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Stephanie Richards: Creative Music

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Calgary's Stephanie Richards has been rubbing shoulders with some of the world's finest jazz players since putting down roots in jny: New York City. The trumpeter has a passion for testing boundaries and an intuitive approach to her work. Her latest, Take the Neon Lights, is a tribute to her new home. All About Jazz: Collaborations have played a big part in your career to date. Is that by design? Steph Richards: It's inherent in the ...

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Take Five with Amir Segall

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About Amir Segall Amir Segall is a distinctively accomplished pianist, composer and bandleader from the Israeli, and more recently the New York modern and avant-garde jazz scene. Since arriving in jny: New York City, Amir has gained recognition as one of today's most exciting and influential artists. Amir has played and studied classical music for most of his young life. However, after listening to some of Keith Jarrett's and Oscar Peterson's trio recordings, he switched his ...

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Matt Mitchell: Phalanx Ambassadors

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Pianist Matt Mitchell's music can be appreciated on a number of levels. It's remarkably cerebral, on the one hand, with a conceptual apparatus that sometimes verges on the impenetrable; yet there are also moments in which the many moving parts of his compositions come together in ways that are quite emotionally powerful. And then there's simply the element of wonder: the “how does he do it?" factor. Mitchell himself asserts that the music on Phalanx Ambassadors, his latest release, is ...

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Jazz at the Edge of New Age

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Genres can be a way to attract listeners, but they can also repel them. In some circles, genres like new age, smooth jazz and fusion have a bad name, and their entry into jazz could be seen as something negative, but it can also be an enrichment of an art form that is able to embrace an endless amount of expressions. The following three releases are all jazz releases at the edge of new age, but they approach the term ...

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Paul Bley: When Will The Blues Leave

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Ornette Coleman recorded “When Will The Blues Leave" in early 1958, released the next year on Something Else!!!! (Contemporary). Paul Bley played Coleman's blues four years later on Footloose (Savoy Records), a trio recording with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Pete La Roca. Both versions—Coleman's in a quintet with trumpeter Don Cherry, bassist Don Payne, drummer Billy Higgins and pianist Walter Norris—suggest more release than lament, their up-tempo swing treatments dwelling in a kind of blow-through-the-blues attitude, in contrast to ...

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Joe Policastro Trio: Nothing Here Belongs

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The Joe Policastro Trio is a working band that has been playing together in Chicago area clubs for almost ten years. This CD reflects that history in how the three musicians play off each others' twists and turns with a near-telepathic rapport. Guitarist Dave Miller darts and swoops with cool assurance while bassist Policastro and drummer Mikel Avery keep the rhythms sounding relaxed and natural even when abruptly switching tempos within songs. The set consists mostly of Policastro ...

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Milton Man Gogh, Rachel Musson Curtis Nowosad & More

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Trios and quartets dominate this episode: three-quarters of the playlist are from groups of that size. Featured is German saxophonist Philipp Gropper and his quartet Philm with music from his new album Consequences. Another quartet heard for the first time is Ornicar from France, and OGJB is back. Of the threesomes, first timers are Gentiane MG from Montreal, Milton Man Gogh from Australia, Alexi Tuomarila from Finland, New York's Caroline Davis, Polish bassist Franciszek Pospieszalski, and England's free-jazz saxophonist Rachel ...

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Rob Cope: Gods Of Apollo

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Rob Cope's debut album, the first of a trilogy of space-inspired recordings, celebrates the 50th anniversary of man first setting foot on the Moon on July 20th 1969. It traces the history of spaceflight from the first satellites to the last crewed Moon landing in 1972. Cope began playing saxophone at the age of eight and studied clarinet and saxophone at Manchester's Chetham's School of Music before taking a BMus with First Class Honours at the Royal Northern College of ...

THE JAZZ LIFE

Scenes From The Life Of A Young Jazz Musician

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Foreword Jack Wilkins is an iconic jazz guitarists of the 1970s who is still playing his ass off today, after a career leading and accompanying a host of groups with musicians such as Stan Getz, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Jimmy McGriff, Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette, Phil Woods, and the Brecker Brothers to mention just a handful. One thing about Jack that many people don't know was that as young musician he also played vibes ...

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Steve Wilson at the Jazz Room

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Steve Wilson The Jazz Room Charlotte, NC June 21, 2019 Saxophonist Steve Wilson has an extensive discography. In addition to his recordings as a leader, he has played with such jazz musicians as pianist Chick Corea, saxophonist Michael Brecker, bassist Dave Holland, big band arranger Gerald Wilson, and saxophonist Joe Henderson. He spent the week as guest clinician at JazzArts Camp, working with young area jazz players. For his shows at the Jazz Room he ...

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6 Steps To Big Band Writing

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6 Steps to Big Band Writing Steven Feifke 44 pages Jazz Lesson Videos 2019 Big band writing is no simple task. As with any skill, musical or otherwise, it requires time, study, and patience to reach a true level of proficiency. In short, it's an art that shouldn't be minimized. But it's also a process that need not mystify. Foundational knowledge connected to big band scoring is, at it's heart, all about building blocks. ...

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Jacques Kuba Seguin: Migrations

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Montreal-based trumpeter/composer Jacques Kuba Sequin's Migrations celebrates people from a wide array of cultural communities in Quebec, Canada. The exploration of those multicultural groups results in Sequin's dynamically sculpted sound that is cohesive, celebratory and anthemic. His investigative interviews of the people he is celebrating here reveal a conglomeration of unabashed optimists, glowing with the joy of life. The music doesn't lie. The instrumentation--a sort of Modern Jazz Quartet rhythm section--vibes, piano, bass, drums--paints an understated backdrop for ...


Summertime Magic

Statik Link captures the sound of Soul and Jazz that was popular in the 1970s with a modern twist. The trumpet, saxophones, and drums were recorded with vintage microphones for a tone like no other.

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