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10
Feb
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Gary Burton’s Vibe

I met with the legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton last night to put together a video piece on his upcoming Mack Ave recording Common Ground. Read moreRead more

16
Nov
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Life According to Jazz

Contributed by guest blogger Michael Epstein

I vividly remember the first time music really changed me. At the age of 12 or 13, I was taking a break from practicing my drums when I walked into my parent’s living room. My father was playing “Autumn Leaves” from the Keith Jarrett Trio’s Live at the Blue Note box set. Read moreRead more

4
Nov
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My Midlife Jazz Crisis – The Monterey Stage

I just finished listening to Brubeck’s Time Out and was once again reminded what a truly brilliant album it is and considering it was originally released in 1959, it remarkably still sounds as fresh as ever. It was shortly after being exposed to this great work that I fell in love with the music. There was something about the sound, the depth and the variety that just spoke to me and I knew at that point that I wanted to do something in jazz. Read moreRead more

19
Oct
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My Midlife Jazz Crisis – Stage 1: The Acknowledgement

Well, it has happened.  I was recently ranting to a good friend about how today’s jazz scene is just not the same as it was when I was young and first launched Jazz Online.  After my long and emotional diatribe on the sorry state of the music and industry, my friend bluntly retorted, “I hate to be the one to tell you this, but I think you have just entered the first stage of geezerhood.” Read moreRead more

20
Sep
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Doc Severinsen: A Legend, And A Friend

Contributed by guest blogger Mike Metheny

Anyone who was a serious trumpet student in the 1960s will tell you about the short list of trumpet “gods” in those days. Rafael Mendez and Clark Terry come to mind. Miles and Maynard, of course. And there was the classical virtuoso, Maurice Andre. But none of those legends appeared in our living rooms every night, as did the great Doc Severinsen. Read moreRead more

16
Sep
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Charles Lloyd: Transcendent Jazz

Charles Lloyd’s latest album Mirror is a gem. Frankly, we can’t stop listening to it here @ Jazz Online. It is brilliant. Featuring a new quartet consisting of pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, these four musicians have a very special chemistry and deliver a moving collection of music that ranges from free expression to swingin’ to soulful to spiritual. Read moreRead more

27
Jul
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Vintage Jarreau

Long before there was Bobby McFerrin, some may remember there was Al Jarreau. Taking the next step forward from masters like King Pleasure and Jon Hendricks, Al innovated his own brand of vocalese singing. Read moreRead more

24
May
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It’s A Small World After All: Lyle Mays and Spectrasonics

Last week, my old high school music buddy Jon Shapiro sent me a video clip of Lyle Mays and Alex Acuna playing together live in the studio using new synth technology from a Los Angeles based company called Spectrasonics. This session was not news to me because Lyle had told me about it when I interviewed him for a podcast series a while back. Read moreRead more

17
May
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Conversations with Christian McBride: Hank Jones

Over the past year I have had the great pleasure of producing an ongoing series of audio and video podcasts for Christian McBride’s project titled Conversations with Christian. The series was the inspiration for Christian’s new and popular Sirius XM radio show called The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian where he talks to a great artist and then performs a duet. Read moreRead more

10
May
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Pat Metheny: Orchestrion

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to see what Pat Metheny has been up to with his new project Orchestrion, you must check out the video below. It is quite an amazing feat on many levels. Read moreRead more

25
Apr
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Randall Kennedy: How about some new music?

I want to hear new music. Am I alone? Yes, what goes around comes around and given that in all of music the basic notes are the same, it all comes down to the actual implementation. Do we rip off Horace Silver or Funkadelic or Bob James? Read moreRead more

5
Mar
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That was then, this is now

When I was kid, one of my earliest recollections of being turned onto jazz was through the radio. My father listened to KJAZ, the San Francisco Bay Area’s jazz station and I thought it was the greatest station of all time (and in looking back, it probably was). I am proud to say it was at the heart of my jazz education. Read moreRead more