Early in his career, the now-legendary bassist Rufus Reid taught his first bass clinic at a college in North Dakota, using a textbook written by the great Ray Brown. When he rejoined his boss and mentor, saxophonist Eddie Harris, on the road, he told Harris, “I sold 25 Ray Brown books today.” Harris replied, “That’s great. Why don’t you write your own damn book?” He did — and his The Evolving Bassist has been a leading bass instruction book for the last 30 years. Reid is now an award-winning big-band composer. You can read my article about Reid’s life, from the June issue of DownBeat, here.
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“The idea that art “moves forward” is misleading anyway; art doesn’t move, art is. Is there a living soul in Jazz more advanced than John Coltrane? Who is beyond Duke Ellington?” – Eric Reed, from his website,www.ericreed.net. I had the pleasure of interviewing Eric for an upcoming article in DownBeat about JALC’s forthcoming collection of free jazz education videos that feature him, among many other jazz artists and historians.
In Time for “No Name-Calling Week,” L.I. Performance Artist Lyle Cogen Brings Her Crusade Against School Bullying to Long Island
Press Advisory for Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 (download here)
What: Sticks & Stones, interactive performance of musical about bullying for children in grades 5-8.
Who: Lyle Cogen, award-winning performing artist and anti-bullying activist
Where: Mount Sinai Middle School, North Country Road, Mt. Sinai, NY
When: January 25 at 8:45 and 10 A.M. Lyle will be available for interviews following the second show (approx.10:45 A.M.).
Contacts: Allen Morrison, (516) 509-8453; Elizabeth Hine, Asst. Principal (631- 870-2700).
“No put-downs… pass it around.” That simple, memorable chant, when taken up by an auditorium full of fully engaged pre-teens, has the power to change kids’ lives for the better.
It’s a part of the musical play Sticks & Stones, written and performed by Bellmore resident Lyle Cogen, an award-winning performing artist and anti-bullying activist. Now, as part of the observance of national “No Name-Calling Week” (January 23-27), Lyle will bring the show to Mount Sinai Middle School on Wednesday, January 25, with performances at 8:45 and 10 A.M. You can see a video preview of Sticks & Stones at Lyle’s website: www.lylecogen.com.
The play, commissioned by Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, has been performed before thousands of students in theaters and schools throughout the U.S. “No Name-Calling Week” is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an ongoing dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities (more info at www.nonamecallingweek.org.)
Sticks & Stones was created to help children, parents and teachers respond to the epidemic of bullying and cyber-bullying in schools and online. Making use of music, poetry and video projection, it tells the story of a brother and a sister who both experience bullying behavior, peer pressure and loss of friends. Lyle plays all the characters, using simple costume changes.
“The show aims to create a positive change in the school culture by bringing the subject of bullying out in the open,” Lyle said. “It helps children examine their own behavior and shows them how to stop being ‘bystanders’ and become ‘allies’ instead.”
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Award-winning performing artist and anti-bullying activist Lyle Cogen is proud to release a new video previewing her acclaimed one-woman musical play Sticks & Stones. Lyle has performed the show — a story about bullying behavior and how to defuse and prevent it — before thousands of children at theaters and schools all over the country, making her a front-line soldier in the movement to stamp out bullying. See the preview here:
When my PR client Lyle Cogen performed her one-woman musical, “Sticks & Stones,” in Albany yesterday, we arranged coverage by four Albany TV news stations. Here’s one of the best interviews she did, with Albany’s Time-Warner news channel, Your News Now (YNN).