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Mark Lettieri: Snarky Guitars, Part 1

Read "Mark Lettieri: Snarky Guitars, Part 1" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3For the first interview in a series on the Snarky Puppy guitar triumvirate, we spoke to Mark Lettieri. Unlike most of the original core members of the band, Lettieri did not come out of the jazz program at the University of North Texas. Oddly enough, he was ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Meet the Millennial Smooth Jazz Ambassador Cory Wong

Read "Meet the Millennial Smooth Jazz Ambassador Cory Wong" reviewed by Leo Sidran

In this podcast episode guitarist Cory Wong talks about coming up in Minneapolis (he was mentored by Ricky Peterson and drummer Michael Bland), playing with Vulfpeck, disrupting smooth jazz with Dave Koz, commanding the grid, letting “rhythm take the lead," the YouTube effect, the power of a good story, and Thai massage. Along the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Fearless Flyers: The Fearless Flyers

Read "The Fearless Flyers" reviewed by John Bricker

The Fearless Flyers' self-titled debut EP, released on March 23, is a brief but rewarding collection of funk jams performed with impeccable chemistry. The Fearless Flyers are a quartet of some of the United States' grooviest virtuosos including Joe Dart on bass, Nate Smith on drums, and Cory Wong and Mark Lettieri on guitars. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Cory Wong Releases "Quartet/Quintet" On April 23, Showcasing His Jazz Diversity

Cory Wong Releases "Quartet/Quintet" On April 23, Showcasing His Jazz Diversity

It’s been said, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” That just changed with the double disc set by Twin Cities jazz guitarist Cory Wong, scheduled for release on April 23, 2012. The name of the disc itself encourages a curiosity: Quartet/Quintet. Can’t decide on listening to a quartet or a quintet? This two-disc ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Secret Stash Records to Release "Peña 2" February 22

Secret Stash Records to Release "Peña 2" February 22

Minneapolis based musician/producer Cory Wong is on a mission to spread the music of Peru's coast as far and wide as possible. Last April, he traveled to Lima and assembled an ensemble to help document Afro-Peruvian music. The group was called Peña (a meeting place or grouping of artists/musicians) and their first album was released in ...

NEWS: RECORDING

More Peruvian Music: Peña: Afro Peruvian Music From Secret Stash Records

More Peruvian Music: Peña: Afro Peruvian Music From Secret Stash Records

Peña (CD/DVD)—Out October 12, 2010 (Secret Stash Records) Two Record Diggers Explore Peru's Deep Musical History & Return with Invigorating New Recordings of the Afro-Peruvian Scene Thanks to the fast moving world of Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, it's only a few clicks away to share and listen to music from around the world, even ...


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