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Take Five with Jared Pauley

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About Jared Pauley
Jared Pauley is a keyboardist, composer, producer and educator based out of New York City. Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, he started playing the guitar and the piano as a teenager and grew up on a healthy mix of The Doors, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Herbie Hancock, and other artists. After ...

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2016 Detroit Jazz Festival

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2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan
September 2-4, 2016

The staging of North America's largest free jazz festival must indeed be some kind of massive undertaking. In the years since artistic director Chris Collins has taken the reins of the festival, there have been many changes, some for the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ron Carter: Always at the Center of the Action

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Great jazz bassists can always be identified by the fact that you really listen to them! A good jazz bassist keeps good time and gets the chords right, but a great bassist, going as far back as Jimmy Blanton, Scott LaFaro, Charlie Haden, or Jimmy Garrison, catches your ear because you're surprised and moved by what ...

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Craig Handy Quartet at Sunset Jazz Club

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Craig Handy Quartet
Hommage a Dexter Gordon
Sunset Jazz Club
Paris, France
July 8, 2016

Tributes to noted jazz musicians are frequent throughout Europe, especially in Paris. Each “hommage" centers on the hits and compositions of a star, performed by a musician with a high skill-level for ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

James Clay: Texas Tenor, Second Generation

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The term “Texas tenor" was originally coined to describe the sound and style of such swing era players as Herschel Evans, Illinois Jacquet, Buddy Tate, Budd Johnson, Arnett Cobb and others, and has subsequently been applied to second generation players from Texas that included James Clay, David “Fathead" Newman and Marchel Ivery. What these players had ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Cecil McBee: Masterful, And Always Equipped

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Cecil McBee is one of the finest bass players on the scene, a status he's held among musicians for many years, even if the public is slower to pick up on the achievements of this 79-year-old musician extraordinaire.

A natural, he was quick to connect with musicians in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. But ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Piano Sutras, A Glistening New Thirsty Ear Solo Release From Pianist Matthew Shipp Is Ready For You

Piano Sutras, A Glistening New Thirsty Ear Solo Release  From Pianist Matthew Shipp Is Ready For You

By Chris Rich Amid the snow swirl and chill of a late February this year, Matthew Shipp headed to Park West Studios to commence work on a solo recording which will be called Piano Sutras. “On Wednesday February 20, pianist/composer Matthew Shipp recorded his next Thirsty Ear record, “Piano Sutras”, at Park West Studios in Brooklyn. Jim Clouse ...

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Nous N’Irons Pas a New York 2013

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Nous N'Irons Pas a New York 2013
Duc des Lombards
Paris, France
July 23-30, 2013

Four American jazz stars performed as part of a two-month-long tribute to New York-style jazz at Duc des Lombards for its annual Nous N'Irons Pas a New York ("We're not going to New York") theme, indicating that New York/American ...

Rivorecords: Blue Notes from Buenos Aires

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In the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, a blue note is defined as: “A microtonally lowered third, seventh, or (less commonly) fifth degree of the diatonic scale, common in blues, jazz and related musics."

Moving beyond musical theory, the term is most commonly associated with the groundbreaking jazz label Blue Note, founded in 1939 ...

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A New Matthew Shipp Thirsty Ear Release Is Slated For Fall 2013

A New Matthew Shipp Thirsty Ear Release Is Slated For Fall 2013

On Wednesday February 20, pianist/composer Matthew Shipp recorded his next Thirsty Ear record, Piano Sutras, at Park West Studios in Brooklyn. Jim Clouse was the recording engineer and Thirsty Ear owner Peter Gordon was the producer. It's a solo piano recording of originals by Mr. Shipp plus a couple of standards. Shipp said, “I continue to pursue my own unique brand ...