Congrats to Baltimore Trumpet Player! Music in Education Society of Peabody Alumni Citation for the Peabody Young Maestro Award Presented to Dontae Winslow September 28, 2012 Dontae Winslow, today we recognize and congratulate you for your distinguished professional achievement as a musician, and your dedication to helping the children who follow in your path. You come from a background similar to many struggling youths in Baltimore City. Growing up in a rough, urban neighborhood you found in music an outlet for expression. You attended the Baltimore School for the Arts where you met the late Tupac Shakur who influenced you greatly. You were also mentored by jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove when you spent a year in New York City at The New School for Social Research. You then came to Peabody; where you earned your Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Trumpet performance. While you were a student here you were already rapidly becoming a Baltimore celebrity. You were a finalist in the 1997 Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition; and a finalist in the Marvin Hamlisch “Search for a Star” competition. You toured the world with the Gary Thomas Quintet and opened at the Meyerhoff for Maya Angelou and others who were performing selections from an album of music and poetry. In 2003, you were awarded a full-fellowship to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at USC. There you studied with jazz pianist and legend Herbie Hancock as well as Hollywood film composer, Terence Blanchard. As a trumpeter you have worked in the bands of Jill Scott, Queen Latifah, Christina Aguilera, Gary Thomas, and the Soulful Symphony, among others. But you have also worked as a music producer, songwriter, and arranger with notable artists such as Ke$ha, Beyonce, Jay-Z, David Banner, and Snoop Dogg. Most recently you have scored a feature film, The Discarded Boyz, directed by Robert Townsend. Today you are part of the duo you founded with your wife, MaShica, called the Winslow Dynasty. This dynamic musical project combines your passion for music that crosses barriers and genres with your desire to “inspire a renaissance in creative art” and bring positive social change. Your passion for helping children, particularly those growing up in difficult circumstances, led you to record “Change a Life…Change the World”. This album features your wife and students from Baltimore’s Gilmore-Edison Elementary Choir and won you the Grand Prize in the Children’s Music category of the John Lennon Songwriting contest in 2002. Tomorrow you continue your dedication to inspiring young people by working with the students in Peabody’s Tuned-In program. Like you, many of them are gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are passionate about making music. We thank you for taking your time to mentor these young artists. With this award we celebrate all that you have accomplished so far, and your journey forward as you continue to bring your music to the world, inspiring audiences young and old. On behalf of The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University it is our distinct honor to confer upon you the Peabody Young Maestro Award.
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Dave Wendell Hairston Honored by New Jon Barnes Compositions JON BARNES COMMISSIONED TO SCORE MUSIC IN EDUCATION FOR LEGENDARY BALTIMORE MUSIC TEACHER The late legendary music teacher Dave Hairston spent 40 year educating, mentoring, recording, and performing concerts with inner city students of Baltimore Maryland. He was killed in a car accident 3 years ago, while leaving his studio. My dad insisted that jazz music should be taught in all schools, because of the cultural influence, quality in education, and life lessons that jazz music gives to all students, says Doctorial Candidate Erin-Lee Hairston. Jon Barnes, a former student at Garrison Jr. High School, is commissioned to compose and record new music to honor the legacy of Dave Hairston's jazz music in education. In 1977-1983, Dave would hire Jon Barnes to play gigs, record sessions, and score music, while teaching Jon how to improvise, compose and arrange music. Studying business and going to college was also on the agenda! It is a pleasure to honor and celebrate music in education here in Baltimore City, through the legacy of one of our own, says Educator Witt Williams. Through his unique teaching methods, Dave was able to reach his students, teaching them to read, write, play, share, learn math, work hard, understand the music business and help others. Students also learned important lessons in African American history and music, while getting top grades in schools to attend colleges. Music kept me out of trouble and in the books, because I was busy practicing, gigging, studying, recording, making money, playing at church with my mom, says Jon Barnes Dave spent his own money buying books, records, equipment, instruments, food, transportation, and clothes to teach his students how to look and sound like professionals. He would also preach to the kids, "yes to music and no to drugs!" Dave worked hard providing opportunity for many kids who didn't have a chance, a goal, or a passion, and he changed their lives with music, playing gigs and shows, throughout Baltimore City, says Music Educator Charles Funn. At Garrison Jr. High School in Baltimore Maryland, Dave Hairston taught Jon Barnes how to transcribe music by Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Nat King Cole, Clifford Brown, and Quincy Jones, many others. Jazz became the new pop music for his students of the day. At 11 years old, I went home and found all of my mother's jazz records and started to listen and play along with the Cats, transcribing their solos, says Jon Barnes. Dave was a father figure to many of these students, who could not afford instruments, private lessons, or books to read. As the program grew, students learned advanced sound engineering, recording, composition, improvisation, orchestration, play writing, and more from Dave's personal college books. Many of his students went on to college, touring, recording, owning businesses and making history. I graduated from Berklee School of Music, since I had such a great start in music with Dave Hairston, who taught me from his music college books when I was in Jr. High School, says Reggie Love. His philosophy was to keep music alive with jazz music in education, teaching students improvisation for creativity and classical music for sight reading. Great teachers do change the world. My goal is to help students around the world to use music as a tool to improve their lives and to help others along the way, says Jon Barnes. Please enjoy the new music as we celebrate music in education, with fond memories of Dave Hairston. Dave was the perfect mentor/teacher because he took my son on gigs almost every weekend to learn on stage, developing the gift of music, says, Josephine Jackson.
Jon Barnes presents award to Natalie Cole in Vegas Who: Jon Barnes Orchestrations | What: Natalie Cole will perform at the Star of the Desert Arena Where: Star of the Desert Arena Primm, NV | WHEN: June 28th, 2014 LEGENDARY NATALIE COLE TO RECEIVE PROCLAMATION, DAY OF HONOR IN VEGAS FROM MAYOR CAROLYN G. GOODMAN Jon Barnes Music in Education Donate & buy downloads in itunes Photography by Stephanie Briskey Natalie Cole, renowned vocalist and NINE-TIME GRAMMY WINNER, will be performing at the Star of the Desert Arena on Saturday with her big band, with director Gail Deadrick. Natalie Cole is a rare internationally acclaimed artist who can sing anything, traveling the world, bringing crowds to their feet with an amazing blend of traditional African American Jazz, Symphonic, Big Band, and R&B music, says Jon Barnes. The sound of her voice is pure, big, with perfect intonation, as you listen to her phrasing and musicianship. The taste of expensive fine wine comes to mind, while dancing cheek to cheek with your loved one, when you dance to her music. Natalie can sing one note and sound like herself, a living iconic legend, says Jon Barnes. Soon Natalie will tour Europe! Special Thanks Lisa, Alex, Mike, and Kirston. Right on and safe travels! www.jonbarnesofficial.com www.barnesandnotes.com/ http://www.7digital.com/artist/jon-barnes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/monster-notes/id716513007?i=716513276&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Skip Martin will shoot videos while touring Europe this month! SKIP MARTIN TO PERFORM HIT SONGS FROM KOOL & THE GANG & DAZZ BAND, CHARTS BY JON BARNES Jon Barnes Music in Motion Grammy Award winning Skip Martin will be performing tomorrow in Piber, Austria, home of the world famous Lipizzaner Stud, where Imperial baroque horses are bred for the Spanish horse riding school. Stefan Maier and his band will be rocking the house with hit tunes sung by Skip. Skip Martin will have people dancing up and down the hills and mountains of Austria, like he did in Barnbach at the daCarbo Jazz Festival last year with Arturo Sandoval, says Jon Barnes. Arturo Sandoval, Jon Barnes, and Skip Martin performed last year and are among the many professionals around the world, who enjoy the unique sounds of the Lamborghini material, carbon fiber, dacarbo trumpets, which are custom handmade in Switzerland by Dr. Andi Keller and Spiri. I just recently delivered a custom carbon fiber trumpet to the one and only Roy Hargrove and my cousin, Quincy Phillips, plays drums in the quintet, traveling the world swinging jazz, says Jon Barnes. The trumpet trio also sports custom, cool looking eye glasses and shades made in Austria by Seeoo. Arturo Sandoval talks about new his film score in Red glasses, Skip talks about his new record with black glasses (which features Arturo Sandoval and Jon Barnes), and I sport the white glasses, says Jon Barnes. When Skip Martin takes the stage in Austria, Arturo Sandoval will be performing a the 36 annual Playboy Jazz Festival. Great music all around the world, says Dwight Asberry! www.jonbarnesofficial.com www.barnesandnotes.com Jon Barnes itunes
WORLD FAMOUS WYNTON MARSALIS & JLCO WILL PERFORM TODAY AT SANTA CRUZ CIVIC AUDITORIUM Valencia Barnes purchased two tickets to see Wynton Marsalis & JLCO perform tonight, as a birthday present for her husband, Jon Barnes. The city of Santa Cruz asked Jon Barnes, who has studies Wynton's music for over 30 years, to write a proclamation to honor Wynton and his amazing orchestra. Jon says, "it is with great respect that I am able to participate in giving back to our heros, who have worked so hard in creating new opportunities for musicians, playing and promoting Jazz music in education all around the world! Wynton inspired me to teach, write, compose, record, and score my own big band music to share with my students and continue the tradition of our culture, which can be found on itunes. Music education is key in developing life long learners!" Founded by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has been going strong for 25 years. The original line-up consisted of Wynton’s septet and former members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and now features fifteen of the best all-around musicians in jazz today. Marsalis, the first jazz composer to receive a Pulitzer Prize (for Blood on the Fields), conceived the idea of preserving and advancing America’s art form through the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s performances. For this concert, the JLCO celebrates the music of three respected composers whose innovative works have stood the test of time: Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and Chick Corea. www.jalc.org Be sure to attend the concert tonight, at 7:30 PM, at Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, sponsored by www.Kuumbwajazz.org. www.JonBarnesOfficial.com www.Barnesandnotes.com Join us in expressing heartfelt appreciation for Wynton's contribution to the music world and ensuring that jazz music continues to thrive. iTunes - Music - Joyful BACH & DIZ - Single by Jon Barnes Now on Sale on itunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/joyful-bach-diz/id789734884?i=789734886&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Each download you purchase helps to put a trumpet in the hands of a needy student! Give and spread the word! Contact Jon Barnes 760-596-9641 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
State Senator Joel Anderson Honors Local Teacher Who: Jon Barnes Orchestrations | What: Music in Education Tour in California congratulates Dwight Asberry decade of excellence. Where: Southern California | WHEN: June 20th, 2014 DWIGHT ASBERRY AWARDED WITH CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION Jon Barnes Music in Education Photography by Stephanie Briskey State Senator, Joel Anderson of the 36th Senate district of California, recognized Dwight Asberry's decade of musical achievement in education, and his contribution in helping to positively influence the lives of many young people. The senator's office wanted to showcase hard-working educators, like Dwight Asberry, in the State of California to support Music in Education, says Jon Barnes. Music in Education congratulates the success of Music/Marching Band Director Dwight Asberry from Heritage High School for his many years of hard work in setting up an award winning program. As hosting band director for the 2012 and 2013 Southern California Judging Association State Marching Band Championships, Dwight in one of the few educators experienced enough to manage such a large event. Dwight and I have written the music for a few award winning shows and showcased at the Hollywood Christmas Parade and the Rose Bowl games, says Jon Barnes High school and college directors often hire Dwight to compose drumline music for workshops, clinics, and competitions through out the years. You can see the many youtube links of student achievement and success. Dwight Asberry and Jon Barnes will be touring California giving clinics, awards, and workshops with Music in Education. For more information, please contact the office of Jon Barnes Music in Education. Support Itune Donations and Download BarnesAndNotes.com www.JonBarnesOfficial.com
7-year-old 'prodigy' trumpeter steals the show 1 By Natasha Lindstrom Posted Feb. 4, 2010 @ 2:27 pm Updated Feb 5, 2010 at 11:06 AM Zoom APPLE VALLEY • At first glance, 7-year-old Concena Jones, fresh-faced and cheerful with braids clasped by flower clips, seems like a typical carefree second grader — but she gets seriously focused when she picks up her horn. Her music instructor Jon Barnes, who's played alongside Smokey Robinson, Andre Crouch, The Temptations and others, doesn't hesitate to brand Concena a "prodigy." Since Concena's grandfather, Onn Jones, bought her a trumpet for Christmas in 2008, she's been diligently practicing daily and falling in love with jazz. As she says, she loves to "jazz it up." Within the first couple of months she began taking weekly lessons with Barnes, he said "she just took off like you wouldn't believe," demonstrating surprisingly high ability and range for her age level and hitting typically tough notes like high E's with ease. Concena spent her afternoons this week studying her notes and practicing her favorite new song, Jerome Kern's "I'm Old Fashioned" from the 1942 film "You Were Never Lovelier." "I memorize a lot so I can think about the audience," Concena said, adding she loves it when her performance evokes loud cheers. Lately she's been preparing to play at a Saturday reception celebrating black history month at Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley, where she'll perform some blues and classical songs along with Barnes and several other local students. - See more at: http://www.vvdailypress.com/article/20100204/NEWS/302049983#sthash.VhfYHozX.dpuf https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fshar.es%2FMXMpk&t=7-year-old+%27prodigy%27+trumpeter+steals+the+show
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