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Jean-Luc Ponty

Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undispute master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Ponty was born in a family of classical musicians on September 29, 1942 in Avranches, France. His father taught violin, his mother taught piano. At sixteen, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, graduating two years later with the institution's highest award, Premier Prix. In turn, he was immediately hired by one of the major symphony orchestras, Concerts Lamoureux, where he played for three years. While still a member of the orchestra in Paris, Ponty picked up a side gig playing clarinet (which his father had taught him) for a college jazz band that regularly performed at local parties

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Zappa and the burning strings

Read "Zappa and the burning strings" reviewed by Mick Raubenheimer

Zappa. A glimpse.The composition was entering its fifth mood, a diabolical, gleeful, lurching rhythm, led by deep-plowed violin. The song was “Revised Music for Violin and Low Budget Orchestra," it was written for Jean-Luc Ponty by Frank Zappa. A new instrument dawned into my framework as that composition wheezed and moaned and ranted and ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Jean-Luc Ponty

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jean-Luc Ponty

All About Jazz is celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty's birthday today! Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undispute master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Ponty was born in a family of classical ...

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Take Five with AXIOM

Read "Take Five with AXIOM" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Axiom Founded and brought together by brothers Pete and Phil Templer, guitarist/composer and drummer/percussionist/composer respectively, the goal was to establish a creative and engaging environment to present a dynamic musical experience to audiences of all types. Pete and Phil both hail from the Midwest where they began their musical journey studying and playing ...

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Take Five with Maureen Choi

Read "Take Five with Maureen Choi" reviewed by Maureen Choi

Meet Maureen Choi Now residing in Spain, this Korean-American violinist is sparkling a revolution in the improvised music scene in Spain. Her band Maureen Choi Quartet is creating a sound that they describe as, “Spanish Chamber Jazz." After winning several international violin competitions starting at age five, Maureen has performed as a soloist across ...

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Intervista a Franco Ambrosetti

Read "Intervista a Franco Ambrosetti" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il 2019 è stato un anno significativo per il trombettista svizzero Franco Ambrosetti. In aprile è stato pubblicato il suo libro autobiografico “La scelta di non scegliere" mentre da poche settimane è uscito Long Waves, il suo ventottesimo disco da leader con un cast stellare comprendente John Scofield, Uri Caine, Scott Colley e Jack DeJohnette.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Jean-Luc Ponty

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jean-Luc Ponty

All About Jazz is celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty's birthday today! Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undispute master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Ponty was born in a family of classical ...

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Ike Quebec at 100, D-Stringz & A Walk On The Outside

Read "Ike Quebec at 100, D-Stringz & A Walk On The Outside" reviewed by Marc Cohn

A show from the 2018 archive with a salute to Ike Quebec, a wickedly good session with Stanley Clarke, Bireli Lagrene and Jean-Luc Ponty that you might have missed, as well as coloring outside the lines with Mary Halvorson, Henry Threadgill and Charles Mingus with Roland Kirk. Oh, and our usual dose of grease & funk. ...

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Various Artists: Nicola Conte presents Cosmic Forest: The Spiritual Sounds of MPS

Read "Nicola Conte presents Cosmic Forest: The Spiritual Sounds of MPS" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

A labor of love, Cosmic Forest was compiled by Italian musician, producer and DJ Nicola Conte to both revisit and present to a new audience Conte's favorite “spiritual jazz" recordings from MPS Records' 1965--'75 catalog. Eight of these thirteen pieces came from albums released as part of the MPS label's mid-1970s “Jazz Meets the World" series ...


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