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Interviews

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David Crosby: A Revitalized Creativity

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David Crosby has had -and is still having -quite a long and storied career. While many musicians obviously have had those too, music doesn't always come out on top for many at this late stage of the game. It has though for Mr. Crosby--quite conspicuously. All About Jazz had a conversation with the seemingly unstoppable music icon about his influences, jazz fandom and new found inspiration at this part of his journey. All About Jazz: In ...

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Chuck Deardorf: Hanging On To The Groove

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Bassist Chuck Deardorf has gained a reputation for virtuosity and professionalism over a career that has thus far spanned 40 years. He has been the first call bassist in Seattle for most of his career, playing with some of the most renowned musicians in the history of jazz. For many years, despite having a prolific local jazz scene, the now burgeoning city of Seattle was considered a remote outpost in the jazz world. Many touring musicians would arrive on the ...

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Satoko Fujii: The Kanreki Project

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Over four decades of experimentation, Satoko Fujii has made a lasting mark on the contours of modern jazz. The wave after wave of expressive force she has unleashed emanate from the aesthetics of her home country, but are never bound exclusively to it. They form a distinctive sound belonging only to her, yet comprised of wide-ranging influences drawn from the furthest reaches of the global free jazz movement. In 2018, Fujii turned sixty years old. In Japanese tradition, ...

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Ted Rosenthal: Dear Erich, A Jazz Opera

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Ted Rosenthal is one of the most renowned pianists of his generation. He won first prize at the second Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and has been awarded several NEA grants as a composer. Well known as the pianist in Gerry Mulligan's final quartet, Rosenthal has recorded or performed with many other artists, including Bob Brookmeyer, Phil Woods, Art Farmer, Jim Hall, Jon Faddis, Benny Golson, James Moody, Mel Lewis, Lee Konitz and Ken Peplowski. Rosenthal has recorded fifteen ...

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Jeremy Rose: on new music, collaborations and running a label

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On top of the highly praised 2017 release The Vampires meet Lionel Loueke (Earshift Music 2017) with his bandmates from The Vampires, Australian saxophonist Jeremy Rose unleashed his, somewhat overlooked, solo effort Within and Without (Earshift Music 2017) in June that same year. Featuring the unique language of American guitar innovator Kurt Rosenwinkel, the album demonstrates a very mature composer in Rose, who seems to constantly be in search of more depth in melody in correlation with unorthodox compositional structures. ...

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Ronan Skillen: Telepathic Euphoria

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When one thinks of South African jazz, the didgeridoo and the tabla don't immediately jump to mind. Nevertheless, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and engineer Ronan Skillen has made them vital additions to a range of South African ensembles. While acclaimed for his work in the genre-smashing South African ensemble Babu, Skillen has engaged in a wide range of highly influential projects in South Africa and abroad, from the meditative collaboration with Dave Ledbetter, Deep South, to the electronica-infused ...

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Ron Carter: Still Searching for the Right Notes

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"People from newspapers and magazines always ask me two things," Ron Carter tells a reverent crowd from a stage in suburban Hong Kong. “What was it like playing with Miles Davis? And why am I still doing this?" He answers the latter enquiry by pointing left and right simultaneously at his two diligent sidemen, pianist Donald Vega and guitarist Russell Malone, to rapturous applause. I had the chance to interview Carter around a week earlier, by phone from ...

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A Conversation with Music Author Alan Light

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It is not an overstatement to label music journalist and writer Alan Light as one of the premier biographers and music historians. Light's heralded books include “The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah," “Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain," “The Skills to Pay the Bills: The Story of the Beastie Boys," “What Happened, Miss Simone?" and the recently published illustrated biography of Johnny Cash “Johnny Cash: The Life ...

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Michael League: Snarky Puppy's Jazz-Schooled, Grassroots Visionary

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Bassist, composer, bandleader, sideman, producer, record label owner, festival head... These are some of the many hats Michael League has acquired since embarking on his musical odyssey at the University of North Texas with a “little" band named Snarky Puppy in 2003. With its Jazz-but-not-Jazz / Music for Brain and Booty ethos, multiple poll wins, Grammy awards, and a worldwide fan base that's still growing, Snarky Puppy is looked upon by many as more of a phenomenon than ...

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Conor Murray & Micheal Murray: Putting Falcarragh On The Jazz Map

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It's just gone half past midday and yet double bassist Conor Murray and twin brother, saxophonist Micheal Murray, are gearing up for their second media engagement of the day. If this were New York or London such hustle and bustle mightn't be unusual for two seasoned jazz musicians with a CD to launch, except the Murrays have yet to record in their short career to date. And this isn't New York -it's Falcarragh, a small town hugging the Atlantic in ...

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Pete McCann: Mild-Mannered Superhero Guitarist

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A mainstay of the New York scene, guitarist Pete McCann released his sixth recording as a leader Pay For It On The Other Side (McCannic Music, 2018). He is also an in demand sideman working in everything from duos to big bands, and his guitar can be heard on 100 recordings. McCann shared with us what it is like to be a busy husband, father, and working musician in the 21st century. All About Jazz: Thank you for ...

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Kris Funn: Bass Player, Story Teller

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Kris Funn didn't start out on bass but, coming from a musical family, there was little chance he wouldn't at least test the water and see what music was all about. In time, the bass reached out and grabbed him. He's since had a career that has had him playing his immense bass skills to the bands of Kenny Garrett, Christian Scott, Nicholas Payton, Sean Jones and other notables. Now he is stepping out as a leader, when ...