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VanderCook Music News, week of July 2

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A short week for classes but a full week of news! 
 

Recaps

Today begins the 3rd week of graduate classes and the 4th week of MECA continuing education courses. 
 

VanderCook in the News

Jazz saxophonist and music educator Lonnie Hamilton III (MMEd ’63) was recently interviewed by rapper and hip-hop producer Matt Monday about his life of playing and teaching and his legacy on two generations of musicians in the Charleston, SC, area. 
 
Incoming undergraduate freshman Luis Flores of Harvard, IL, was inducted into the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program’s Class of 2018. Congratulations, Luis! We look forward to welcoming you to VanderCook this fall!
 
Stan Gorbatkin (MMEd ’90) is retiring after almost 35 years in education, the last 30 of which he spent as Assistant Superintendent of IT in the Indiana Prairie School District 204. Congratulations, Stan! 
 
New Alumni Make the Grade!
Congratulations to these recent graduates who have secured their first teaching positions!
 
Kevin Boyle (BMEd ’18) is the new K-12 Music Director at VIT Jr./Sr. High School and VIT Elementary in Table Grove, IL.
 
Robbi Hicks (BMEd ’18) is the new K-5 General Music teacher in Joliet District 86.
 
Ricardo Howard (BMEd ’18) is the new General Music and Choir instructor at McKinley Junior High School in South Holland, IL. He’ll be joining two other VCM alumni in the district: Nyle Taylor (BMEd ’16), Band Director at McKinley JHS, and Julieanna Pomian (BMEd ’08), K-3 General Music teacher at Greenwood Elementary.
 
Alex Hunt (BMEd ’18) is the new Band Director at Abingdon-Avon Middle and High Schools in IL District 276.  In addition, he’ll be playing the role of Crutchie in Corn Stock Theatre’s production of Newsies in Peoria this August.
 
Congratulations one and all! Best wishes for your first year at the head of the class!
 

Upcoming

July 4
If you’re in the LaPorte, IN, area, come on down to Fox Memorial Park and check out the LaPorte City Band concert at 7:00 p.m., featuring guest conductor Elin Marie Boklund (BMEd ’18).
 
July 10
VanderCook’s graduate Symphonic and Jazz Bands will perform a free concert at the Clarke House Museum at 7:00 p.m. A free family drum circle precedes at 6:30. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic basket and enjoy live music under the stars!
 
July 12
The 8th annual Maury Rhodes Classic golf event will be held at Swan Lake Golf Resort in Plymouth, IN. Hosted by Quinlan & Fabish, the event raises money for the new Maury Rhodes Music Library, to be installed in VanderCook’s 3125 building. As a special incentive, all money raised this year will be matched dollar-for-dollar, thanks to a generous matching grant from Keith Mardak of the Hal Leonard Company. More details and sign-up information can be found here.
 
July 20
The annual Wendella Boat Cruise & Jazz Band Concert sets sail sharply at 8:00 p.m. This fundraiser for the graduate class treats attendees to stunning views of the city from the river and lakefront while grooving to the graduate Jazz Band under the direction of professor Tony Kidonakis. Tickets and details available here.
 
July 24
Vocal instructor Angela Presutti Korbitz will perform at the Sinfonietta Bel Canto Summer Voice Festival at the the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oakbrook, IL. Entitled “Vagabonds and Troubadours,” the concert will feature music for voice, guitar, violin and flute by Schubert, Bartók, Purcell and others. Tickets available here.
 

Around Town

Just a fraction of the many worthwhile events happening in the city this week.
 
July 2-3
The last two nights of the 37th annual American Music Festival at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn hosts the, featuring James McMurtry, Nick Lowe with Los Straightjackets, the Joe Ely Band, and C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, among others. Tickets and details here.
 
July 2 + July 5
Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music presents a free student recital from the school’s Violin Institute, featuring works by Mozart, Lalo, Bartók, Sibelius, Paganini, Saint-Saëns and others. More info here.
 

This Week in Music History

Acknowledging the people and events that shaped music as we know it today…
 
July 2
1956: Today’s the day Elvis Presley recorded “Hound Dog,” with take 31 being the master that became a classic.
 
July 3
A sad date in music history, marking the untimely deaths of Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones in 1969, and lead singer of The Doors, Jim Morrison, in 1971. Curiously, both giants died under circumstances that have never been conclusively determined. Jones was found dead in his swimming pool after a house party, though whether his drowning was accidental or deliberate remains uncertain. Morrison was found dead in a bathtub in a Paris apartment. Although the coroner’s report officially listed the cause of death as heart attack, rumor and mystery have surrounded the influential singer’s death to this day, some speculating his death was staged.
Also departed on this date: blues singer Mississippi Fred McDowell in 1972, and Laurens Hammond, inventor of the Hammond organ, in 1973.
 
1973: Preceding an encore at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, David Bowie announced to an auditorium of shocked fans that he would be retiring his onstage persona Ziggy Stardust. Many in the crowd and the press mistook the announcement for an end to live performing of Bowie himself, though he would return with the album Diamond Dogs and its subsequent tour a year later.
 
1960: English synthpop musician Vince Clarke is born today. Clarke was a founding member of Depeche Mode, writing and co-producing most of the band’s debut album before leaving to form Erasure with partner Andy Bell.
 
1979: Sony made music history today by introducing the Walkman, the first portable music media player. Originally designed for cassettes, future models would accommodate CDs and mini-discs, paving the way for Apple’s iPod.
 
July 4
1938: Singer-songwriter Bill Withers is born today. Withers gained immense popularity during the 1970s for songs including ”Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Use Me,” “Just the Two of Us” and “Lovely Day,” among others.
 
1974: While touring at the height of their success, Steely Dan played their last concert today in Santa Monica, CA. Founders Walter Becker and Donald Fagen would not perform again together for 18 years.
 
2003: Soul/funk/r&b legend Barry White died today from kidney failure at age 58.
 
2009: Allen Klein, the controversial one-time manager of the Rolling Stones and The Beatles, died today at age 77. Known for his brutish and unsympathetic business style, Klein’s company ABKCO would evolve into a publishing empire, owning the rights to numerous catalogs including the Stones, The Kinks, Bobby Womack, Chubby Checker, and many others.
 
July 5
1943: Guitarist and music producer Robbie Robertson is born. Robertson was an original member of The Band and worked as producer and performer with a host of musicians over the years, including Ringo Starr, Joni Mitchell and Eric Clapton.
 
1950: Singer Huey Lewis is born today. Whatever you do, just promise him you’ll be back in time…
 
1954: Today marks the day Elvis Aaron Presley first entered a recording studio. Producer Sam Phillips teamed Presley with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black at Sun Studios in Memphis, TN, to record “That’s All Right,” which would be Presley’s first-ever single.
 
1985: Arctic Monkeys bassist Nick O’Malley is born.
 
2015: Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann announce that their performance at Chicago’s Soldier Field will be their last live show together. Their five-date “Fare Thee Well” tour marked the 50th anniversary of The Grateful Dead, with two shows in California and three in Chicago.
 
July 6
1925: Singer and guitarist Bill Haley is born. Often named “the first Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,” Haley and his band The Comets would be one of the earliest rock acts to achieve worldwide success with black and white audiences, selling over 60 million records during their existence. Haley died in 1981.
 
1949: Santana drummer Michael Shrieve is born. Recruited by Carlos Santana when just 20 years old, Shrieve’s powerhouse drumming graced Santana’s first seven albums. His showstopping performance of “Soul Sacrifice” is considered one of the most powerful moments in the legendary Woodstock concert film.
 
1957: At a small church garden in Liverpool, England, a 15-year-old Paul McCartney is introduced to a 16-year-old John Lennon, and two weeks later is invited into Lennon’s garage band, The Quarrymen. Their mutual love of early rock ‘n’ roll would soon cement one of the most famous and influential songwriting teams in music history. Yes, today is the day.
 
1964: The Beatles’ first film outing, A Hard Day’s Night, premiered in London today. An early example of a music “mockumentary,” the film has been credited as being the most influential music film of all time.
 
1971: Jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong died at age 69. Armstrong began his enduring musical career in Chicago in the early 1920s as a member of King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band before leading his own bands The Hot Fives. His distinctive deep, growly voice lent itself to scat vocals as well as covers of Disney songs later in his career.
 
1975: Rapper 50 Cent is born today.
 
July 7
1911: American opera composer Gian Carlo Menotti is born. Best known for Amahl and the Night Visitors, originally composed for TV broadcast (the first opera commissioned for television), Menotti died in 2007.
 
1932: Jazz pianist Joe Zawinul is born. Zawinul played with Miles Davis during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, mostly notable on the album In A Silent Way, the title track of which he composed. Zawinul would later play in the influential fusion group Weather Report. He died in 2007.
 
1940: One Richard Starkey is born today, who in a little over 20 years will forever be known as Ringo Starr.
 
1980: Led Zeppelin perform their last concert with original drummer John Bonham, who would die in September of that year after inhaling vomit while unconscious at age 32.
 
1981: Brian Haner Jr., a.k.a. Synyster Gates of the band Avenged Sevenfold, is born today.
 
1989: A blast from the past to be celebrated: The olde physical media called the CD out-sold vinyl albums for the first time today.
 
2006: Syd Barrett, the original singer of Pink Floyd, died at age 60. Barrett had founded the group in 1965, and sang and co-wrote most of the band’s first album. Once perceived as the dark genius of psychedelic London, Barrett left the band in 1968 after his behavior had become increasingly unstable, due to drug use and extreme mental anxiety. He would record two solo albums in the early ‘70s before retiring to self-imposed seclusion.
 
July 8
1882: Composer Percy Grainger is born today. Born in Australia, Grainger moved to the U.S. in 1914, where he composed the majority of his most famous works, including “A Lincolnshire Posy” and “Country Gardens.” Grainger died in 1961. 
 
1954: Elvis Presley’s first single, “That’s All Right,” received its very first airplay at 9:30 p.m., this evening on Memphis radio station WHBQ. Producer Sam Phillips brought an acetate of the still-to-be-released recording to the station, which received hundreds of calls immediately after the airing for the song to be played again.
 
1958: The Recording Industry Association of America issued its first Gold Record award commemorating one million record sales for the film soundtrack album of Oklahoma.
 
1963: American singer/songwriter Joan Osborne is born today.
 
1970: Beck Hansen is born today.
 
1985: Jamie Cook, guitarist of the Artic Monkeys, is born today.
 
 

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