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When Antonio Hart was in ninth grade, the music and art programs were cut out of the public schools. Antonio was devastated because the one thing that made school interesting was taken away from him. Hart had a friend that attended the then new Baltimore School for the Performing Arts, and somehow got Antonio an audition. Most of the students that attended this school had been playing music all of their lives and had private instruction. This did not stop Antonio because he knew this would be the place for him. The night before the audition, Antonio spent hours on the phone with his friend learning a song from one of his music books


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mike Mele: Guitarist, Composer and Educator

Read "Mike Mele: Guitarist, Composer and Educator" reviewed by Doug Hall

On this show, we chat with guitarist Mike Mele, a graduate from Berklee College of Music in 1990 (Cum Laude). Mele is a prominent educator, and has taught guitar lessons through The Music Emporium in Lexington, Massachusetts for over twenty-five years. He has also taught at Berklee College of Music, Tufts University, Sharon Music Academy, Bentley ...


Article: Highly Opinionated

Give Your Regards to Broadway—and Hollywood

Read "Give Your Regards to Broadway—and Hollywood" reviewed by Con Chapman

Those who recognized the complexity and beauty of jazz early on--such as twentieth century French critic Hugues Panassié--rightly characterized it as American's unacknowledged classical music. Their sentiment came to fruition in the wrong way by the end of the century when the genre had fallen from its peak to its current lowly status, tied for last ...


Spirit Songs

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Chant for Peace Eternal; Parris in April; Spirit Song; Sketches of Selim; Imani (Faith); In God’s Hands; Mentor; J.C.’s Passion.


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Chant for Peace Eternal

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 07:07


News: Recording

Ron Carter & The Jazzaar Festival Big Band Directed By Christian Jacob

Ron Carter & The Jazzaar Festival Big Band Directed By Christian Jacob

The live recording, Remembering Bob Freedman at the 2019 Jazzaar Festival, Switzerland was released on October 6, 2021 on Shanti Records. The 17-piece Jazzaar Festival Big Band was assembled specifically for the 2019 festival showcasing the phenomenon of the “Bandstand Learning with Role Models” platform. This was founded in 1992 by Fritz K Renold and Helen ...


Article: Interview

Antonio Hart: Educator and Monster Player

Read "Antonio Hart: Educator and Monster Player" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

The Queens Jazz Orchestra took the stage at Flushing Town Hall, a historic building in the jny: New York City borough dedicated to the arts, for an annual jazz concert celebrating the music of Charlie Parker and the career and life of Phil Schaap, a longtime Big Apple radio personality who hosted a show devoted to ...


Article: Film Review


Read "HARGROVE" reviewed by Bridget A. Arnwine

Roy Hargrove HARGROVE Poplife Productions 2022 When trumpeter Roy Hargrove passed away in November 2018, after enduring a longstanding battle with kidney disease, friends and fans of the jazz wunderkind mourned what could have been almost as much as they celebrated what was. He was, for many, an accessible bridge to ...


Article: Profile

Erkin Kydykbaev Keeps Jazz Alive in Central Asia

Read "Erkin Kydykbaev Keeps Jazz Alive in Central Asia" reviewed by Schaen Fox

An unintended consequence of Stalin's murderous dictatorship is that many Soviet citizens developed a fondness for jazz after he began punishing anyone caught listening to the forbidden art form. As a result, even today in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, a people with their own ancient musical traditions, enough interest in jazz survives that jazz ...


Remembering Bob Freedman

Label: Shanti Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Straight No Chaser; Live; Stompin' at the Savoy; You Don't Know What Love Is; More Than Four;Opus 5; Like Someone in Love; Lover Man; Salsa Siete; Don't Get Around Much Anymore; Eternal Triangle.


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