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Trombonist Michael Nelson is the leader of the 5-piece a cappella jazz horn group, The Hornheads, who toured and recorded with Prince from 1991-2016. Michael has appeared on over 100 CDs, including producer, composer, arranger, and performer credits on three Hornheads solo releases and 10 Compass Records CDs for the Target retail chain. Nelson has also performed and/or recorded with Chaka Khan, Doc Severinsen, Lenny Kravitz, The Jonas Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr., Mandy Moore, Jimmy Jam, Johnny Mathis, Honor Society, Larry Graham, Ben Sidran, Maceo Parker, and many others. Currently, you can hear his horn arranging and playing on various recordings by rising guitar star, Cory Wong, including the variety show, Cory and the Wongnotes.

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Article: Radio

Becca Stevens on releasing new music in a pandemic

Read "Becca Stevens on releasing new music in a pandemic" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Singer and songwriter Becca Stevens has the ability to make you feel like you know her even when you only know her work. Here she talks about “dancing with the critical voice," looking for silver linings, “the whole money thing" and a newly born pack of baby ducks out her window. Plus she discusses her new ...

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Article: Interview

Mark Lettieri: Snarky Guitars, Part 1

Read "Mark Lettieri: Snarky Guitars, Part 1" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 For the first interview in a series on the Snarky Puppy guitar triumvirate, we spoke to Mark Lettieri. Unlike most of the original core members of the band, Lettieri did not come out of the jazz program at the University of North Texas. Oddly enough, he ...

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Article: Radio

Meet the Millennial Smooth Jazz Ambassador Cory Wong

Read "Meet the Millennial Smooth Jazz Ambassador Cory Wong" reviewed by Leo Sidran


In this podcast episode guitarist Cory Wong talks about coming up in Minneapolis (he was mentored by Ricky Peterson and drummer Michael Bland), playing with Vulfpeck, disrupting smooth jazz with Dave Koz, commanding the grid, letting “rhythm take the lead," the YouTube effect, the power of a good story, and Thai massage. Along the ...

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Article: Album Review

The Fearless Flyers: The Fearless Flyers

Read "The Fearless Flyers" reviewed by John Bricker


The Fearless Flyers' self-titled debut EP, released on March 23, is a brief but rewarding collection of funk jams performed with impeccable chemistry. The Fearless Flyers are a quartet of some of the United States' grooviest virtuosos including Joe Dart on bass, Nate Smith on drums, and Cory Wong and Mark Lettieri on guitars. ...

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News: Recording

Cory Wong Releases "Quartet/Quintet" On April 23, Showcasing His Jazz Diversity

Cory Wong Releases "Quartet/Quintet" On April 23, Showcasing His Jazz Diversity

It’s been said, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” That just changed with the double disc set by Twin Cities jazz guitarist Cory Wong, scheduled for release on April 23, 2012. The name of the disc itself encourages a curiosity: Quartet/Quintet. Can’t decide on listening to a quartet or a quintet? This two-disc ...

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News: Recording

Secret Stash Records to Release "Peña 2" February 22

Secret Stash Records to Release "Peña 2" February 22

Minneapolis based musician/producer Cory Wong is on a mission to spread the music of Peru's coast as far and wide as possible. Last April, he traveled to Lima and assembled an ensemble to help document Afro-Peruvian music. The group was called Peña (a meeting place or grouping of artists/musicians) and their first album was released in ...

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News: Recording

More Peruvian Music: Peña: Afro Peruvian Music From Secret Stash Records

More Peruvian Music: Peña: Afro Peruvian Music From Secret Stash Records

Peña (CD/DVD)—Out October 12, 2010 (Secret Stash Records) Two Record Diggers Explore Peru's Deep Musical History & Return with Invigorating New Recordings of the Afro-Peruvian Scene Thanks to the fast moving world of Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, it's only a few clicks away to share and listen to music from around the world, even ...


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