Included in the film will be two concerts performed by Young at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in August, which featured a host of guest musicians, such as Emmylou Harris, Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns, and the Fisk University Jubilee Singers. The project represents a return to the concert film oeuvre for Demme, who directed the Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense in 1984.
The Eminence speaker company is taking over the world. In September, they announced that March 1, 2006, will mark the opening of Eminence Dongguan. That’s right, in China. Dongguan is in the Guangdong province, and a mere 62 miles from Hong Kong. Eminence President Rob Gault emphasized, “We are not moving our manufacturing to Asia, we are adding manufacturing capability in Asia.”
The 18th annual Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition focused on jazz guitar this year, culminating in the finals, on September 19, at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. Norwegian Lage Lund took top honors at the competition, winning himself a $20,000 scholarship. Second place went to Miles Okazaki of Seattle, and third place to David Mooney of New Orleans. The esteemed panel of judges for the event included Bill Frisell, Stanley Jordan, Earl Klugh, Russell Malone, Pat Martino, and Jay Pizzarelli. In addition to the ten finalists, there were performances by George Benson, Terence Blanchard, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Clark Terry, and the event was co-hosted by Hancock, Billy Dee Williams, and Thelonius Monk, Jr. As if that wasn’t enough to make the event remarkable, the semifinals and finals were filmed for a February 2006 documentary, to be aired on BET. For more info on the winners and the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz, click over to monkinstitute.org.
This past August, Guitar Center—which bought Eric Clapton’s famous cherry red ES-335 for $827,000 at a 2004 Christie’s auction—offered 175 meticulously crafted recreations (by Gibson, of course) for sale in the U.S. as the “Eric Clapton Crossroads 335” model. The $12,000 limited-edition beauties sold out in less than 72 hours, with a portion of the proceeds donated to Clapton’s Crossroads Centre in Antigua.