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Interview conducted by Willard Jenkins for the Independent Ear blog. WJ: You’ve come a long way from that Woody III album cover photo with your Dad and Grandad. Talk about your evolution in terms of your education and more recently your Harvard Fellowship.W3: Well, my educational background was in many ways shaped by a decision I made as a younger man, which was to acquire all of the tools necessary to interpret, organize, preserve and curate the legacies of my musical forefathers well into the future. And when I say my musical forefathers, I mean both my biological father Woody Shaw (1944-1989)...

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We are pleased to announce that the forthcoming documentary film project, WOODY SHAW: BEYOND ALL LIMITS (2018), has been chosen as an official selection for the Works-in-Progress Lab program at the upcoming 23rd annual Cucalorus Film Festival, November 8-12, 2017, in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Works-in-Progress Lab (WiP) focuses on strengthening community impact for documentaries about social justice and is organized through a partnership with Working Films. The Lab is an immersive, week-long residency in Wilmington, NC where filmmakers work with fellow WiP Labbers and get feedback from strategic audiences in the region. Filmmakers spend 5 to 7 days in Wilmington, immersed in the community and within the...

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Check out the Woody Shaw Documentary. I am pleased to announce that Brian Lynch's Latin Jazz Woody Shaw Tribute project MADERA LATINO ('LATIN WOOD') has won the 2017 Jazz Journalists Award for RECORD OF THE YEAR. Congratulations to Brian and the entire cast of personnel who showed their love and admiration for Woody on what turned out to be an impressive feat of heartfelt musical craftsmanship and camaraderie. As it turns out, the timing of this could hardly be more auspicious or appropriate.  You see, today marks exactly one week from the 28th anniversary of Woody Shaw's passing (May 10, 1989). This time of...

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TRUE LOVE IS TRUE MUSIC.Yesterday's memorial (1/28/16) for the late musical visionary and community hero Bobby Hutcherson was easily one of the most profound moments in my recent adult life. It was profound primarily because, on the eve of the memorial, I was asked by my brother Teddy Hutcherson (Bobby's youngest son and heir), to speak on behalf of the entire Hutcherson family to a deliver a message of gratitude to those in attendance. To have been asked not only by the son of someone so vitally important to our culture, but also someone so closely bound to me and...

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The Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy© Awards this morning and Madera Latino was on the list!  Madera Latino: A Latin Jazz Perspective on the Music of Woody Shaw Buy Now Four years in the making, Grammy© Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch’s “Madera Latino” (Latin Wood) project, exploring the music of jazz innovator and master trumpeter Woody Shaw in a Latin Jazz format, is finally ready for release on Hollistic MusicWorks!  The music of the late, great Woody Shaw (1944-1989) - an innovative and highly individual musical lexicon, expressed through both his chosen instrument of trumpet and his equally distinguished compositions -...

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