musicians talk and write about music, opened at the turn of the month October-November last year. At that point the site was empty. But now… In less than a year 44 artists have contributed 47 articles in text, audio and film to the site, Musicians’ Corner has acquired a formidable artist-editor in one of our sections, and shortly we are about to give an award out. It has been an interesting year!

  So many things have been said about music, as an art form, a soundtrack to our lives, a life changer, a profession and career, as a reflection of us as people and a reflection of the times, and as an industry and a business, over this period of time. Many of our contributors have also addressed the same things, the changes in the business being one of the topics that many have spoken of, for example.

 


 

  Today though we recap what has been said on another topic.

What is music to us?

What IS music? In the first place?

 

Find out what 13 of our artist contributors express concerning what music is to them.

 

 


Bryan Beller

 

BRYAN BELLER: - Music, to me is a sound. To be sure, there is melody, and harmony, and rhythm, and tone, but in the end a collection of musicians will have a collective sound, or what some have called "one note."

 


T.K. Blue

 

TK BLUE: - Music is spiritual nourishment for the soul. It’s a sacred art that brings all people together, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, or ethnic background.

 


Kris Bowers


KRIS BOWERS: - Music is everything. It’s how we connect, both to each other and to our own emotions. Music reminds you of certain times and gives you a feeling instantly.

 


Ben Caplan

 

BEN CAPLAN: - Music to me is like water. It sustains me. I need to sip from it every so often or I feel faint. I need to bath in it to keep my soul clean. It flows over me. It does not flow out of me like a constant river, but if I drink enough of it, it comes back out. I sweat it out. I piss music. It often stinks, and I flush most of it away, but it's always a relief to get it out.

 


Will Calhoun

 

WILL CALHOUN: - Music is life. It is the things you experience. Life, love, stress, magic moments, moments that go down the drain. It’s no different than life.  I hear music when I’m not playing. I feel life when I play.  Music and spirituality came together in my life. Perhaps I wasn’t aware of the music at first.

 


Lige Curry

 

LIGE CURRY: - Music is everything to me. My priorities are my health and my family, but music is my anchor. It keeps me rolling. It’s also a love/hate-thing. The love is the notes, the style, the art. The hate stems from the business side. It’s about how much you are worth.

 


Terence Higgins


TERENCE HIGGINS: - Music is everything to me. It consumes a lot of my time, I need it like I need air. There is not a day that goes by when I’m not involved in music one way or the other, be it as a working professional or as a listener. It’s life to me. And it has been like that every since I can remember.

 


Didier Lockwood

 

DIDIER LOCKWOOD: - Music is a way of life. It's something I need to expand myself and meet people and cultures. It's my transportation.

 


Makaya McCraven


MAKAYA McCRAVEN: - To me music embodies a wide range of areas. To me music is a social thing. It is a language, and I really believe in music as a language through events. It’s unspeakable emotion that we have a hard time describing in words. That is especially true for instrumental music. We can play music together across language barriers. Music is played at weddings, funerals, celebrations, parties -- to express what we can’t say through words.


Oz Noy

 

OZ NOY: - Music is like air really. A lot of us would be dead without it. Our soul will die! It sounds a bit dramatic but it’s true.


Chris Simmons

 

CHRIS SIMMONS: - Music is a necessary part of life to me, like air and water.  I love to hear it and I love to create it and perform it.

 


Mike Stern


MIKE STERN: - On a very serious side music is food for the soul. I don't know what the hell I would do without it. There are times when I don't want to hear anything. At other times I hear music in everything, in the wind, in the traffic, in people talking. And I hear music in how people talk in different places, in India, Japan and throughout the world.


Laura Stevenson

 

LAURA STEVENSON: - Music is the best way for me to communicate exactly how I feel.


 

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Will Calhoun: - Music is no different than life


Will Calhoun

 An article with Will Calhoun


Music is life. It is the things you experience. Life, love, stress, magic moments, moments that go down the drain. It’s no different than life.  I hear music when I’m not playing. I feel life when I play.

Music and spirituality came together in my life. Perhaps I wasn’t aware of the music at first.

The drums chose me. My influence was my older brother. He played very well and went professional at 13-14 years of age. There was a lot of musical talent in my neighborhood too. We lived in a two family house and my mother designated the first floor as a rehearsal- and performance studio. I saw my brother play all kinds of music there. I didn’t want to be a drummer at the time. But then my brother started to lose interest while I started to gain interest. In the beginning I played in my mother’s home and in the gospel choir.

I went professional at 16. I went to see Billy Cobham at the Bottom Line. It was a great venue. I was excited to see Billy Cobham. My uncle took me. He was a large man. He looked like a security guard, and he cleared the way for me. Suddenly back stage I saw Miles Davis. He hadn’t been for 6 years at the time. I was startled. My uncle told me to say hello to Miles, but I couldn’t talk. Miles said ‘’The young man who doesn’t speak’’, or something along those lines, to me. After that I went home and quit my sports teams, took a job, changed my life. My thought was ‘’I have to get to work now’’. Horace Arnold became my teacher, and he introduce me to the heroes of mine.

Last year I celebrated 25 years with Living Colour. I love working in that sphere of sound and in an environment affected by politics. Right now we are finishing a new CD. It is currently being mixed, and we plan on releasing it in the fall. We start touring again September 18.

With my band Will Calhoun Trio I have made a new recording titled ‘’Life In This World’’. I do a lot of music and produce, but jazz is my first love. And I love playing trios. I have travelled in the search for other percussive sounds and signatures. I have been to Mali, Senegal, Morocco. I bring a little of it to my live experience.

We have also started on the new Stone Raiders-record. Jean-Paul and Darryl have started ahead of me on that one.

 

Will Calhoun and Living Colour celebrating 25 years (2013)

Will Calhoun Trio: Will Calhoun, Marc Cary and Charnett Moffett at Blue Note

 


 

Having celebrated twenty-five years with Living Colour, Grammy Award-winning drummer Will Calhoun has also collaborated with a long list of the most established artists in music, been elected Best Drummer by Rolling Stone Magazine’s Critics Poll, and recorded solo projects.

Find out more HERE

 

 

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