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Bob Mintzer: Seeing the bigger picture

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"To be a great musician one must zoom out and be a part of the big picture when playing in an ensemble. The primary focus is on the greater whole. Only by doing this does a significant band sound emerge. If people of the world could only grasp this way of looking at things, we would ...

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Anton Fig: Behind The Bandstand, Part 2

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The last chord has been played, the lights have been dimmed, and the iconic NYC skyline (in miniature) behind Dave's desk has been disassembled and stored. The airing of the finale of “The Late Show With David Letterman" on Wednesday May 20th and the accompanying performance by The CBS ...

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Pat Petrillo: Performance, Education, and Groovalution

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Recognized as one of the first instructional video producers, drummer Pat Petrillo set a standard for educational media with his landmark 1987 recording Snare Drum Rudiments. Since then he has developed a remarkable career as a performer and educator. Pat and I sat down at the APAP convention in jny: New York City to discuss his ...

Michael Eaton: Individuation

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On his debut album as a leader, saxophonist Michael Eaton presents a collection of original material featuring a rotating group of jny: New York City based musicians including Jon Crowley on Trumpet, David Liebman on Saxophone, Brad Whiteley on piano, bassists Daniel Ori and Scott Colberg, and Shareef Taher on drums.

Exhibiting his artistic ...

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Anton Fig: Behind the Band Stand, Part 1

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It's around 3 o'clock in early January, that melancholy time of year where the day perpetually feels like 7 pm. We're standing on West 53rd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue around the corner from the entrance to The Ed Sullivan Theater. A light haze of snow is falling ...

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Donna Lewis: Brand New Day

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Pop culture's love-hate relationship with its artists presents an interesting conundrum. Music created for mass-consumption must be easily digestible, yet the public is quick to retaliate against content that lacks substance. Gifted musicians are often pigeonholed into a certain style or sound that may not reflect their true range. This myopic point of view focuses on ...

Shawn Maxwell: Shawn Maxwell's Alliance

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Fronted by an already well-established jny:Chicago area saxophonist, the Shawn Maxwell Alliance expands the concept of what a mixed ensemble can accomplish in the jazz realm. This debut album features a sprawling list of modern jazz composers and leaders including another jny:Chicago saxophonist, Chris Greene, vocalist Keri Johnsrud, vibraphonist Stephen Lynerd, and bassist Stacy McMichael. The ...

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Clyde Stubblefield: Samples of Funk

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Every musical generation tends to put forth a handful of “star players" within any given genre. Whether it be jny: Los Angeles' Wrecking Crew or Motown's Funk Brothers, certain cliques of industry professionals are able to develop a coveted sound in the recording studio that resonates with producers. These “lightning in a bottle" artists tend to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Keri Johnsrud: This Side Of Morning

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For her sophomore effort This Side Of Morning, vocalist Keri Johnsrud presents a collection of original material co-written with pianist Kevin Bales. Featuring a powerhouse band of jny: Chicago musicians including guitarist Neal Alger, bassist Larry Kohut, drummer Jon Deitemyer, and vibraphonist Stephen Lynerd, Keri explores a range of emotions in what amounts to a book ...

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Will Kennedy: From East Bay Grease to the Yellowjacket Sound

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Among contemporary fusion musicians, drummer Will Kennedy stands out as a legend in both the creative and commercial scenes. Growing up in the Bay Area, Kennedy found music at the tender age of four. By his twenties, he was working in the jny: Los Angeles studio scene as the go-to guy for talk show TV orchestras ...