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The Series Presenter: Jon Poses

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You know you're doing something right when it seems to only get stronger year after year. Such is the case for the “We Always Swing" Jazz Series which takes place in the heartland of America, jny: Columbia Missouri. Now in its 28th year, “We Always Swing" has grown from humble beginnings, even thriving during COVID, to ...


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The Conference Producer: Peter Schulze

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Who would ever imagine that just being able to hold a professional conference would be a victory in itself? Post-Covid, that's true for all kinds of gatherings including one held every April in jny: Bremen Germany. Jazzahead is an international assembly of all facets of the jazz industry and a place for this niche community to ...


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The Jazz Artist: Takao Fujioka

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Although music is an auditory art form, for some, there has always been a strong visual component to it, particularly when album covers were at a high point. It's hard to imagine some of the most famous albums without simultaneously visualizing their iconic covers. At their best, they contribute to the ambience of the experience and ...


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The Music Lawyer: Ron Bienstock

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If there's one thing we've seen about artists over the centuries is that they often have a hostile relationship with the business end of making their art. Musicians are no different and jazz musicians often exemplify this. It could be due to temperament, it could be from bad experiences along the way, it could even be ...


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The Digital Content Producer: Joseph Vella

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We've all witnessed how quickly the explosion of technology has changed life in recent years. Arguably, the internet has revolutionized every facet of our life, including how we consume music. We tend to think of technology as some faceless machine that continually churns forward and forget that behind it all are passionate individuals who are pioneering ...


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The Educator: Rich Thompson

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Jazz is a tradition and traditions can't be possible without the people who pass along its knowledge . That's why I really wanted to speak to an educator on the front lines of teaching the new generations of musicians who's hands this tradition will be passed to. In it's earliest days, jazz education happened on the ...


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The Jazz Emcee: Marcus Goldhaber

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In this episode of Chats With Cats, I caught up with Marcus Goldhaber who lives in a place with a very storied jazz history, the Harlem neighborhood in jny: New York City. To pin Marcus down to one job title is impossible because he does so many things. He's a singer, an actor, a club manager, ...


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The Instrument Maker: Roger Sadowsky

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Continuing in my Chats with Cats articles I wanted to speak with an instrument maker. We often forget how important these artisans are to the tone and timbre of the music itself. Being a guitarist, I was excited to speak with Roger Sadowsky, a New York City based guitar and bass maker who has made instruments ...


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The Music Library Producer: Gene Ort

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I've always been interested in searching out opportunities for my music other than the usual places. Years ago I had sent my music around to several music libraries just as they were all beginning to come online. If you're not familiar with what a music library is, it's basically a collection of music and sound where ...


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The Archival Producer: Zev Feldman

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I have to be honest. When I approached Zev Feldman about doing this interview I really had no idea what an “archival producer" was. I had the impression that it was a very solitary task that involved working in some, half-lit, library basement searching through dusty stacks. I came to understand that it's really more about ...


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