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

Interview: Paul Winter (re: Winter Solstice Concert)

Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Concert is one of the most popular events in New York City during the holiday season and people from around the globe visit the world’s largest gothic cathedral and experience the beautiful lights, music, dance and unique community. The annual celebratory concert is regarded as Winter’s magnum opus and it serves…

By The Jazz Messenger December 13, 2011 Off