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Ben Sidran: The First Existential Jazz Rapper

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Ben Sidran is an old school hipster in the authentic sense of the word. He's a no frills, musician's musician who's got the heart, got the chops. He's been there, done that, and ready to do more. Sidran has never been interested in following trends or squeezing into categories and is not about to start now. “In jazz, they want you to be yourself, but they only want you to be yourself in their category, and if you're not, it becomes your problem and not theirs. I'm a child of R & B and a child of rock 'n roll, ...

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Catching up with Pamela Hetherington

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Meet Pamela Hetherington: jny: Philadelphia native, jazz tap dancer, choreographer, dance educator; director of the tap and music collective Take It Away Dance. Instrument(s): Tap shoes, cajon, piano Teachers and/or influences? I grew up dancing with the best tap teachers in Philadelphia, including Rita Rue, Leon Evans, Delphine Mantz, LaVaughn Robinson and Robert F. Burden, Jr. I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I started studying jazz tap dance with Heather Cornell, about five years ago. Everything I had learned technique-wise up until that point finally “clicked" into ...

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Marty and Brent: The Napoleon Duo Affair

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Pianist Marty Napoleon, now a spry 93, is a walking history of 20th Century jazz. He's been a Louis Armstrong All-Star and has performed worldwide with all the greats of jazz. Recently, Marty's grandson, Brent Napoleon has brought to the jazz world a series of Marty Napoleon recordings collected as Try This!. The effort is anticipated to be the first of a series of projects about this legendary performer and his musical family. All About Jazz: Marty and Brent--and Geri, thank you very much for taking time today to speak about Try This!. Brent ...

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Freddie Jones: Game On!

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Dallas-based trumpeter, composer, producer and educator/clinician, Freddie Jones is one busy musician--especially on certain Sundays. He has the honor of performing our National Anthem before every Dallas Cowboys home game. In addition to actively freelancing and recording, he teaches and devotes countless hours with his efforts for a wonderful music education charity he founded, Trumpets4Kids. All About Jazz: Freddie, on behalf of All About Jazz.com, thanks for taking time. Freddie Jones: Thanks, Nick AAJ: I know you have a lot of things going on now, but, for those who might like ...

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John Butcher: So Far

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Saxophonist John Butcher's career could have taken an academic path. He completed a Ph.D in theoretical physics--Charmed Quarks to be precise--but left the academic world behind shortly thereafter. As a saxophonist, Butcher has played with and collaborated with many musicians. He is not afraid to try completely off the wall musical experimentation. All About Jazz: What is your background? Where did you grow up and how did you come to music? John Butcher: I was born in Brighton, grew up in South London/Kent. The Beatles were the first musical excitement I remember, around ...

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Quincy Jones: An Evening With A Legend

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I love jazz! I love everything about it... the improvisation, syncopation, the forceful rhythm, and the fact that it is truly America's original art form. Its unique and innovative use of brass and woodwind instruments and the piano is jazz. And, it is as American as apple pie. Ask 100 different people “What is jazz?“ and you're likely to get 100 different answers. Its styles include Dixieland, swing, bebop, and free jazz. Jazz is America's classical music. It migrated from the early days of ragtime, and onward through swing, bop, and progressive jazz. Jazz music has ...

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Lloyd Swanton: The Necks Trust Each Other to Not Push the Music Too Fast

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The Australian jazz--improv--jam trio The Necks has been active for quarter century. Consisting of drummer Tony Buck, bassist Lloyd Swanton and keyboardist Chris Abrahams, The Necks' members are all seasoned jazzers who approach the trio's music rather differently. Drawing inspiration from electronica, systems music and rock, the Necks have reshaped the role of the jazz keyboard thus improvising with textures and space rather than just notes and chords. Characteristically, their performances are lengthy and their records often consist of one long composition. The trio is touring Europe and one of the places on their stops was the Skopje Jazz Festival. ...



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