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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


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music from Sonar, plus Terje Rypdal, Andre Nieri and Yo Miles

Read "New Music from Sonar, plus Terje Rypdal, Andre Nieri and Yo Miles" reviewed by Len Davis

Norwegian guitarist Terje Rypdal, the new one from Sonar Three Movements, Brazilian guitarist Andre Nieri, and Bill Connors from Assembler Alex Machacek and Marco Minnemann from 24 Tales, 3 Crows with Chris Buck and Brett Garsed, Yo Miles from Upriver and Tribal Tech with X.. Playlist Terje Rypdal “Ornen" from Selected Recordings (ECM) 00:00 ...

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Marc van Vugt: The Lonely Coyote

Read "The Lonely Coyote" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Prima o poi, nella vita di quasi ogni chitarrista viene il momento di realizzare un disco in solitudine, senza altri strumenti che il proprio, in una (o più) delle tante varietà possibili. Per l'olandese Marc Van Vugt questo momento è arrivato alla fine del 2022, quando ha pubblicato il suo primo album di sola chitarra dopo ...


Article: Live Review

Club d'Elf At Foam Brewers

Read "Club d'Elf At Foam Brewers" reviewed by Doug Collette

Club d'Elf Foam Brewers Burlington, Vermont June 3, 2023 Less than a week before the formal commencement of Burlington Vermont's Discover Jazz Festival, Club d'Elf set the bar high for the fortieth anniversary celebration of that annual event. Currently in the ongoing process of recognizing a significant milestone of its own--a ...


Article: Album Review

The Headhunters: Speakers In The House

Read "Speakers In The House" reviewed by Doug Collette

Herbie Hancock's Headhunters (Columbia, 1973) remains one of the seminal works of the jazz fusion era. The group's heavy emphasis on rhythm not only separated it from its guitar-oriented peers of the era, the Mahavishnu Orchestra and the middle-period Return to Forever, but also from Weather Report: grooves became increasingly more prominent as that band evolved, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music From Spain, Brazil And France, Plus Robert Walter, Robben Ford & Bill Evans

Read "New Music From Spain, Brazil And France, Plus Robert Walter, Robben Ford & Bill Evans" reviewed by Len Davis

Scott McGill , Cosmic Farm Bill Connors and Steve Kimock. Plus new releases from Robben Ford & Bill Evans and Robert Walter. Playlist Shob “Charpie" from Voraces (Self Produced) 00:00 Commodore “Arriba y Abajo-en Vivo" from Commodore-En Vivo (Brabacam) 06:03 Neural Code “For All" from Neural Code (Self Produced) 12:08 {Scott McGill “Bamboo ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jeremy Green, Gary Meek, Per Mathisen, David Garfield and more

Read "Jeremy Green, Gary Meek, Per Mathisen, David Garfield and more" reviewed by Len Davis

New releases from Jeremy Green from Standing 8, Gary Meek, Per Mathisen and David Garfield. Playlist Jeremy Green “Close with the Jab" from Standing 8,(Self Produced) 00:00 Jeremy Green “Car Rock" from Standing 8 (Self Produced) 07:17 Gary Meek “Bosphorous Blues" from Monterey Groove (Autumn Hill) 14:42 Per Mathisen “Fighting for a Reason" from ...


Article: Take Five With...

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 ...


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