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Bill Connors

Jazz guitarist Bill Connors is an accomplished performer whose finely developed musical sense and technical expertise have been honed over years of hard work and experience. Born in southern California in 1949, Connors began to play guitar at the age of fourteen. After three years of extensive self-study of the rock and blues influences that were his first inspiration, he began to play gigs around the Los Angeles area. He soon found his way to jazz, the music that would lead to a life-long commitment. Connors moved to San Francisco in the early 1970's, where he met up with drummer and vibraphonist Glenn Cronkhite, who would introduce him to a new depth of jazz sounds and study

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Take Five with AXIOM

Read "Take Five with AXIOM" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Axiom Founded and brought together by brothers Pete and Phil Templer, guitarist/composer and drummer/percussionist/composer respectively, the goal was to establish a creative and engaging environment to present a dynamic musical experience to audiences of all types. Pete and Phil both hail from the Midwest where they began their musical journey studying and playing ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Tom Kennedy: In A New York Minute

Read "Tom Kennedy: In A New York Minute" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Riding high on the low end since arriving in New York City in 1984, premier jazz and fusion bassist Tom Kennedy has shared his groove and innate musicality all over the world. He has shared the stage and recording studio with a long list of varied and talented artists. Names like Michael Brecker, Steve Gadd, Lee ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1" reviewed by John Kelman

Part 1 | Part 22018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Various Venues, Montréal, Canada June 29-July 3, 2018 Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ RACONTEURS

Larry Coryell: Free Spirit and Pioneer

Read "Larry Coryell: Free Spirit and Pioneer" reviewed by Steve Khan

Not too long ago, I learned that sadly, one of my great inspirations, guitarist Larry Coryell had passed away here in New York on February 19th, 2017. Somewhere around 1968, I remember being in college at U.C.L.A. and going several times to see Larry play as part of the visionary Gary Burton Quartet. Usually they played ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tisziji Munoz: Alpha Nebula Expanded: The Monster Peace

Read "Alpha Nebula Expanded: The Monster Peace" reviewed by Dave Wayne

The visionary guitarist Tisziji Munoz was introduced to the listening public in the late 1970s as a sideman on a now impossibly rare Pharoah Sanders album (Pharoah, India Navigation, 1977). This was followed by his debut as a leader, Rendezvous With Now (India Navigation, 1978). After a decade-long gap in recording activity, Munoz began releasing albums ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Colin Cannon: Intermission

Read "Intermission" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Thank heavens Colin Cannon divided Intermission (Farewell) into three parts because there's so much going on in this recording that it'd almost impossible to review otherwise. Intermission (Farewell) is the young guitarist's fourth recording as a leader. The fact that he's been recording with the same core musicians (bassist Zak Croxall, drummer Tom Hartman, and keyboardist ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Steve Tibbetts: “Northern Song” and the Sounds of Silence

Read "Steve Tibbetts: “Northern Song” and the Sounds of Silence" reviewed by Rob Caldwell

It's a chilly, overcast afternoon in jny: Oslo, Norway in late October 1981. This close to the Arctic Circle, the days are already rapidly shortening with winter's approach, the sun beginning to disappear over the horizon by mid-afternoon. In a darkened studio, guitarist Steve Tibbetts, percussionist Marc Anderson, producer and ECM Records head Manfred Eicher, along ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Chick Corea At Town Hall

Read "Chick Corea At Town Hall" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Chick Corea Town Hall New York, NY April 10, 2014 With the coronation of rock's royalty taking place a mere six miles across town in Brooklyn at “The House That Jay Z Built" (The Barclays Center), one of jazz' princes took the stage at Manhattan's Town Hall. Chick Corea's solo piano ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Avengers: On A Mission

Read "The Avengers: On A Mission" reviewed by Dave Wayne

If there's such as thing as good old basic, meat-and-potatoes straight ahead jazz, then The Avengers' new album On A Mission could fairly be characterized as good old basic meat-and-potatoes jazz-rock fusion. Largely--but not completely--devoid of avant-garde, metal, or prog-rock stylings, On A Mission is a straight-ahead fusion album somewhat along the lines of recent offerings ...


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