VanderCook Music News, week of August 6

Summer String Camp 2018


Summer graduate classes and MECA continuing education courses have closed, but we’re still a busy campus: Today begins our Summer String Camp for middle and high school students. Co-presented by Nat King Cole Generation Hope and led by VanderCook’s Director of String Music Education David Eccles, the week’s activities culminate in a free concert featuring the camp students on Friday, August 10th at 4:00 p.m. in the main hall of VanderCook's 3125 building.

VanderCook in the News

The Bandmasters Podcast recently posted an interview with MECA instructor Wendy Higdon, Director of Bands and Unified Arts Department Chair at Creekside Middle School in Carmel, IN. Listen to Wendy’s interview (as well others featuring MECA instructors Chip DeStefano and Rachel Maxwell) here.


August 8
MECA instructor Roger Sams will present Orff and Kodály, Friends Not Foes! At the St. Louis AOSA Workshop Series. Details and tickets here.
August 10
Professor David Eccles leads the Summer String Camp Concert featuring students from the Summer String Camp, presented by VanderCook and Nat King Cole Generation Hope. The free concert begins at 4:00 p.m. in the main hall of VanderCook's 3125 building. 
August 11
Professor James Yakas will be leading an ensemble of undergraduate percussionists in a special concert at the School of Architecture at Taliesin. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30, and the concert at 8:30. For more information, contact Minerva Montooth at
VanderCook trustee Karl Maurer and his band The HepKats will perform at the Joliet Blues Festival from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Bicentennial Park in Joliet. 

Around Town

Just a fraction of the many worthwhile events happening in the city this week:
August 6
An evening not to be missed! Angélique Kidjo will perform her rendition of the Talking Heads’ classic Remain in Light album on the Ravinia stage. Femi Kuti & The Positive Force open. Tickets & info here
August 7
Nikka Costa performs tonight at City Winery.
August 8
Reggae legends Toots & the Maytals will set the stage on fiyah at Thalia Hall.
August 8-10
Massive! Tower of Power will play two shows each night at City Winery as part of their 50th anniversary tour! Ticket availability here (some shows already sold out).

This Week in Music History

Acknowledging the people and events that shaped music as we know it today…
August 6
1918: Norman Granz (early jazz proponent, producer & label founder; started the famed Jazz at the Philharmonic series)
1928: Andy Warhol (album cover artist for numerous early jazz LPs, The Rolling Stones (Sticky Fingers, Love You Live) and others; first producer of The Velvet Underground)
1930: Abbey Lincoln (jazz vocalist, songwriter, antiwar activist)
1937: Charlie Hayden (jazz double-bassist)
1969: Elliot Smith (emo singer-songwriter)
1972: Geri Halliwell a.k.a. Ginger Spice
In Memoriam:
1931: Bix Beiderbecke, age 29
1974: Gene Ammons (jazz saxophonist)
1995: André Fleury (French composer)
2004: Rick James (singer-songwriter, all-around super freak), age 56
2005: Ibrahim Ferrer (Cuban singer, musician; Buena Vista Social Club member)
2012: Marvin Hamlisch (composer, songwriter)
August 7
1935:  Rahsaan Roland Kirk (jazz multi-instrumentalist)
1942:  Caetano Veloso (Brazilian singer-songwriter & guitarist)
1958: Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden singer-songwriter)
August 8
1920: Jimmy Witherspoon (blues singer)
1926: Urbie Green (jazz trombonist)
1933: Joe Tex (soul/r&b singer)
1961: Dave Evans, a.k.a. The Edge (U2 guitarist)
1998: Shawn Mendes
In Memoriam:
1975: Cannonball Adderley (jazz saxophonist), age 46
2003: Maki Ishii (Japanese composer)age 66
2017: The Rhinestone Cowboy himself, Glen Campbell, age 81
2017: Barbara Cook (stage singer), age 89
1969: It was today that The Beatles photographed the famous cover for the Abbey Road album, taken at a crosswalk on front of the studio of the same name.
1991: A small British band made their first appearance on stage in Oxford, England, today. They were called On A Friday, but soon changed their name to the infinitely catchier Radiohead.
August 9
1939: Max Neuhaus (percussionist, sound artist)
1959: Kurtis Blow (rapper)
1963: Whitney Houston
In Memoriam: 
1975: Dmitri Shostakovich, age 68
1995: Jerry Garcia, age 53.
August 10
1909: Clarence “Leo” Fender (inventor of the Fender Telecaster)
1909: Claude Thornhill (composer)
1929: Eddie Fisher (pop & jazz singer)
1943: Michael Mantler (trumpeter, composer)
1947: Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull singer and flutist)
In Memoriam: 
1970: Bernd-Alois Zimmermann (German composer), age 52
1997: Conlon Nancarrow (composer), age 84
2007: Tony Wilson (UK music mogul, founder of Factory Records), age 57
2008: Isaac Hayes, age 65
2013: Edie Gorme (pop and jazz singer)
1787:  It was today that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed one of his most well-known chamber works, Eine kleine Nachtmusik.
1970:  Jim Morrison’s famous obscenity trial began in Miami today, after the singer had been arrested for performing “lewd behavior” on stage during a Doors concert.
August 11
1976: Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie singer)
August 12
1929: Joji Yuasa (Japanese composer)
1954: Pat Metheny (jazz guitarist)
1972: Del the Funky Homosapian (rapper)
In Memoriam:
1928: Leoš Janáček (Czech composer), age 74
1982: Joe Tex (singer-songwriter), age 49
1992: John Cage (composer, musical provocateur), age 79
2008: Donald Erb (composer), age 81
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