Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Qunicy Jones MusiQ Consortium


A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there.
With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding.
But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive. (1966)

***Paula Abdul has 20 million reasons to be angry at American Idol - one for every dollar that she wants (and hasn't received) to return to the hit show.
Paula is asking for a $20 million deal to come back to the hit Fox show - a demand that has been turned down so far.

LBN-QUOTE: I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. --George Burns.

***The king of hearts is the only king in a deck of cards without a moustache.
***Every year about 98% of the atoms in your body are replaced.
*** Elephants are the only mammals that can't jump.
***The word "lethologica" describes the inability to remember a word.
***In American hospitals, approximately 12 children are given to the wrong parents each day.

Quincy Jones MusiQ Consortium

The Quincy Jones MusiQ Consortium is uniting leaders from all sectors of music education to share resources, networks, ideas and passion to make music education an ongoing part of the lives of children in the U.S.
The goals of the Consortium are to:
Increase the percentage of children that are participating in at school and after school music programs;
increase the quality and number of music educators in the United States as well as employment opportunities for those best qualified;
and, via partnership with the participants, develop shared advocacy and funding initiatives for youth music programs.

One week from today, Alfredo Rodriguez will make his debut New York performance since defecting from Cuba in January of this year.

Don Heckman, of the Los Angeles Times wrote on his blog "[Alfredo is] an astonishing talent...who calls up images of a youthful Art Tatum, leavened with an off-center, Thelonious Monk point of view, spiced with the surging rhythmic passions of his homeland;"
Quincy Jones, in a 6/9/09 interview with La Opinion claimed,
"[Alfredo] is very special and I do not say that easily because been I have been surrounded by the best musicians in the world my entire life ... he is one of the best.”

Please come join us -- details of the evening are below:

Alfredo Rodriguez Trio:
Featuring Dafnis Prieto and Charles Flores.
Admission: $20.
Box office: 212-576-2232.
Address: 116 E. 27th Street, New York, NY 10016.
TWO SHOWS! One at 7:30pm and one at 9:30pm.
Click on the time you want to pre-order tickets, or just buy tickets at the door!
All seating is on a first come, first seated basis.
Ticket purchase guarantees you admission to the show.
Serving award winning Blue Smoke Barbecue.

For more info, visit or

Sony Pictures is in final negotiations to acquire the film that will be made out of Michael Jackson’s rehearsals for his “This Is It” concert tour.
The price: $60 million, above initial projections reported elsewhere.

Sony and AEG Live have set the release date for Halloween week: Friday, Oct. 30.

And to give credit where it’s due, my friends at are correct in saying that the split on the money is 90% to the Jackson estate and 10% to AEG Live.
The Jackson estate means Michael’s kids and his mother and the eventual charity that will be formed in Michael’s name.

I am told, as I reported earlier, that the hoped for Aug. 29 show in London seems to be dead.
NBC wasn’t the only network not interested.
And the reason?
Joseph Jackson shopped his own special to the networks, which confused everything, sources say.
“He didn’t even tell Janet that she was supposed to be part of it.”

And the beat goes on …

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Word on the street is that Gwyneth Paltrow was left off the cover of Entertainment Weekly featuring her "Iron Man 2" co-stars Robert Downey Jr.,

Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke because, rightly or wrongly, the editors feel any cover with Paltrow is newsstand suicide.
***Janice Min, the editor who turned Us Weekly into one of magazine publishings major success stories, will step down next week after seven years there, in what she and her boss, Jann S. Wenner, described Monday as an amicable parting.
Ms. Min said she did not have her next move planned, though she talked about online ventures and television as fields that would appeal to her.
But after publicized contract haggling in 2005 and 2007, with speculation each time that one of the fields biggest stars might just walk away, Ms. Min said that this time she had decided not to renew her contract, which expires Aug. 1.
***Hollywood gossip site TMZ, which is owned by Time Warner units AOL and Telepictures, appears to have an unclear ownership future.
After AOL separates from Time Warner, TMZ might become wholly owned by AOL.
The issue "needs to be discussed," says AOL CEO Tim Armstrong.

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