Archive for February, 2014

Neural Substrates of Spontaneous Musical Performance: An fMRI Study of Jazz Improvisation

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Charles J. Limb
*, Allen R. Braun
1 Language Section, Voice, Speech and Language Branch, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America, 2 Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
To investigate the neural substrates that underlie spontaneous musical performance, we examined improvisation in professional jazz pianists using functional MRI. By employing two paradigms that differed widely in musical complexity, we found that improvisation (compared to production of over-learned musical sequences) was consistently characterized by a dissociated pattern of activity in the prefrontal cortex: extensive deactivation of dorsolateral prefrontal and lateral orbital regions with focal activation of the medial prefrontal (frontal polar) cortex. Such a pattern may reflect a combination of psychological processes required for spontaneous improvisation, in which internally motivated, stimulus-independent behaviors unfold in the absence of central processes that typically mediate self-monitoring and conscious volitional control of ongoing performance. Changes in prefrontal activity during improvisation were accompanied by widespread activation of neocortical sensorimotor areas (that mediate the organization and execution of musical performance) as well as deactivation of limbic structures (that regulate motivation and emotional tone). This distributed neural pattern may provide a cognitive context that enables the emergence of spontaneous creative activity.
Citation: Limb CJ, Braun AR (2008) Neural Substrates of Spontaneous Musical Performance: An fMRI Study of Jazz Improvisation. PLoS ONE 3(2): e1679. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001679

Link to Full Article: jazz improvisation and cerebral function

Neural Substrates of Interactive Musical Improvisation: An fMRI Study of ‘Trading Fours’ in Jazz

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Gabriel F. Donnay, Summer K. Rankin, Monica Lopez-Gonzalez, Patpong Jiradejvong, Charles J. Limb*
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
Interactive generative musical performance provides a suitable model for communication because, like natural linguistic discourse, it involves an exchange of ideas that is unpredictable, collaborative, and emergent. Here we show that interactive improvisation between two musicians is characterized by activation of perisylvian language areas linked to processing of syntactic elements in music, including inferior frontal gyrus and posterior superior temporal gyrus, and deactivation of angular gyrus and supramarginal gyrus, brain structures directly implicated in semantic processing of language. These findings support the hypothesis that musical discourse engages language areas of the brain specialized for processing of syntax but in a manner that is not contingent upon semantic processing. Therefore, we argue that neural regions for syntactic processing are not domain-specific for language but instead may be domain-general for communication.
Citation: Donnay GF, Rankin SK, Lopez-Gonzalez M, Jiradejvong P, Limb CJ (2014) Neural Substrates of Interactive Musical Improvisation: An fMRI Study of ‘Trading Fours’ in Jazz. PLoS ONE 9(2): e88665. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088665
Editor: Dante R. Chialvo, National Research & Technology Council, Argentina Received September 24, 2013; Accepted January 14, 2014; Published February 19, 201

Link to the Full Article:  trading fours in jazz

Mood Indigo

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Title: Mood Indigo
Location: Cavatore
Description: Susan\’s Fifty-Somethingth Birthday, at Cavatore Italian Restaurant, 2110 Ella Boulevard. This only happens once a year, you know, and there is a credible rumor that there will be cake, so don\’t miss it!

Seating is limited in the main dining room, so please be sure to make a reservation and ask to be seated near Mood Indigo when you call. (713-869-6622)

Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2014-02-22
End Time: 21:30

CD Release Phil & Derek\’s Monday Night Band

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Title: CD Release Phil & Derek\’s Monday Night Band
Location: Phil & Derek\’s
Description: CD Release from the House Band at Phil & Dereks. Should be great sounds.
Start Time: 21:00
Date: 2014-02-24

Kenny Easton Looking to Fund His New Album

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Just wanted to let you know about the recording that is in progress right now which features our friends (Art, Corey, Carlo, Anibal,Daelton, and me) and essentially “pre sell” it through kickstarter to musician friends who are interested in supporting. (I realize crowdfunding isn’t everyones cup of tea) 10$ or more buys a download and 3 of 7-8 tracks are finished. (I will be featuring Woody and Raquel on the others) for more info. the link to my vid. on kickstarter is…

Thanks, hope we play together again soon and thanks for all the support you’ve given already ! Ken

“The Fountainhead” Jazz Album Project

I am trying to raise funds for musicians and studio costs to bring to completion an album of my orig…

Monday Night Jam

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Title: Monday Night Jam
Location: Phil & Derek\’s
Description: Phil & Derek\’s Jazz Cafe – 2811 Bammel Ln. Houston, Tx. 77098 ( 4 blocks West of Kirby off Westheimer ) in River Oaks
Start Time: 2100
Date: 2014-02-18

Erin Wright\’ Thursday Jam Session

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Title: Erin Wright\’ Thursday Jam Session
Location: Costa\’s
Link out: Click here
Description: Next week\’s house band will include, the lovely Ariel Jones on drums, and Ken Ward on keys…. plus Erin Wright on bass & Alisha on sax!
Do ya love jazz? WE DO! and can\’t think of a better way to spend Valentines eve…..
Houston\’s Thursday Jam Session at Costa\’s, 415 Westheimer Rd
Ste 101
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 831-1565

Start Time: 20:00
Date: 2014-02-14
End Time: 23:00

Raymond/Green Quartet

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Title: Raymond/Green Quartet
Location: Cezannes
Description: Saturday, February 15th R A Y M O N D / G R E E N Q U I N T E T
John Raymond – trumpet, Tim Green – sax, Rhythm section TBA
Start Time: 21:00
Date: 2014-02-15

Clint Strong

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Title: Clint Strong
Location: Cezannes
Description: Friday & Saturday, February 21st & 22nd C L I N T S T R O N G
Clint Strong – guitar, David Craig – bass and Sebastian Whittaker – drums $15
Start Time: 21:00
Date: 2014-02-21

Bob Henschen Trio

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Title: Bob Henschen Trio
Location: Cezannes
Link out: Click here
Description: Cezanne\’s, Friday, February 28, 9 pm -1 am, Bob Henschen Trio with Aric Nitzberg and Tim Solook, 4100 Montrose, 713-529-1199.
Start Time: 21:00
Date: 2014-02-28