Bill Frisell Wins Best Guitarist Title in Downbeat's Reader's Poll
After topping the 2006 Downbeat Critics Poll as Best Guitarist for the third year in a row (and sixth time in the past nine years) , Bill Frisell has again just repeated as the Downbeat Reader's Poll winner for Best Guitarist in 2006 as well. Bill also scored high in rankings for Best Jazz Artist and Jazz Album for his double live CD East/West. Several musicians who have recorded and performed on stage with Frisell this year also were recognized in the Downbeat's readers poll. Ron Carter and Paul Motian, who released the self titled CD Bill Frisell, Ron Carter and Paul Motian, scored top 5 rankings in the bass and drummer categories, respectively. Jack DeJohnette, who toured and released The Elephant Sleeps But Still Remembers with Frisell in 2006 was named Best Drummer in the poll. Brian Blade who also collaborates with Frisell regularly also scored a top 5 ranking as favorite drummer. Another frequent Frisell collaborator, Sam Yahel, ranked among the top players in the organ category. Congratulations to all the artists who were recognized as the best in their field by Downbeat readers! now.
Rosebud Signs Richard Thompson's 1000 Years of Popular Music
The Rosebud Agency is proud to announce the signing of Richard Thompson's "1000 Years of Popular Music" for booking representation for performing arts in North America. In the show Richard Thompson, the iconic British folk-rock legend, has been known to include "Summer is Icumen In", the oldest known song in the English language, and continue through time from madrigals, ballads, sea shanties, British Music Hall, Broadway tunes, garage rock and even today's top pop hits. Rolling Stone says "this show proves two things: Richard Thompson can play anything, from thirteenth-century rounds and minersí ballads to Squeeze and Abba; and he can make anything rock." We are proud to be working with Thompson and are actively booking this show for performing arts centers in 07/08 now.
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars Collaborate with ninemillion.org to Help Refugee Youth
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars are joining with ninemillion.org to raise awareness and funds on behalf of the organization to help young refugees around the world. Ninemillion.org is an innovative global campaign led by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). With founding partners Nike and Microsoft / MSN, they are determined to bring education and sports programs to many of the worlds estimated nine million refugee youth across the globe, who do not have the opportunity to learn and play. Reuben Koroma, the band's leader, has worked directly with traumatized children while living in the camps, teaching them basic schooling, music, theater and sports during his years as a refugee. Reuben and the rest of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars are personally committed to this campaign and hope to use their concerts and heightened profile to raise awareness and funds for the cause. For more information, please see Press Release >>