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Remembering Dominic Duval

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Around 1985, I got a call from a close friend and my drummer at the time, Tony Lupo. Tony and I had been friends and playing together since 1963. At that time, we were both into Be-Bop and as we grew in age, our musical tastes and interest leaned towards outside playing. Of course, we never ...

ARTICLE: IN THE BIZ

Hiring a Publicist: Is It Worth It?

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"Without promotion, something terrible happens... nothing!" --P. T. Barnum

Jazz artists strive to make the best albums possible, choosing the best songs, selecting other musicians to interpret those songs, and recording the pieces with artistic and technical skill. When their masterpieces are complete, it does not all end there. The artist or band ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ron Aprea: On John Lennon, Jazz Legends, And Life In Music

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Picture this: The year is 1974 and you've just gotten off the road with Lionel Hampton. The phone rings, and on the other end of the line is an old buddy of yours. After a little small talk, he asks if you're available for a recording session. You indicate that you're free and ask him about ...

Ron Aprea: Ron Aprea Pays Tribute to John Lennon and the Beatles

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The John Lennon-Paul McCartney canon has been recorded by everyone with the possible exception of “Honey Boo Boo" and “Mini Me." Some of those efforts are feckless attempts at moving the popular-genre so far away from its source it is laughable.

Saxophone artist, Ron Aprea had the unique opportunity (along with trumpeter Steve ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Top 15 "Most Read" Interviews: 2014

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All About Jazz tracks how often an interview is read, and the interviews listed below represent our top 15 published in 2014.

Ron Aprea's Tribute to John Lennon
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: August 19, 2014


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ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Ron Aprea's Tribute to John Lennon

Read "Ron Aprea's Tribute to John Lennon" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

We recently caught up with saxophonist, composer/arranger and educator/clinician, Ron Aprea and spoke with him about recent activities and his current recording project--his personal John Lennon/Beatles tribute.

All About Jazz: The last half of 2013 and the time so far in 2014 have been quite positive for you. Let me ask you first ...

Practice, Do You? Part 2-3

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Continued from Part 1

I began studying the guitar when I was seven years old. I hated my teacher and I didn't practice much, but when I changed teachers' and I went to Joe Geneli, I regained a love for the guitar that I first had when I was four years old when I ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ron Aprea: Passion Supreme

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Ron Aprea is a saxophonist's saxophonist. After all, none less than the late, great Frank Foster called him friend, confidant, section mate and leader. And Foster wasn't alone in this regard. Aprea has been a mainstay and graced the sax section in the bands of Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and many others. A multi-faceted musician with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ron Aprea: Remembering Blakey

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Legendary drummer Art Blakey, he of the eponymous Jazz Messengers, is regularly attributed with saying: “Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life." Well, if that's the case, this superb recording from saxophonist Ron Aprea and his cleaning crew certainly left the studio spotless, and themselves, to be somewhat crude but oh-so accurate, assless.

This ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ron Aprea Sextet: Remembering Blakey

Read "Remembering Blakey" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Legendary New York alto saxophonist Ron Aprea is recognized as much for his skills as an arranger, composer, record producer and band leader as he is known for his superb musicianship. On Remembering Blakey, Aprea brings to the fore all of his talents in churning out a monster album that pays homage to the leader of ...