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6
Apr
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Jazz Backstage: Harvey Mason (Mulligan/Baker)

Drummer Harvey Mason has contributed to a good number of major jazz recordings with Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Donald Byrd, Bob James and many more. Read moreRead more

6
Apr
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The Traneumentary: Jason Moran (commentary)

Pianist Jason Moran is one of the most exciting musicians in jazz today. Over the years, he has successfully balanced the great jazz tradition with contemporary musical influences creating his own mark and signature on a certain brand of jazz. Read moreRead more

4
Apr
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Pat Metheny Striking Up The Band

Following overwhelming critical acclaim and sold-out concerts across the globe, Pat Metheny and his Orchestrion was featured on CBS News Sunday Morning. The segment included a behind-the-scenes look at the Orchestrion with Metheny explaining the inner workings of his cutting edge instruments and performance methods. He also discussed his personal inspiration for this inventive project. Read moreRead more

31
Mar
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The Traneumentary: Lenny Pickett

One of the most recognizable tenor saxophonists over the last 20 years, Lenny Pickett turned heads working in the original Tower of Power horn section. In 1985, he joined the Saturday Night Live band and since 1995, he has been the band’s musical director. Read moreRead more

28
Mar
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Dinner Jazz, Anyone?

For nearly 20 years, radio programmer Bob Parlocha was the music director of the Bay Area’s venerable KJAZ, as well as the host of the station’s crown jewel program, Dinner Jazz. What started as a one hour pick up shift on saturday evenings in 1978, soon blossomed into the station’s most popular and profitable show. Read moreRead more

23
Mar
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The Brand of Jazz

The issue of branding has increasingly become a driving force in everything we do both personally and professionally.  Just think of Facebook and how we brand ourselves through accumulating the most friends or associating ourselves with certain activities or groups, etc.  Facebook has become the quickest and most accessible form of personal brand recognition. Read moreRead more

23
Mar
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Celebrating Time Out: David Sanborn on Paul Desmond

In 2009, Dave Brubeck’s musical masterpiece Time Out turned 50 and on behalf of Legacy Recordings, I produced a podcast series celebrating this timeless work. Read moreRead more

18
Mar
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Living Room Spin: Cuong Vu 4-Tet – Leaps of Faith

One of my favorite pastimes is to gather a few friends in my living room with some good food and drink to hang out and listen to a new jazz recording. Just take it all in and then talk about our impressions of what we heard. So instead of keeping it a small and private affair, I have decided to open my living room and invite the Jazz Online community to participate through an ongoing feature I’m calling the Living Room Spin. Read moreRead more

17
Mar
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The Traneumentary: Karrin Allyson

Grammy-nominated artist Karrin Allyson has been churning out one great recording after another great recording for many years. With each album comes a new musical theme in which she performs both as a vocalist and pianist. A few years back she paid homage to John Coltrane with the release of Ballads-Remembering John Coltrane – a set of the repertoire from the classic Ballads album along with a few added Trane inspired pieces. Read moreRead more

16
Mar
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: Cindy Blackman

We didn’t know if Cindy was going to make it to the interview as she was delayed in Europe due to a floating ash cloud that was wreaking havoc from the volcano eruption in Iceland. With flights canceled left and right, Cindy navigated her way home like a pro and arrived at the interview early and energized. Read moreRead more

15
Mar
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Q&A: Kenny Garrett

I had the pleasure of working with saxophonist Kenny Garrett during the early years of Jazz Online which included interviewing him several times as well as producing two exciting live video sessions with his quartet at Oakland’s famed jazz club and Japanese restaurant Yoshi’s. Read moreRead more

14
Mar
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Celebrating Time Out: Bill Bruford on Joe Morello

In 2009, Dave Brubeck’s musical masterpiece Time Out turned 50 and on behalf of Legacy Recordings, I produced a podcast series celebrating this timeless work. Read moreRead more