Content by tag "Jim Hall"

ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

A Professional Jazz Musician? Really? What's That?

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I've been around as a musician long enough to understand when a promoter or booker ghosts me. “Yeah, sure, send me an email," they say in that sincere way that sounds like someone saying, “Of course I love you" just to shut you up. It comes with the territory, and a musician has to be Zen ...

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Chico Hamilton: At Strollers

Chico Hamilton: At Strollers

In August 1955, promoter Maynard Sloate booked a quirky quintet into Strollers, a jazz club at 27 Locust Avenue in Long Beach, Calif. The quintet led by drummer Chico Hamilton featured Buddy Collette (as,ts,cl,fl), Fred Katz (cello), Jim Hall (g), Carson Smith (b) and Hamilton (d). There was no cover or minimum. Branded a chamber jazz ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Bill Evans @ 90 and Day 3 "Bitches Brew"

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We start with 21st century music from guitarist Dave Stryker (coming to Southern Louisiana in October; heads up, y'all:), Geri Allen, David Weiss, Zhenya Strigalev and the Hi-Fly Orchestra. It's pianist Bill Evans birthday. Were he alive today, he would be celebrating his 90th. We have him at the Vanguard with his last trio, in a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mark Wingfield & Gary Husband: Tor & Vale

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Virtuoso guitarist Mark Wingfield was last heard leading a trio on Tales From The Dreaming City (MoonJune Records, 2018). He and pianist Gary Husband may have never played duets together before, but the results sound like it was inevitable--a fated meeting. Opener “Kittiwake" is the first of Wingfield's compositions, a lyrical legato guitar line over a ...

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Six Videos of Jim Hall

Six Videos of Jim Hall

As with Bill Evans, I often crave Jim Hall in the middle of my work day. I love his song introductions that start with a riff or hook that flowers into the song itself. And I love Jim's accompaniment and jagged solos, bending notes and making chords ring. Here are six Jim Hall videos I watched yesterday: Here's ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Richie Beirach: Indelible Memories and Thought-Provoking Reflections on a Life in Jazz, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2

Richie Beirach hovers somewhat mysteriously in the pantheon of the great modern jazz pianists. Some of the others in that category from his generation (coming up in the 1960s/'70s), like Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Kenny Barron have greater celebrity, but Beirach easily qualifies alongside them as ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times

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The times we live in call for reflection and one of the ways of providing it is through music. Music can slow our lives down and make us live in the moment, but it can also connect people. Since he discovered music, guitarist and composer Shambhu Neil Vineberg has been on a journey that has seen ...

Aspen Edities: The Album as a Work of Art

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It's a paradox of the digital age that it has spawned some of the most beautiful physical editions of music, but perhaps it's quite logical. In an age where almost everything becomes available digitally, it's a good thing for a physical product to distinguish itself. This is exactly what the records from the Belgian-based label Aspen ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Koji Yoneyama

Koji is a New York-based guitar player and composer with a background in jazz, rock, Funk, Soul, and pop. He was born and raised in Osaka, Japan in 1987, graduated from Osaka University of Arts with a Bachelors in Music. Koji started playing guitar at the age of 11 and won first prize in the for Best Guitarist in the 2005 Fresh Musician Championship in Osaka. At 21 he began studying Jazz under professors Sadao Ikeda, Takashi Nakamura who teach at Osaka University of Arts. To continue his progress upon graduation, Koji studied with the legendary Kazuhiko Takeda. Since moving to New York City, Koji also had the opportunity to study with Pasquale Grasso. After graduating, Koji worked at many venues in the Osaka area as a professional session guitarist

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Playing Like Jim Hall

Playing Like Jim Hall

Guitarist Jim Hall had a way with notes. His improvisational style often involved taking a song apart and reassembling it in jagged pieces. He enjoyed the dissonances as much as the resolutions, and below it all was the most swinging, seductive rhythm. Jim was a huge inspiration for many guitarists and still is. Here are seven guitarists ...