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17
Mar
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Lyle Mays on discovering a musical high point, forming a band and more…

In late 2015, the label SWR Jazzhaus released a live Lyle Mays concert recording taken from 1993. Recorded while on tour for his “Fictionary” release, the band consisted of Mays on Piano, bassist Marc Johnson, saxophonist Bob Sheppard and drummer Mark Walker. And although this concert was recorded as part of the German Ludwigsburger Festival, it never saw the light of the day until last year – 22 years after the fact. Read moreRead more

9
Apr
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Remembering Carmen McRae & Her (Nearly Forgotten) Masterpiece

It is hard to say exactly why a musical artist moves you deep in your soul but for me in the case of vocalist Carmen McRae it is these three things:  She interprets lyric in an organic way that is on a level all her own with a take no prisoners attitude.  She intuitively interacts with her band as well as a live audience.  She has sass, strength and fearlessness as a singer and is an impeccable musician and composer. Read moreRead more

24
Jun
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Jazz Backstage: Charlie Haden

The legendary bassist and bandleader Charlie Haden has had no shortage of excellent work lately. Read moreRead more

20
Mar
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Q&A: George Duke

One of the most versatile players in jazz is George Duke. Whether he is playing in a straight ahead trio context or backing a vocalist or playing funk or producing, George is just one of those musical genius types that can comfortably fit in anywhere. Read moreRead more

20
Mar
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The Traneumentary: Dave Schroeder (commentary)

There are great albums and then there are GREAT albums.

NYU Director of Jazz Studies Dave Schroeder fondly discusses John Coltrane’s playing and the beauty of “Lush Life” from one of his all-time favorite albums: Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane. Read moreRead more