Thursday, April 21, 2005

Live Musicians Get Into Their Jammys

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The Grammy Awards might get more press but true musicians prefer to get into the Jammys.

That’s the word from Peter Shapiro, the organizer of The Jammy Awards, an annual event that honors the year’s best live bands in a variety of musical styles.

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Jammy Awards and the event will be held April 26 in New York.

Shapiro says musicians take the Jammys very seriously because it celebrates bands “who thrive in a live setting, not those who spend six months working on a four-minute song.”

As a result, the performances will be 20-minute segments scattered throughout the night so musicians have a chance to improvise with artists they might not otherwise meet.

For instance, this year, Sinead O’Connor will be jamming with reggae legend Burning Spear and members of the Black Crowes will share the stage with Govt. Mule.

So far, the Jammys don’t get the ratings of the Grammys but Shapiro says musicians gladly accept the awards because it represents the best in live music.

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