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ALL artists!  I am very, VERY happy to announce that IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION is ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS again.  I have been granted a (possibly long-term) stay of execution for my trip to Iraq.  I will still  be traveling all over the U.S., so new issues may be a little less timely, but (as always), we will review your materials as soon as possible after we receive them.  Look at the guidelines for submission below, please:


MUSIC:  All formats accepted.  Snail mail to:  Zzaj Productions, c/o Dick Metcalf, 5308 65th Avenue, Lacey, WA 98513  The only criteria for music you submit is that it MUST HAVE high performance energy... if you submit lacklustre material, it will be reviewed accordingly

POETRY:  Poems are accepted for publication ONLY via e-mail.  Poems submitted in any other fashion will NOT be published.  Poetry that includes some reference to music is granted first priority for publication.

BOOKS:  We will review some books; books about music are PREFERRED.  We will NOT return any books submitted for review.  Snail them to the address listed above for MUSIC.


We WANT your announcements/links about great places for D.I.Y.'er's... SEND us your links... e-mail to 


There is a Progressive Rock/Fusion Fest going to happen in Cleveland soon.
The bands: Intra, Rare Blend, The Byron Nemeth Group, KMOB and The Rick Ray Band
September is the month being looked at. A mere $7.00 ticket price was decided. The venues to choose from are being whittled down. This is some of Cleveland's very best musicians and all the bands are looking at this to be BIG. More info soon!


The Mexican Cultural Institute and Joie de Vivre
would like to invite you to a screening of a
bilingual documentary film by Patricia Cunliffe:
                        A Language of Passion
                                 (Un Lenguage de Pasion)
An inspiring bilingual portrait of
Latino artistry in Los Angeles today.
      Visual Artists                           Musical Artists
        Vibiana Aparicio Chamberlin                        DJ Monkey
        Rudy Calderon                                              Lisa Lynne Franco
        Cecilia Miguez                                               John Freiberg
        Arturo Mallmann                                          Lumbre del Sol
        Eloy Torrez                                                  Luis Perez
               with                                                        Mariachi Voz America
        Sergio Arau
        Imelda Hinojosa
        Audreyann Martinez
        George Robles
        John Valadez
        Sergio Zenteno
"The pan-Latino contribution to North American art continues to grow
in size, scope, influence and complexity. It's not only fascinating to look more closely at this Latino presence, it's necessary. A Language of Passion
thus makes its own valuable contribution."
                                                                -     Peter Frank, art critic
Please join us on
Saturday July 17, 2004
at 5:00 pm
in the Gallery (downstairs) at:
The Mexican Cultural Institute
125 Paseo de la Plaza
Los Angeles, CA   90012
Located downtown Los Angeles, at Olvera Street, directly across from Union Station
There will be a Q&A panel with the filmmaker
and artists Rudy Calderon, Cecilia Miguez
and Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin
following the screening
For additional information:
Dear Friends,

I'll be performing outdoors in the Millennium Park Grand Opening

celebration tomorrow, Friday evening,

July 16, from 6:30 to 7:15 in the Bank One Promenade, North Plaza, near

Randolph and the Pritzker Pavilion.

It's free and there are many other performances that night, and through

the whole weekend.

To download the park map and get more info on Millennium Park, visit

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Best regards,



Eric Leonardson 
















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