first_imgKarl Denson is a busy man these days. In addition to fronting his own band, Tiny Universe, the legendary saxophonist recently booked a gig as a touring member of the Rolling Stones. Considering the group is heading down to Cuba for their first performance there ever, we couldn’t resist an opportunity to chat with Denson himself. Between Stones work, Slightly Stoopid, The Greyboy Allstars and his many expected performances during Jazz Fest (including the revival of his Prince cover set), there’s a lot going on for fans of Diesel!Our own Rex Thomson caught up to Denson for the exclusive. Read on below:L4LM: In just a couple days you’re going to be following in the recent footsteps of President Obama by visiting the island of Cuba with The Rolling Stones. With the decades long embargoes lifting, you’re going to be one of the first western bands to play for the people there for quite a while. How excited are you to be part of such a significant cultural moment?Karl Denson: This Rolling Stones thing just keeps getting more and more surreal. I was watching Obama’s speech yesterday, Waiting to see if he would mention the Rolling Stones visit, And of course he did. There’s really no words to explain how great and strange this segment of my life is.          L4LM: Will you have any opportunity to explore the island?KD: We are only going to be there for a day and a half, so I don’t really expect to do a lot of exploring, but I will definitely take a long walk around the city. I want to make sure I get down to the beach and see how it compares. I’m going to take in some authentic Cuban food which is exciting and they’ve already scheduled a concert for us. L4LM: You’ve recently toured South America with the Stones as well, and have now played on practically every continent.  Was getting to see the world a factor in your joining the band?         KD: Absolutely not! It’s the Rolling Stones! L4LM: It looks like the only continent you haven’t played on is Antarctica.  Any chance you and the Stones could bust out the parkas and play one for the penguins? KD: If somebody takes me down there. Imagine me standing in the middle of the Penguins, covered with snow and ice, with my saxophone. It’s like a jazzy children’s book. L4LM: When last we spoke you were completing a new disc with your band The Tiny Universe.  How close are we to getting to hear this new material? KD: It’s very close. I’m going to rerecord a few tunes in a couple of weeks and then we will be wrapping it up. Aiming for an early fall release.L4LM: Speaking of material, you’re bringing your Prince tribute set to Howlin Wolf for second weekend of Jazz Fest.  You’ve taken on some pretty stellar artists in the past like the Beastie Boys and RUN DMC…what made you decide to adapt the Purple One’s catalog? KD: I like to think I know a lot about music and have a strong background, so doing this album was a little gift from me to my fans, most of whom, even though they are Prince fans, have never heard this particular record.For more information on Karl Denson’s Prince show in New Orleans, head here. The full Howlin’ Wolf late night lineup can be seen here.L4LM: The night after the Prince show you’re going to be doing your legendary annual late night blow out at Tips. It’s always a star studded set with special guests and no stopping until dawn.  Do you have any idea who’s joining you for this, or do you just invite the entire city and just see who makes it?KD: Sometimes there’s so much going on you just have to wait and see what happens. The fun thing for me right now really is just that my band is hitting on all cylinders. I’m having so much fun I don’t care who comes to see it. I know it’s going be a blast. This year we get to rehearse more Of just what we do rather than some kind of specialty event.L4LM: You’ll be playing a couple of gigs with one of your other projects, The Greyboy All-Stars, the first weekend of Jazz Fest. How easy is it for you to jump between three acts with their own catalogs in such a short period of time? KD: It’s just music. It’s what I’ve been doing for the last forty years, Learning how to learn songs, and to remember them.L4LM: Will you just be staying in town through both weekends of Jazz Fest?  I’m sure there are plenty of bands who’d like to see you join them for some funky sit ins.KD: I’ll be there for the two weekends and in between. I’ve got a few extra things to do while I’m there. That’s one of the fun things about jazz fest; the collaborations that are available.L4LM: Having done so many sit ins and jam sessions over the years have you learned any tricks to fitting in, musically, with players you’re not overly familiar with?KD: Always, always play for the song. Each composition is the most important thing.L4LM: So, between these three bands, how many shows do you think you play in a year?KD: Let’s just say it’s a lot. And it’s four bands, You have to add Slightly Stoopid in also.L4LM: We’ve talked about your health regimen, but how much of a toll does all this touring take on you?KD: It’s pretty grueling. But over the years I have learned to schedule in route things properly. That helps a lot.L4LM: So, you average about 150 shows per year around the world.  It seems like you’d have to have learned some tricks to keeping yourself functioning optimally through such a grueling schedule.  Can you give us an inside look at your on the road routine?KD: I’ve been doing tai chi for close to 40 years. As long as I manage to give myself an extra hour to stretch and do some chi gong, I don’t generally have any problems. The voice is probably the most delicate gear in the touring machine. When I’m doing my band or The Greyboy All-Stars I have to be more aware of running myself down.L4LM: Obviously in such a grueling schedule there’s a lot of dead time while traveling.  Do you have any non musical hobbies you indulge in to fight the boredom?KD: I’m pretty content all by myself. Practicing takes up a good amount of the downtime and I love politics so I watch and read a lot of news. L4LM: With all the artists you’ve collaborated with reading like a who’s who of the music world, is there anyone left on your wish list to play with?KD: There are always new artists popping up. I still haven’t played with Herbie Hancock. And Kendrick Lamar is one of my new favorite things to listen to. Also, I would love to do an actual project with Derek Trucks at some point.L4LM: Can you remember when you first heard the breathy flow of a saxophone? Was it an instant love affair?KD: I started hearing serious saxophone players when I was about 12. Shortly after I started playing saxophone myself. But it wasn’t until Fourth of July, 1988 that I actually fell in love with the instrument. I was on the Staten Island ferry back to Manhattan. There was an older black man on the ferry playing saxophone. He had lost his front teeth and played on in spite of it. There was something magical that Hit me in that moment. Mind you, I was drunk off my ass, but it was still one of the most memorable musical experiences of my life. I remember saying to myself” I love the saxophone”. There was a purity to the reason that he played.L4LM: I’m sure you had players that influenced you, though you have a very recognizable, unique sound.  Obviously, you had inspirations and influences at the beginning.  When you were starting out, how long do you feel it took to develop your own style?KD: I feel like I had my own style pretty early on. Not that it was necessarily good. I definitely attempted to carve my own path from the beginning, driven by the originality of my mentors: John Coltrane, Eddie Harris, Yusef Lateef, Miles Davis, etc. I think it took me around 20 years to become a voice that was Worth hearing.L4LM: When you look back on your career, what do you hope to have accomplished with your music?KD: It would be nice to have made enough of an impression on the World to still have people listening to my music decades from nowlast_img read more

first_imgPhil Lesh & Friends have announced an upcoming two-night run at Lesh’s own Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA, set to go do on April 19th and 20th.For the upcoming two-night run, Lesh has recruited guitarists Al Schnier (moe.) and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), drummer Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), and multi-instrumentalists Jason Crosby and Alex Koford. Phil Lesh & Friends’ show on Friday, April 19th will take place at night in the Grate Room. The following day, Saturday, April 20th will be a special afternoon performance at Terrapin’s Beach Park.Tickets to Phil Lesh & Friends’ upcoming Terrapin Crossroads run are on sale now here.For a full list of Lesh’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website.last_img read more

first_img Star Files One fine day, indeed! Abby Mueller, sister of 2014 Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller, will star as Carole King in the forthcoming national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Jessie won a Tony for originating the role of the legendary singer-songwriter on Broadway. The Beautiful tour will launch this September in Providence before hitting cities across the country. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.“We’re thrilled to welcome Abby into the Beautiful family,” producer Paul Blake said, in a statement. “The moment she walked into the audition, we knew we found the perfect Carole to head our amazing cast. Abby’s been wowing Chicago and Broadway audiences for years, and we can’t wait for people across the country to get to see what she can do when she puts her own stamp on this iconic role.”Abby Mueller has appeared on Broadway in Kinky Boots. Her off-Broadway credits include A Minister’s Wife and Romance/Romance.Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend. The production is directed by Marc Bruni.Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. View Commentscenter_img Abby Muellerlast_img read more

first_img February 15, 2002 Regular News Bar prohibited from taking sales tax stand Bar prohibited from taking sales tax standcenter_img The Florida Bar cannot, under existing U.S. and Florida Supreme Court rulings, lobby the legislature on proposed sales taxes on services, including legal fees.Tallahassee attorney Barry Richard, who represents the Bar when it is sued and advises it on constitutional issues, has rendered that opinion in response to a question from Bar President Terry Russell. Russell had been asked by Senate President John McKay, R-Tampa, who is pushing a tax reform measure, for the Bar’s position on services taxes.Richard’s January 14 letter was presented to the Board of Governors at its February 1 meeting in Tampa, and the board took no action on it.Richard said the Bar could offer technical assistance on a services tax, such as advising whether the tax constitutionally could apply to criminal defense fees.The Bar’s ability to lobby on political issues, Richard wrote, is defined in two rulings, both of which came after the 1987 battle over the short-lived services tax. The cases are Keller v. State Bar of California, 496 U.S. 1 (1990), and The Florida Bar Re: Schwarz, 552 So.2d 1094 (Fla. 1989).“In Keller, the U.S. Supreme Court prohibited the use of compulsory bar dues for political advocacy except with respect to improvement of the administration of justice,” Richard said.The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has further ruled that issues in that category “include regulation of attorneys, budget appropriations for the judiciary and legal aid, proposed changes in litigation procedures, regulations of attorneys’ client trust accounts, and law school and bar admission standards,” the letter said.“In Schwarz, the Florida Supreme Court restricted the authority of The Florida Bar to engage in any political advocacy whatsoever, regardless of whether or not it involved the use of compulsory dues” unless five conditions were met, Richard noted. Those five conditions are: matters concerning the regulation and discipline of attorneys; matters relating to the functioning and efficiency of the courts; increasing the availability of legal services; regulation of attorneys’ trust accounts; and issues affecting the education, ethics, competence, regulation, and integrity of the legal profession.The court did say, Richard noted, the Bar could lobby on additional issues if they met all parts of a three-pronged test:• “The issue be recognized as being of great public importance.”• “That lawyers are especially suited by their training and experience to evaluate and explain the issue.”• “The subject matter affects the rights of those likely to come into contact with the judicial system.”Richard said the Florida Supreme Court held in The Florida Bar Re: Frankel, 581 So.2d 1294 (Fla. 1991), that the Bar could not lobby on some children-related issues because they did not meet those tests.“In the absence of persuasive evidence that the imposition of sales tax would place otherwise affordable legal services beyond the reach of a significant number of Floridians, I think it is unlikely that the court would conclude that the sales tax issue falls within the presumptively permissible list,” Richard said.He also said the services tax failed to meet the second criteria of the three-part test for additional issues, even though lawyers might have some special expertise on specific tax issues.“[T]he threshold question of whether there should be a tax on legal services is essentially a political and policy question on which lawyers are not ‘especially suited by their training and experience to evaluate and explain the issue,’” he said.In his letter, Richard noted he has been retained by the Florida Senate, which is pushing the constitutional amendment to lower the sales tax rate at the same time expanding it to many services now exempted in state law. Neither the Senate nor the Bar had a problem with Barry giving the Bar an opinion on the issue, he said.A few days after Richard submitted his letter to the Bar, the Senate released a list of possibly taxed services and how much would be raised. At the top of the list was legal services, expected to add more than $300 million annually to state coffers.last_img read more

first_imgA billion dollar commercial bank stakes its differentiation on personal service, having built its business on long-term customer relationships forged by visits to branch offices, lunches at local cafes and outings on golf courses. But as their business owners transfer responsibility to the next generation, the bank must replicate those personalized experiences to connect anywhere, anytime with the next generation of business owners who grew up in a digital world.Recognizing those behavioral shifts, the bank adopted a digitized customer experience strategy that produces that same level of differentiated experience as in-person interactions.How open is your organization to making that same digital transformation?To fuel innovative personalized experiences and meet consumer expectations, financial institutions are faced with difficult decisions involving strategy, technology, and how data is produced, managed, stored and shared. Using open APIs and flexible technology platforms to create differentiated experiences becomes increasingly compelling as financial institutions work to survive and compete in such an unpredictable environment. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img(WBNG)– With the start date for a potential fall sports season just over one month away, parents of athletes are growing frustrated with the unknowns. “I am in full support of students being able to play,” said Sexton. “I also think it should be left up to individual parents and athletes.” Sexton’s son Parker is a three-sport athlete. He is waiting to see if he’ll be able to begin his senior football season next month. “I don’t think the end decision should be up to the governor or the state,” she said. “I think a lot of responsibility also goes back on us to make sure we’re taking care of our student athletes,” she said. Sexton said she is confident schools and teams will implement policies to keep kids healthy and safe, but added the responsibility should be shared between parents, schools and coaches.  “Anytime you step on the field or court there’s going to be a risk to injury,” said Merrick. “This is no different.” Ava plays volleyball in the fall, and Merrick also says she believes the decision should be left up to parents. “It’s that little bit of a carrot dangled in front of them that says hey, let’s work just a little bit harder to get to where you need to be to do the things you want to do in life,” said Sexton. Chenango Forks mother of four Pennie Merrick agrees. Merrick made a difficult decision this summer to let her 13-year-old daughter Ava play softball after recognizing it was best for her mental health. Merrick said the benefits of letting Ava play softball this summer outweighed the risks. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association said the state has not provided guidance or a timeline to determine whether or not the season will begin on September 21. Sexton said playing sports or being involved in extracurricular activities provides an outlet and pushes kids to do better in school. “You’re trying to make plans but you don’t know what you’re planning for or when you’re planning for it,” said Spencer-Van Etten mom Heather Sexton. “She was becoming very withdrawn,” said Merrick. “And at that point, we decided this was a decision that needed to be made whether we were gonna take the risk of COVID, versus whether we needed to get her back out there.”last_img read more

first_imgArsenal ready to sign William Saliba’s centre-back partner Wesley Fofana Arsenal scouts have been impressed with Wesley Fofana (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are keen on following up the signing of William Saliba by signing the Frenchman’s St Etienne team-mate Wesley Fofana.The Gunners snapped up Saliba last summer and agreed to let the defender spend the season on loan in France, before moving to north London for the 2020/21 season.Saliba arrived in a deal worth £27m and Arsenal have continued scouting the defender this season to keep an eye on his progress. Saliba joins Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)Though Saliba has been the focus, scouts have picked up on the improvement of his centre-back partner Fofana and the Daily Express claim Arsenal want to sign the 19-year-old. The defender’s come through the ranks at St Etienne and he’s impressed in his 14 appearances this term.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe cancellation of Ligue 1 means St Etienne have narrowly avoided relegation but they remain under severe financial pressure. The club are therefore seeking a replica of the deal they agreed with Arsenal for Saliba, which would enable them to keep Fofana for an extra season but in full knowledge they they will receive a fee at the end. AC Milan and Everton are both touted as rivalries for Fofana’s signature. MORE: Cristiano Ronaldo reminisces over Manchester United’s Champions League final win on Instagram Metro Sport ReporterSunday 24 May 2020 7:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7kShares Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNorwegian subsea services provider Reach Subsea has been awarded a frame agreement for the provision of inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services to Statoil. The frame agreement has a duration of five years and starts in 2019, Reach Subsea said on Friday.Commercial terms under the agreement are confidential between the parties. However, the frame agreement is call-off based, which means that Statoil can award contracts for IMR services in the North Sea on an as needed basis, the company explained.Reach Subsea CEO, Jostein Alendal, said: “We are proud to be awarded the IMR Frame Agreement with Statoil, which is of significant strategic importance and improves visibility for our service offerings for the next five years.”Statoil also recently awarded a five-year contract to Subsea 7 for the provision of subsea inspection, repair and maintenance services on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The contract involves the provision of a life of field support vessel Seven Viking for five years.The services includes onshore project planning and offshore operational execution.last_img read more

first_imgStuff 24 April 2016At least one potential surrogate has volunteered to be impregnated with sperm frozen before promising Auckland teenage filmmaker Cameron Duncan died 12 years ago.The offers have breathed life into grieving mother Sharon Duncan’s dreams of creating a grandchild using her dead son’s sperm, which he banked when aged 15 before starting chemotherapy for bone cancer in 2002.“They’ve had time to think about it, as the years have gone by.“I think it’s really cool, I don’t have to go to a stranger – it’s someone in our circle,” she said.If Cameron hadn’t lost his cancer fight in November 2003 when only 17 years old, he would have celebrated his 30th birthday this week, a milestone that has proved a sharp reminder to his mother that time is passing swiftly.“He was an amazing young man who inspired many, many people through his films… I could think of nothing better than to produce a child from him,” Sharon said.While New Zealand’s laws and regulations have blocked her plans to date, she has been granted an extra decade to keep his sperm frozen while she seeks a solution.“But I don’t want to don’t want to wait 10 years because by then I’ll be nearly 70,” Sharon said.“I’ve spent the last several years battling against irrelevant fertility reproductive laws in New Zealand, and I demand a change.”Cameron banked sperm in 2002 because he was warned his cancer treatment could destroy his fertility and he wanted children in his future.At the time, he signed a form at the fertility clinic gifting it to his mother if he died, but it failed to specify his frozen sperm’s use after death.His family had not discussed what to do with the sperm before his death because they were so focused on his survival.“The form he, and presumably, all other donors in 2002 signed, simply asked ‘in the case of your death, who do you leave the sperm to’, so he wrote my name,” Sharon said.A few years after Cameron’s death, Sharon inquired at a fertility clinic to see if she could use his sperm with a surrogate to produce offspring to raise, but was told it was deemed illegal.Under the 2004 Human Assisted Reproductive Technology (HART) Act, nobody has the right to use sperm stored by a minor aged under 16, except the person himself. An applicant to use the sperm has to show he gave consent for its use before dying.However, Sharon believes that law does not apply to her case because it was introduced after Cameron’s death.“I have always argued that he banked his sperm two years before that law existed, yet still [the Ethics Committee] maintain that ‘law’ remains applicable.“These rewrites did not exist at the time of his signing, how can they apply to me now?”Guidelines for the storage, use and disposal of sperm from a deceased man came into force in 2000, but they had no age specification.In 2014, the Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology granted her approval to keep her son’s sperm frozen for one year because a law change imposed a 10-year limit on storage of frozen gametes, embryos and other fertility tissue.At the time, she was told she would have to prove how she could overcome the legal hurdles to use her teenage son’s sperm without his consent.Last year, she sought another extension to keep the sperm frozen while she tried to make her dreams reality and was granted an extra 10 years.Since then, she has spoken to Russian doctor Lemara Kelesheva, who is raising four grandchildren in Moscow after using her dead son’s sperm to impregnate two surrogates, who both had twins in 2011.Her son had died of leukaemia in 2005 aged 23.Meanwhile, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said he was still waiting for more information before he could approve a proposed review of laws and regulations about collection, storage and use of gametes and embryos from dead and comatose people. read more

first_imgMs. Darlene Angela Scudder, age 69, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on October 4, 1949, in Vevay, Indiana, the daughter of the late, Julian and Emma (Beutel) Scudder. She was raised in Vevay, Indiana and was a 1967 graduate of the Vevay High School. Darlene was employed as a shuttle bus driver for Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun, Indiana, for 12 years and for Plastic Molding Factory in East Enterprise, Indiana, for several years. She was also employed for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, for nine years and for the Madison Shoe Factory for five years. She was a member of the Riverview Southern Baptist Church and enjoyed reading James Patterson books, watching the Colts and The Walton’s on the television. Darlene passed away at 4:12 a.m., Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Darlene will be missed by her daughters, JoKay Beatty and her husband: Mike of Florence, IN and Amy Teeter and her husband: Rob of Somerset, KY; her son, Freddie Sullivan and his companion: Misty of Vevay, IN; her companion, Kenny Springer of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren, Devin Sullivan, Nigil Sullivan and Brackston Sullivan, Bristol Teeter and Bentley Teeter and her nephew, David Anthony Schurman of Bright, IN.She was preceded in death by her parents, Julian and Emma (Beutel) Scudder; her sister, Nancy Schurman and her brother, Freddie Eugene Scudder.Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., by Pastor Loren Lamson at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Emergency Response Unit. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more