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MUSICIAN Born:

Guy Van Duser

"I'm kind of the oddball. I'm here because a lot of people are curious about this technique, fingerstyle. I show them how to take melodies on the guitar—solo line melodies—and play those melodies while playing the chords at the same time. You're trying to get two layers going. You're using mostly your thumb just to play the lower notes of the chord while the fingers pick out the melody notes on the upper strings. The fingerpickers do that in such a way that the thumb is alternating back and forth on the string, being the rhythm as well. So I'm not just playing the chord under the note, I'm recreating a beat: boom-chick, boom-chick, boom-chick." "I teach guitar arranging for songwriters and the Chet Atkins advanced skills lab

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Billy Novick

Billy Novick is internationally recognized as a musician, performer, arranger and composer. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and has made spotlight appearances at numerous festivals, including the Kool, Newport, Edinburgh, Brecon (Wales), Marsiac (France), and Breda (Netherlands) jazz festivals, as well as the Philadelphia and Winnipeg folk festivals. If you haven't had a chance to see him perform in concert, you've undoubtedly heard him as he has been featured as a sideman on over 250 recordings. As a composer, arranger or studio musician, his music has appeared in more than 100 film scores, television shows and commercials, including John Sayles' Eight Men Out and Lone Star, Wes Craven's Music Of The Heart, The Opposite of Sex, and Seabiscuit

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Streaming On Jan. 24: '40 Years In Yiddishland: The Yiddish Book Center Celebrates The Klezmer Conservatory Band'

Streaming On Jan. 24: '40 Years In Yiddishland: The Yiddish Book Center Celebrates  The Klezmer Conservatory Band'

In 1979, 24-year old Hankus Netsky began organizing student jam sessions at Boston’s New England Conservatory to play the little known Eastern European folk music known as klezmer. The Klezmer Conservatory Band’s first gig followed in 1980 at NEC’s Brown Hall. Meanwhile, in Western Massachusetts, 24-year-old Yiddish literature graduate student Aaron Lansky launched a campaign to ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Jussi Reijonen

THIRD CULTURE MUSICIAN third culture individual: a person born into the cultural environment of his/her/their parents but raised in (an)other(s), consequently forming a non-binary third culture of his/her/their own. cultural hybrid; cultural chameleon; global nomad. Born in Rovaniemi, a small town on the Arctic Circle in Northern Finland, fretted/fretless guitarist and oud player Jussi Reijonen is truly the product of a world without frontiers. Having grown up in Finnish Lapland, the Middle East and East Africa, and currently living in Boston MA, USA, Jussi has spent his life soaking up the sounds, sights, scents and shades of Nordic, Middle Eastern, African and American culture, all of which are reflected in his handwriting as composer and performer

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Meet The JazzTwins, Arnold and Donald Stanley

Read "Meet The JazzTwins, Arnold and Donald Stanley" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

For our first two-for-one Super Fans column, we present the JazzTwins, Arnold Stanley and Donald Stanley, who got started pretty young (just wait till you see who played at their high school concerts). All jazz Super Fans are VIPs, but these two take things to another level. From invitations to musicians' family dinners to being the ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

What, and Give Up Showbiz?

Read "What, and Give Up Showbiz?" reviewed by Doug Hall

What, and Give Up Showbiz: Six Decades in the Music Business Fred Taylor (with Richard Vacca) 276 Pages 978-1493051847 Backbeat Books 2020 In his upcoming biography (December, 2020), What, and Give Up Showbiz?: Six Decades in the Music Business, jny: Boston's late legendary and iconic music impresario Fred ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Music By Marginalized And Underheard Composers Featured In 'Lost Voices' Streaming Monday, November 30

A sung story of trafficked Jewish women, a forgotten form of Macedonian folk music, the little-known work of a once popular Dominican artist, and an edgy, wild tune by Legendary Stardust Cowboy are among the pieces presented in Lost Voices, a concert featuring music by artists missing from the conversation. Performed by the inventive young musicians ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

New England Conservatory’s Acclaimed Jazz Studies Department And Pioneering Contemporary Improvisation Department Continues Fall 2020 Season

New England Conservatory’s Acclaimed Jazz Studies Department And Pioneering Contemporary Improvisation Department Continues Fall 2020 Season

New England Conservatory’s internationally renowned Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation (CI) Departments continues their 2020 fall season with an array of livestream and virtual performances. Highlights include Anthropology: Music of Charlie Parker with the NEC Jazz Orchestra, Lost Voices, a concert showcasing and amplifying music by underheard artists, as well as more than a dozen concerts ...


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