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MUSICIAN Born:

Maria Jacobs

In addition to being a national recording artist with her song Pour Me A Cup of Yesterday airing across the country and charting on the Groove Jazz Charts, Maria has recently been named the first Adjunct Professor of Applied Vocal Jazz at Kent State University. She is also Principal Conductor of The Open Tone Music Academy and lead vocalist for their parent organization, The Jazz Heritage Orchestra, where musicians from around the world come to perform. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, this former traffic reporter and disc jockey lived in Los Angeles for twelve years and sang prestigious venues such as The Langham Huntington (formerly the Ritz Carlton,) The Four Seasons in Westlake Village, The Coach House, Chaya of Beverly Hills, B.B

MUSICIAN Born:

Nicoló Ricci

I was born in 1987 and I grew up in Sesto San Giovanni, an industrial town in the north of Milan, Italy. I was lucky enough to be brought up in a stimulating and creative family environment and soon I began to show interest towards music. By the age of 12 I received a saxophone as a gift from my mother and I started my studies, first in a local music school and then in the Conservatory G.Verdi of Milan. While still a student I threw myself into the jazz music scene of Milan and I began to perform throughout Italy. During my career, I had the chance to play with great musicians such as: Steve Swallow, Adam Nussbaum, Jesper Bodilsen, Gerald Cannon, Paolino Dalla Porta, Antonio Zambrini, Roberto Gatto, Giovanni Falzone, Andrea Dulbecco, Pietro Tonolo, Tino Tracanna, Marco Vaggi, Achille Succi, Bebo Ferra, Giulio Corini, Alfonso Santimone, Francesco Lento, Harris Eisenstadt, Joe Fonda, Roberto Rossi, Roberto Cecchetto, Fausto Beccalossi, Greg Burk, David Binney, Reinier Baas, Ben Van Gelder, Mark Schilders, Bo van der Werf, Clemens van de Feen

MUSICIAN Born:

Bodhisattwa Ghosh

"The Bodhisattwa Trio" is an Experimental Jazz Fusion/Avant Garde outfit from Kolkata, India, which believes in expressionism, social reflection and spontaneous creation. Drawing influences from life, the universe and everything, the trio, with Bodhisattwa Ghosh on Guitars, Premjit Dutta on Drums and Shonai on Keyboards & Synth Bass delivers a mix of original instrumental compositions with special emphasis on harmonic and rhythmic expansion, theme and variation, virtuosity and spontaneous improvisation. Formed in 2012, the trio has under their belt a 4-track EP “Fuzzy Logic” and 2 full length instrumental albums “Intersections” and “Heart of Darkness”

NEWS: EDUCATION

Brooklyn Conservatory Of Music Presents The Art Of Improvisation

Brooklyn Conservatory Of Music Presents The Art Of Improvisation

One semester course, Two hours/week
September 14, 2011 to January 23, 2012 (fall) or February 3 to June 10, 2012 (spring)
$325/$195
58 7th Avenue, Park Slope
Brooklyn, NY The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is pleased to announce a new class for teens: The Art of Improvisation. An important ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Charnett Moffett: The Art of Improvisation

Read "The Art of Improvisation" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Discs that focus on a single instrument are not that uncommon in jazz, but recordings focusing primarily on the bass are quite rare, even for bassists who lead their own bands.

Charnett Moffett's The Art of Improvisation joins the rank of such gems as Paul Chambers's Bass on Top (Blue Note, 1957) and, ...

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Charnett Moffett: The Art of Improvisation

Read "The Art of Improvisation" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

A fascinating recording, The Art of Improvisation is as mysterious as it is a showcase for the formidable bass playing skills of its leader Charnett Moffett; his playing on electric and acoustic basses has a grounded, vocal quality--he always seems to be singing through his instruments.

Even when he is playing a fusillade of notes (and ...

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Leroy Jenkins: The Art of Improvisation

Read "The Art of Improvisation" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Leroy Jenkins' Driftwood rarely floats, but readily burns. In addition to the violinist leader, pianist Denman Maroney and percussionist Rich O'Donnell, Min Xiao-Fen joins on pipa, a four-stringed lute from 7th Century China. A classically trained musician, Xiao-Fen began improvising with the encouragement of John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith and Derek Bailey. The quartet roils with ...

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Leroy Jenkins' Driftwood: The Art of Improvisation

Read "The Art of Improvisation" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Talvolta capita di dimenticare il ruolo centrale che il violinista Leroy Jenkins riveste nel jazz creativo degli ultimi quarant'anni, molti dei quali all'interno della grande avventura AACM, con collettivi quali la Creative Construction Company o il Revolutionary Ensemble, fino ad arrivare a tempi più recenti con il trio Equal Interest [in cui dialoga con Joseph Jarman e Myra Melford] ...