My Friend Teo

Contributed by guest blogger Dr. Dave Schroeder, Director of Jazz Studies at NYU Steinhardt I actually organized this interview session with Teo along with John Snyder from Artists House Music and was present at the session to direct traffic.  I had gotten to know Teo Macero back in 2003 when I became director of Jazz…

By The Jazz Messenger February 27, 2011 Off

The Master of 3/4

I was watching the Philip Seymour Hoffman film Boating with Jack last night. In one poignant scene between the main characters an excerpt from the classic Bill Evans track “Peace Piece” was used as backing music to accentuate the drama and it worked perfectly. It reminded me of the brilliance of Bill Evans and how…

By The Jazz Messenger February 22, 2011 Off

Presenting Jazz Backstage

As an aspiring young jazz musician, I spent most of my waking hours either practicing my instrument or listening intensely to albums and jazz radio.  It was my passion as well my music education and the single most cherished memory of my teenage years.  Often when I listened to the music, I would try and…

By The Jazz Messenger February 18, 2011 Off