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Why Steely Dan Can Never Really Be Yacht Rock

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The website Really Smooth Music provides the definition of the term Yacht Rock as being “a variation of popular Soft Rock that peaked between the years of 1976 and 1984 (as featuring a) highly polished brand of soft rock that emanated from Southern California during the late '70s and early '80s. The term is meant to ...

NEWS: RADIO

SiriusXM's New, Original jazz radio show on Jazz Arranging "Flipped" with Host John Beasley

SiriusXM's New, Original jazz radio show on Jazz Arranging "Flipped" with Host John Beasley

To mark Jazz Appreciation Month, this April 2019, SiriusXM is launching a 4-part series on ‘arranging’. “Flipped” will explore what happens musically when jazz musicians rearrange or ‘flip’ songs from the Great American Songbook and make it their own. On SiriusXM Ch.67 “Flipped” Fridays, April 5, 12, 19, 26 @ 5-7:00pm ET / 2-4:00pm PT
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ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

John Beasley: Master of All Trades

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In today's busy world, sometimes you just can't do it all. Apparently, John Beasley never received that memo. The pianist, composer, arranger, producer, music director, and film and TV composer is in high demand, and has an enormity of projects that would seem to belie the twenty-four hour day reality. It is perhaps the variance in ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Pt. 2: The Girls From Piney Woods

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In Part 1 of Women in Jazz we looked at the historical position of women in early jazz. Despite their influence in shaping the art, their talent as composers, arrangers, instrumentalists, and band leaders, women have often been token additions; marginalized window dressing in a male-dominated world.

One hundred years after Lil Hardin held ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Both of These Guys Are Not Like the Other

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"You take the hot road and I'll take the cool road and . . . “ when you've got a podcast about polar opposites Art Blakey and Warne Marsh you just know some odd stuff is gonna happen. Like finding out that the masterminds behind Steely Dan produced one of Marsh's later efforts, or that Blakey's ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call

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Peter Erskine is affable, engaging, and humorous. He, of course, is also one of the finest drummers of his generation. He has left his mark on the jazz and fusion world for nearly fifty years now. An icon, whose name is mentioned with the greats of all time, Erskine continues to gift us as he forges ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Benjamin Harrison: Nomad

Read "Nomad" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Australian multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Harrison began his career as a child prodigy, initially playing piano and violin at age four. He then gained a music school scholarship and performed nationally and internationally, including participating in a tour of China as an Australian cultural ambassador in 2003. In 2007, Harrison advanced his formal studies at the University of ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Tom Petty And Me: My Rock 'n' Roll Adventures with Tom Petty

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Tom Petty And Me: My Rock 'n' Roll Adventures with Tom Petty
Jon Scott
190 Pages
ISBN: #978-0692091197
Chickasaw Buddy Publishing, INC.
2018

Tom Petty And Me has a most interesting premise, its effect heightened when considering the late musician's tumultuous history with his record label(s). In My Rock ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eagles: Legacy

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Sometimes a gift box is just a gift box and that's certainly true of Eagles' Legacy. Not to disparage its ample resources, this is not quite the definitive history of these commercial kingpins of the Seventies. But then, there's never been one, at least in any format similar to this: Selected Works (Elektra, 2000) comes close, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work

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He may be largely regarded as the most influential guitarist to emerge from the Netherlands, a country that, bordering on the North Sea, is roughly one-quarter the physical size of England and, with a current number of about seventeen million, has just one-third the population of the UK's largest country. Still, despite garnering major in-country recognition, ...