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JD Allen: Just Keep Going

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The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1, “JD Allen: Just Keep Going" from Philip Freeman's Ugly Beauty: Jazz in The 21st Century (ZerO Books, 2022). Queens, New York seems purposely designed to confuse travelers. It's January 2, 2020, a brisk but sunny day, and I'm to meet saxophonist JD Allen at Samurai ...

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Ode to a Tenor Titan

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The following is an excerpt from Chapter 8, “Going Solo, The Pittbull and The EWI" from Bill Milkowski's Ode to a Tenor Titan: The Life and Times and Music of Michael Brecker (Backbeat Books, 2022). By early 1986, Michael began formulating plans for his long-overdue solo debut. He was 37, a universally respected ...

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The Era I Almost Missed

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The following is an excerpt from “Section 9: Les Elgart" of The Era I Almost Missed—An Autobiography by Ron Aprea (Self Published, 2021). The Embers West / Richie Barz Still rehearsing my band and looking for a room in Manhattan, my drummer Jimmie Young hooked me up with pianist Mike Longo. Mike just finished ...

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Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer

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The following is a revised excerpt from “Chapter 20: Frislandia" of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer by Philip Watson (Faber & Faber, 2022). Bill Frisell's music has always, right from the beginning, raised critical questions about definition and classification, about the very nature of genre. What is it that Frisell is playing, and how ...

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Steve Lacy: The Long Distance Runner

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The following is an excerpt from “Threads: Evocations & Echos" of Steve Lacy (Unfinished) by Guillaume Tarche (Editions Lenka lente, 2021). I can't say that I knew Steve personally that well. We did one duo concert in Italy which was interesting to say the least, a story in itself. But of course, being the ...

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The Musician's Career Guide: Turning Your Talent into Sustained Success

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The following is a revised excerpt from “Chapter 16: The Mental Side of Being a Musician of The Musician's Career Guide: Turning Your Talent into Sustained Success (Skyhorse Publishing, 2021). “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind." --Joyce Meyer, Author, Speaker, and President of Joyce Meyer Ministries We've touched ...

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Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

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The following is a revised excerpt from “Chapter 3: Full Force Gail" of Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz by David Burke (Desert Hearts, 2021). In the 1980s, a new generation of black British musicians began to reconfigure the country's jazz scene, changing the face -and sound-of what had previously been a ...

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A Map of Jazz: Crossroads of Music and Human Rights

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The following is an excerpt from “Chapter 2: New Orleans" of A Map of Jazz: Crossroads of Music and Human Rights by Karl Ackermann (Self Published, 2020). Developing New Orleans was complicated. The city was founded in 1718 in the colony of French Louisiana. The Louisiana Territory was surrendered to Spain in 1763, ...

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DOCTONE: An oral history of legendary pianist Kenny Kirkland (1955-1998)

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In chapter 2 of my book Doctone, I interviewed drummer Billy Hart and we discussed his interaction with Kenny Kirkland as he emerged in the 1970's fusion scene, his unique personality, the “Kirklandese" language and Kenny's legacy as one of the great pianists and composers in this music Noah Haidu: What were your first ...

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Land of the Black Squirrels

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Land of the Black Squirrels Mwalim 266 Pages Thirty-three Enterprises 2020 In these days of pandemic pressure, it's increasingly obvious that books are a very effective method of dealing with self-isolation symptoms like boredom, frustration or depression. The smoothly-paced Land of the Black Squirrels (Thirty-three Pages, 2020) provides fictional urban ...


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