Robert Glasper Announces Month-Long Blue Note Residency

first_imgToday, multiple Grammy-winning pianist Robert Glasper has announced an unprecedented month-long residency New York City’s iconic Blue Note Jazz Club. The run is set to run from October 2nd through October 28th, spanning 24 nights and 48 shows (two per night; one at 8 and one at 10:30).Robert Glasper’s Blue Note residency will feature a host of talented guests from the contemporary music world including Bilal, Terrace Martin, Christian McBride, Christian Scott, aTunde Adujah, Nicholas Payton, Chris Dave, Taylor McFerrin, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Michael Moreno, Burniss Travis, Walter Smith, Rodney Green, Justin Tyson, and more to be announced.The extended New York stint will also include a number of special performances, including R+R=Now (featuring Terrace Martin, Christian Scott, aTunde Adujah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin, and Justin Tyson), a tribute to Miles Davis dubbed Everything’s Beautiful, a tribute to Mulgrew Miller, and more. Additional special performances during the residency will be announced in the coming weeks.As Glasper tells Billboard about the residency,First of all, I couldn’t do this anywhere else. I came to New York tracking other people’s footsteps — and now it’s me and the musicians that I came up with who are making footprints for the next generation to follow. New York is the reason everything popped off for me. It’s the only place in the world with this heavy traffic of quintessential, true jazz and quintessential, true hip hop; the only place I could have met these people and made this music. …So I wanted to make this month about pulling together the threads of my tribes… because I was in the right places at the right times, and the wrong places at the right times! And because of that we made a sound that infected the world. So I’m taking over the Blue Note to tell that story; my music milestones, in the place it all began. And I’m mad excited for it. See below for the full schedule of shows and the currently confirmed themes and nightly lineups. For more information, head to the Blue Note website here.Robert Glasper Blue Note NYC Residency ScheduleOctober 2-7: Robert Glasper with Chris Dave & Derrick HodgeOctober 9-10: Robert Glasper: Houston Nights featuring Kendrick Scott, Michael Moreno, Burniss Travis & Walter SmithOctober 11-14: TO BE ANNOUNCEDOctober 16-17: Robert Glasper with Christian McBride & Nicholas PaytonOctober 18-21: Robert Glasper: Miles Davis Tribute “Everything’s Beautiful” with BilalOctober 23-24: Robert Glasper: Mulgrew Miller Tribute featuring Derrick Hodge & Rodney GreenOctober 25-28: Robert Glasper: R+R=NOW featuring Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin & Justin TysonView All Residency Dateslast_img read more

The lure of green

first_imgAs the annual job search for seniors and graduate students heats up, employers in green tech fields are leveraging alumni connections and flocking to Harvard to court students for jobs.“Green” employers are zeroing in on candidates who have the right mix of talent and flexibility to find success during difficult economic times.“The threat of budget cuts definitely looms large over our sector, as it does over many sectors, but we’re optimistic,” said Walter Frick, communications manager at New England Clean Energy Council.“It’s great to have a technical student who can also communicate to a lay audience,” said Frick. “That’s one of the big things that we think Harvard students are likely to be able to do.”Frick’s organization was among more than 30 that filled the Radcliffe Gym on Feb. 25 at the Office of Career Services’ (OCS) second annual Energy and Environment Expo, all of them eager to tap Harvard’s thinkers, communicators, and innovators for full-time positions or internships.The alumni connectionThe economy may be suffering, but success stories are not difficult to find. In fact, several of the company representatives at the expo were recent Harvard graduates who found their first jobs at last year’s event.Molly Bales ’10, for example, is now a business development associate for Waltham-based Harvest Power, a fast-growing company that recycles organic waste. As an undergraduate, Bales studied history and science; this year, she stood on the other side of the company table.At Harvard, “I had some science classes and some history, writing, and research skills,” she said. “It’s been really important for me to have the technical background to be able to understand our technology, but also have the people skills and the writing skills to do all the other pieces of the job.”Passion helps, too.“We’re a pretty small company of about 25 at the corporate level, and everybody’s very committed to what they’re doing,” she said. “A lot of people have environmental backgrounds, and they’re really interested in our mission. If people really believe in the company, then they’re going to work harder, so that’s something that we value.”Jennifer Popack ’10, another recent graduate, landed a job at ThinkEco (itself founded by Harvard alumni) in New York City as a result of last year’s expo. The company sells a device that cuts power usage by appliances left on standby.“At a start-up, everything is changing constantly, which is what makes it so amazing,” she said. “Harvard prepares you to be able to deal with managing multiple things at the same time, and taking things as they’re thrown at you, and making the best of it.”ThinkEco’s president and CEO, Jun Shimada ’93, A.M. ’99, Ph.D. ’02, studied philosophy, chemistry, and chemical physics at Harvard; chief business officer Mei Shibata ’95, S.M. ’99, M.B.A. ’03, was a physicist and medical engineer here. The company welcomes applications from Harvard students because, as Popack put it, “you kind of know what you’re getting.”When Popack joined ThinkEco last year (having studied environmental sciences and public policy), she was the sixth employee. Now the company is up to 20 and preparing for its commercial launch.“It’s all hands on deck, and the more capable hands on deck, the better,” she said. “We’d love, love to have more engineering undergrads come and apply.”Testing the waterJunior John Yusufu was excited to learn about Digital Lumens, a company that makes “smart” LED lighting systems for industrial settings, aiming to replace high-intensity fluorescent lamps, which consume more energy.“I like them a lot; they’ve found simple ways of achieving the same results with less of an effect on the environment,” said Yusufu, who studies mechanical engineering at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “That’s what I’m looking to get involved with.”For students such as Yusufu who have not taken the plunge into the hectic world of recruitment, applications, and interviews, the expo provided an opportunity to test the water.“I know eventually I’m going to have to get out in the real world,” said Daniel Bruder, a junior concentrating in mechanical engineering. “I just want to see what’s out there and get my feet wet a little bit.”Bruder moved from table to table, engaging with company representatives, asking them about how they run a start-up, how they market their products, and how they figure out what people are going to want to buy.“I just learned about a new product that’s incredible, that I’d never even heard of before,” he said. “But more than just what these projects are, it’s how people are going about doing them in the real world that I’m learning about.”Decision time“It’s a really daunting period,” said senior Patricia Florescu. “Now is the time to start thinking about what to do next year, but it’s so hard to decide.”Florescu, who will graduate with a concentration in applied mathematics, had interviewed with one of the companies at the expo earlier in the week. The OCS event provided her with a chance to find out more about her prospective employer’s work and the options that are available.“This expo was a good opportunity to talk to various employers and see that even if we’re from a liberal arts college and we’re interested in a technology or engineering job, we have the skills that employers are looking for,” she said. “This is the most reassuring thing.”last_img read more

Efforts to improve safety following death of Indy Car driver

first_imgHe was struck by debris from a car in front of him during an IndyCar race in Pennsylvania and died of his injuries.The F-I-A’s F1 director Charlie Whiting told Autosport that it’s planning to test more cockpit solutions.He says “there must be a way” even if it doesn’t 100-percent protect drivers in all circumstances.last_img