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Meet Kenny Barron

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From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in March 2001. Jazz Education I recently retired from Rutgers University. Right now I teach piano one day a week at Manhattan School of Music. In September I'll be teaching at the new jazz program at Julliard. I've taught David Sanchez and ...

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Meet Steve Swallow

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From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in October 2000. Touring this summer As is often the case I've been touring Europe during the dreaded festivals. I did the July circuit with a band of [drummer] Bobby Previte's called Bump the Rennaissance which also contains [trombonist] Ray Anderson, [reed ...

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Remembering John Abercrombie

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This interview was first published at All About Jazz in March 2002. After several years of groove-based and straight-ahead playing guitarist/composer John Abercrombie found his niche in the mid-70'’s with open-oriented Europeans and Americans who often recorded for ECM records. He has broadened his approach over the years with Eastern influences, electronics, and free ...

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Meet Kenny Garrett

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This interview was first published at All About Jazz in April 2002 and is part of our ongoing effort to archive pre-database material. First tier alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett is notorious for his energy and for his ability to spontaneously compose (improvise). He announced himself twenty years ago in the bands of Freddie Hubbard ...

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Meet Kurt Elling

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This interview was originally published in February 2000. Chicago music scene On my new recording [Kurt Elling Live in Chicago, Blue Note] I'm really proud to feature a lot of the musicians who have treated me well and who have taught me and who have been on the team with me from the ...

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Meet Freddie Hubbard

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From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in May 2001. New Colors (Hip Bop Records)I met David Weiss a couple of years ago. He's from North Texas State. He had a rehearsal band [New Jazz Composers Octet] in New York, and he had been writing out a lot ...

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Meet Joe Diorio

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Early interest in jazz I got interested in jazz early. One of my first inspirations was hearing my uncle play. He was an accomplished mandolin, banjo, and guitarist, and he used to play all the time. My father played a little guitar, and he had a large collection of records: Django [Reinhardt], Benny Goodman, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Denise Donatelli: In The Company of Friends

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Everything about In The Company of Friends is first class. For one thing, there is a sense of balance: between comfortable material and challenging reinvention, between brilliantly conceived arrangements (never cluttered) and sparse backgrounds, between ensemble playing and soloing, between singer and accompanist. Each tune is a fresh scenario with its own message, especially in the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Zane Musa Quintet at Descanso Gardens

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Zane Musa Quintet Descanso Gardens La Canada, California April 30, 2005 A one-time student of the late Gordon Brisker, Zane Musa is here with his own voice on alto. For this one-off outdoor concert he assembled a challenging band of beyond bebop players older than himself. Descanso Gardens is a ...

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Meet John McNeil

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One-of-a-kind trumpeter John McNeil is not as well-known as he might be, but things are looking up for him lately after putting out a couple of varied, personal, and idea-filled CD's. The concept for the second of these, Sleep Won't Come, came out of his long-time battle with insomnia and the sense of frustration that hits ...


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