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Manny Flores Jr.

Manny Flores Jr. was born in El Paso, Texas on October 9 . Manny spent his first eighteen years of life as an army brat, traveling and listening to music in a variety of different places. These places include Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Augusta, Georgia; Ansbach, Bavaria; Fort Benning, Georgia; and Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He began his playing career in the summer of 1971 at a gig at the Fort Huachuca NCO Club. At this time his inspiration for the bass was fellow left- handed bass player Paul McCartney (his first bass is a left- handed Hofner Violin Bass. Manny graduated from Buena High School in Sierra Vista in l972.He also listened to jazz when he would by Blue Note LPs at the bargain bin. Eric Dolphy and Charles Mingus were among his favorites. He then graduated from Cochise College in Douglas Arizona in 1974 with an Associates degree in Liberal Arts. In 1975 he moved back to his hometown of El Paso, Texas He begin playing in various groups in the El Paso area including Top 40 groups and Country and Western groups doing the Dyer Street circuit and road gigs in New Mexico, Wyoming and Arizona He enrolled at the University of Texas at El Paso

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Take Five with LuisGa Núñez

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Meet LuisGa Núñez Formed in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2014 by bassist and composer LuisGa Núñez, The Núñez Project blends autochthonous Puerto Rican rhythms of bomba and plena, fused with elements from hip hop, jazz, salsa and songo. Composed of six musicians, The Núñez Project bridges the gap between trending jazz sounds and Puerto Rico's ...

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Eliane Elias: For The Love of Jazz

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Grammy award winner. Child prodigy. Internationally renowned artist. Sophisticated and improvisational jazz pianist. A vocalist of style and grace. A woman of beauty and integrity. Yes, I am speaking of Brazil's gift to the jazz world, Eliane Elias. To be so fortunate to recently speak with this remarkable woman was a treat and memorable moment in ...

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Woodstock—Back to the Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience

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First things first. For all but the most committed of fans, knowledge of what transpired, how it transpired and when it transpired at the now-legendary 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Fair has, despite a variety of initial, 25th and 40th Anniversary audio and video releases, been severely limited. As engaging, entertaining and well-constructed as these various ...

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Scenes From The Life Of A Young Jazz Musician

Read "Scenes From The Life Of A Young Jazz Musician" reviewed by Jack Wilkins

Foreword Jack Wilkins is an iconic jazz guitarists of the 1970s who is still playing his ass off today, after a career leading and accompanying a host of groups with musicians such as Stan Getz, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Jimmy McGriff, Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette, Phil Woods, and the Brecker ...

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Bill Bruford's Earthworks: Earthworks Complete

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Since retiring as a professional musician in 2009, progressive/art rock turned jazz drummer Bill Bruford has successfully managed to maintained a place in the public eye. Beyond his engaging, informative and successful Bill Bruford: The Autobiography (Jawbone Press, 2009), the drummer/percussionist has more recently released a second, equally captivating book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer ...

Take Five with Mika Stoltzman

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About Mika Stoltzman Mika Stoltzman has been described as a “Japanese Marimba Maestro," by Time Out New York. All About Jazz raves, “Mika Stoltzman is beyond category, to use Duke Ellington's signature compliment." Mika has toured to 19 countries and 65 cities around the world. She has performed nine times at Carnegie Hall (Zankel ...

Bill Evans and Wes Montgomery: Masters At Work

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Any and every respectable collection of jazz music, whether digital or physical, should contain at least some of the works of pianist Bill Evans and guitarist Wes Montgomery. Icons of their respective instruments, both musicians also created varied ensemble templates of adventurous modern jazz, and while it is true many are already available in the marketplace, ...

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Bruford-Borstlap: Sheer Reckless Abandon

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One of the great joys of music can be that of distance: coming back to a piece of music, a musician/group or a discography, even, years later to rediscover it anew. While returning to music after a break of months, years...even decades...is not always a revelation, it's likely true that, if the music was appealing the ...

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Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2Peter Erskine is affable, engaging, and humorous. He, of course, is also one of the finest drummers of his generation. He has left his mark on the jazz and fusion world for nearly fifty years now. An icon, whose name is mentioned with the greats of all time, Erskine continues ...


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