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Scott Wilson: Nurturing Future Generations of Jazz Musicians

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Scott Wilson is a performer, educator, and composer. He worked at Grand Link World Theme Park in Qingdao, China, at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan, and at Tokyo Disney Sea, among other places around the world. Having many years of experience in the music industry, he has stepped into teaching jazz. Wilson has authored ...

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Denis Gäbel: A Deeper Meaning

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This year, the hr-Bigband welcomes star guests including Nils Landgren, Camille Thurman and John Beasley. It also welcomes a new lead tenor saxophonist: Denis Gäbel. In an interview with All About Jazz, he shares his thoughts about playing with this historic and highly-regarded German big band. Denis Gäbel grew up in a showbiz family. ...

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Jazz Meets TikTok: Three Artists Share In Their JazzToks

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The TikTok social media platform was created in 2017 but it wasn't until 2020, with the help of a global pandemic, that the app really took off. It has amassed tremendous growth with over 100 million active users each month—and that's in the U.S. alone. With the bite-sized video format, TikToks can be hugely ...

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Maurizio Franco - Direttore artistico di Iseo Jazz

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Da venerdì 1 Luglio a Sabato 9 luglio si svolgerà la trentesima edizione di Iseo Jazz. Protagonisti del festival saranno Joyce Yuille, Enrico Pieranunzi, la Lydian Sound Orchestra, Carlo Morena, Enrico Intra, la Monday Orchestra feat. Fabio Morgera, la Milano C-Jazz Band e Fabrizio Bai. In attesa dei concerti, abbiamo intervistato Maurizio ...

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Interview: Dave Stryker, 'As We Are'

Interview: Dave Stryker, 'As We Are'

If there was an upside to the pre-vaccine pandemic of 2020-2021, it's that creative artists had solitary time to think about the road forward. For guitarist Dave Stryker, that period of confinement resulted in As We Are (Strikezone), a fascinating new album recorded in January 2022, featuring a jazz quartet backed by an inventive string quartet. ...

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Lynne Arriale: A Suite Of Hope In Chaotic Times

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Pianist/composer Lynne Arriale's The Lights Are Always On (Challenge Records, 2022) is a suite of compositions that reflects on the tumultuous period of history we live in. Through the chaos, though, she offers a message on hope and the indomitable nature of the human spirit. “The theme of the album was inspired by an ...

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Oded Tzur: A Thrilling New Saxophone Colossus

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Oded Tzur's 2020 album, Here Be Dragons, the Tel Aviv born, New York based tenor saxophonist's first release on ECM, triggered an eruption of purple prose. Critics competed to see who could convey the most enthusiasm. A few even suggested that the Tzur quartet was the inheritor of the mantle of the classic John Coltrane quartet. ...

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Pianist Joe Block: At the Start of His Big Bang

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According to cosmologists, our universe started as a tiny speck and within a fraction of a second exploded into a huge ever-expanding space with all the galaxies, stars, and planets condensing out of the dispersed matter within it. This picture of the origins of the cosmos provides an apt metaphor for the way in which some ...

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Interview: Michael Abene

Interview: Michael Abene

Michael Abene has always been a double threat. In addition to being a gorgeous pianist and accompanist, he's a towering arranger of big bands, orchestras, singers and instrumental ensembles. Fans of Maynard Ferguson are probably most familiar with his piano playing and arrangements for the band's recordings for Roulette and Mainstream in the 1960s. These days, ...

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Federico Calcagno, fra Italia e Olanda

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Estremamente differenziato e incoraggiante si presenta l'attuale panorama dei jazzisti italiani emergenti, attivi in centri produttivi sparsi un po' ovunque, esponenti di diverse tendenze e rappresentati da varie etichette, nazionali o straniere. Senza dubbio in questi ultimi tre anni si è messo in particolare evidenza il clarinettista, leader e compositore milanese Federico Calcagno. Nato nel 1995, ...


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