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David Helbock: Inside & Outside the Piano

Read "David Helbock: Inside & Outside the Piano" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Austrian pianist/composer David Helbock was born in 1984, and began playing the piano at the age of six. He studied at the Feldkirch Conservatory with Prof. Ferenc Bognar, where he finished in 2005 with an “excellent" degree in performance and since 2000 took lessons with the New York jazz pianist Peter Madsen, who became his teacher, mentor and friend. Awards include the audience prize at the world's biggest jazz-piano-solo competition of the Jazzfestival Montreux, and the most important prize in ...

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Arthur Satyan: A life Steeped in Music

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Pianist, composer and educator Arthur Satyan came to Lebanon from his native Armenia in 1996 with a 3-month contract for the reopening of the area's premier performance space Casino Du Liban. Accompanying Satyan were American musicians drummer Steve Phillips, bassist Jack Gregg and guitarist Eric Schultz. Satyan ended up accepting a position at the Lebanese National Conservatory of Music as a professor of classical piano and, in 2005 founded the school's jazz department which he still heads. Throughout the past ...

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Rina Yamazaki: Conversations with a Rising Star

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Born in Japan, up and coming pianist Rina Yamazaki has lived in in the USA since she was accepted at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship in 2015. Both before moving to the US and after Yamazaki has earned a number of well-deserved accolades for her high-level musicianship. From receiving the Jazz Performance Award soon after arriving in Boston to placing second in the Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition in 2018 Yamazaki has amassed several ...

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Angel Bat Dawid: Lightning In A Bottle

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Angel Bat Dawid's new album The Oracle is a thing of unique beauty. Lightning in a bottle. What began as a collection of tunes recorded so that her band members who don't read sheet music could learn the new material turns out to be an inspired collection of afro-centric love and happiness. The jny: Chicago-based clarinetist, vocalist and composer has been active in the local avant-garde scene for about five years. She is emerging as an important artist ...

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Shy Mascot: The Changing Face Of Ireland

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The bar is lit by dim neon bulbs. And the grey daylight streaming in from outside barely puts up a fight against their sickly colours. Shy Mascot sit at the back-four of their five members around two small tables tucked into a nook. The band's rapper, Jamel, is hunched over his knees on the left and beside him is drummer Andy O'Farrell. Vocalist Fiadh Rua Gregg sits in the centre with bassist Keith Tobin on the right. Keyboardist Éanna Ryder ...

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Anthony Jefferson: A New Orleans Vocalist At Home In The Dominican Republic

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New Orleans native Anthony Jefferson began singing during childhood in an environment rich in blues, jazz, and R&B, later studying classical repertoire at the California Institute of the Arts and continuing at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Prior to forming his own band, Jefferson shared the stage with artists such as Mark Rapp, Willie Jones III, Mark Shelby, Bobby Wilson and Brent Rose, just to name a few. As soon as Jefferson moved to the Dominican Republic, ...

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Keaggy, Levin, and Marotta: A Collaborative Album A Decade In The Making

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Veteran musicians Phil Keaggy, Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta spent more than a decade crafting their debut collaborative album, The Bucket List (Self Released, 2019), the unique product of each artist's influences and pedigree. Marotta played drums and recorded with Peter Gabriel from 1976 to 1986. His introduction to music took the form of clarinet lessons in the fourth grade. Marotta recalled that “My music teacher wrote 'Jerry has absolutely no aptitude for the clarinet.'" After his brother, ...

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Arturo Sandoval: Scoring Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule”

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Trumpet legend and 10-time Grammy winner, Arturo Sandoval was recently personally selected by Hollywood legend--and noted musician and composer--Clint Eastwood to compose the soundtrack for Eastwood's eagerly-awaited and newly released motion picture, The Mule. Both the film and soundtrack have received rave reviews. The Maestro joined All About Jazz to discuss the project. All About Jazz: Maestro, on behalf of All About Jazz, thank you for taking time to speak with us about your composing the soundtrack for ...

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Jay Clayton’s ScatLab—A Vocal Jazz Workout

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For the last decade, free-bop vocalist Jay Clayton has been conducting regular “scat labs" out of the Manhattan teaching space that she shares with NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan. In ScatLab, jazz singers of all levels of experience meet up to trade twos and fours, riff on traditional blues heads, and improvise on well-known songbook tunes. The purpose here is to practice spontaneous composition in a safe space, away from the microphone and the audience. So if a singer trips ...

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Gary Urwin: Inside the Mind of an Arranger

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The arranger of music scores is as important as a crankshaft in an engine. Yet many are destined to live in the shadows. Ralph Carmichael was subsumed by the luster of Stan Kenton. Arranger Paul Riser, who wrote the opening bars to “Dancing in the Street," is a virtual unknown. And then there is Gary Urwin. Urwin escaped the dilemma of obscurity by, as he says, “modestly giving my name to the orchestra." Fortunately, for him, the Gary ...

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Devon Allman: Chipotle Blues

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The son of Gregg Allman and Shelly Kay Jefts, our featured artist Mr. Devon Allman, was born in 1972 in Corpus Christi, Texas but grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri. Devon's musical journey and childhood was contrary to what many people assumed. There was no silver spoon and Devon did not learn how to play music by hanging out back stage at Allman Brothers concerts. In fact, Devon did not meet his father until he was in his teens. And ...

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Bobby Broom: Classic Compositions from Yesterday to Today

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What would your sensibilities say if an established jazz guitarist, supported by organ and drums, reinterpreted Seals and Crofts' “Summer Breeze," the Beatles' “Come Together," and Steely Dan's “Do It Again"? Perhaps you have heard this guitarist before with Sonny Rollins or Stanley Turrentine; maybe you heard the album where his guitar-acoustic bass-drums trio performed all Monk tunes. And now you see him leading the Organi-Sation, featuring organist Ben Paterson and drummer Kobie Watkins This ensemble's debut recording, ...


Oshun by Omar Sosa & Yilian Canizares

This music video features the track "Oshun," from the CD Aguas by Omar Sosa and Yilian Canizares. Its animated graphics were created using After Effects, Moho Pro, and Photoshop by Madrid-based Cuban artist Leonardo Perez Garcia and depicts the transforming and healing powers of the Yoruba water deity. The music video invites all of us to connect with the profound and life-sustaining properties of water in our own lives.

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