Jazz fusion is seeing a mainstream resurgence as of late. While hip-hop acts like A Tribe Called Quest and Gang Starr first mixed the genre with jazz in the early ’90s, contemporary jazz acts like The Robert Glasper Experiment, BADBADNOTGOOD, Snarky Puppy, and The Stepkids have all not-so-quietly made names for themselves over the past few years. They have achieved a mixture of critical acclaim and creative freedom that most artists dream of having, with several of the acts winning Grammy’s along the way.With the explosion of artists like Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and Kamasi Washington, the genre is growing to new heights. For the first time in decades, jazz is a major genre. When combined with R&B and hip-hop, jazz-fusion has proven to be a force to be reckoned with.Jurassic 5 frontman Chali 2na weighed in on this contemporary topic, explaining the sentiments surrounding his most recent project. “I am loving the resurgence of Jazz combined with this youthful mindstate that musicians have today. People like Naughty Professor, Galactic, and Snarky Puppy are pushing the envelope when it comes to this genre.”With that being said, we are beyond excited with what Naughty Professor has been up to. Hailing from New Orleans, they carry the jazz-fusion torch loud and proud. Mixing NOLA jazz with an amalgamation of funk and world music, the instrumental band have been dropping melodic, horn-heavy beats with interesting time signatures since their formation in 2011.“My first impression of Naughty Professor was one of amazement,” explained the J5 emcee. “New Orleans is full of musicians that are masters of their craft and Naughty P is no exception. They are also perfectionist and students of the game. This is immediately apparent once you hear them play.”The band is preparing to release their third studio album with several guest vocalists augmenting their jazz/funk sound. Expected in early 2017, the forthcoming project will feature David Shaw (The Revivalists), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Chali 2na, and many other talented musicians.To show this all off, Naughty Professor is hitting the road hard with Chali 2na for a full slate of tour dates this October. For a taste of what’s to come, check out this tour teaser:We recently sat down with Naughty Professor’s drummer Sam Shahin to discuss the upcoming tour, their building relationship with Chali 2na, and what to expect on the new album.Live For Live Music: As a primarily instrumental band, how do you go about choosing your cast of rotating frontmen?Sam Shahin: Between the six of us, we have a wide variety of influences and interests; and as musicians we enjoy stepping into new and different head-spaces. This mentality translates into a conversation with the featured artist that allows us to showcase our versatility as an ensemble.L4LM: With jazz, funk, and soul in your pocket already, hip-hop seems like a natural next step of progression — though may have been initially unexpected. With New Orleans being the melting pot of these genres, how did you come to the decision to include a hip-hop artist as your next touring frontman?SS: We have enjoyed pursuing every avenue of music we can get our hands on. Working with an established artist like Chali allows us to reach a new platform with our music, and the collaborative process with him has been so natural, regardless of whether we’re in the rehearsal room, studio, or on stage. That collaboration has a unique sound and energy that we have had a blast bringing to New Orleans and which we’re very excited to bring to the Northeast in October.L4LM: In terms of initial sparks, did you choose Chali or did Chali choose you? SS: We had the opportunity to meet Chali 2na and watch him perform with Galactic at a Brooklyn Bowl show in August of 2015. We were immediately impressed with his performance, stage presence, and overall vibe. Having considered pursuing an album that showcases featured artists, he seemed like a perfect fit personally and musically with the collaborative nature of the project. We have written two songs together and have arrangements of his solo work, Jurassic 5, and Ozomatli material that we perform live.L4LM: With your upcoming album featuring collaborations with Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville, David Shaw, and the J5 emcee himself, you have a clear connection to the worlds of funk, soul, and hip-hop. What can you tell us about the centerpiece of this upcoming record? How have you made the connection in tying all these themes together? SS: That’s a great question. It has been a unique and exciting challenge to allow each song to maintain its true personality while allowing for cohesion with a rotating cast of musicians. There are certain artists who we feature in multiple songs throughout the project, often in varying roles. We hope to represent a wide spectrum of textures, and diversifying the style and orchestration of the band allows us to speak with a collaborative spirit that defines the whole project.For more about Naughty Professor, check out the band’s website. You can also stay up-to-date with all things Chali 2na over here.
How well a hospital performs on three major publicly reported conditions—heart attack, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia—may prove a useful tool in signaling overall hospital mortality rates, according to a new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study. Examining Medicare data from 2,322 acute care hospitals from 2008 through 2009, the authors found that mortality rates for publicly reported medical conditions are correlated with hospitals’ overall performance.The study appeared online June 24, 2013 in JAMA Internal Medicine.Led by Marta McCrum, research fellow in the HSPH Department of Health Policy and Management, and senior author Ashish Jha, professor of health policy and management, researchers found that hospitals performing in the top quartile on the three publicly reported measures had five times better odds of also being in the top set on a more global measure of quality—overall risk-adjusted mortality.The ability of these three metrics to reflect broader hospital performance is “extremely important,” wrote the authors of an accompanying commentary about the study. “We do not have to measure every aspect of quality to get a sense of overall quality.”Other HSPH authors included Atul Gawande, professor, and Karen Joynt, instructor, both from the Department of Health Policy and Management; and E. John Orav, associate professor of biostatistics. Read Full Story
You, nested in a blanket and nursing a steaming mug,I’m writing to remind you of something you lost. You haven’t noticed. You’ve been caught up in keeping yourself warm, cutting wood for the stove, insulating, baking bread, strumming over the same three chords on the guitar, getting through some brick sized books. You’ve convinced yourself that this is the order of things. Winter has you locked up. Winter is a time to sleep inside, save money, and plan adventures. Dutifully, you’ve put your energy into planning. You’ve filled your head with plans, dreaming over maps, in the someday of your mind you’ve climbed out of the canopies of remote tree lines, spread your hands over imaginary limestone jugs, fumbled with straps on gear you don’t own yet.Planning has become a refuge. You know you’ve let the cold make some of your decisions for you. You feel somewhat guilty about taking it easy and watching movies instead of getting out of the house. Guilty because you know the only thing really stopping you is yourself. You know there are plenty of winter activities out there. This isn’t about changing your notions of winter or about changing your winter plans. That’s not the story I want to tell you. I want to remind you about the importance of ditching your plans and why the best part of any plan is when you leave it.Say you decided to go snowboarding. You would start with a head full of ideas and designs. You would picture cutting up smooth blankets of snow and leaning into the stinging wind. Whatever the actual experience of snowboarding was would be blotted out by those ideas until either by fulfilling them or letting them go you were free to take it in. And that’s what the outdoors means to you. You go outside to escape those ties to design and get to an unplanned moment.Planning has confused you. It puts things off where you can’t reach and makes you think your goal is a distant thing. Think of the trips you want to take- Acadia, the Green Mountains, The Adirondacks, Shenandoah, Monongahela, Red River, New River, and the mythical west. They gleam in your mind and on the pages of the internet when you flip through the park’s pages. The guides tell you where to go, when to go, what to look for, and what to bring with you. This is partially why you’ve forgotten. Guides can be paradoxically misleading. They funnel your attention to key treks, popular hangouts, and noteworthy landmarks and you start to think of destinations, places to drive to and buy tickets for where adventure begins. Places where the outdoors are sequestered. You forget that the Blue Ridge Mountains surround you every time you step out of the door. You neglect that there are things in the muddy hills and tangled forests beyond your own back yard that match the beauty of Bear Mountain or Clingmans Dome. When a thing is identified it’s easier to see and when you focus on these landmarks of the outdoors you’re asking a guide to point out the marvel in the world around you. But there are lichen and mushrooms and runnels that stay invisible because no one points out the magic they possess, and if you walk where there is no trail you can discover for yourself a waterfall, a meadow, a gully much more marvelous because no one had to show you.The other source of your confusion is that outdoor destinations contradict your sense of being outside. A place where you go to be outdoors reminds you of the patterns of being inside. It is confined, and being outside is by nature unconfined. The outdoors is a place where things are not constructed, where paths are not established, where you are beyond boundaries. Essential to your sense of the outdoors is that feeling of liberation, not of being in any place, but of being in every place by being beyond the barriers that separate places. Without that you are just inside somewhere else.Going outside is a decision to explore. You go outside to see what is there, not what you want to find. Plans ideally follow your own direction. If they don’t they are going wrong and that is annoying. But most of life is outside of your direction- it began without your wanting it and it will end without your wanting it. To explore it you have to let it happen to you. For that you have to be somewhat unprepared. So my message is this: don’t get stuck inside, neither your own head nor your own house. Don’t wait for the proper season. Don’t hold out for ideal weather. Don’t follow the map. Don’t know where you’re going to sleep tonight. Don’t focus on getting anywhere. Don’t stick to directions. Before you try to find your adventure in a faraway place remember that it will mean much less to you unless you can do this first- go outside. Pick a direction. Start walking.With great seriousness,Matt Dhillon
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The New York Islanders are brimming with confidence these days, thanks to a standout goalie and a newfound winning attitude.Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves for his ninth straight win, and Cal Clutterbuck scored his third goal of the season as the Islanders earned a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 29.New York (17-7), which had a five-game winning streak snapped Nov. 28 at Washington, has won 12 of 14. This is the fastest the Islanders have gotten to 17 victories.“We’re doing some good things and we believe in ourselves,” Islanders captain John Tavares said. “You can see the poise and composure we have now. We just have to keep that going.”Halak has been a force, going 12-4 in his first season with the Islanders. “I’m not thinking of how many games I’ve won in the past,” said Halak, who made 16 saves in a tense third period, including five during a 5-on-3 Devils’ power play. “I’m only as good as my last game.”Islanders coach Jack Capuano knows how vital Halak has been to the team’s success.“I thought our goaltender was excellent,” Capuano said. “We knew that they would make a push, and we did whatever we could to withstand it. We’ve had a long stretch — six games in nine days — and it showed tonight. But our goalie made the difference.”Casey Cizikas, who scored an empty-net goal to seal it, agreed with his coach. “He’s been unbelievable,” Cizikas said. “He’s kept us in games and he was such a huge part of the win.”The Devils (9-11-4), beaten by Detroit in a shootout on Nov. 28, lost their fourth straight. Damien Brunner scored his first goal since Oct. 24, and Cory Schneider made 25 saves.“We played better in the second and third periods, but we didn’t get the result, and that’s what matters,” said Schneider, who started in goal for the 23rd time in New Jersey’s 24 games. “We gave them everything we had down the stretch. Sometimes, you just don’t get the bounce to tie things up.“We played well, but it’s a results-based business, and we’re not getting the results.”New York took a 2-1 lead 3:32 into the second period when defenseman Calvin de Haan fired a wrist shot that was deflected in by Clutterbuck’s stick. The goal was originally given to de Haan but was changed to Clutterbuck during the second intermission.The Islanders controlled play early, and they grabbed a 1-0 lead on Nikolay Kulemin’s fifth goal.Kyle Okposo took a slap shot that Schneider easily stopped, but he was unaware that the puck trickled through his pads and was inches from the goal line. Kulemin got behind the defense and poked the puck past Schneider.“I thought I had it,” Schneider said. “I didn’t know it got past me.”The Devils tied it 1:47 later on Brunner’s second of the season. Defenseman Adam Larsson fired a shot that was deflected in front by Brunner. “It was a good deflection and got me to the far side,” Halak said. “There’s not much you can do about that.”New Jersey dominated the third period, and held a 16-2 edge in shots, but couldn’t net the tying goal.With nine minutes left, the Devils recorded five straight shots at Halak. The best chance came on a backhanded attempt by Michael Ryder.New Jersey then had a 5-on-3 advantage for nearly a minute toward the end of regulation, but the Islanders killed it.Capuano said that is a sign of his team’s maturity. “When we had to contain, we did,” Capuano said. “We have a different attitude, and it showed. From top to bottom, we know we’re not going to lose.(JIM HAGUE)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Tottenham bank on HSBC for men and womenby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham has announced a new five-year partnership with HSBC as its Official Banking Partner for both the men’s and women’s teams in UK and Hong Kong, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukAs part of this new strategic agreement, HSBC will work with the club to engage fans through a range of activities including co-created digital campaigns and play a supportive role in the sport-led regeneration of the local area in Tottenham, north London, alongside the club. Spurs Head of Partnerships Fran Jones, said: “We have developed a strong relationship with HSBC over a number of years and this new partnership is a natural expansion of this. “The club is committed to supporting the continued regeneration of Tottenham and we look forward to integrating HSBC into our existing employment and education programmes, as well as creating impactful new initiatives together.” HSBC Global Head of Brand Partnerships Jonathan Castleman, added: “The deal provides us with an opportunity to connect with new and existing customers. “We’ve always believed that sport has an amazing power to bring people together, promote physical and mental wellbeing and drive inclusion, so we are excited to be working with Tottenham Hotspur.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
Vine/Brian ShearerThe end of Pitt’s 65-61 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome wasn’t without some controversy late. Syracuse fans online are livid over a blatant travel by Pitt guard James Robinson that went uncalled, with just seconds left in the game. Apparently walk-on Carter Sanderson feels the same way. He voice his discontent about the play on Twitter.You can’t be serious, right? A No call? What a joke. https://t.co/xyVyM7OuEt— Carter Sanderson (@TheCarter3_) February 21, 2015The call is very bad, but we bet someone will remind SU’s players to keep their criticism of the refs off of social media. Even Jim Boeheim censored himself after the game.Boeheim declines to comment on the last call. “We’re not allowed to talk about that.”— Phil D’Abbraccio (@PhilDAbb) February 21, 2015Pitt is 18-10 after the big road win.
By Jorge Barrera and Jason Leroux APTN National News TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY–Mohawks from Tyendinaga and Akwesanse forced the shutdown of CN Rail’s track between Toronto and Ottawa for a little over three hours Saturday in response to the Harper government’s refusal to call a public inquiry to examine the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women across the country.The action also coincided with International Women’s Day.The OPP arrested four people, including prominent Mohawk activist Shawn Brant and John Fox, whose daughter Cheyenne Fox was killed last April after she fell from the 24th floor of a Toronto condo.The rail track shutdown ended after the Mohawks agreed to pull back in exchange for the release of Fox.Eight freight trains and four VIA passenger trains were stranded during the shutdown which lasted from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., said Jim Feeny, spokesperson for CN.“This is a long way from being over,” said John Fox, shortly after the OPP escorted him to his car which was parked near the rail line which crossed Wyman Rd. along the Tyendinaga reserve border, about 21 kilometres east of Belleville, Ont. “I want everyone to be united on this issue, be there for the women today.”Toronto police ruled Cheyenne Fox’s death a suicide. Fox, who was a sex worker, was visiting the condo of a john at the time of her death.John Fox said the OPP had planned to charge him with mischief. He was eventually released unconditionally.OPP spokesperson Sgt. Kristine Rae said charges are pending for mischief, assault and “weapons dangerous” against the three others still in custody. Rae said she couldn’t release their names until they are officially charged Sunday. The three will appear via video conference with a justice of the peace either in Belleville, Napanee, Ont., or Ottawa, said Rae.The Mohawks alerted CN at about 9:30 a.m. triggering the shut down. As the Mohawks moved in to take up their positions the OPP arrived and one of the windows of an unmarked cruiser was smashed. Fox and Brant were the first to be arrested. Then, two other men, nicknamed “Cracker” and “Ribs,” were arrested during hand-to-hand melee.After the second round of arrests, two OPP Aboriginal liaison officers began negotiating with the Mohawks to end the rail shut down. By this time about 30 OPP officers and one CN Rail police officer positioned themselves two rows deep separating the about 17 remaining Mohawks from the south-side of rail track.Several OPP trucks and cruisers were also gathered on the north side of the rail track. The OPP also blocked all roads leading to the north side of the tracks, which crossed Wyman Road. The Tyendinaga Mohawk Police also blocked the south side of Wyman Road, effectively sealing off the Mohawks.At least one OPP officer was seen with an assault rifle.The OPP liaison officer, who said her name was Joanne, led the negotiations for the OPP and tried to convince the Mohawks that their message on missing and murdered Indigenous women had been heard.“I understand it’s an emotional time, it’s an emotional issue, I understand that,” said the liaison officer. “I understand tensions are high right now, let’s keep the dialogue open here.”Dan Doreen, who acted as a spokesperson for the Mohawks, which included two men from Akwesasne and the rest from Tyendinaga, responded saying Friday’s report from the Parliamentary committee on violence against Indigenous women and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s refusal to call an inquiry left them with little choice. The Conservative-dominated committee of MPs did not include calling a public inquiry in its recommendations to the federal government.“(Harper) showed nothing, showed no compassion to our Indigenous women, towards Native people in Canada in general and toward women in general,” said Doreen. “If it wasn’t for my family standing behind me, I have no problems throwing down.”Joanne, the OPP liaison, then suggested there were other avenues through which they could press their issues like on Parliament Hill.“Parliament Hill? You just sit out there in the cold and you get some piece of crap to come out and talk to you,” said Doreen.Doreen said the only time First Nation people get results is when they take matters into their own hands like during Oka, Ipperwash and when the Tyendinaga Mohawks occupied a quarry on their claimed territory in 2007.“You can’t tell me that peaceful protest and stuff like that works. It don’t. What works is being out here on the road,” he said.Despite being out numbered, the Mohawks remained defiant throughout the standoff.“We are trying to protect everybody, white and Native, but it takes these kind of people to show we are not sacred to fall down,” said George Zacharaiah. “I might be 70 years-old, but I guarantee it will take more than one of them to take me down.”One man, who went by the name of Ahtonwa, said he was there for his sister.“Aboriginal women are going missing and nobody is doing anything,” he said. “We deserve to be heard, we deserve to have this done, I know why I am here and everybody else knows why they are here and it’s worth the cost.”The arrest of Fox, however, became a major concern for the Mohawks and they began pressing to have him released.After Joanne relayed the request to her commander word returned that Fox would be freed if the standoff ended. The Mohawks then held a meeting on the road and agreed to the exchange.Fox was escorted in from the north side of the tracks and met with cheers and whoops.“I love you guys,” said Fox.After a ceremony with tobacco, the Mohawks left in their vehicles, the red Warrior and purple Iroquois Confederacy flags snapping in the breeze.“Until the next time,” said Doreen.The trains began to run by about 1:30 p.m. The first freight train through pulled tanker [email protected]@JorgeBarrera
Kolkata: A fire, which broke out on Thursday afternoon at a building in Sector V, was controlled in no time as the fire safety and security management system worked fine.As the smoke detectors and sprinklers started working on its own the fire was almost controlled when the fire brigade arrived. On Thursday around 12:30 pm when employees of several offices were busy working, fire broke out on the third floor of the building. As soon as the fire broke out, the fire alarms installed went off. Hearing the alarm, employees on the other floors got alerted. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe sprinklers on third floor started spraying water. The security personnel of the building immediately informed the fire brigade and asked the employees of the building to evacuate using the stairs. Soon, two fire tenders arrived and doused the fire within an hour. According to fire officials, the built in fire fighting mechanism had cut off the power supply, which is found to be very useful as it prevented the fire from spreading. But due to the glass panes of the building, fire fighters faced problem while dousing the fire. Later the glass panes had be broken to let out the smoke. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be recalled that Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority ( NDITA) had recently held a meeting with the representatives of various offices to discus about the fire fighting measures that need to be installed in Sector V, the IT hub of Bengal. NDITA authorities told the officials that mezzanine floors will not be allowed anymore. Also, fire drill will have to be carried out by the offices at regular intervals. In the vast areas of New Town, New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) had carried out fire audit in offices and shopping malls. As thousands of people visit the offices and shopping malls in New Town, installation of fool proof fire fighting measures is mandatory. While the fire audit was being carried out, it was found that fire-fighting gadgets in some offices were not adequate and fire drills are not be conducted in most of them. Also, the sprinklers did not work in most of the offices.
Kolkata: The campaign in South Dinajpur, Murshidabad and Malda Lok Sabha seats came to an end on Sunday, with the three districts set to go to polls on Wednesday, April 23.Election in the third phase of the seven phase Lok Sabha polls will be held in the Balurghat seat at South Dinajpur, Jangipur and Murshidabad seats at Murshidabad and Malda South and Malda North seats at Malda. Of the five seats, Trinamool had only won Balurghat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, with the party candidate Arpita Ghosh securing 1.06 lakh votes. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Jangipur and Murshidabad seats were won by Abhijit Mukherjee and Badrudojja Khan. Mukherjee of Congress had won the seat by 8,161 votes, while Khan was elected by 18,453 votes. Malda North and South were won by Congress. Mausam Benazir Noor, who has recently joined Trinamool Congress and is the party’s nominee from the seat, got elected by 65,705 votes while AHA Khan Chowdhury won the seat by 64 lakh votes. Political experts are of the opinion that these seats will be the litmus test for Trinamool Congress. The five seats are still considered to be Congress bastions. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThough Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, who has held meetings in all five Lok Sabha seats and urged the voters not to vote for Congress, BJP and CPI(M) as they will not be able to come to Delhi, it is to be seen whether the voters respond to her call or not. Rahul Gandhi had also campaigned in Balurghat and Malda. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also addressed election meetings in the districts. Meanwhile, Tollywood heartthrob and Trinamool Congress candidate from Ghatal Dev campaigned for Arpita Ghosh in Balurghat on Sunday. There was resentment against Ghosh due to her long absence in her constituency. However, Banerjee had clarified why Ghosh could not visit Balurghat frequently because of a road accident which kept her away. In the Malda North seat, Noor has not left any stones unturned to retain the seat. She took part in road shows and visited every house, requesting people to cast the vote in her favour.Political experts feel that in order to fulfill Banerjee’s dream of securing 42 out of 42 seats in the state, Trinamool candidates will have to do extremely well in these three districts. The chance of Trinamool Congress winning the seats is evenly poised and one has to wait for the people’s verdict till May 23, when the results will be out.