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Born in Seoul, South Korea before immigrating to Toronto, Canada as a child, Tom Chang was inspired to play guitar after hearing Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. This initial flush of rock guitar attraction was followed by equally heavy concentration in the blues, then finally jazz, in the shape of guitarists Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery. In the mid-1980s, Chang enrolled at Los Angeles’ Guitar Institute of Technology where he majored in jazz performance. He studied privately with Scott Henderson, Joe Diorio, and the late Ted Greene. Chang’s rapid advancement led to professional work with everyone from comedian (then cabaret performer) Sandra Bernhard to crooner Luther Vandross

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Sam Trapchak: Land Grab

Read "Land Grab" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Sam Trapchak's debut as a leader, Lollipopocalypse (Raw Toast Records, 2011) highlighted a double-bassist with formidable abilities and forward thinking music performed by an exceptional crew of like-minded musicians. Land Grab furthers his exploits of jazz off-the-beaten-path. This time around, the music delves into freer and more adventurous designs with plenty of room ...

Tongue and Groove

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: Spinal Tap / Goes to 11; Djangolongo; Variations for Piano Op. 27; Sleepwalker; Tongue & Groove; Scatterbrain; Bar Codes; The Logos; Entangoed Heart; Spinal Tap (Tk. 2).

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Tom Chang: Tongue and Groove

Read "Tongue and Groove" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

L'incontro tra musica indiana e musica improvvisata è da qualche anno una presenza tutt'altro che sporadica nelle vicende jazzistiche grazie anche all'affermarsi di una schiera di musicisti di primo piano quali Rudresh Mahanthappa, Rez Abbasi, Vijay Iyer e alle loro differenti visioni espressive. Il chitarrista di origine coreana Tom Chang si aggiunge alla schiera con la ...

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Enter the "Tom Chang - Tongue & Groove" Giveaway!

Enter the "Tom Chang - Tongue & Groove" Giveaway!

All About Jazz members are invited to enter the “Tom Chang - Tongue & Groove“ giveaway contest starting today. We'll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on September 16th. Click here to enter the contest (Tracking Tom Chang at AAJ automatically enters you in the contest.) Good luck! About Tom Chang and Tongue ...

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Tom Chang: Tongue and Groove

Read "Tongue and Groove" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

It's a natural extension of New York guitarist Tom Chang's repertoire to combine heavy metal with jazz improvisation in “Spinal Tap/Goes to 11" the opening track of his release Tongue and Groove. Born in South Korea, he moved to Canada with formative teen years listening to rock icons like Joni Mitchell and Led Zeppelin. What comes ...

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Tom Chang: Tongue and Groove

Read "Tongue and Groove" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When did the ultimate compliment for a jazz performance switch from “you swing, cat" to “you rock, dude"? Perhaps it happened after a generation of jazz artists raised on rock-n-roll found their way into improvisation and the latitudes of expression that jazz enable. Case in point is Tongue And Groove by guitarist Tom Chang.

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Tom Chang: Tongue and Groove

Read "Tongue and Groove" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Look at the lineup on Tom Chang's Tongue & Groove! There is literally no way that this album could be anything less than great. Listening, repeatedly, to Tongue & Groove has, in fact, borne this out. Chang utilizes the increasingly popular two-reeds / bass / drums configuration to frame brief, but consistently spectacular, improvisations in the ...

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Sam Trapchak's Put Together Funny: Lollipopocalypse

Read "Lollipopocalypse" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Bassist Sam Trapchak's debut, Lollipopocalypse, is inspired by a character who experiences some very unsavory candy in the Toni Morrison novel Song of Solomon. But Trapchak and his curiously named group, Put Together Funny, dish out some palatable music with a release that is equally accessible and stimulating. Replete with infectious melodies, risk-taking compositions, and cohesive ...

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December at The Cornelia Street Cafe

December at The Cornelia Street Cafe

"A Culinary As Well A Cultural Landmark" Proclamation, City of New York, 1987 For reservations and more info call 212 989 9319, located at 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, NYC 10014, email us—info@corneliastreetcafe.com Showtimes: Weeknights: 6:00 PM, 8:30 PM, 10:00 PM, Weekends: 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM and 10:30 PM (doors open @ ...


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