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The 2014 All-Star Global Concert from Osaka Castle Park in Osaka, 
Japan featured internationally renowned artists including pianists Toshiko Akiyoshi, Kris Bowers, John Beasley, Herbie Hancock and Makoto Ozone; vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jonathan Butler, Roberta Gambarini, Lalah Hathaway, Gregory Porter, Oumou Sangaré and Dionne Warwick; trumpeters Theo Croker, Roy Hargrove, Claudio Roditi and Terumasa Hino; bassists James Genus, Marcus Miller and Esperanza Spalding; drummers Terri Lyne Carrington, T.S.Monk, Shuichi Hidano and the Taiko Masters; percussionists Pete Escovedo and Sheila E.; saxophonists Kenny Garrett, Courtney Pine, Troy Roberts, Wayne Shorter and Lew Tabackin; trombonist Steve Turre; and guitarists Chris Thomas King, Earl Klugh, John Scofield and Joe Louis Walker. The audience at Osaka Castle Park and countless people around the world watching via live streaming were treated to “a plethora of brilliant performances,” (DownBeat Magazine) from the opening on conch shells and traditional drums to the closing ensemble rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”http://jazzday.com/videos/http://livepage.apple.com/shapeimage_3_link_0

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Essay: New Orleans Music Direct-to-Disk

Chris Thomas King Foundation

5 December 2014

A vinyl postcard of New Orleans music

The other night I was hosting some friends from out of town. I was playing tour guide to the "real" New Orleans—beyond Bourbon Street— as we locals would have it. While we were passing time for an hour wait for dinner at the popular Carrollton neighborhood restaurant Jacque-Imo's, we walked to a nearby sushi bar for drinks. The gentleman sitting next to us said hello, and without pause, began raving about bassist, George Porter Jr., who was due on stage at the Maple Leaf next door around midnight. The gregarious gentleman ran off a list of clubs my guests should visit and bands they should see. Then he said one band in particular sounded special because, "they use gated microphones!" There were blank stares on the faces of my guests. After a puzzled pause, one asked, "What is a gated microphone?" As the friendly gentleman began to explain the technicalities, my mind wondered. Read more