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"Don Alias: Stories of a Legendary Percussionist" By Melanie Futorian Available on Kindle

"Don Alias: Stories of a Legendary Percussionist" By Melanie Futorian Available on Kindle

The Don Alias ebook is now out. This book recounts the journey of a great, American percussionist who set a new standard in percussion in a multitude of musical genres from Afro Cuban to jazz. From the 1950s into the new millennium, his performances ranged from playing on the streets of Harlem to recording the groundbreaking Miles Davis album, Bitches ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Jorge Luis Pacheco: Where In The World Is Pacheco?

Read "Jorge Luis Pacheco: Where In The World Is Pacheco?" reviewed by Melanie Futorian

From a country hot in climate and culture, Jorge Luis Pacheco has emerged. The young, passionate Cuban pianist plays with versatility, agility and dynamism; though a mere 25 years old, he has already been invited by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis to guest with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Havana.

Pacheco has also shared the ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Marion Cowings: Hey There

Read "Marion Cowings: Hey There" reviewed by Melanie Futorian

Marion Cowings, is often known as Dave Lambert's replacement in vocalese group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, andhas graced many stages internationally and nationally, including the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Blue Note, the Village Vanguard and a myriad more. He can be heard on recordings, radio and television broadcasts, is a winner of the Clio ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Miles Evans: Two-Part Harmony

Read "Miles Evans: Two-Part Harmony" reviewed by Melanie Futorian

Trumpeter Miles Evans, like saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, has faced the plus/minus of being the son of a jazz icon--in this case, legendary composer/arranger/bandleader Gil Evans. But if Ravi's exposure to his father was cut short by the saxophonist's too-early demise in 1967, just shy of the youngster's second birthday, Miles had the opportunity to grow up ...

Tips, Festival Coverage, New Columns, Improvements and more!

Read "Tips, Festival Coverage, New Columns, Improvements and more!" reviewed by Michael Ricci

Dear fellow contributor,

There's no such thing as a free lunch--but please read on for free overseas trips, free CDs, free job opportunities and more.

Index

1. Festival Time!

2. Looking for CDs to review?

3. New Columns

4. Improvements Galore

5. Pros for Hire ...

ARTICLE: CYMBALISM

Don Alias and Jaco Pastorious

Read "Don Alias and Jaco Pastorious" reviewed by Melanie Futorian

[Author's Note: This marks the last article in the four-part series for Cymbalism, a tribute to the great percussionist and my companion, Don Alias. Please look for the forthcoming photo book on Amazon.com, Don Alias: The Moments We Spent. As well, keep an eye out for my upcoming for All About Jazz interviews with David Sanborn, ...

ARTICLE: CYMBALISM

Don Alias and Joni Mitchell

Read "Don Alias and Joni Mitchell" reviewed by Melanie Futorian

[Editor's Note: Cymbalism is an All About Jazz column featuring excerpts from an upcoming autobiography on the late, great percussionist Don Alias, co-written by Melanie Futorian, his companion for the last seven years of his life. This installment covers Alias' collaboration with singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell]

Joni and I were living together working on our romance. ...

ARTICLE: CYMBALISM

Don Alias and Miles Davis

Read "Don Alias and Miles Davis" reviewed by Melanie Futorian

[Editor's Note: Cymbalism is an All About Jazz column featuring excerpts from an upcoming autobiography on the late, great percussionist Don Alias, co-written by Melanie Futorian, his companion for the last seven years of his life. This installment covers Alias' work on trumpeter Miles Davis' iconic Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970)]

It was [drummer] Tony Williams ...

ARTICLE: CYMBALISM

Don Alias and Nina Simone

Read "Don Alias and Nina Simone" reviewed by Melanie Futorian

[Editor's Note: Cymbalism is a new All About Jazz column that will feature excerpts from an upcoming autobiography on the late, great percussionist Don Alias, co-written by Melanie Futorian, his companion for the last seven years of his life. This installment pays tribute to the sixth anniversary of his death in March, 2006.]

Don ...