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Alto saxophonist and composer David Bixler has recently embarked on an artistic reemergence with the release of two new recordings; In the Face of Chaos (2019) with Bixler, Boccato, Cowherd, and Sturm, and Blended Lineage (2020) with the Bixtet. A traumatic brain injury suffered by his youngest son necessitated a shift in Bixler’s priorities during the last decade—a period in which his family devoted much of its energy to the care of its youngest member. Because of this new lens, Bixler’s creative approach to composition, performance, and recording is repurposed and evident in his most recent output. For the recording In the Face of Chaos, Bixler has assembled a band that understands the message of resilience and hope despite the odds that this music was intended to convey


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Miguel Zenon: El Arte del Bolero

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2021 has been a busy year for alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon. He released two recordings, El Arte del Bolero with pianist Luis Perdomo, and Law Years, a recording of the music of Ornette Coleman featuring an international quartet. In this episode of LINER NOTES Miguel speaks of the redirection of his artistic pursuits during quarantine.


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As LINER NOTES enters its fourth season in July, I am making an appeal for funding in order to keep it going. I ask you to click here to watch a short video explaining the situation and the motivation for this appeal. I am passionate about LINER NOTES, a podcast that I started in 2018. ...


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Rudy Royston: In This Moment

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Drummer and composer Rudy Royston has created new music for his band Flatbed Buggy for the In this Moment concert series at St. Peter's Church in NYC which will be streamed May 1st at 2pm EST. The music is loosely programmatic, representing a day in the life of the composer in the time of Covid.  


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Camila Meza: Color Inspired Optimism

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Chilean guitarist, singer, and songwriter Camila Meza lives in a world of color. She sees the music that she creates in a unique and personal way, inviting the listener to participate with her in the color filled journey. In this episode of Liner Notes she speaks with an optimistic poignancy on the paralyzing effect that the ...


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Geoffrey Keezer: On His Way to You

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As an 18 year-old, pianist Geoffrey Keezer wowed audiences as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with his prodigious technique and improvisations. Describing his own playing, Keezer says that his natural tendency is to “throw in everything but the kitchen sink... all the time." In this episode of LINER NOTES, Keezer talks about his development ...


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Bob Hurst: Detroit In The House!

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Bassist and composer Robert Hurst made an early mark on the jazz community as a member of Wynton Marsalis' band and later gained notoriety as a member of the Tonight Show band led by Branford Marsalis. In addition to his performance career the jny: Detroit native has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan ...


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Ryan Keberle & Dave Douglas: Music from the Times

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David Bixler: Inside the Grief

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Following his 2019 nonet offering, Blended Lineage (Red Piano), alto-saxophonist David Bixler, no stranger to the stress and strains of our collectively jagged, irregular days, sets out heroically to make sense of it all on Inside the Grief. And make sense of it all he does with six probing, conversational originals that manage to restore some ...


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Sheryl Bailey: Shifting Gears

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Guitarist and educator Sheryl Bailey recently moved from New York to Boston to become the assistant chair of the guitar department at The Berklee College of Music. In this episode of Liner Notes Sheryl talks about the challenges of moving to a new city while overseeing the education of nine hundred guitarists in the time of ...


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