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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…

By The Jazz Messenger November 16, 2010 Off

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…

By The Jazz Messenger September 20, 2010 Off

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.

By The Jazz Messenger July 27, 2010 Off