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29.01.2011

Steve Turre

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Steve Turre should be the poster child for Old School of Jazz. "I’ve always sought out the elders," says the 53-year old trombonist, "and always knew you learn how to play by playing with people you admire." Starting with an early Bay Area apprenticeship with Rahsaan Roland Kirk and studies in the groups of Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw and McCoy Tyner, Turre has been true to his word reaching stylistic maturity by learning from some of the best teachers jazz has to offer. But …
29.01.2011

Karen Lane

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Where were you born? Perth, Western Australia. One of the most beautiful landscapes with miles of white sandy beach coast line, but also one of the most isolated cities in the world. So fairly restricted in terms of variety of music exposure. Were your parents musical? did you come from a musical background? You could tell my mum was very musical and she certainly listened to and appreciated good music, but being from a very poor family there was no opportunity to s …
So long as there are musicians like Kenny Garrett around, jazz has nothing to worry about. Garrett’s one off those players who gets into the music, penning compelling compositions, then exploring them deeply and thoroughly with a band of hand-picked, like-minded musicians. The saxophonist has a new CD out, Standard of Language, and, as on his 10 earlier discs, it contains plenty of hot burning and hard blowing, a few soulful ballads, and the prodigious talent of the young stars (or soo …
29.01.2011

Marcus Miller

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A pro bass guitar player since the age of fifteen, 43-year old Marcus Miller has worked with a who’s who of jazz, fusion, pop, R&B, funk, and otherwise-you-name-it musical categories. Let’s take a quick sampling: Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Grover Washington Jr., McCoy Tyner, Randy Brecker, Luther Vandross, Kirk Whalum, David Sanborn, Lonnie Liston Smith, LL Cool J, Jay Z... the list goes on. Tell me you don’t have to be an incredibly solid, versatile player with scary chops to pla …
Dr. Billy Taylor says that Benny Green and Russell Malone are " .the future of jazz." Taylor was among the members of a packed audience during the first of two spectacular performances by Green and Malone at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center Jazz Club. During the performance, members of the audience frequently voiced their approval and support for the performers’ efforts. It was definitely a warm, shared experience for the performers and the listeners.Green and Malone are a study in contrasts. G …
You're a 16 year old guitarist that knocked The Beatles' Yesterdayoff the charts with your group's hit Hang on Sloopy. In the 70's, you helped produce legendary guitarist Johnny Winter and traveled with his group "White Trash." You had your own solo rock career while also playing with such legends as Alice Cooper, Ritchie Havens, Todd Rundgren and Steely Dan. In the 80's, you also had a chance to perform with Cyndi Lauper and Barbra Streisand, and produced song parodies with We …
"John [Lennon] was great to work with, and a lot of fun. I wish I’d had the chance to make more music with him, of course, and to get to know him better." When I was approached by Phyllis Fast (the wife of Larry Fast, who plays synthesizer in Tony’s band) about Tony Levin’s recent Grammy nomination for his solo album "Pieces of the Sun," a jazz-rock fusion montage, I was thrilled that she asked me to interview the greatest bass player alive. Personally, I feel he deserves a lifetime achievem …
To promote his new CD ‘Cinematique,’ bassist-composer Chris Minh Doky has been recently touring in Europe with a powerful trio featuring himself on double bass, Makoto Ozone on piano and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts on drums. After some gigs in London, the trio travelled to Brussels on January 13th for a sold out concert at the ‘Music Village,’ a jazz club that started a little more than two years ago in the center of the European capital, two minutes walking from the town hall in a two century-old war …
Stan Getz, McCoy Tyner, Van Morrison, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker showed jazz audiences what jazz is and isn’t. Babtunde Lea’s "Soul Pools" summoned the spirit of these jazz greats and other world music luminaries and created the most innovative, fresh and soulful searching music ever. I had the pleasure of speaking to the inspirational Babatunde Lea recently, a musician who brings out the best in his bands, his music and himself. Jazzreview: I haven’t heard music as dynamic wit …
29.01.2011

Jim Mullen

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What does Pete Brown’s "Piblokto," Brian Auger’s "Oblivion Express," The Average White Band and various legends of the world of jazz and blues have in common? And what does all this have to do with a man who in his time has played a considerable part in helping to produce "outstanding works of progressive rock," gained worldwide success with some home grown jazz funk, and then graduated to writing and playing jazz? On Friday, October 10, 2002, I had the great privilege of enjoying a fine din …
In many cases, the percussionist is the unsung hero of many groups. While the horn players or singers capture the spotlight, in many cases the entire mood of a concert, and particularly of some tunes, would be entirely different without the assistance of a percussionist. In many cases, even today, it is difficult to study to be a percussionist, and many of the best known and most successful percussionists have taken up the challenge of playing percussion by the love of the instruments and the lo …
29.01.2011

Adam Nussbaum

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As one of the under-recognized jazz artists who has appeared with a multitude of musicians in a multitude of contexts since the 1970’s, Adam Nussbaum continues to add drive and textures to the groups in which he performs. Most recently, he played in Steve Swallow’s quintet, not to mention Nussbaum’s own group with Jerry Bergonzi and Dan Wall. But Nussbaum has performed with a veritable who’s who of jazz musicians, including Gil Evans, Dave Liebman, John Scofield, Bill Evans, Bobby Watson, Ar …
Forget about beans and cornbread! Growing up on a steady diet of Maceo Parker, Stanley Turrentine, and Junior Walker, nourished the soulfulness of saxophonist Jimmy Roberts. This Suffolk, Virginia native heaped his plate with healthy portions of R&B jazz, and rock, and after more than three decades, Jimmy Roberts still hungers for the taste of good music. Roberts paid his musical dues in the backwoods of Virginia, later moving to Toronto, and eventually Los Angeles. Etta James, Sade, Bonnie …
29.01.2011

QB3

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On any given Friday night, the packed house in a tucked away bar in Manhattan’s Lower East Side moves to danceable grooves and drum ‘n bass, nods to sophisticated jazz and sways to funk and soul flavored rhythms; but it’s not coming from a DJ or the night’s roster of bands..it’s coming from one trio: QB3. QB3 is Christopher "Root" Heinz (drums), Fred Gerantab (guitar) and Emek Rave (bass), 3 friends and like minds from Queens, New York. The trio’s collective ability to mix solid grooves and m …
29.01.2011

Flora Purim

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One way to address the question of women's roles in jazz would be to talk about those with the highest profiles, women who have made records. These women are generally vocalist, such as Ella Fitzgerald or Billy Holiday whose contributions to jazz are widely acknowledged. One of these women known for her distinctive style and immediately recognizable musical approach is Flora Purim. Blending Brazilian roots with her impressive jazz and classical skills, Flora Purim's astonishing voice has wove …
29.01.2011

Dave Weckl

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This is a test: Put on any of the Dave Weckl Band's five CDs, wait a minute, and see if you can keep all your muscles from moving, especially the ones at the corners of your mouth. This is music you listen to because you WANT to. Funk with a capital "FUN." Serious chops with a playful attitude. Heavy on texture, light on repetition, the newest Weckl band disc is aptly named Perpetual Motion, a reference to master drummer and teacher Dave Weckl's desire to always keep moving forward. E …
29.01.2011

Kenny Rankin

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Some vocalists merely sing the words to a song, but when you hear an extraordinary artist like Kenny Rankin pour out life’s emotions through words and music, the experience is long remembered. Singer, songwriter and accomplished guitarist, Rankin has the ability to keep listeners spellbound while he weaves a certain magic to a variety of songs straight from his heart. Now after three and a half decades of memorable recording history, Rankin enters into an exciting new chapter with his debut …
29.01.2011

Michael Feinstein

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Michael Feinstein is a critical link in America’s musical chain. On one side, he’s helping push it forward with his own new recordings. His most recent Concord Records release teams him with the renowned Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they offer lush new treatments of a dozen standards by Gershwin, Hammerstein, Loesser and others. It’s a rare occasion of the orchestra performing popular America music, and Feinstein’s first time recording with a symphony orchestra. On the other side …
29.01.2011

Al Di Meola

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For many musicians, evolving is the difference between sinking or swimming in this musical market. Many great players have defined themselves as ‘new legends’ through the kind of longevity that can only come from continuous experimentation and sticking to your guns. One such musician is Al Di Meola, whose name has become synonymous with fusion, jazz and the guitar. From a teen prodigy with Chick Corea’s Return To Forever group, to countless successful collaborations and solo records, Di Meola ha …
Jazz is American art form and an international phenomenon! Jazz is not the result of choosing a tune, but an idea that is created first in the mind, inspired by one’s passion and willed next in playing music! Jazz music is not found in websites or books, or even written down on sheet music; it is in the act of creating the form itself that we truly find jazz music. Women in jazz have been marginalized, exoticized or ignored as significant contributors to the history of the music. As a step t …