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Christian Howes has already made an indelible mark and is poised to be a path-finding figure on the contemporary violin. He’s won recognition and kudos from artists and critics alike. Says guitar pioneer Les Paul, with whom Christian has made numerous appearances: “There is nobody better than this guy.” The prominent artists Howes has performed and/or recorded with include Greg Osby, Randy Brecker, James Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Akua Dixon’s Quartette Indigo, Billy Hart, D.D. Jackson, David Murray, Steve Turre’s Sextet with Strings, Jane Monheit, Dr. John, Frank Vignola, and Lenny White, to name a few. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Howes was classically trained beginning at age five

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Zach Brock: Jazz Violin's New Wave

Read "Zach Brock: Jazz Violin's New Wave" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Best known for his work with Snarky Puppy, Zach Brock is among the most creative violinists of his generation. Zach Brock is bringing the violin back to center stage. Influenced by European masters of the seventies like Jean-Luc Ponty, Zbigniew Seifert, Didier Lockwood, Brock has widened his perspective from modern jazz to rock, finding a synthesis ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Zach Brock: La Nuova Stagione Del Violino Jazz

Read "Zach Brock: La Nuova Stagione Del Violino Jazz" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Diventato popolare per la collaborazione con Snarky Puppy, Zach Brock è tra i massimi violinisti emersi nel nuovo millennio e contribuisce a riportare lo strumento al centro della scena jazzistica. Influenzato in gioventù dai violinisti europei degli anni settanta --Jean-Luc Ponty, Zbigniew Seifert e Didier Lockwood --ha ampliato la sua prospettiva dal rock al jazz storico, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tomoko Omura: Post Bop Gypsies

Read "Post Bop Gypsies" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Think about your favorite jazz violinist. Now think about what style or sub-category of jazz that person would most easily fall into. Was your answer bebop? Probably not, I would venture to guess. It's not that I know your answer. This isn't a magic trick. For all I know it could've been Stéphane Grappelli, Jenny Scheinman, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Trail Magic: Trail Magic

Read "Trail Magic" reviewed by Geno Thackara

The term “trail magic" is a well-known concept among hikers and other nature enthusiasts. It refers to the time-honored tradition of travelers leaving nice things (usually helpful objects or notes) along the road for others to find someday. The electric tone of this recording may evoke highways and festival stages more than the wilds of nature, ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Jeremy Monteiro & Eugene Pao: To Paris With Love, A Tribute to the Genius of Michel Legrand / Jeremy Monteiro & Jazz Brazileiro: Brazilian Dreams

Read "Jeremy Monteiro & Eugene Pao: To Paris With Love,  A Tribute to the Genius of Michel Legrand / Jeremy Monteiro & Jazz Brazileiro: Brazilian Dreams" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Jeremy Monteiro, Singapore's aptly titled King of Swing, is celebrating forty years as a professional jazz pianist and composer in 2016. These two releases span the last twelve months and find Monteiro in two quite distinct settings. The first recording, To Paris with Love: A Tribute to the Genius of Michel Legrand finds Monteiro in a ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Music Education Monday: Learning jazz violin with Christian Howes, and more

Music Education Monday: Learning jazz violin with Christian Howes, and more

Although there have been jazz violinists ever since the music began, formal jazz education programs in schools usually are set up to cater mostly to trumpets, trombones, saxophones and rhythm sections, leaving many aspiring string improvisors to forge their own musical paths. Fortunately, there seem to be plenty of instructional materials available to help chart that ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Benjamin Sutin's Klazz-Ma-Tazz New York-based Klezmer/Jazz Fusion Group To Release Their Debut Album

Benjamin Sutin's Klazz-Ma-Tazz New York-based Klezmer/Jazz Fusion Group To Release Their Debut Album

New York-based Klezmer/Jazz Fusion Group to release their Debut Album Tangibility on OneTrickDog* Records September 1, 2015 Klezmer/Jazz fusion group Klazz-Ma-Tazz will release its debut album Tangibility on OneTrickDog* Records. Founded by violinist and composer Benjamin Sutin, in 2014, Klazz-Ma-Tazz blurs the boundaries of labels and genres. Rooted in the jazz idiom, the music reflects the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Resonance Records & Polly Gibbons Announce The US Debut Album And DVD Release "Many Faces Of Love" Feb. 3, 2015

Resonance Records & Polly Gibbons Announce The US Debut Album And DVD Release "Many Faces Of Love"  Feb. 3, 2015

It’s not only the music press that has lined up to gush about the young vocal sensation Polly Gibbons. No less an icon than Van Morrison declared, “She’s got a great voice!” and Joss Stone said, “I love her voice, it’s really soulful. I can’t wait to hear more of Polly...” Now, the wait is over! ...

Jason Anick: Tipping Point

Read "Jason Anick: Tipping Point" reviewed by Ian Patterson

One of the Berklee College of Music's youngest instructors, violinist/mandolinist Jason Anick had already made a name for himself in 2008, when at twenty two years of age he was invited to tour with Grammy-winning guitarist John Jorgenson. Anick's tremendous virtuosity was to the fore on the acoustic Rhythm Future Quartet's Sleepless (Self Produced, 2011), a ...


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