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Rolf Jardemark

A top guitarist from Sweden, Rolf Jardemark is a versatile player with a long series of recordings for the Imogena label. Jardemark started on guitar when he was 12. ”I bought my first guitar from a friend for one dollar! I had no teacher. I started with a blues record and a chord book.” Inspired by Barney Kessel, Larry Carlton and Pat Metheny, Jardemark also learned about jazz from Peter Almqvist when they both worked in a guitar store. Jardemark went to music college when he was 16 and after that went on to The Academy of Music in Gothenburg - studying classical guitar but playing jazz at night

NEWS: FESTIVAL

2018 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle

2018 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle

The Ballard Jazz Festival returns with its 16th edition, May 16-19, in Seattle's historic Ballard neighborhood. Clarence Penn & Penn Station, a New York ensemble that includes pianist Geoffrey Keezer, saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, and bassist Yasushi Nakamura, will headline the festival's Mainstage Concert. Swedish trumpeter Oskar Stenmark will open the concert, which in turn celebrates the ...

Dave Liebman/John Stowell: Petite Fleur: The Music of Sidney Bechet

Read "Petite Fleur: The Music of Sidney Bechet" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Dave Liebman leans “outside" for the most part. He came to a measure of fame in the bands of Miles Davis, during one of the influential trumpeter's decidedly outside periods--the 1970s, when Liebman participated in Davis' On The Corner (Columbia Records, 1972), Dark Magus (CBS-Sony, 1975), and Get Up With It (Columbia, 1977).

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Ballard Jazz Festival Preview: A Seattle Rite Of Spring

Ballard Jazz Festival Preview: A Seattle Rite Of Spring

The Ballard Jazz Festival, Seattle's most anticipated and community oriented jazz event, will take place May 17-20, and will headline legendary saxophonist, Chico Freeman. Dubbed three decades ago as one of the “young lions" of jazz for his participation in recordings with other "stars to be," such as Wynton Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, and Paquito D'Rivera, Freeman's career has established ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Female Vocals 2017 II – Cheryl Fisher, Natalia M. King, Beata Pater, Ellen Andersson, Cecilia Persson

Read "Female Vocals 2017 II – Cheryl Fisher, Natalia M. King, Beata Pater, Ellen Andersson, Cecilia Persson" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The ladies just keep on coming...

Cheryl Fisher
Quietly There
OA2 Records
2016

Vocalist Cheryl Fisher was once called, “Canada's best-kept secret." After five well-received recordings, Fisher weighs in with her sixth release, Quietly There on the Origin Arts AO2 imprint, using what could ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Recent Reading: Books About Jazz In Four US Regions

Recent Reading: Books About Jazz In Four US Regions

After jazz emerged—or coalesced—as a distinct form of music in jny: New Orleans in the early twentieth century, it quickly took hold throughout the world. Jazz musicians developed on every continent, even in countries where the spirit of jazz goes against the grain of politics and culture; a jazz community is emerging in China, not an eventuality that ...

ARTICLE: IN THE BIZ

Cheryl Hodge: Chasing the Muse

Read "Cheryl Hodge: Chasing the Muse" reviewed by Kathy Sanborn

Award-winning jazz and blues artist Cheryl Hodge shares how she manages to thrive in the dark and light of today's music business. With a 2016 release (Living Off the Grid) and a persistent attitude, Hodge continues to navigate the sometimes choppy waters of a music career on her own terms. Just nominated for another Hollywood Music ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Ellen Johnson's Distinctive New Release "Form & Formless" Honors The Way Of Life

Ellen Johnson's Distinctive New Release "Form & Formless" Honors The Way Of Life

“So much of life, like music, is the art of listening and responding,” said west coast vocalist Ellen Johnson about her recording, Form & formless, released June 9, 2015 by Vocal Visions Records. So far the recording has received praise for it's unusual format based on what Johnson calls the “formless” way, taken from a poem by Lao Tzu referring ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Ellen Johnson's Bold New Recording "Form & Formless" Explores Duality In Creative Improvisation

Ellen Johnson's Bold New Recording "Form & Formless" Explores Duality In Creative Improvisation

“So much of life, like music, is the art of listening and responding,” said west coast vocalist Ellen Johnson about her conceptual new recording, Form & formless, slated for release by Vocal Visions Records on June 9, 2015. Most singers are not comfortable with having to create a song on the spot, out of nothing, but not Johnson. She has ...

Samuel Mösching, Joe Giglio, Dave Kain and Juampy Juarez

Read "Samuel Mösching, Joe Giglio, Dave Kain and Juampy Juarez" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Welcome to Guitarists Rendezvous, our first installment in a series that introduces readers to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each will field the same four questions and we've included audio and video so you can sample their music.

We kick of the column with a diverse ...