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ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Bob Sheppard: The Clark Kent of Jazz

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An unassuming bespectacled man in his mid-sixties walks on to the stage. In a band with stellar, famous, and maybe flashier musicians, one could be forgiven if they didn't even notice him right away. But as soon as Bob Sheppard presses a saxophone, clarinet, or flute onto his lips, he is super, man! An incredible musician ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Scott Henderson: People Mover

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Scott Henderson looms as one of the reigning guitar heroes since the mid-1980s, beginning with the powerhouse jazz fusion band Tribal Tech—an outfit that helped bring this genre back to life after it waned in the late 1970s and early 1980s. And other than his lengthy and impressive solo career, he's performed with the Zawinul Syndicate, ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Alvas Showroom: The Art of Listening

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Allan Holdsworth was a giant, a genius, a gifted guitarist who had a great gauge for sound. An upper level musician can become less than that playing in a room, club, or hall that is beneath the caliber of their artistry. Holdsworth played the intimate and superbly sound engineered Alvas Showroom in San Pedro, CA many ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Various Venues
Montréal, Canada
June 27 -July 1, 2019

Forty years. Not a lifetime, perhaps, but a remarkably long time for any festival to not only continue to exist but, despite increasing challenges, to thrive. An even greater achievement when it's the Festival International de ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitar Virtuoso Scott Henderson To Release Instrumental Album For Guitar Trio People Mover On July 1, 2019

Guitar Virtuoso Scott Henderson To Release Instrumental Album For Guitar Trio People Mover On July 1, 2019

Guitar virtuoso Scott Henderson has finished his new album People Mover, the most ambitious project of his career! The highly anticipated instrumental album for guitar trio will be released on July 1, 2019. Says Scott, “The music has a lot of interplay due to a busy touring schedule with bassist Romain Labaye and drummer Archibald Ligonniere. I'd ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Allan Holdsworth: Live in Japan 1984

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The loss of Allan Holdsworth in the spring of 2017 remains the passing of one of the most distinctive and innovative guitarists of the past half century. Born in the U.K in 1946, but moving to the U.S.A. in the early '80s, most who are familiar with Holdsworth's work also know how vastly influential he became, ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Guitar Legend Scott Henderson Offers 10-Week Course Teaching Basic Steps To Improvisation And General Organization On The Guitar

Guitar Legend Scott Henderson Offers 10-Week Course Teaching Basic Steps To Improvisation And General Organization On The Guitar

Legendary guitarist Scott Henderson will take you through the basic steps to improvisation and general organization on the guitar. Over 10 weeks, you’ll learn to use scales and their modes, chord tones, rhythmic ideas, motifs, and chord voicings, all with the focus on musicianship and artistry. Hi Friends, I’m happy to announce that I’m teaching an online ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Ramin Partovi To Release His Breakout Album Featuring Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Carl Verheyen, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Stern

Guitarist Ramin Partovi To Release His Breakout Album Featuring Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Carl Verheyen, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Stern

Aviator and Hollywood guitarist Ramin Partovi is about to release his breakout album 27 Faces Of A Broken Heart with a completely new concept. The album features an all-star line-up with Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Carl Verheyen, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Stern and several others. The double CD is a unique idea where several well known musicians ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dan Zimmerman: Drifting Home

Read "Drifting Home" reviewed by Jim Worsley

In an era where shredding and playingasfastasyoupossiblycan for no apparent reason have become a norm, it was a pleasure to listen to a guitar being nurtured as the beautiful classic musical instrument that it is.

Drifting Home is the first solo effort from veteran guitarist Dan Zimmerman. It features nine original songs. All of ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John McLaughlin's American Farewell Tour with Jimmy Herring

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Nearly five decades have passed since John McLaughlin set foot in America as a relatively unknown musician to join the fusion band Lifetime, with the great drummer Tony Williams and equally great organist Larry Young. Two days later he was in the studio with Miles Davis recording In a Silent Way. The breadth and scope of ...