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Nate Chinen on jazz criticism and the trouble with defining music

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In this podcast episode, jazz writer and critic Nate Chinen talks about his book Playing Changes, jazz criticism, displaced backbeats, the importance of live music, and the trouble with trying to define what music should and shouldn't be. This is a conversation I've waited a long time to have and it was absolutely worth the wait. ...

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Kassa Overall: Living in the Cut between Jazz and Hip Hop

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Drummer, rapper and producer Kassa Overall speaks about the intersection of jazz and hip-hop, the importance of getting “comfortable with being bored so you can get better at your instrument," the relationship between great drumming and the sounds of nature, how growing up far away from the “scene" gave him a strong sense of personal identity, ...

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Meet the Millennial Smooth Jazz Ambassador Cory Wong

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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 ...

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Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Multicultural Identity, Authenticity and Sound.

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In this podcast episode, saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart explains why he never fit neatly into any one category. He says, “I knew early on in my life that I could not go down a regular path. It would be hard for other human beings to totally accept me the way I am."

From the very ...

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Aaron Parks on Music, Mathematics and Making the Scene

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How does pianist Aaron Parks describe himself? “A bit odd. I play piano, write songs, and take pictures of doors with my phone."

Raised on a small island near Seattle, Washington, Aaron found himself hungry for more creative and intellectual stimulation than his immediate surroundings could offer. He enrolled in college at the age ...

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Kenny Werner on his Life and Career

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Kenny Werner might try to talk you out of becoming a jazz musician. “Please don't become a jazz musician just because you think you should. That's like saying you think you should become a typewriter salesman. Nobody needs you. I would do everything I could to talk them out of it and if they couldn't be ...

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"Use Your Words" CD by Jeremy Plays Guitar features Madeleine Peyroux, Leo Sidran

New York —A new CD by Jeremy Plays Guitar called Use Your Words has won 2010 Awards from Parents' Choice and the National Parenting Publications of America. Jeremy Zmuda and coproducer/early childhood educator Elizabeth Bicknell, brought in a host of musical talent for Use Your Words, with musical styles ranging from jazz to rock, pop to country-folk, ...