Category: Q&A

Q&A: George Duke

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.

By The Jazz Messenger March 20, 2012 Off

Jazz, Meet Merle Haggard…

Jazz, Meet Merle Haggard…

When you think of the brilliant music of Merle Haggard, you don’t immediately associate it with anything in the jazz arena but saxophonist Bryan Murray and his band The Haggards have beautifully merged a progressive jazz style with the heartfelt, working class songs of the American music icon.

By The Jazz Messenger January 29, 2012 Off

Q&A: Vince Mendoza

Q&A:  Vince Mendoza

In the modern era of jazz, finding a true composer to follow is not the easiest thing to do. Especially if the composer can actually write beautifully melodic and emotionally deep music that is also a perfect launching pad rich for improvisation. Vince Mendoza does this and more.

By The Jazz Messenger November 21, 2011 Off