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ARTICLE: GENIUS GUIDE TO JAZZ

Rising Stars: Wondrous Woman

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For those of you who may not be aware, Your Own Personal Genius was once a fresh-faced music major at Mars Hill University in North Carolina. My principal instrument was euphonium (I also had a minor in trombone). Later, I left to study Jazz with Ellis Marsalis during his residency at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a ...

Andrew Dickeson: Is That So?

Read "Is That So?" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Growing up in Australia, Andrew Dickeson played several instruments before deciding on the drums when he was 10. Over the years he developed his intuition and sensitivity, the dynamics helping create a wellspring of skills. His artistry took him to the finals of the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Drums Competition in 1992 where he was ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

David Lyttle & Andreas Varady at Bennigans Jazz Club

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David Lyttle & Andreas Varady
Bennigans Jazz Bar
Derry, N. Ireland
January 14, 2018

There was an air of expectation around the duo gig of David Lyttle and Andreas Varady -two of the finest exponents of their respective instruments in contemporary jazz. Not surprisingly, Bennigans Jazz Club--a wonderfully intimate setting--was ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016

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12 + 1 Penang Island Jazz Festival
Bayview Beach Resort/Various Venues
jny: Penang, Malaysia
December 1-4, 2016

A tongue-in-cheek marketing ploy, or fear of inviting disaster? The Malaysians are doubtless no more or no less suspicious than folk in most places, but the organizers of the 12th + 1 Penang Island ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jazz Fusion Orchestra Bandzilla Feat. Guest Appearances By Randy Brecker & Leo Sayer To Release Long-awaited Second Album "Bandzilla Rises!!!"

Jazz Fusion Orchestra Bandzilla Feat. Guest Appearances By Randy Brecker & Leo Sayer To Release Long-awaited Second Album "Bandzilla Rises!!!"

What happens when a group of top studio musicians get together in their free time? A unique mixture of sophisticated composition, passionate improvisation, scathing social commentary and biting humor, BANDZILLA play furious funk, sleazy soul, punk jazz and heartfelt ballads. Led by acclaimed composer/arranger/guitarist Richard Niles, the 25-piece jazz-fusion orchestra was originally formed in the studio ...

Martin Taylor & Linn Records - Visions of Stephane Grappelli

Read "Martin Taylor & Linn Records - Visions of Stephane Grappelli" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The British audiophile record label Linn has a sub-imprint called Echo. This imprint is dedicated to the re-release of older label titles. It is from this considerable loam of music that these two Martin Taylor releases are gleaned, both hosting appearances by violinist Stephane Grappelli from the mid-1990s.

Martin Taylor & Spirit of ...

Karen Street/ Streetworks: Streetworks/ Unfurled

Read "Streetworks/ Unfurled" reviewed by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton

Women in British jazz, the stand-out sonically wonderful ones, you just don't hear them all too often, and finding them is like chasing unicorns. Outside of stoic jazz hoovers there are still too few mainstream listeners who suck it up these days, and that never helps. In the popular world of musical vacuum, perhaps the only ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Impariamo a suonare la chitarra fingerstyle

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Nell'accezione comune contemporanea, la chitarra fingerstyle è la più moderna evoluzione della chitarra fingerpicking, ovvero quella tecnica strumentale per suonare la chitarra con le dita (o con dei plettri speciali) nata in ambito prevalentemente folk-blues fin dagli anni '20 dello scorso secolo. Col tempo, le tecniche si sono allargate parallelamente agli orizzonti musicali dei chitarristi che ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Into The Light: Music of Korea V

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The Korean Arts Management Service (KAMS) has put a great deal of energy and resources into promoting the Korean performance arts abroad in the past nine years. Music is one of its biggest exports, with traditional and contemporary Korean music increasingly finding its way into the World Music, jazz and numerous arts festivals of the world. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet at Ronnie Scott's

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Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet
Ronnie Scott's
EFG London Jazz festival
November 20, 2014

One of the most pleasing aspects of the EFG London Jazz Festival is its reach into the many jazz clubs dotted around the capital. Whilst the concert halls host the big names and draw the tourists ...