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Oytun Ersan

Oytun Ersan is a Turkish Cypriot electric bass and upright bass player, composer and recording artist. He has collaborated with a wide variety of artists including Dave Weckl, Eric Marienthal, Gary Husband, Gerry Etkins, Mike Miller, Brett Garsed, Dean Brown, Okan Ersan, Karen Briggs, Rex Richardson, Wycliffe Gordon, Thomas Wolff, Savvas Savva, Tony Jones, Ola Onabule, Lloyd Chisholm, Paul Roos and Andrey Alpatov. Oytun's second Jazz Fusion album ''Fusiolicious'' was released in 4 April 2018 and gathers some of the most influential Jazz musicians of our century including Dave Weckl, Eric Marienthal, Gary Husband, Gerry Etkins, Dean Brown, Mike Miller, Brett Garsed, Karen Briggs and Okan Ersan

Steve Khan: Public Access / Headline / Crossings

Read "Public Access / Headline / Crossings" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been a great couple of years for Steve Khan fans who are (relatively) new to the guitarist's work, especially his early releases, thanks to UK-based BGO Records. First, his '70s-era trio of fusion-centric LPs on Columbia Records, 1977's Tightrope, 1978's The Blue Man and 1979's Arrows, were remastered and reissued in a 2015 two-CD set, ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Weckl

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Weckl

All About Jazz is celebrating Dave Weckl's birthday today!

For more than 20 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received numerous accolades and honors; Modern Drummer inducted Dave into their Hall of Fame ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Mike Stern: Half Crazy

Read "Mike Stern: Half Crazy" reviewed by Jim Worsley

SoCal Jazz is back from safari to the auspicious Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. A follow-up with guitarist Mike Stern was the primary itinerary for this trip. Trip is the name of Stern's new record, just in case you missed the play on words. Unfortunately, Stern had a trip of another kind in 2016. How ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Mike Stern: What A Trip

Read "Mike Stern: What A Trip" reviewed by Jim Worsley

"I never trip. I just don't. But then, it just happened." This is how Mike Stern began his story as he explained to my wife and I how it happened.

If you somehow missed it, “it" refers to the tumble Stern took in July of 2016. This accidental fall resulting in both shoulders being ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Stern: Trip

Read "Trip" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

In the blink of an eye an accident can happen and when it does it can be a life-altering event. Think of a brain surgeon or a pro quarterback. Think of what it would mean it they suffered some sort of injury which made it impossible to grasp a scalpel or throw a football with the ...

Mike Stern: Trip

Read "Trip" reviewed by James Nadal

Having established himself as an imaginative technical wizard in the forefront of the fusion movement during the 1980's, guitarist Mike Stern has left an indelible mark on the way the instrument is utilized in the jazz idiom. But there would be an unforeseen event that would test his physical and emotional will to overcome adversity. In ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Alfa Jazz Fest 2017

Read "Alfa Jazz Fest 2017" reviewed by Thomas Conrad

Alfa Jazz Fest 2017
Lviv, Ukraine
June 23-27, 2017

Jazz festivals are different in Europe. There are more of them, and they are crucial to the economic viability, social solidarity and creative evolution of the jazz art form. Many European towns that host their own annual jazz events seem like ...

James Rosocha: Avalon

Read "Avalon" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It used to be that electric bassists had a fine line to walk when taking the lead on their own albums. They'd be in for criticism for being either too fast and flashy or too subtle (or often just for making one at all). Maybe it's the result of an age when there are niches suited ...

Chick Corea: The Musician

Read "Chick Corea: The Musician" reviewed by John Kelman

As people age, it's not uncommon to commemorate birthday milestones--specifically, those marking the passing of decades--with special celebrations, ranging from parties to vacations. In most cases, however, these festivities are private events, restricted to family and friends.

Not Chick Corea.

When this renowned pianist/keyboardist, composer, bandleader and guest participant in countless projects ...