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Paul Wertico

Hailed in the press as “One of the most versatile and musical drummers in music today”, Paul Wertico was born on January 5, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois. At age 12, he learned how to read music and play drums and percussion instruments in grade school. At age 14, he got his first drum set and taught himself how to play it. By age 15, he was already playing professionally with various rock and jazz bands. By the early '70s, he was a fixture of the Chicago music scene, playing and recording with a multitude of diverse artists including legendary jazz saxophonist Joe Daley, ethnomusicologist Paul Berliner, blues-rock vocalist/guitarist Ellen McIlwaine, rock singer Adrian Smith, folk singer Terry Callier, ECM-influenced guitarist Ross Traut, the fusion-based Simon & Bard Group, and a whole list of others

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pat Metheny: From This Place

Read "From This Place" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been a full six years since Pat Metheny last released a studio recording. This, despite the guitarist who has become, in a career now in the midst of its fifth decade, one of the most famous and influential jazz guitarists of his (or, some would argue, any) generation, reportedly having enough material in the can ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Paul Wertico

Jazz Musician of the Day: Paul Wertico

All About Jazz is celebrating Paul Wertico's birthday today! Hailed in the press as “One of the most versatile and musical drummers in music today”, Paul Wertico was born on January 5, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois. At age 12, he learned how to read music and play drums and percussion instruments in grade school. At age ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Roman Miroshnichenko Is A Finalist in the 24th Annual USA Songwriting Competition

Roman Miroshnichenko Is A Finalist in the 24th Annual USA Songwriting Competition

Guitarist, composer and bandleader Roman Miroshnichenko is a finalist in the 24th Annual USA Songwriting Competition in the “Instrumental" category for his composition “Song For Godfather Of Fusion," which appears on his latest multi award-winning album Ascension which is dedicated to one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Larry Coryell. “Roman's adventurous complex playing ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Paul Wertico Tours With Award-Winning Guitarist Roman Miroshnichenko

Paul Wertico Tours With Award-Winning Guitarist Roman Miroshnichenko

In late May 2019 All Stars rocked thousands of concert goers at the Skolkovo Startup Village open-air show in Moscow, Russia and at one of the largest guitar festivals in Europe—the World of Guitar in Kaluga. The international jazz-fusion project All Stars feature world-class virtuosos: 7-time Grammy winner, one of the most versatile and musical drummers ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Roman Miroshnichenko Nominated In The 17th Independent Music Awards With The Song Dedicated To Larry Coryell

Roman Miroshnichenko Nominated In The 17th Independent Music Awards With The Song Dedicated To Larry Coryell

Multi-Award winning guitarist, bandleader and producer Roman Miroshnichenko was named by Music Resource Group (MRG) today as a Nominee in The 17th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs). Nominated for the Best Instrumental Song Category Roman's composition “Song For Godfather Of Fusion" was dedicated to one of the greatest guitar players of all time Larry Coryell. ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Paul Wertico

Jazz Musician of the Day: Paul Wertico

All About Jazz is celebrating Paul Wertico's birthday today! Hailed in the press as “One of the most versatile and musical drummers in music today”, Paul Wertico was born on January 5, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois. At age 12, he learned how to read music and play drums and percussion instruments in grade school. At age ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Paul Wertico

Jazz Musician of the Day: Paul Wertico

All About Jazz is celebrating Paul Wertico's birthday today! Hailed in the press as “One of the most versatile and musical drummers in music today”, Paul Wertico was born on January 5, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois. At age 12, he learned how to read music and play drums and percussion instruments in grade school. At age ...

AFTERLIVE

Label: UMEDIA Studios
Released: 2017
Track listing: AfterLive; The Journey Begins; First Encounters; Skin In The Game; Caesar's Last Breath; Title Recital (Words of Wisdom From SHORT CUTS); Short Cut #1: Fire In The Belly; Short Cut #2: Introspection; Short Cut #3: The Soul Is Free; It's Never What It Seems; Dog Walk Therapy; Demagogue; Poly-Thoughts; The Illusion Of Normality; Take That!!!; As It Is, So It Will Be (For Now)

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Marching bands, ragtime music, and the blues, were all well-entrenched and spreading up the Mississippi River Valley from New Orleans at the beginning of the twentieth century. Dixieland was the popular music staple and with the all-white Original Dixieland Jass Band recording the first jazz side, “Livery Stable Blues," in 1917, an original musical language was ...


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