New Orleans-based saxophonist Khris Royal has been busy over the last year! When he’s not touring with Rebelution or playing with George Porter Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners, Royal has been hard at work with his own band, Dark Matter, which features Big Sam Williams (trombone), John Michael Bradford (trumpet), Danny Abel (guitar), and Max Moran (bass).This weekend, Khris Royal & Dark Matter shared their brand new single “Step Children” featuring the one and only Nigel Hall on the Rhodes organ. Says Royal of the track, “‘Step Children’ is a tribute to funk night at Wally’s, the historic jazz club in Boston where I played three nights a week while attending Berklee Collage. The Tuesday night band was called Step Children. No one really knows how they got the name. Some people say it’s because they were treated like step children because the Straight Ahead Band was treated better. They played on Fridays and Saturdays.You can listen to “Step Children” below, via Royal’s SoundCloud:Royal explained the personal significance and backstory of the song to Live For Live Music: “When I first got to Berklee I was only 17 and Wally’s was 21 and up so I never tried to go. One day, Nikki Glaspie (Dumpstaphunk, Beyonce, Nth Power) and James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band) told me I had to go with them because Nikki was playing there with (frequent Soulive collaborator) Sam Kinninger . I had no idea Sam played there every Tuesday, so I went with them and Nikki got me in. A week later, Amy and Aaron Bellamy called me because Sam was leaving to tour with Soulive, and I ended up filling in with the Step Children Wally’s. Playing there with that band changed the way I play. Up until that point, I had always looked at myself as a jazz cat. The Step Children made me realize I wanted to be able to play everything.”Continues Royal, “It was only natural to have Nigel Hall on this track. Nigel moved to Boston right as I was leaving for Los Angeles. He would come sit in with us every week so he totally understands the spirit of Wally’s and the Step Children. When I moved, Nigel took my place in the band before being picked up to tour with Soulive and Lettuce who also have roots at Wally’s Jazz Club.[Photo via Nola.com]
UVM Foundation Board of DirectorsEugene W. Kalkin ’50 (Chair)Bernardsville, NJJohn A. Hilton, Jr. ’68 (Vice Chair)New York, NYRichard Ader ’63New York, NYMax G. Ansbacher ’57New York, NYJohn Bramley (ex officio)Colchester, VTRobert P. Brennan, Jr. ’83Chappaqua, NYRichard Bundy (ex officio)South Burlington, VTDaniel A. Burack ’55Harrison, NYBrooks Buxton ’56Jericho, VTRobert F. Cioffi ’90 (ex officio)New Canaan, CTMichele Resnick Cohen ’72New York, NYSteven Grossman ’61New York, NYZachary Gund ’93Concord, MASteve N. Ifshin ’58New York, NYJames R. Keller ’72Gig Harbor, WATed Madden ’92 (ex officio)Wellesley, MADon McCree ’83Rye, NYPamela Gillman McDermott ’73Hingham, MAKaren Nystrom Meyer ’70Colchester, VTMildred A. Reardon, MD ‘67Williston, VTWilliam F. Ruprecht ’80Greenwich, CTScott S. Segal ’77Charleston, WVWilliam G. Shean ’79Winchester, MAUVM Foundation Leadership CouncilRichard Ader ’63New York, NYMax G. Ansbacher ’57New York, NYJames Betts ‘69, MD’73Alameda, CalilforniaJohn Bramley Colchester, VTRobert P. Brennan, Jr. ’83Chappaqua, New YorkRichard BundySouth Burlington, VTDaniel A. Burack ’55Harrison, NYJ. Brooks Buxton ’56Jericho, VTMichael Carpenter P’09Greenwich, CTRobert F. Cioffi ’90New Canaan, CTMichele Cohen ’72New York, NYJohn Frank ‘79Greenwich, CTSteven Grossman ’61New York, NYGrant Gund ‘91Weston, MAZachary Gund ’93Concord, MAMary Ellen Guzewicz ‘73Westport, CTJohn A. Hilton ’68New York, NYStephen N. Ifshin ’58New York, NYEugene W. Kalkin ’50Bernardsville, NJJoan KalkinBernardsville, NJJames R. Keller ’72Gig Harbor, WADr. Samuel LabowStowe, VTVictor Livingstone ‘87South Hamilton, MATed Madden ’92Wellesley Hills, MADonald H. McCree, III ’83Rye, NYPamela G. McDermott ’73Hingham, MAKaren N. Meyer ’70Colchester, VTWolfgang MiederWilliston, VTJulie Simon Munro ‘86Larkspur, CAJeff Newton ‘79Concord, MAJacqueline Noonan MD’54Lexington, KYMildred A. Reardon MD’67Williston, VTWilliam F. Ruprecht ’80Greenwich, CTScott S. Segal ’77Charleston, WVWilliam G. Shean ’79Winchester, MAJack S. Silver ‘64New York, NYDavid Spector ‘56New York, NYJohn Tampas ‘51, MD ‘54Colchester, VTKenneth Wormser ‘78Demarest, NJCharles Zabriskie ‘53Wellesley Hills, MA University of Vermont,The University of Vermont began a new chapter in its fundraising history January 1, 2012, with the formal start of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural Foundation, Inc.The foundation was incorporated in March 2011 and has since been engaged in organizing its administrative and governance structure. The purpose of the UVM Foundation is to secure and manage private support for UVM. It will devote itself to raising financial support for the academic and related priorities of the university, including gifts that will build a supplemental endowment.”This alliance has broad implications for the financial health of the University, and its impact will be felt throughout the institution,” said UVM Interim President John Bramley. “With the establishment of the University of Vermont Foundation, UVM has signaled its intent to become more engaged in the broader scope of American philanthropy.”As the primary and preferred recipient for charitable gifts that benefit the university, the UVM Foundation is an independent organization governed by its own Board of Directors, , and assisted in its work by a volunteer Foundation Leadership Council comprised of major donors. Foundation responsibilities include identifying and nurturing relationships with potential donors and other friends of UVM; soliciting cash, securities, real and intellectual property and other private resources; and acknowledging and stewarding gifts in accordance with donor intent.”We couldn’t be more pleased with the way the UVM Foundation has come together in the last year,” said UVM Foundation President and CEO Richard Bundy, who came to Vermont from the Iowa State University Foundation. “With an outstanding Board of Directors and Foundation Leadership Council in place, capable and experienced fundraising staff, and a strong and expanding base of engaged donors, we’re eager to take the university to a new level of philanthropic support.”With the official launch, the 75 staff who were formerly members of the university’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) became employees of the UVM Foundation, and DAR has been eliminated from the UVM administrative organization. The UVM Alumni Association will continue to operate its various programs and initiatives as an integral part of the overall UVM Foundation.UVM had its fourth consecutive year of growth in private giving in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, and set a new record for fundraising receipts with more than $29 million raised in support of UVM people, programs, and facilities.