Category: Q&A

The Art of the Music Producer

Lost in the fast pace and confused shuffle of the digital age of music creation is the role of the once in-demand and necessary music producer. Norman Granz, Alfred Lion, Bob Thiele, Teo Macero, Rudy Van Gelder, Orrin Keepnews, Ahmet Ertegun, Quincy Jones, Creed Taylor, Manfred Eicher are some of the names that helped define…

By Jazz Online October 23, 2018 Off

Kevin Eubanks on the (re)brand of jazz

Do you think jazz needs to be rebranded in order for the art form to grow? I do not think it is possible to rebrand an art form. That’s the curious thing about jazz. It has gone from being an extremely viable commercial dance music from the 40’s and 50’s to an art form which…

By Jazz Online October 19, 2018 Off

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…

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