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Jean-Luc Ponty

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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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News: Birthday

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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News: Recording

Brian Eaton Unveils New Album, ‘All The Earth Will Mourn,’ With Help From A Couple Of His Favorite Artists

Brian Eaton Unveils New Album, ‘All The Earth Will Mourn,’ With Help From A Couple Of His Favorite Artists

The new album, All The Earth Will Mourn, by musician/composer/producer Brian Eaton is out now on digital platforms via his label, Eatin’ Records. The album explores jazz fusion in new directions creating a tapestry of emotion and expectation with creative interpolations of nuance and rhythm and is influenced by the fusion and prog rock music Eaton ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A nostalgic visit to early Jazz-Rock-Fusion 1973-1982

Read "A nostalgic visit to early Jazz-Rock-Fusion 1973-1982" reviewed by Len Davis


A nostalgic trip to the years 1973-1982 with Pat Metheny Group, Weather Report, Brand X, Isotope, Didier Lockwood, Gary Boyle, Jean-Luc Ponty and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.Playlist Pat Metheny Group “The Epic" from American Garage (ECM) 00:00 Weather Report “Dara Factor One" from Weather Report (CBS) 09:41 Brand X “Dance Of The Illegal Aliens" from ...

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Article: Interview

Jean-Luc Ponty: Imaginary Voyages, Part 2

Read "Jean-Luc Ponty: Imaginary Voyages, Part 2" reviewed by Peter Rubie


Part 1 | Part 2American violinist Stuff Smith once said about the young, classically trained and self taught jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, “He plays violin like Coltrane plays saxophone." Born in 1942, Ponty has almost single-handedly taken jazz violin from the swing era into modern jazz, and beyond. At rock musician Frank Zappa's urging, ...

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Article: Interview

Jean-Luc Ponty: Imaginary Voyages, Part 1

Read "Jean-Luc Ponty: Imaginary Voyages, Part 1" reviewed by Peter Rubie


Part 1 | Part 2 Jazz is an art form that has been a singular hothouse of musical talent over the decades. There are, and have been, lots of not just great but brilliant players. But perhaps not unsurprisingly, there have been far fewer jazz originals. I mean by that, musicians whose playing has ...

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Article: Interview

Tom "Bones" Malone: Amazing Career That's One In A Million, Part 2

Read "Tom "Bones" Malone: Amazing Career That's One In A Million, Part 2" reviewed by Matthew Alec


Part 1 | Part 2 World-famous trombonist and multi-instrumentalist Tom “Bones" Malone talks about his incredible career spanning Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brothers, Gil Evans, Frank Zappa, Blood, Sweat, & Tears, The Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn, Late Show with David Letterman, and so much more with All About Jazz contributor and saxophonist Matthew ...

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Article: Interview

Tom "Bones" Malone: Amazing Career That's One In A Million, Part 1

Read "Tom "Bones" Malone: Amazing Career That's One In A Million, Part 1" reviewed by Matthew Alec


Part 1 | Part 2 World-famous trombonist and multi-instrumentalist Tom “Bones" Malone talks about his incredible career spanning Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brothers, Gil Evans, Frank Zappa, Blood, Sweat, & Tears, The Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn, Late Show with David Letterman, and so much more with All About Jazz contributor and saxophonist Matthew ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Chris Potter, Bunny Brunel, Yellow Jackets, Benny Rietveld

Read "Chris Potter, Bunny Brunel, Yellow Jackets, Benny Rietveld" reviewed by Len Davis


Music from Chris Potter Underground, Bunny Brunel, Yellow Jackets and Scott Henderson.Playlist Chris Potter"Next Best Western" fromUnderground (Universal 00:00 Bunny Brunel “Herbert 7" from Invent Your Future (Nikala) 06:45 Jean-Luc Ponty “Celtic Steps" from The Atacama Experience (Koch) 13:26 Yellow Jackets “Evening News" from Mint Jam (Heads Up) 20:13 Benny Rietveld “Anybody There?" from ...

News: Birthday

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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