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Fahir Atakoglu: Live At Umbria Jazz

Read "Live At Umbria Jazz" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It is fascinating how different cultures can merge in music. Turkish-born pianist Fahir Atakoglu's trio is a fine example of a group where influences from around the world meet in original compositions that speak the international language of music.

Atakoglu brings his advanced understanding of meter and melody to his compositions and drummer ...


Fahir Atakoglu: Istanbul Blues

Read "Fahir Atakoglu: Istanbul Blues" reviewed by Duncan Heining

The history of jazz has been one of fusion. Its musicians and composers have continually drawn upon a huge range of different musics to create the rich and diverse tapestry that is world jazz today. Jazz is an evolving tradition of music-making. And how often, in the life stories of individual jazz musicians, do we see ...


Fahir Atakoglu: Live At Umbria Jazz

Read "Live At Umbria Jazz" reviewed by James Nadal

The globalization of jazz has not only garnered an expansive audience for the music, but has also brought worldwide artists into the genre, bringing with them unique cultural distinctions and dimensions. The Italian city of Umbria is home to the esteemed Teatro Morlachi, where in 2010, pianist Fahir Atakoglu recorded Live At Umbria Jazz an adrenaline ...


Fahir Atakoglu's "Live At Umbria Jazz" Featuring Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez & Alain Caron

Fahir Atakoglu's "Live At Umbria Jazz" Featuring Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez & Alain Caron

Fahir Atakoğlu's Live at Umbria Jazz
Featuring Horacio “El Negro" Hernandez and Alain Caron
Release Date: January 19, 2016 New 2016 Release Integrates Cuban Rhythms & Middle Eastern Melodies—World Tour Planned Fahir Atakoğlu releases his latest CD Live at Umbria Jazz (Far & Here label) on January 19, which is the 17th album ...


Interview: Slovak Bass Icon Juraj Griglak

Q: When did you learn to play the bass? A: My father chose for me to play classical upright bass; he was a clarinetist in symphony orchestra. I went to conservatory for six years and then four years at university. After finishing my studies, I started playing in the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and have been playing there ...


Joe Sullivan: Whisky Jack Waltz

Read "Whisky Jack Waltz" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator Joe Sullivan grew up in a large Franco-Ontarian family in the Northern Ontario town of Timmins. As a youth, music was a part of daily life. Sullivan began his formal training on piano and at the age of fifteen he also started playing the trumpet. In his formative years, Sullivan led ...

Take Five With Tyler Hornby

Read "Take Five With Tyler Hornby" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Tyler Hornby:

Tyler started drumming at age ten, honed his artistry in high school big bands and experimental jazz combos, and has since blossomed into one of Canada's most innovative and sought-after young drummers.

Hornby has also become a gifted composer by expanding his musical tastes, studying the craft with ...


Frank Gambale: Natural Selection

Read "Natural Selection" reviewed by Jack Huntley

Frank Gambale, early Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) whiz-kid and longtime guitarist in the Chick Corea Elektric Band, is known for his sweep-picking technique, fretboard virtuosity, and penchant for fusion jazz. But with his 2006 outing, Natural High (Wombat Records), and now 2010's Natural Selection, Gambale has shown off a more straight-ahead style that wonderfully couples ...


Charlie Banacos: Recollections of a Legend

Read "Charlie Banacos: Recollections of a Legend" reviewed by Mike Brannon

"You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone" --Joni Mitchell

“There are a dozen ways to hit a key." --Charlie Banacos

How do you say goodbye to someone who truly changed you; someone who you know caused you to be a better person just for having known them? How do you say goodbye ...


TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival 2009

Read "TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival 2009" reviewed by Alain Londes

TD Canada Trust Toronto International Jazz Festival
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 26-July 5, 2009

The TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival enjoyed its 23rd edition this year with a structure similar to that of recent years. The Mainstage concerts in front of City Hall were a nightly focal point as well ...