Branford Marsalis

International acclaimes saxophonist Branford Marsalis has been named as an artist-in-residence in the Music Department at San Franciaco State University, San Francisco, California, beginning in the Fall 2000 semester. Marsalis will be joining John Handy, Andrew Speight, Dee Spencer and Hafez Modirzadeh in the Universities' music department.


The Sweet And Hot
Songwriting Competition

By Floyd Levin

The producers of the annual Los Angeles Sweet and Hot Music Festival have proudly announced the inauguration of their First annual "Sweet and Hot Songwriting Competition." The Golden Age of American popular music occurred during the Jazz and Swing Eras. Skilled composers and lyricists during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s created an amazing body of music that is still enjoyed by fans around the world.

Discussing the forthcoming competition, Wally Holmes, Director of the Sweet and Hot Music Festival, said, "The single common denominator usually found at the center of a great Jazz performance is a great song. It has the power to connect the listener with a specific time or place, a special romance, even an entire era or decade. We have decided to honor the writers of those wonderful songs in a very meaningful way by encouraging the creation of new material." At thriving Jazz festivals, Jazz parties, and concerts, hundreds of Jazz bands are currently entertaining thousands of devotees at sites throughout the country. The new Songwriting Competition, hopefully, will generate a compositional revitalization producing fresh material that will continue to be played by Jazz groups in the future.

A panel of prominent composers and musicians has been selected to judge the songs. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three songs chosen by the panel. World-wide press announcements will publicize the winning compositions.

The following prizes will be awarded:
1st Priz - $1000.00
2nd Prize - $600.00
3rd Prize - $400.00

Addition prizes include a professional recording of the winning songs and All-Events Badges to the Sweet and Hot Music Festival. Copies of the winning songs will be available to bands participating in the festival.

Anyone can enter the competition. Any number of songs may be submitted. Each must be accompanied by an official entry form which lists all the contest rules. To receive the form at no charge, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:

The Sweet and Hot Songwriting Competition
The Sweet and Hot Music Foundation
Box 642269, Los Angeles, CA 90064-2269
(Or down-load from website -

This year's Los Angeles Sweet and Hot Music Festival will take place on the Labor Day Weekend, September 1, 2, 3, and 4, at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel.

For additional information, contact

The Sweet and Hot Music
Box 642269, Los Angeles, CA 90064-2269 or call Martha at (310) 325-6696.

By Floyd Levin

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