Aaron Johnston’s J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvised) project has announced a New York City show on Wednesday, March 20th at Nublu, adding to the emerging act’s previously announced Northeast run. Both Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits will join Johnston (Brazilian Girls), along with special guests DJ Logic and guitarist Avi Bortnick (John Scofield’s Uberjam).J.E.D.I. has also announced an additional show at Fort Collins, CO’s Aggie Theatre on Wednesday, April 10th ahead of their performance at The Big Melt on Saturday, April 13th at Denver’s The Fillmore Auditorium. Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds), Borahm Lee (Break Science/Pretty Lights Live Band), and Ashish Vyas (Thievery Corporation Live Band) will unite with Johnston on the Fort Collins show, with support yet to be announced.Brooklyn, NY-based space-funk/psych-rock outfit Escaper will support J.E.D.I on their Nublu NYC date. In addition to that performance, the group will support at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT on March 21st, and Putnam Place in Saratoga Springs, NY on March 23rd. J.E.D.I.’s show at Metronome in Burlington, VT will be a special “Evening With” performance. For The Big Melt performance, Johnston will lead Vyas, Lee, and Roberts, along with both Michael Kang and Jason Hann of. That event will also feature performances from Eric Krasno & Friends, Dominic Lalli’s Bluebird Quintet, and Purple Party: A Tribute to Prince). Down in New Orleans during Jazz Fest, Johnston will be joined once again by Michael Kang and Jason Hann, along with Marc Brownstein, Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), Borahm Lee (Break Science), and DJ Logic at One Eyed Jacks for a special late-night show on Friday, May 3rd (technically May 4th beginning at 2am) after The String Cheese Incident’s headlining performance at Mardi Gras World. With a run of high-profile dates this spring and the recent release of the band’s first single, “Back Atcha,” via Eddie Roberts’ Color Red Studios, Johnston explains the true nature of his J.E.D.I. project: “All this music and musicians have come together in an organic fashion and I look forward to it continuing and evolving with time.” J.E.D.I. will release its second single on March 19th. Take a listen to the in-studio version of “Back Atcha” below:J.E.D.I. – “Back Atcha”See below for a full list of upcoming J.E.D.I. tour dates and ticketing info:J.E.D.I. Spring Tour Dates3/20 Wed Nublu – New York, NY*$ (Tickets)3/21 Thu Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT* (Tickets)3/22 Fri Metronome – Burlington, VT (Tickets)3/23 Sat Putnam Place – Saratoga Springs, NY* (Tickets)4/10 Wed Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO (Tickets)4/13 Sat Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO# (Tickets)5/3 Fri One Eyed Jacks (late-night) – New Orleans, LA (Tickets)* w/ Escaper$ w/s/g DJ Logic and Avi Bortnick# The Big Melt
Lisa Stone announced yesterday the junior forward Mariah Dunham would be dismissed from the team.[/media-credit]Junior forward Mariah Dunham was dismissed from the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team for repeated violations of team rules, coach Lisa Stone announced yesterday.The announcement comes after Dunham was suspended indefinitely on Feb. 1 before the team’s game at Michigan following an off-the-court incident.It appears as though sophomore Tara Steinbauer will take Dunham’s place in the starting lineup. Steinbauer is averaging 6.5 points and 3.9 rebounds this season.“This was a very tough decision to make but, in the best interests of the program, we felt that it was time for Mariah to leave the team,” Stone said. “We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”After missing the first two games of the year with a back injury, Dunham played in 20 games, starting 13 of them.With her ability to both post up underneath and step back for the outside shot, Dunham had been one of the most consistent offensive players for the Badgers this season. Dunham averaged 9.2 points per game, second-best on the team, on 40.7 percent shooting. In addition she made 20 of 50 3-point shots for a 40 percent clip. Her 4.6 rebounds per game were also second-best on the team.Not only was she an important offensive piece, but her defense was also key to Wisconsin’s success. Her 1.25 blocks per game rank 11th in the Big Ten.Dunham ends her career as a Badger with 600 points and 349 rebounds.
Kailah Kempney did what she does best. After two quick Loyola (Md.) goals just three minutes apart, Kempney needed to slow the Greyhounds’ run.So with seemingly little effort, Kempney flipped the ball up over her head and reached up for her eighth draw control of the game. For a moment, the Loyola comeback was stalled.‘She’s outstanding,’ Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. ‘… Rules have changed in draw controls that allows for a person that can draw to themselves to be successful and she’s one of those players, so she’s taking advantage of those rules and doing a great job.’The No. 14 Greyhounds (11-5, 7-1 Big East) did score three more times in the final 10 minutes, but their comeback ultimately fell short as the No. 2 Orange (15-2, 8-0) held on for a 13-12 victory Friday thanks to Kempney’s success in the circle. The freshman’s eight draw controls were her most since she controlled 10 in her collegiate debut against then-No. 13 Boston College and allowed her to set the record for draw controls in a single season by an SU player. The attack padded those numbers in an 18-3 victory over Villanova (4-12, 2-6) on Sunday by gathering another four draw controls to give her 67 this season.‘It’s awesome, being a freshman, but I definitely give it to my team in practice,’ Kempney said. ‘We work on draws a lot, and they really push us on it, our coaches and stuff, so have to thank all my teammates for that one.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn a pair of weekend games, Syracuse combined for 38 draw controls. Though Kempney led the Orange in each game, she routinely set up her teammates for draw controls. In both games, SU defender Becca Block controlled at least three draws, despite never taking a draw herself.Block, along with Caz-Marie Norwich and Bridget Daley, are players that Kempney says can basically ‘read her mind,’ helping the trio combine for 65 draw controls of its own.‘Communication on the circle definitely helps,’ Kempney said. ‘I communicate with the other two people on the circle, and we have all our little things we do. We pretty much just read each other’s minds on the circle. If they go one way, I know where. We’re just comfortable with each other.’But relying on getting balls to her teammates sometimes backfired. After Kempney won her eighth draw control, SU failed to win another over the final 12 minutes of the game.By winning the final three draws of the game, the Greyhounds were able to mount the final stages of their comeback. But Daley deflected blame away from herself and Kempney, instead insisting that the late struggles in the circle were a team effort.‘I think we just lost focus, honestly,’ Daley said. ‘We were trying to do a little too much and we weren’t taking it play by play. We were getting ahead of ourselves, and we just have to zero in.’While the late struggles in the circle nearly cost Syracuse the game, Kempney’s first 50 minutes in the circle were perhaps the ultimate factor in guiding the Orange to victory.As SU nursed a 13-7 lead with less than 17 minutes remaining in the game, every minute of possession became crucial.Loyola scored just under two minutes later to end Syracuse’s 5-0 run, but on the ensuing draw, Kempney drew a penalty to come away with the draw control. Though the Orange was unable to score on the next possession, it was able to run a precious three minutes off the clock.Running out the clock like SU did Friday is something that would have been impossible a season ago. In 2011, Syracuse won just 47 percent of its draws.For Syracuse attack Michelle Tumolo, who witnessed the struggles of the past, the difference Kempney has made from last season to now is ‘night and day.’‘I think that’s why we won the game,’ Tumolo said of Kempney’s prowess on draws. ‘Because she was winning the draws and doing so well at that, so I think that’s really our key to our success this year.’[email protected] Published on April 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+