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8
Jun
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Winter’s Solstice

Legendary musician, and Grammy-Award winner, Paul Winter has pioneered music that blends jazz, classical, world and environmental sounds into his brew of what he calls “Earth Music.” For nearly fifty years Winter has traveled the world with his Consort ensemble exploring vast music traditions and spreading his vision, desire and message of a balanced music-ecological community around the globe. His goal with his art and humanitarian message is to create a vital celebration of the creatures and cultures of the whole earth. Read moreRead more

19
May
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Jazz Takes a Back Seat at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

This was originally posted by Brian Ross (Managing Editor of Truth-2-Power.com) on The Huffington Post on 5/8/11. Brian makes some excellent points about the state of the music today. Feel free to discuss below.

Yes, I speak jazz heresy: Maybe it is time that the promoters of the annual April/May music festival in New Orleans fess up. Jazz may get top billing on the signage and the posters at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, but it rides the back of the bus on the fairgrounds. Read moreRead more

6
May
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Celebrating CTI Records’ 40th Anniversary – Part 3

Contributed by guest blogger Doug Payne (Sound Insights)

Masterworks Jazz continues the 40th anniversary celebration of the legendary CTI Records legacy that began last October with an additional four titles issued this week: George Benson’s Beyond the Blue Horizon, Freddie Hubbard’s First Light, Don Sebesky’s all-star Giant Box and Stanley Turrentine’s Salt Song. While each of the releases have had previous American CD issues, most have been out of print for a number of years and each are important – and significant – milestones in the CTI tradition. Read moreRead more

3
May
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Julian Lage Unplugged

I recently had the pleasure of producing a video interview with the exciting guitarist Julian Lage for his latest recording Gladwell. After we completed our interview session, I asked Julian if he would be into performing one of the album’s tunes on his vintage Gibson acoustic guitar for sort of an unplugged version and he happily obliged. Read moreRead more

21
Apr
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Celebrating CTI Records’ 40th Anniversary – Part 2

Contributed by guest blogger Doug Payne (Sound Insights)

Sony’s Masterworks Jazz imprint continues its 40th anniversary celebration of the legendary CTI Records legacy with an additional six titles, issued this week: Deodato’s Prelude, George Benson’s White Rabbit, Milt Jackson’s Sunflower, Jim Hall’s Concierto, Paul Desmond’s Pure Desmond and Ron Carter’s All Blues. Read moreRead more

14
Apr
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Celebrating CTI Records’ 40th Anniversary – Part 1

Contributed by guest blogger Doug Payne (Sound Insights)

In February 1970, producer Creed Taylor launched the CTI Records label. He’d already spent several years in a production deal with A&M Records, producing a variety of jazz, jazz-pop and Brazilian-styled records, crafting significant hits for Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Antonio Carlos Jobim and others. Read moreRead more

28
Mar
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Dinner Jazz, Anyone?

For nearly 20 years, radio programmer Bob Parlocha was the music director of the Bay Area’s venerable KJAZ, as well as the host of the station’s crown jewel program, Dinner Jazz. What started as a one hour pick up shift on saturday evenings in 1978, soon blossomed into the station’s most popular and profitable show. Read moreRead more

23
Mar
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The Brand of Jazz

The issue of branding has increasingly become a driving force in everything we do both personally and professionally.  Just think of Facebook and how we brand ourselves through accumulating the most friends or associating ourselves with certain activities or groups, etc.  Facebook has become the quickest and most accessible form of personal brand recognition. Read moreRead more

10
Mar
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My Midlife Jazz Crisis – Stage 3: Jazz Radio RIP

The other day my 10 year daughter walked into my office as I was listening to one of the prominent jazz radio stations on the east coast. She listened for a bit and then bluntly asked me why jazz sounds like an old fashioned movie. When I realized the station was actually playing a new jazz release, it struct a nerve and got me thinking just how out of touch many jazz radio stations are in their programming of the music. Read moreRead more

27
Feb
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My Friend Teo

Contributed by guest blogger Dr. Dave Schroeder, Director of Jazz Studies at NYU Steinhardt

I actually organized this interview session with Teo along with John Snyder from Artists House Music and was present at the session to direct traffic.  I had gotten to know Teo Macero back in 2003 when I became director of Jazz Studies at NYU.  Chico Hamilton, one of my friends and colleagues at the New School, was also a close friend of Teo’s and suggested that he contact me to lend support to my jazz program.  Teo called me and Read moreRead more

22
Feb
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The Master of 3/4

I was watching the Philip Seymour Hoffman film Boating with Jack last night. In one poignant scene between the main characters an excerpt from the classic Bill Evans track “Peace Piece” was used as backing music to accentuate the drama and it worked perfectly. It reminded me of the brilliance of Bill Evans and how I often crave hearing him play. Read moreRead more

15
Feb
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Brad Mehldau – The Art of Solo Piano

Virtuosic pianist Brad Melhdau first made his mark in the jazz world in 1995 with his debut recording Introducing Brad Mehldau and then in the classical arena in 2006 with his release Love Sublime with vocalist Renee Fleming.  Mehldau is a dazzling and brilliant player who maintains one of the finest trios in all of jazz. Read moreRead more