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

Interview: Paul Winter (re: Winter Solstice Concert)

Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Concert is one of the most popular events in New York City during the holiday season and people from around the globe visit the world’s largest gothic cathedral and experience the beautiful lights, music, dance and unique community. The annual celebratory concert is regarded as Winter’s magnum opus and it serves…

By The Jazz Messenger December 13, 2011 Off

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

Q&A: Vince Mendoza

In the modern era of jazz, finding a true composer to follow is not the easiest thing to do. Especially if the composer can actually write beautifully melodic and emotionally deep music that is also a perfect launching pad rich for improvisation. Vince Mendoza does this and more.

By The Jazz Messenger November 21, 2011 Off