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B.D. Lenz

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Mix together the styles of Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, and Stevie Ray Vaughn and you have the recipe for contempo-jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz. The New Jersey native has played guitar since his early teens, is a graduate of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, and has studied with such masters as Mike Stern, Vic Juris, and Charlie Banacos along the way. Lenz has released 9 highly-acclaimed recordings as a leader featuring greats such as Randy Brecker, Will Lee, Joel Rosenblatt, & Mark Egan and his music has been featured in hundreds of TV shows globally including "Breaking Bad" (AMC), "Catfish" (MTV), and "Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations" (Travel Channel) to name a few

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Article: Chats with Cats

The Instrument Maker: Roger Sadowsky

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Continuing in my Chats with Cats articles I wanted to speak with an instrument maker. We often forget how important these artisans are to the tone and timbre of the music itself. Being a guitarist, I was excited to speak with Roger Sadowsky, a New York City based guitar and bass maker who has made instruments ...

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Article: Chats with Cats

The Music Library Producer: Gene Ort

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I've always been interested in searching out opportunities for my music other than the usual places. Years ago I had sent my music around to several music libraries just as they were all beginning to come online. If you're not familiar with what a music library is, it's basically a collection of music and sound where ...

Album

Sole Searching

Label: Jade Buddha
Released: 2020
Track listing: It’s a New Day; Fly Me to the Moon; Desperado; Heart Shaped Box; Triste; New York State of Mind; Do You Ever Think About Me?; Like Someone in Love; No Woman No Cry / Let it Be; Uncertainty; All You Need is Love.

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Article: Chats with Cats

The Archival Producer: Zev Feldman

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I have to be honest. When I approached Zev Feldman about doing this interview I really had no idea what an “archival producer" was. I had the impression that it was a very solitary task that involved working in some, half-lit, library basement searching through dusty stacks. I came to understand that it's really more about ...

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Article: Chats with Cats

The Studio Owner: Paul Wickliffe

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I remember a period of time around ten to fifteen years ago when I was constantly being propositioned by musician friends and audio wannabes to do some recording in their basements. It seemed that with the advent of home recording software, overnight, everyone had become an audio engineer. But after many recording sessions over the years, ...

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Article: Chats with Cats

The Venue Owner: Henry Wong of An Die Musik

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As the Covid crisis continues to ravage the music and entertainment business I was interested to speak to a venue owner. Clubs are at the front lines of the suffering and, undoubtedly, many will not survive the pandemic. I got an interesting perspective from Henry Wong, owner of An Die Musik located in the historic district ...

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Article: Meet the Staff

Meet B.D. Lenz

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I currently live in: Hackettstown, New Jersey (USA) I joined All About Jazz in: 2018 Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I feel that having been a bandleader for so long has given me a much better understanding of the business side. I've accomplished a lot as an ...

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Article: Chats with Cats

The Festival Director: Terri Pontremoli

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In this installment of Chats with Cats I caught up with Terri Pontremoli who is the Artistic/Executive Director of the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, in jny: Cleveland, Ohio. Her passion and enthusiasm for the art form and her festival is evident. Our conversation comes at a very unique time and, in our discussion, Ms. Pontremoli addresses how ...

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Article: Chats with Cats

The Manager: Vernon Hammond of The Management Ark

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In this edition of Chats with Cats my subject is an Artist Manager. I wasn't completely sure exactly what duties a manager is responsible for or how an independent artist could best fill that role. I sought out Vernon Hammond to answer these questions because I've known Vernon for several years and have found him most ...


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