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Cal Haines

My musical life was set in motion at age 5 when I started taking private drum lessons. After several years of study, my brother (who played piano) and I entertained at our grade school's PTA meetings. My home life was filled with friends of my father - saxophonist - coming to our house to play Jazz because we had a set of drums AND a baby grand piano in the living room. At the age of 13, I was asked to play at a local hotel. The gig turned into 3 nights a week and I was billed as "The Boy Wonder". Drafted after high school, I played in the Army band in Georgia and toured with the USO in the late '60s

Meet Mark Weber

Read "Meet Mark Weber" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Almost every aspect of Mark Weber's life ends up intersecting with jazz; he just might be the original Renaissance jazz fan. A former wedding photographer, he found himself photographing nearly every jazz musician to pass through Los Angeles and Albuquerque in the past several decades and, without planning to, ended up writing for CODA, deejaying a ...

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First Take Trio: Recollections

Read "Recollections" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When Michael Anthony left home in the late 1950s for the bright lights of Hollywood, one of the resident artists who took him under his wing was fellow guitarist Howard Roberts, already established as one of the film and television industry's top studio musicians as well as an esteemed jazz virtuoso whose work with the Chico ...

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Tribute Trio: Dedications, Vol. II

Read "Dedications, Vol. II" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Tribute Trio--John Rangel, piano; Michael Glynn, bass; Cal Haines, drums--was formed in 2010 to do exactly that: pay tribute to some of the legendary pianists who have helped create and enrich the history of jazz. The trio's two albums to date, Dedications, Vols 1 and 2 (Self Produced) have earned “Best Jazz CD" honors (2012, ...

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SuperSax Me

Read "SuperSax Me" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Back in the early 1970s bassist Buddy Clark and saxophonist Med Flory conceived a brilliant idea: to form a group (primarily a reed section with rhythm) that would use orchestrated arrangements of saxophonist Charlie Parker's transcendent bop solos as the basis for its music. As for a name, nothing less than SuperSax would suffice. The nine-piece ...

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Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It's Off To Jazz We Go . . .

Read "Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It's Off To Jazz We Go . . ." reviewed by Jack Bowers

Just west of Albuquerque, across the Rio Grande River, lies the picturesque village of Corrales (population around 7,500). Among its residents (and natural resources) is world-renowned jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew. With a musician of his caliber within arm's reach, it would have been imprudent not to call upon him to take part in the village's Music ...

Confessions of a Mad Journalist

Read "Confessions of a Mad Journalist" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The headline above this column has almost nothing to do with its contents; it was designed simply to grab your attention. That's what we writers do: offer a modest prize with one hand while concealing a more desirable treasure in the other. It's what we have in common with magicians. Actually, as last month marked the ...


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