Trained psychiatrist and octogenarian trumpet master Dr. Eddie Henderson will perform in concert at the culmination of the conference on “Theorizing African American Music,” on Wednesday, November 8 at the King Center Concert Hall on the University of Colorado – Denver’s Auraria campus.

The conference is a platform for the scholarly review and analysis of a range of African-American music.  Session titles include: “Nicole Mitchell’s Mandoria Awakening II and the Sounds of Black Utopian Social Theory,” and “Duke Ellington’s Theorizing of Blue(s) Moods” as well as “Beatmaking as Music Theory: Marley Marl, Golden Age Hip Hop and Vernacular (Meta)theory.” (SOURCE: Arts and Media/UC Denver)

Stereophile Magazine, or their website asks the question, “Can Kissa – those Japanese Jazz Listening Parlors – work in the U.S.?”  The article notes a decline in the number of kissa around Japan, but more listening rooms are sprouting, in Barcelona, Sao Paolo, Tel Aviv, Berlin and Dublin.

In Denver, the lounge ESP on Santa Fe offers exotic teas, pricey designer cocktails and liquors, beer and cider, wines and drip coffee. Afternoon musical selections range from ambient and experimental to classical to psych folk and other zen vibes. At night, a mix of international beats old and new, like dub, jazz, Motown, fusion, synth pop and other oddities, all from analog phonograph records. Menus and a list of their hi-fi audio gear are posted at ESPhifi. (SOURCES: Stereophile)

In an age of celebrity over-sharing, we’re always on the lookout for the next kiss-and-tell tome. Next up is Sly Stone, whose memoir is titled “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin), from the title of his 1969 hit.

Billboard calls Sylvester Stewart’s book a “stream-of-consciousness” retelling of one of the great life stories in rock, soul, pop and progressive music. The story begins in Denton, Texas, and continues through the ups and downs of his Pentecostal upbringing, the Bay area music hustle, superstardom, and addiction. About one of his early integrated groups, the Viscaynes, about which he writes, “(we) practiced until we got good, and then practiced more until we got better.”

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson wrote the forward. It’s 320 pages, published by the AUWA imprint from Macmillan. (SOURCE: macmillan)

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