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11
Mar
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Jazz Backstage: Jack DeJohnette

Musicians and drummers, in particular, across all genres have been blown away by the work of Jack DeJohnette. Whether Jack is leading his own groups or playing behind a cast of world class artists, his drumming is always fresh, inspired and most of all, musical. Read moreRead more

10
Mar
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My Midlife Jazz Crisis – Stage 3: Jazz Radio RIP

The other day my 10 year daughter walked into my office as I was listening to one of the prominent jazz radio stations on the east coast. She listened for a bit and then bluntly asked me why jazz sounds like an old fashioned movie. When I realized the station was actually playing a new jazz release, it struct a nerve and got me thinking just how out of touch many jazz radio stations are in their programming of the music. Read moreRead more

2
Mar
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The Traneumentary: Joel Dorn

Producer, disc jockey, record executive and all around jazz authority Joel Dorn (aka The Masked Announcer) talks of Trane from his first hand accounts as a radio DJ in Philly, young producer at Atlantic Records and reissue producer (Anthology and The Heavyweight Champion). Read moreRead more

27
Feb
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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 Studies at NYU.  Chico Hamilton, one of my friends and colleagues at the New School, was also a close friend of Teo’s and suggested that he contact me to lend support to my jazz program.  Teo called me and Read moreRead more

22
Feb
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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 I often crave hearing him play. Read moreRead more

18
Feb
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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 imagine the story behind the album. Read moreRead more

15
Feb
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Brad Mehldau – The Art of Solo Piano

Virtuosic pianist Brad Melhdau first made his mark in the jazz world in 1995 with his debut recording Introducing Brad Mehldau and then in the classical arena in 2006 with his release Love Sublime with vocalist Renee Fleming.  Mehldau is a dazzling and brilliant player who maintains one of the finest trios in all of jazz. Read moreRead more

14
Feb
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Herb Alpert Unplugged

CBS Sunday Morning ran a great profile with legendary trumpeter and music mogul Herb Alpert where he talks about his early inspirations, success as an instrumentalist, his artwork and the importance of giving back. Read moreRead more

10
Feb
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Gary Burton’s Vibe

I met with the legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton last night to put together a video piece on his upcoming Mack Ave recording Common Ground. Read moreRead more

27
Jan
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Theo Bleckmann Reinterprets Kate Bush

We recently ran a post about jazz singer Theo Bleckmann and his brilliant concert of the songs of underrated British pop artist & songwriter Kate Bush. Read moreRead more

21
Jan
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Chick Corea: Return To Forever Tour Announced

Almost forty years after Return to Forever – the definitive jazz fusion ensemble – first appeared on the scene, the much honored ensemble is making one of their continuing returns to action. Read moreRead more

20
Jan
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Video Spot: Julian Lage

This is the first installment of my guitar etude video blog. My goal is to write a series of 13 etudes that serve as compositional and technical studies, highlighting new approaches and concepts I am currently exploring. Read moreRead more