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ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz House Kids: The House that Jazz Built

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When we think of jazz education, we might first think about what's developed at the college level and at music conservatories over the last fifty years or so, and then maybe consider how jazz instruction and jazz bands have flourished at the high school and middle school levels a little more recently. But beyond these settings, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dave Noland: Ripple

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Ripple is Dave Noland's second album as a leader, a self-produced endeavor that follows the tenor saxophonist's 2007 recording for the Jazz Excursion label, Nomad. With a mix of four original tunes and three standards, Ripple showcases Noland's considerable talents as a composer, arranger, and improviser.

Originally from San Angelo, Texas, Noland has been ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Walt Weiskopf: All About the Sound

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What is it that drives Walt Weiskopf? It's all about the music, all about the sound.

He's reached a large audience in ten years of touring with Steely Dan. He's written a half dozen books on jazz improvisation techniques and methods, and he's taught at the Eastman School of Music, Temple University and New ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Winter Jazzfest 2016: ECM Records Stage

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Winter Jazzfest--ECM Records Stage
The New School Tishman Auditorium
New York, NY
January 15 & 16, 2016

There's a very modern feel at the Tishman Auditorium at The New School University Center, the site for a two-night showcase for ECM Records at the 2016 Winter Jazzfest--with the Escher-esque stairs that ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ed Palermo Big Band at the Iridium

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Ed Palermo Big Band Featuring Napoleon Murphy Brock
Iridium
New York, NY
January 8, 2016

You can just about always count on a number of things in any show by the Ed Palermo Big Band: the music of Frank Zappa; inventive arrangements, richly crafted; tight, stellar playing by the ensemble; a ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Randy Brecker: Hittin' It with "RandyPOP!"

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In his 62 years playing music--starting trumpet at eight years old--Randy Brecker has played all kinds of music, but for many years now, he's mostly been known as a solid, top-flight, first-call jazz player, a modern post-bop soloist and bandleader who carries around his old '70s fusion-funk Brecker Brothers fame in his back pocket. So, with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jon Batiste: Staying Human

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Jon Batiste was named the bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (related news). This interview was originally published in January 2013.

Nearly everything about Jonathan Batiste is steeped in jny: New Orleans--from the way he talks, walks, and claps his hands to the way he plays the piano, composes, and leads his ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Cava Menzies and Nick Phillips: Their Moment

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Every once in a while, a couple of jazz musicians who've never played with each other before find themselves together on a bandstand, and something special really clicks. They just jell musically as if they've been playing together all their lives. Pianist Cava Menzies and trumpeter Nick Phillips experienced such an encounter not long ago, when ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mosaic Records: Making Jazz History

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No one is more astonished by the longevity of Mosaic Records than Michael Cuscuna, the veteran record producer and one-time disc jockey who founded the label together with Charlie Lourie, a former clarinetist who worked in both jazz and classical contexts before becoming an executive at CBS records, Blue Note, and elsewhere. Arguably the premier reissue ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jim Hall: Live, Now and Then

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[ This interview was originally published on July 16, 2013. ]

Widely acknowledged as one of the most influential guitarists in modern jazz, Jim Hall has had an extraordinary musical career that spans more than half a century. His style is marked not by soaring speed or virtuoso technique but by his explorative artistry ...