Q&A: George Duke

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…

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

Celebrating Woody Shaw on Columbia

Celebrating Woody Shaw on Columbia

Woody Shaw’s albums on Columbia Records stand as some of the finest for the late trumpeter and composer. Woody recorded for Columbia from 1977-1981 and it was during this time that he become recognized for his unique voice as a band leader, composer and as a stylist on trumpet, coronet and flugelhorn which in turn…

By The Jazz Messenger November 28, 2011 Off