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Jazz interview with jazz guitarist Brad Farberman. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter of taking ...
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For a lot of jazz fans, the interest in this album will lie more with the side players than the leader, and fair enough. Tim Ray is a ...
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Claudio Roditi, whose lyrical poise and burnished warmth on trumpet and flugelhorn helped make him one of the most accomplished jazz musicians from Brazil, died on Jan. 17 at ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Peter Lieuwen. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter ...
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Six years in the making, the album brings together the three visionary musicians in a musical landscape, never explored before. Six years in the making, Is that So? ...
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Jimmy Heath, a saxophonist, composer, arranger, educator and 2003 NEA Jazz Master who came of age in the bebop era, and did much to sway the course of ...
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Interview with Swedish one-person band Bror Gunnar Jansson: unleashes a garage-style hybrid of blues, rock and Americana – songs has taken inspiration from real life crime investigations. How has the Blues and Jazz Counterculture influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken? Personally/professionally: I believe it has given me the ability to see what is important for me in music and for me as an artist and what success really means to me. There are many ways to view the word success, for many it means that you have money and/or are known, but that is not what it means to me. In my view, success is about being happy (of course) and being able to create what you want to create without someone else telling you how you should do stuff, and being loved for who you are – that is success. Musically: Dynamics and variation. For me it’s very important with variation in music. I quite often hear bands that sound like they’re playing the same song over and over again. Many people seem to enjoy that sorta thing but that’s not for me. I think that maybe I get bored too easily. I grew up listening to a lot of different kinds of music, and went to a lot of concerts from an early age. Especially to a lot of jazz gigs. And I think that really formed me in what I’m looking for when going to live gigs and how I think about performing them myself. Not to be afraid to be daring in music, not to underestimate an audience. Music is very direct, but a lot of music also takes time for people to learn to appreciate. And that’s the case with my music as well, I think. The audience going to my gigs need to concentrate a bit, but if they do, they will get a lot back. What characterize your sound, music philosophy, and songbook? Where does your creative drive come from? Hmmm… Eclecticism. I like to mix styles both musically, sound wise and visually. People often talk about authenticity and about musicians and artists being authentic or not (I am too sometimes being mentioned as very “true” and authentic, but I don’t think I am). Sound: I’m a lover of sounds and textures in sounds. I spend so much time looking for new sounds and working on refining the sounds I already work with and know. It’s like some kind of exploring. Rhythm and groove: Rhythm is really important for me. If music isn’t groovy, I will easily get bored. Creativity: To try to compose, arrange and perform in a creative way. Collage: In many ways my songs are like a collage of music, movies etc. that I enjoy for the moment. I think that I have always been a creative person, with the need of creating and expressing myself in creative ways. When I was little, I expressed myself mainly in paintings and in building Lego, but as I got older, I turned more and more to music. But for me it’s kinda the same thing. I think I create songs and sounds about the same way as I used to create with Lego as a kid. ...
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Today, saxophonist Doug Stone lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is an assistant professor of jazz studies at the University of Louisiana. But during his long career in ...
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Gregory Porter intended the title of his new album, ALL RISE, to resonate on multiple levels. “We hear that phrase when presidents or judges come into the room,” he ...
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Jazz interview with jazz saxophonist, bass clarinetist and composer Sokratis Votskos. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s ...
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This Octave Remastered Series sampler includes three songs from: each of the newly expanded editions of three classic Errol: ‘Garner albums. These recordings have been completely restored from ...
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If you’re like me, words like “poise,” “polish,” “assurance” and “maturity” were not legitimate self-descriptive terms when you were 16. For pianist Joey Alexander, those descriptions reveal themselves ...
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Jazz Interview with jazz vocalist Stephanie Sellars. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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The 2020 Winter Jazzfest, which runs through Jan. 18, presents myriad vantage points for music discovery. A new one this year was the Bowers & Wilkins Sound Lounge. Last ...
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Jazz interview with jazz trumpeter Jean-Paul Estievenart. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter of taking ...
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Sequence of Emotions is an album inspired by my journey in life, from choosing to be a mechanical engineer to becoming a jazz musician by tirelessly following my ...
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Charles Lloyd, “Requiem (Live From the Loberto Theatre)” For saxophonist Charles Lloyd, 2018 unfolded as a festive year: his 80th, with celebrations at the Newport Jazz Festival, at ...
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Interview with Blues/Roots musician and writer, Katy Hobgood Ray: The softer side to the music that comes up from the Delta. How has the Southern Roots music influenced ...
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With ‘Houben and Son’, Steve and Greg Houben lift the lid on their family craft and blow together for the first time. A jazz record that is also ...
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Legendary tabla master, Zakir Hussain, and jazz trailblazer/bassist, John Patitucci, bring an extraordinary program conducted by Zane Dalal, Associate Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra of India. Hear ...
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Jazz Interview with jazz Portuguese drummer Joao Lencastre. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter of ...
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New from Big Round Records comes jazz composer and pianist Paul English’s GIRL IN GREEN. The album features never-before-heard renditions of immortal classics as well as English’s original ...
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Theo Croker vividly remembers his first lesson with Detroit’s brass hero Marcus Belgrave. It was an encounter that rattled Croker to his core — leaving him in tears ...
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Jazz interview with jazz bassist Thomas Sejthen. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter of taking ...
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An exciting new international trio initiated by Scandinavian saxophonist Torben Snekkestad, accompanied by two esteemed international players in the field of improvised music – the Spanish pianist Agustн ...
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Pianist Gerald Clayton will perform his 75-minute mixed media concert Piedmont Blues: A Search for Salvation, this Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m., at the Loreto Theater, Sheen Center ...
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Jazz interview with jazz saxophonist Dave O’Higgins. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter of taking ...
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Classic jazz standards and one original song in a vintage style with a modern twist. Includes two duets with Tony Middleton, lead singer of The Willows (1950s) and ...
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From May 1979 to September 1980, Laurie Verchomin was pianist Bill Evans’ lover. After their meeting in Edmonton, Canada, in April 1979, Laurie and Bill struck up a letter-writing ...
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Interview with blues guitarist and singer Neil Minet. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter of ...
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Posi-Tone debuts their latest musical collective under the apt title of Works For Me. This carefully curated presentation by Producer Marc Free focuses on combining the individual talents ...
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It’s time to start making your plans. After all, the Winter Jazzfest is right around the corner — and its wild profusion of sounds and scenes can feel totally ...
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Interview with music writer Tom Hyslop: A veritable encyclopedia of American blues, soul, and roots music – Keeping the Blues Alive and Well. How has the Blues and ...
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Hi! Up until now no one has rated my first solo jazz-piano album Faked Pianism (just kidding, sure everyone has already listened to it a hundred times), but ...
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The 62nd annual Grammy Awards take place on Sunday, Jan. 26 — and Melissa Aldana will be there, as a nominee in the category of Best Improvised Jazz Solo. ...
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Jazz interview with jazz saxophonist Pureum Jin. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter of taking ...
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A striking album of new music from pianist/composer Carla Bley, whose trio with Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow is now in its 25th year. Individual associations among the ...
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Jack Sheldon, an acclaimed jazz musician whose trumpet graced the award-winning song “The Shadow of Your Smile” and who was known to TV viewers as the puckish sidekick ...
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Vic Juris, a jazz guitarist of astounding abilities perhaps best known for his tenure in David Liebman’s band, died Tuesday morning, according to a message on his Facebook ...
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Interview with singer/organist Jimmy Voegeli of The Jimmys – a Blues/R&B band from Madison WI – new album “Gotta Have It” is already turning heads! How has the ...
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New Year’s Eve is always a bonanza in New York jazz clubs. So in this final Take Five of 2019, we’re spotlighting some of the best bookings in ...
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Jazz interview with jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter of taking ...
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On Nov. 6, Newark’s jazz public radio station, WBGO, marked a milestone by throwing itself a 40th anniversary party. The Champions of Jazz gala was held in Manhattan, ...
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Just over 40 years ago, Joseph Jarman published a book of poetry that opens with a chant: “we pray o God / for the ego / death.” Jarman, ...
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Jazz interview with jazz trumpeter and flugerhornist Angelo Verploegen. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter ...
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Charles Dickens, that prose poet of Christmas, believed that the end of the year—the holiday portion—not only was made for the best celebrations but also was the ideal ...
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Today it’s Christmas around the world, the day on which I traditionally feature the Julie London holiday album that never was. As JBN readers know, London is one ...
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Jazz interview with jazz vocalist John Allee. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter of taking ...
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1 Keith Jarrett Munich 2016 – 19 (ECM) Virtuoso pianist Keith Jarrett will have Munich 2016, a recording of his concert at Munich’s Philharmonic Hall on 16 July 2016, ...
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Woody Shaw, the groundbreaking trumpeter, would have turned 75 on Dec. 24. Though he was born in North Carolina, Woody grew up in Newark from age one — ...
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Interview with Oregon-based singer/songwriter Rae Gordon: serves up a potent stew of gritty blues and heartfelt soul – soaring vocals with searing guitar counterpoint, high-energy horns and a ...
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César Orozco and Jorge Glem reveal their purpose in life even before a note of music is performed on StringWise and it is this: “La música vive en el aire, ...
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Steve Gadd – drums Walt Fowler – trumpet, flugelhorn David Spinozza – guitar Kevin Hays – keyboards Jimmy Johnson – bass ...
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Jazz interview with jazz trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter of taking ...
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In the late 1950s, Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto and pianist/composer Antônio Carlos (Tom) Jobim revolutionized American music with the introduction of the bossa nova and the samba to the jazz lexicon. ...
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Fat Fred and his Possumhunters invited “A Different Christmas” at Lillestrøm Cultural Center on December 12. It was a Thursday, but felt like a Saturday. Enhanced with Viggo ...
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Jazz interview with jazz guitarist Randy Napoleon. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter of taking ...
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Bandleader Glenn Miller, who was lost at sea 75 years ago, played and replayed the song before troops serving in World War II. At 1:45 p.m. on December ...
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