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Alan Pasqua

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Alan Pasqua, Chairman of Jazz Studies at USC, was born in New Jersey and began studying piano at the age of seven, playing both classical and jazz. He attended Indiana University and received his bachelor's degree in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory. While performing a concert at Carnegie Hall, Pasqua met the legendary drummer Tony Williams. Pasqua was asked to join The New Tony Williams Lifetime along with guitarist Allan Holdsworth. After recording two “Lifetime” albums for Columbia Records, Pasqua relocated in Los Angeles. His career in L.A. broadened as he started playing with more rock and pop artists

Album

The Sounds Around The House

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: U-R; Agrodolce; Old School Blues; Provence; The Sounds Around The House; King Henry; Barcelona; The Honeymoon; For Roger

Album

Day Dream

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Day Dream; Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered; In the Wee Small Hours/Smile; Old Cape Cod; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; Upper Manhattan Medical Group; Prelude To A Kiss; Turn Out The Stars; The Sounds Around The House; When I Grow Too Old To Dream.

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Article: Album Review

Jeff Ellwood: The Sounds Around The House

Read "The Sounds Around The House" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


As a professional musician hoping to have a meaningful career, hiding one's light under a bushel, may not be the best way to recognizable success. Such might be the case for tenor saxophonist Jeff Ellwood. He may have fallen into the trap evinced by the Dave Frishberg ditty “I Want To Be ...

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Article: Album Review

Alan Pasqua: Day Dream

Read "Day Dream" reviewed by Jim Worsley


When you hear that Alan Pasqua has put out a new record, the first thought--other than perhaps happiness--is what genre are we talking about? Pasqua has worn many hats in his career. To his credit, he looks quite fashionable in any of them. Maybe you think of fusion Pasqua, who mixed it up with the genre's ...

Album

Rough And Rowdy Ways

Label: Columbia Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: I Contain Multitudes; False Prophet; My Own Version of You; I’ve Made Up My Mind to Give Myself to You; Black Rider; Goodbye Jimmy Reed; Mother of Muses; Crossing the Rubicon; Key West; Murder Most Foul.

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Article: Radio

Jaco Pastorius, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Bill Evans-Randy Brecker and more

Read "Jaco Pastorius, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Bill Evans-Randy Brecker and more" reviewed by Len Davis


Jaco Pastorius: The Criteria Sessions, John McLaughlin: The Heart Of things, John Scofield and much more. Playlist Jaco Pastorius “Baloon Song" from Modern American Music: The Criteria Sessions (Omnivore) 00:00 Niacin “Elbow Grease" from Time Crunch (Magna Carta) 08:31 John McLaughlin “Healing Hands" from The Heart of Things (Verve) 16:50 John Scofield “Protocol" from ...

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Article: Interview

Clovis Grognuz: Young Man with Horn of Plenty

Read "Clovis Grognuz: Young Man with Horn of Plenty" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


With thousands of viewers and followers on Facebook and You Tube, Swiss saxophonist Clovis Grognuz has become a worldwide saxophone-playing sensation. Astonished eyes and ears have witnessed this talented and dedicated young man performing the legendary saxophone solos--those of John Coltrane ("Giant Steps"), Charlie Parker ("Just Friends"), et al--simultaneously and note for note with the great ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

George Garzone: Sax In The City

Read "George Garzone: Sax In The City" reviewed by Jim Worsley


George Garzone is not the mayor of the city of Boston. If he was appointed to a position it would more likely be king. He is, at the very least, the toast of the town. This isn't news. King George has reigned with a firm grasp of his mighty tenor saxophone for close to half a ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part 2

Read "Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part 2" reviewed by Jim Worsley


In case you missed it, Part One of my conversation with Jimmy Haslip covered a lot of ground and had a few good laughs along the way. Although we talked about the Yellowjackets, we delved more deeply into why and how he parted ways with the band some eight years ago. Haslip has been producing records ...


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