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Dave Askren: Come Together

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Collaboration and teamwork are always essential elements in any effort that takes the total sum of the parts to create a collective outcome. This is even more so a part of the equation in music. Music is mathematics, but what makes the experience even more enjoyable is the creativity and heart that each player puts into ...

Ben Geyer: The Acadian Orogeny

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Pianist Ben Geyer is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of West Georgia. Previously he taught music theory and aural skills at Oberlin College Conservatory and has a Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of Kentucky. Geyer's research focuses on issues of temporality (time) in jazz, ...

Michael William Gilbert: Radio Omnibus

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Computers and technology have changed our lives in so many ways that it is hard to fathom the speed in which our lives have transformed. This rapid transformation also applies to music. Home studios and digital distribution for the modern-day artist allows more musicians per capita to get their music heard on a larger scale. What ...

Joshua Redman: Still Dreaming

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Joshua Redman has been developing and leading a quartet that features: Ron Miles on cornet, Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums. Redman formed the quartet to explore its sonic possibilities and to pay homage to Old and New Dreams, a band that featured his father, Dewey Redman, on tenor saxophone. That ideal is ...

Robert Kennedy: Closer To Home

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Robert Kennedy has an interesting story: by day he works for Google; by night he is an organist in the San Francisco jazz scene. Though it is not unusual for musicians to have two careers these days, as let's face it, musicians are still being paid rates from the '70s for playing music. Kennedy hails originally ...

Alyson Murray: Breathe

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Alyson Murray has been performing since the age of sixteen, receiving an Outstanding Potential Award from the Australian Girls Choir (AGC), where she was also selected to perform in The Boy From Oz, a Hugh Jackman production in Melbourne. Murray went on to complete her Bachelor of Fine Art Contemporary Music in '15 at the Victorian ...

Darrian Ford: New Standards

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New standards is a term that is often thrown around in jazz. As in all genres, there are articulate writers, with songs that stand the test of time, and others who simply fade into the background. Enter a new artist on the jazz scene, Darrian Ford.

New Standards is Ford's debut full-length album ...

Veronneau: Love & Surrender

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There is something quite intoxicating about the Latin genre of music--from samba, to bossa to choro and beyond, the rhythms are infections and memorable. Veronnea, named after its dulcimer toned vocalist Lynn Veronnea, is an acoustic based ensemble featuring the core members Ken Avis on guitar, backing vocals and harmonica and David Rosenblatt also on guitar. ...

Joey Alexander: Eclipse

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Pianist Joey Alexander knows how and when to strike the ivories. At the age of 14 he has already recorded two GRAMMY-nominated studio albums, My Favorite Things (Motema Music, 2015) and Countdown (Motema Music, 2016). Late in 2017, Alexander released Joey.Monk.Live! (Motema Music), a critically acclaimed surprise release to honor Thelonious Monk's centennial. Alexander has released ...

Perry Smith: New Angel

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Perry Smith is a Brooklyn, NY-based guitarist and composer who received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Flora L. Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. He also holds a Master's degree in music from New York University. A founding member of the critically acclaimed New West Guitar Group, he is the ...