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19
Oct
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: George Garzone

I’ve known George since 1984 when I was one of his students standing on an endless line of saxophonists descending on his teaching studio. At that time, I would have never have considered that over twenty years later, George would be teaching for me as a member of my NYU Jazz faculty. Read moreRead more

14
Oct
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The Bad Plus + (iPods x 3) = Random Awesomeness

Ethan Iverson of the The Bad Plus (TBP) writes a great post on the band’s blog Do The Math.  We just had to share it with you … Read moreRead more

11
Oct
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Q&A: Chris Conner

When I was in high school, I worked nearly every weekend for my neighbor Dan doing a variety of household jobs like painting and landscaping. Although I made a few bucks, the bigger payout was hanging out with Dan every Saturday. We were certainly an odd couple – me at 15 and he in his late 50‘s – and he was a real character. What I loved about him was that he had a crude sense of humor and liked meaty Italian deli sandwiches and beer, but he also just loved jazz especially big band and cool 1950‘s stuff. Read moreRead more

6
Oct
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Miles Davis Podcast: Easy Mo Bee

Miles Davis’ Doo-Bop came out in June 1992 and it was the first project marketed on the original Jazz Online bulletin board system. (I guess I’m dating myself.) Warner Bros. Jazz was our first official client and it was an honor to work the final studio recording by Miles Davis. Looking back to that time, Doo-Bop marked the beginning and end of a couple of things in jazz. Read moreRead more

5
Oct
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The Traneumentary: McCoy Tyner Greeting

The Traneumentary’s journey started summer 2006 with a visit with McCoy Tyner after a performance at New York’s famed Blue Note jazz club. After McCoy’s first set, I met him in his dressing room and presented an overview of this series and asked if he would be interested in participating. Read moreRead more

5
Oct
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: Gil Goldstein

Bruce Gilbert Goldstein has been teaching for me for several years now and is the perfect compliment to the NYU Steinhardt faculty. I first met Gil at a Joe Lovano performance where Gil was playing accordion in the band. Read moreRead more

21
Sep
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The Traneumentary: The story behind… (rewind)

In the summer of 2006, I was contacted by Concord Records to create a podcast episode on a John Coltrane box set entitled “Fearless Leader.” After reviewing the material, it dawned on me that it would be nearly impossible, and somewhat a disservice, to create a single podcast episode on such an intense and profound artist. Having spent countless hours listening to Coltrane myself, I knew first hand his essence transcended the very music he left us and penetrated deeper areas within those who embraced it. 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

13
Sep
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Miles Davis Podcast: Erin Davis

I had the pleasure of interviewing Miles’ youngest son during the production of this series. Erin Davis not only offered his memories of the musician’s artistry but he also generously shared personal stories of life with his father. Read moreRead more

13
Sep
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Q&A: Les McCann

From the first time I heard the song “Compared To What,” I fell in love with the piano playing and singing of Les McCann. His bold, soulful and groovy style just feels good. Whether he is playing the keyboards or singing, Les always delivers a creative musical expression guaranteed to get your fingers snappin’, foot tappin’ and your booty shakin’. Read moreRead more

11
Sep
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: Christian McBride

During the entire interview with Christian, he was holding an unlit cigar between his fingers. Come to think of it, as I ushered him through B&N, a security guard spotted the same cigar, and before he said a word, Christian responded, don’t worry, it’s not lit. Read moreRead more