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Don Grusin

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Don Grusin is an American jazz keyboardist, composer, and record producer. He is the younger brother of Dave Grusin. Don Grusin grew up in Denver, Colorado. His father, a native of Latvia, was a classical violinist. His brother, Dave Grusin, is a pianist, record producer, and co-founder of GRP Records. Grusin graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in economics. In the early 1970s, he was an economics professor in Guadalajara, Mexico. Soon after, he taught economics at Foothill College in California. Grusin performed in Bogota, Colombia, as a member of Azteca, a Latin jazz fusion band led by Pete Escovedo that included Escovedo's daughter, drummer Sheila E

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Article: Album Review

Paul McCandless: Morning Sun

Read "Morning Sun" reviewed by Jack Bowers


First things first. The full title of this decorous CD is Morning Sun: Adventures with Oboe--Paul McCandless with the Paul Winter Consort: A Retrospective. It covers sixteen recordings made by oboist McCandless spanning a forty-year period (1970-2010), all save three with the Winter Consort. Needless to say, a large number of musicians were involved; their names ...

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Article: Lyrics

L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy

Read "L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Non trovate accenni a Mark Murphy nelle più recenti storie del jazz, neanche il nome. Una lacuna che appare inspiegabile (a differenza di Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormè e Tony Bennett) che si giustifica solo col ritardo a collocare il cantante di Syracuse in una prospettiva storica. Eppure già prima della sua scomparsa -il ...

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News: Recording

A New Duet Release By Dan Dean And George Duke

A New Duet Release By Dan Dean And George Duke

Internationally recognized bassist Dan Dean has performed with the some of the finest musicians of our time, including B.B. King, Buddy DeFranco, Donny Hathaway, Tom Scott, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Ernie Watts, Freddie Hubbard and many others. One of his favorite collaborations of all was with the legendary pianist George Duke, and Seattle-based label Arena Jazz ...

News: Education

Music Education Monday: A jazz piano lesson from Don Grusin

Music Education Monday: A jazz piano lesson from Don Grusin

This week for Music Education Monday, you can check out a video lesson from pianist Don Grusin. The younger brother of musician, producer, and label owner Dave Grusin, Don Grusin has made 17 albums as a leader, and has been heard in hundreds of other recordings, films and TV shows made during the past 40 years, ...

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News: Obituary

Larry Rosen Legendary Jazz Music Visionary & Entrepreneur Dies At 75

Larry Rosen Legendary Jazz Music Visionary & Entrepreneur Dies At 75

LARRY ROSEN, LEGENDARY JAZZ MUSIC VISIONARY & ENTREPRENEUR, PIONEERED THE MERGE OF MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY It is with great sadness we announce the passing of beloved jazz music visionary and entrepreneur, Larry Rosen, who passed away at his New Jersey home surrounded by family, Oct. 9, 2015 at the age of 75 after a valiant battle ...

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News: Recording

Anna Mjoll's "Christmas Jazzmaz" CD Now Available

Anna Mjoll's "Christmas Jazzmaz" CD Now Available

Icelandic jazz diva Anna Mjll has finally released her much anticipated second solo CD—this time an incredible jazz Christmas CD Christmas Jazzmaz with Tnaljn Records. In its second week, Christmas Jazzmaz is already receiving rave reviews for its originality, freshness and quirkiness both due to the amazing arrangements by lafur Gaukur and also due to the ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Mike Prigodich

Read "Take Five With Mike Prigodich" reviewed by Mike Prigodich


Meet Mike Prigodich: Mike's jazz fusion compositions have begun attracting attention from many well-known national and local artists. Becoming a cancer patient in 2008 was the big wakeup call that got him to start writing lots of new music, form a band, start booking gigs, and pursue his dream of becoming a professional jazz ...

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Article: Album Review

Paul Winter Consort: Miho - Journey to the Mountain

Read "Miho - Journey to the Mountain" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


Paul Winter's music pulsates with the earth's polyrhythmic heartbeat. Various incarnations of his Consort have been so in tune with the ground beneath their feet that this ensemble, in all its forms, has come to be the harbinger of the wellspring of all life. From time to time, Winter's soul has roamed the realms where mysticism ...

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Article: Interview

Lorraine Feather: The Girl With the Lazy Eye

Read "Lorraine Feather: The Girl With the Lazy Eye" reviewed by Carl L. Hager


While writing the tune “Scrabble" for her recently released CD Ages (Jazzed Media, 2010), lyricist and singer Lorraine Feather's songwriting partner, Dick Hyman, had an unusual request that bordered on a dare: could she work the name of the venerable pianist/composer's family friend Dushka into the lyrics? After all, the middle section of his stride composition ...


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