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Jazz great Charles Lloyd gets note on Beale

Memphis native and internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd will receive a note in the Beale Street  Brass Note Walk of Fame on Wednesday, April 11, at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place inside  Alfred’s  at 197 Beale and the public is encouraged to attend.  Remarks will be offered by Kirk Whalum and others.

Lloyd was born in 1938 in Memphis and he credits his upbringing in the city’s rich musical culture as a major influence on his career. He began playing saxophone at the age of nine and quickly became a child prodigy. His early teachers included legendary Memphis musicians Phineas Newborn and Irving Reason, and he was classmates at Manassas High with George Coleman, Booker Little, Harold Mabern, and Frank Strozier, who would all go on to become famous professional musicians. As a teenager, Lloyd not only learned from great Memphis musicians, but played professionally as a sideman with Bobby Blue Bland, B.B. King, Johnny Ace, and Howlin’ Wolf, and performed as a member of Phineas Newborn’s orchestra.

Lloyd joined Chico Hamilton’s band in 1960 and eventually became the group’s “music director.” In 1964, he left Hamilton's group to join alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderly, and since the 1960s, Lloyd has been among the most respected jazz musicians in the world.

His list of accomplishments is long and he has had one of the most distinguished careers of any jazz musician in the world. He has led groups that have included such players as Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, Cecil McBee, John Abercrombie, and Michel Petrucciani. His album “Forest Flower” was the first jazz recording to sell one million copies. He was the first jazz musician to perform in the Soviet Union in 1967, and the first jazz musician to perform at the historic Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco (sharing billing with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Cream, the Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane). In addition to his career as a solo recording artist, he has appeared on albums by rock artists the Doors, Canned Heat and the Beach Boys. He was honored as Jazz Musician of the year by Downbeat in 1967.

On Thursday, April 12 at 8 p.m., Lloyd will perform at Rhodes College in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center with his New Quartet featuring Jason Moran (piano), Eric Harland (drums), and Reuben Rogers (bass). This will be Lloyd’s first appearance in Memphis since 1964, when he performed with alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderly. General admission is $15. Tickets are available for purchase in limited quantities through http://alumni.rhodes.edu/charleslloyd. (The Rhodes concert is sponsored by the Mike Curb Institute for Music, CODA at Rhodes, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Rhodes, with an additional grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.)

The Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame was begun by Performa Real Estate Management in 1986 and currently is administered by the Memphis Music Foundation.  Lloyd’s note is the 117th to be dedicated for the walk which stretches along Beale from Second to Fourth. For more information see http://www.bealestreet.com/wordpress/beale-street-walk-of-fame.

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OLM coming April 19-22

It's getting close to the 13th annual On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest, which runs from April 19-22 at Malco’s Paradiso Theater opening night, Malco’s  Studio on the Square Friday night and Malco’s Ridegway Four Theater for the weekend.

Find out more at OLM's website here. 

A lineup of the offical 2012 selections:

 

ANIMATED FILMS

Dead Technology

Abu’s Story

Live outside the Box

My Home

My Mind

The Game

 

LIVE ACTION SHORTS

A Wonderful Day

Bench Seat

Clouds

Derek & Lucas

Don’t Bite The Apple

Fatakra

Ghost of Old Highways

Good News, Oklahoma

Hearts Gamble

I’m Coming Over

Infinity

My God, Open Your Eyes

My Left Hand Man

Play To Win

Sudd

Suffering Fools

The Beard

The Beefcake Burnout

Vol de nuit

 

MUSIC VIDEOS

1620 Echles St

Cornbred Fed

Future

Just Take Your Time

Lord I need a little help

Los Muertos de Siempre

Movin On

Party Like Charlie Sheen

Taken Away

Wayfaring Stranger

 

FEATURES

In The Hive

Ecstasy

Count It All Joy

AS:VS

 

DOCUMENTARIES

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

60 in Sixty – special pres at music venue

Back Door Channels

Boom Varietal

Hope

Kumpania Flamenca Los Angeles

Merde

Slip Cue

Record Paradise

Robert Box Perfect for the Kitchen

Haight Ashbury

We Shall Not Be Moved

Nigga on the Walk

 

STUDENT FILMS – UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE

European Son

Giddy Up Grandma

Static

The Good River

The Perfect Skate

Wrigley and King

Zlodej

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Memphians in film: John R. Saunders

John R. Saunders, a 1992 graduate of the University of Memphis, was Second Assistant Director on the recent blockbuster film The Hunger Games.

Saunders has a long list of directing credits and got his start as a Production Assistant on the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission's first studio client, Great Balls of Fire.

Saunders was also a producer on Commission client project The Grace Card, but most of his work has been as AD on a number of high profile projects, including The Men Who Stare at Goats, Milk, Laurel Canyon, Vanilla Sky and Heist.

Early on after GBOF, he was PA on commission client films The Firm and The People vs. Larry Flynt. Later he was Key Set Production Assistant in Man on the Moon and Second Second Assistant Director on Walk the Line.

Congratulations on a successful career that started with opportunities presented by filmmakers who realized that Memphis has the locations and the talent to create great and successful films. 

For a look at Saunders' complete credits see his IMDB listing here.

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Griz/Predators fans needed for paid ad

Los Angeles-based Dan Bell Casting will interview Grizzlies and Predators fans for a paid Comcast/Xfinity project.

Are you a die hard Memphis Grizzlies or Nashville Predators fan that watches or goes to the games regularly with friends and family? Do you live in the Memphis or Nashville area? Do you use Comcast or Xfinity?

If so, we would love to interview you and your family and friends this week. We are starting interviews in Nashville Thursday, March 22 through Saturday, March 24. We head to Memphis Sunday, March 25 through Tuesday, March 27.

If chosen, you will be paid $500 and some will get tickets to a game to be part of a commercial that shoots in early April.

Please email the info requested below ASAP to TNsportsfans@gmail.

1. YOUR NAME

2. AGE

3. YOUR AVAILABILITY TO INTERVIEW ON THE DATES LISTED

4. WHICH TEAM YOU LOVE AND WHY

5. CONTACT INFO (PHONE/EMAIL), AND AGENCY INFO

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Sitler to speak at George Hamilton "Star" ceremony

Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commissioner Linn Sitler will be among the speakers honoring George Hamilton when he is presented with a star on the Orpheum's "Sidewalk of Stars" Thursday at noon.

Hamilton is in town as star of the Orpheum's La Cage Aux Folles. Known for his long film and television career, it's less well known that he was born in Memphis and raised in Blytheville, Ark. Also, his father was a bandleader at the Peabody Hotel.

La Cage Aux Folles is playing at the Orpheum through March 25. Tickets are available online at the official Orpheum Theatre website at http://www.orpheum-memphis.com, The Orpheum Box Office (901-525-3000), the ticket counter at The Booksellers at Laurelwood and at all Ticketmaster centers (901-743-ARTS).

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