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26
Aug
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David Darling: The Art of Eight String Religion

[ Originally posted on The Huffington Post ]

For many music enthusiasts, there are those unique artists that touch a special place in our mind, body and soul. We discover these artists at various points in our lives and they become permanently etched on our personal soundtrack as we evolve on our life’s journey. The Grammy-Award winning cellist David Darling is one of those artists for me. Read moreRead more

25
Aug
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Miles Davis Podcast: Ethan Iverson

Versatile pianist and jazz blogger Ethan Iverson weighs in on the impact that Miles had on his growth as an artist and jazz at large. Read moreRead more

25
Aug
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Video Spot: Marco Benevento Trio

Check out one of our new favorite trios performing Pink Floyd’s “Fearless” into the classic Elton John hit “Bennie and the Jets” … Pianist Marco Benevento, bassist Dave Drieiwitz and drummer Andrew Borger let it rip at the MoBoogie Loft.
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19
Aug
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: Lenny Pickett

I have never met anyone like or vaguely resembling this guy. He is a whole other ball of wax, or should I say ball of energy? Working with him on my faculty as well as within my group Combo Nuvo, Lenny approaches everything through a skewed angle. From his unique approach to playing the saxophone as well as five hundred other instruments, he also possesses humbleness with regard to his craft until he puts his lips to his horn and quickly takes no prisoners on the bandstand.
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18
Aug
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Q&A: Branford Marsalis

Celebrated and versatile saxophonist and jazz personality Branford Marsalis always delivers an impact filled musical statement. Whether he is performing solo or leading his stellar quartet, playing with Sting or doing a hip-hop thing, Branford is on a very short list of artists who can authentically adapt his musical voice and bring a jazz sensibility to any context. Read moreRead more

12
Aug
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Miles Davis Podcast: Fly

One of the most amazing improvisational trios in jazz today is Fly featuring saxophonist Mark Turner, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard. The trio has been together since 2004 and their music is based on collective improvisation, creative compositions and virtuosic jazz playing. Read moreRead more

12
Aug
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: Jack DeJohnette

All I can say about having the opportunity to interview Mr. DeJohnette is “WOW, what a tremendous honor.” Truly one of my favorite musicians on the planet, and “I” get to interview him. As I began listing the musicians that he has worked with, Coltrane, Rollins, Evans, Jarrett, Miles, Monk, Freddie, Herbie, and on and on, I thought to myself, how can this be true? Read moreRead more

3
Aug
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Q&A: Jean-Luc Ponty

I have started a new daily routine in my office by blindly selecting a CD from the over filled shelves to listen to throughout the day. Yesterday, I selected a 2-CD set from violinist Jean-Luc Ponty titled Le Voyage-The Jean-Luc Ponty Anthology Read moreRead more

2
Aug
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Miles Davis Podcast: Henry Rollins

One of the most exciting aspects of producing the Miles Davis podcast series is that his influence extended well beyond jazz and touched such a wide variety of creative people. Imagine my enthusiasm when we reached out to musician/author/radio host Henry Rollins to participate in this series and he immediately opted in. I interviewed Henry at his office in Los Angeles and he could not have been a bigger Miles fan…or a nicer guy. Read moreRead more

28
Jul
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Miles Davis Podcast: Maria Schneider

Composer and arranger Maria Schneider learned a lot of her craft directly from the master Gil Evans. Maria was deeply influenced by Gil’s work with Miles and on this podcast, she discusses the famous collaborations between Miles and her brilliant mentor Gil Evans. Read moreRead more

27
Jul
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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. Read moreRead more

27
Jul
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Impressive Miles Box Set

Since we have been celebrating the legacy of Miles Davis via the MD podcast series, we wanted to tell you about a very special, limited edition, Miles box set collection called The Genius of Miles Davis. Read moreRead more