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Will Bernard Finds His Own Path To Jazz Career

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Guitarist Will Bernard doesn't consider himself a “regular" jazz player. He says this occurred to him when he was being asked to play on some recording sessions in New York. “In New York, I've been doing some recording—I did three records for PosiTone, which is more of a jazz label. They're actually ...

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Naama Gheber's Detours Lead Straight To Jazz Career

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There is no “normal" journey to becoming an established, professional musician. Every path is different; each story one of a kind. But some are perhaps more different than most. Naama Gheber's surely ranks among those in the “more different" category: not many jazz singers began their adult years by serving as an ...

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Masayoshi Sukita: A Higher Place

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Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita is a giant of 20th-century photography, and his contributions are immeasurable. His work ranges from documenting urban life, fashion and travel to taking celebrity portraits and film sets. Born in Nogata Shi, Japan, in 1938, his photo career began when he received his first camera as a present from his mother and ...

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Christine Kamau: Delivering Afro-Jazz Power

Read "Christine Kamau: Delivering Afro-Jazz Power" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


In the blockbuster film, Black Panther (Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, 2018) the power of and quest for “Vibranium," an all-powerful element, plays a pivotal role. Like a latter day female T'challa (The “Black Panther") and through her music, Kenyan musician Christine Kamau delivers a unique and powerful perspective of her own, melding jazz with its ...

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Igor Butman: dalla Russia con Jazz.

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Igor Butman è il jazzista russo di maggiore visbilità internazionale, grazie ad una carriera di successo che lo ha visto protagonista, in particolare, della costruzione di un ponte tra la scena Moscovita e quella Newyorchese. Grazie ad una mentalità globale ha trovato un equilibrio tra conoscenza della tradizione e immersione nel presente, che ha sviluppato anche ...

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Susan Alcorn: Another Way

Read "Susan Alcorn: Another Way" reviewed by Dom Minasi


If you are not into improvised music, you may not know Susan Alcorn. Take it from someone who has listened and played with her, she is a giant I never heard of Susan till one Sunday night at the legendary CBGB's Sunday Night Avant-Garde series where she performed with tenor saxophonist, Joe Giardullo. I ...

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Sylwester Ostrowski: la musica come celebrazione della vita

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Il sassofonista polacco Sylwester Ostrowski non è solo un brillante musicista e produttore, ma anche un promotore culturale di grande successo. In particolare, è fondatore e organizzatore dello Szczecin Jazz Festival, un evento che si svolge nella sua città natale in Polonia. Nel momento in cui Ostrowski ha ripreso a suonare dal vivo in tutta Europa ...

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Simone Graziano: preparato per il futuro

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Era da tempo che Simone Graziano si cimentava dal vivo al piano solo, dopo le sue varie esperienze in trio e con il quintetto/quartetto Frontal, maturando così progressivamente l'esigenza di documentare su disco questo tipo di esperienza artistica. Circa un anno fa si è così recato in studio e ha registrato il materiale per un album, ...

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Sylwester Ostrowski: Music As A Celebration Of Life

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Polish saxophonist Sylwester Ostrowski is not only a brilliant musician and producer, but an equally successful cultural promoter. In particular, he is the founder and organizer of the Szczecin Jazz Festival, a celebrated festival he organizes in his native city. As soon as he hit the road after the hiatus forced by the pandemic, we had ...

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Catching Up with Willie Nelson

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From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in October 1999. Willie Nelson is a man of the people. In a single night (the night of this interview), I witnessed Willie sign more autographs and shake more hands (genuinely) than Al Gore has through his entire two terms as Vice ...


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