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George Winston grew up mainly in Montana, and also spent his later formative years in Mississippi and Florida. During this time, his favorite music was instrumental rock and instrumental R&B, including Floyd Cramer, the Ventures, Booker T & The MG’s, Jimmy Smith, and many more. Inspired by R&B, jazz, Blues and rock (especially the Doors), George began playing organ in 1967. In 1971 he switched to the acoustic piano after hearing recordings from the 1920s and the 1930s by the legendary stride pianists Thomas “Fats” Waller and the late Teddy Wilson. In addition to working on stride piano, he also at this time came up with this own style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, called folk piano

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Article: Album Review

Professor Longhair: The Bach of Rock

Read "The Bach of Rock" reviewed by Scott Gudell


Some people swear Professor Longhair (1918--1980) was at the very first New Orleans Mardi Gras back in 1699. However, the truth is that he probably started boppin' and hoppin' at the annual celebration a few years after World War I. He kept going until he passed in 1980 and he experienced over a half century of ...

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Article: Album Review

Julie Sassoon: If You Can't Go Outside...Go Inside

Read "If You Can't Go Outside...Go Inside" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


As we've learned time and time again throughout this sick year, 2021, not many humans are ready to completely surrender themselves for the good of their fellow kind. So it's truly a beautiful thing when Berlin based pianist Julie Sassoon surrenders so completely to her instrument and the moment that, like a medium, reveals mysteries to ...

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Article: Interview

Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times

Read "Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


The times we live in call for reflection and one of the ways of providing it is through music. Music can slow our lives down and make us live in the moment, but it can also connect people. Since he discovered music, guitarist and composer Shambhu Neil Vineberg has been on a journey that has seen ...

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Article: Radio

Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die, Part 2

Read "Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we continue the retrospective dedicated to Frank Zappa's complex relationship with jazz, through a mix of the jazzier compositions performed by Zappa himself and countless tributes to his music paid by jazz musicians. As Frank Zappa loved to say, quoting Edgard Varèse, “the present day composer refuses to die" and the ...

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Article: Album Review

Radka Toneff: Fairytales

Read "Fairytales" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


Norway's best-selling jazz album ever is also a recording laced with tragedy. Only weeks after its 1982 release, singer Radka Toneff was found dead in the Bygdøy woods, near Oslo. She was aged thirty. The verdict was suicide caused by an overdose of sleeping pills. Toneff was born in 1952 and by her ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Piano – Emily Bear, Dan Cray, Lisa Hilton, Emmet Cohen, Julien Labro

Read "Piano – Emily Bear, Dan Cray, Lisa Hilton, Emmet Cohen, Julien Labro" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Like jazz vocal releases, piano-led affairs are legion. The jazz piano combo is a format that is difficult to get either bad or good. Here are five recent releases looking for the latter. Emily Bear Trio Into the Blue Edston Records 2015 The immediate charm ...

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Article: Film Review

The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi

Read "The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi" reviewed by Marc Davis


Vince GuaraldiThe Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi Jazz Casual Productions 2016 In 1962, jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi scored a surprise hit with his catchy, upbeat record “Cast Your Fate to the Wind." Three years later, millions of Americans who thought they didn't like jazz discovered Guaraldi's music on the debut ...

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This Holiday Season, All About Jazz is All About Guaraldi

This Holiday Season, All About Jazz is All About Guaraldi

Vast audiences were first introduced to jazz through a cartoon special about Charlie Brown's uneasy relationship with Christmas… And many more were attracted by the sound of the early cross-over hit, “Cast Your Fate To The Wind“… It's fair to say that composer/pianist Vince Guaraldi helped shape the landscape of popular jazz, bringing generations along with ...

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Article: Album Review

Lyle Mays Quartet: The Ludwigsburg Concert

Read "The Ludwigsburg Concert" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


He has been referred to as Pat Metheny's alter ego, in the way that Billy Strayhorn was to Duke Ellington. Pianist/composer Lyle Mays was born with perfect pitch in a tiny rural hamlet of Wisconsin. Had it not been for his family's strong affinity for music, Mays may have had little exposure in that environment. Mays ...


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