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Theo Croker: It's Just Black Music

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In a field teeming with talented young lions, the bright sound of trumpeter Theo Croker still sticks out. Grandson of the legendary jazz trumpeter Doc Cheatham, the native Floridian graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is part of a new movement of emerging jazz artists who expertly incorporate hip hop, electronic and R&B elements ...


The Jazz Bubble: Neoclassical Jazz in Neoliberal Culture

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The Jazz Bubble: Neoclassical Jazz in Neoliberal Culture
Dale Chapman
282 Pages
ISBN: 9780520279384
University of California Press

What explains vibraphonist Stefon Harris giving a TED talk at a conference devoted to behavioral finance? Why would one of the world's largest investment banks sink $10 million into the New Orleans ...


Jack DeJohnette: Painting With Sticks

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[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

The name Jack DeJohnette is synonymous with modern jazz drumming. Many know him for his years spent with the Keith Jarrett Trio, but he first came to prominence with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis in the '60s. He's always in demand as ...


Joey Calderazzo: Improviser in Top Form

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Creative musicians are generally an insightful lot: people that have curious minds but also have a sense of direction--a sense of purpose, if not a search for it. They express what they see, what they experience. Pianist Joey Calderazzo is among those.

A man of extraordinary talent at the keyboard, he's held the piano chair ...

Robert Hurst: Unrehurst Volumes 1 and 2

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The jazz piano trio--piano, bass, and drums, also known as the “rhythm section"--is a fundamental unit in jazz ensembles. It is the motor that drives all combos greater than itself. Which instrument a trio “leader" plays often has a profound effect on the personality and temperament of the music produced. Bass-led trios often bring the bass ...


Ambrose Akinmusire: Emerging Heart

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"My favorite instrument is the cello," said the easygoing young musician in early February, from his apartment in Manhattan, where he referred to himself jokingly as “a hibernating jazzman." His West-Coast roots weren't taking a firm grip in the frigid temperatures of the Northeast. “Me and strings just don't get along. I can play piano; I ...


Grammy Nominees Set to Headline Reno Jazz Festival April 7-9

Born into jazz royalty as the son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, Grammy-nominated saxophonist, bandleader and composer Ravi Coltrane has claimed his own rightful territory, creating work The New York Times has called “what jazz sounds like now."

Joining the 2011 University of Nevada, Reno Jazz Festival in concert, the Ravi Coltrane Quartet brings its ...


Take Five With Ali Jackson Jr.

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Meet Ali Jackson Jr.: Ali Jackson Jr. is best known for his association with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. You can find Ali performing with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, his Ali Jackson Quartet, or the phenom ensemble Horns in the Hood.

Ali has performed and recorded extensively with some of the ...


Jeff "Tain" Watts: Moods and Melodies of a Drummer

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Jeff “Tain" Watts is a workingman's drummer. Look around and you find him everywhere. Gigging with Branford Marsalis. Yeah, he did the Wynton thing for a bunch of years. The ill-fated “Tonight Show" band when Jay Leno first took over for Johnny Carson. Look at your CDs. You'll find him. With Michael Brecker, Ravi Coltrane, Kenny ...