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John Clayton Mayer singer-songwriter won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the 2002 release of the single 'Your Body Is a Wonderland.' In February of 2005, he also won a Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Grammy for his song 'Daughters' of the album 'Heavier Things'. He beat out, Elvis Costello, Josh Groban, Prince and Seal. He also took home the Grammy Award for Song Of The Year which is awarded to song writers, for the song 'Daughters'. He dedicated that award to his Grandma, Annie Hoffman, who passed away in May of 2004.

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut and attended Fairfield High School

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Article: Album Review

Rolling Stones: Hackney Diamonds (2CD)

Read "Hackney Diamonds (2CD)" reviewed by Doug Collette


The Rolling Stones have taken some risks of greater and lesser proportion over the course of their sixty-plus- year career, but perhaps no gamble is so great as the decision by the surviving members of the band to continue on after the passing of drummer Charlie Watts. With the blessing of their co-founder in ...

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Article: Live Review

Torino Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Torino Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Torino Jazz Festival Varie sedi 22--30.4.2023 Sono molte le ragioni che hanno fatto del Torino Jazz Festival un evento di grande successo: il costo dei biglietti decisamente abbordabile, la buona promozione mediatica, la distribuzione dei concerti in vari spazi, anche periferici, idonei alle diverse proposte musicali, la mirata serie d'iniziative ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Rolling Stones And Grateful Dead: Stoking The Eternal Flame

Read "Rolling Stones And Grateful Dead: Stoking The Eternal Flame" reviewed by Doug Collette


Notwithstanding the almost clockwork regularity of archival releases (with and without bonus material), upon quick reflection, the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead would not appear to have much in common. But some concentrated contemplation reveals how many traits these bands actually share and that's even apart from their remarkable longevity. With sixty-plus years and counting ...

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Article: Album Review

Joe Harriott: Swings High

Read "Swings High" reviewed by Chris May


Like many players who are primarily thought of as “experimental" and/or “free form"—and virtually all of the best of them--the Jamaican-born, later London-based alto saxophonist Joe Harriott was also a master of straight four/four jazz and Great American Songbook balladry. Yet in 2022, Harriott (1928-1973) is almost exclusively remembered either for his adventures in Indo-jazz fusion ...

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 8: Ustad Zakir Hussain Talks Tabla

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 8: Ustad Zakir Hussain Talks Tabla" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Origins of the Tabla The twin hand drum was developed in its current form about 300 years ago on the Indian subcontinent but the roots of the tabla may date to pre-Muslim, Arabia. The name comes from “tabl," the Arabic word for drum, and temple carvings of tabla-like double-hand drums date to 500 BCE. Tabla is ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Charu Suri: The Jazz Raga

Read "Charu Suri: The Jazz Raga" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The Roots of Indo-JazzJazz and Indian ragas share common ground in their traditional use of improvisation. They are often talked about in compatible terms, but Ravi Shankar, for one, did not believe that ragas could be compared to jazz improvisation. Spontaneous creation in jazz differs from the complex rhythmic structural patterns of Indian improvisation. Shankar became ...

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Article: Album Review

Joe Harriott Quintet: Free Form & Abstract Revisited

Read "Free Form & Abstract Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


A tiny island, Jamaica has punched far above its weight musically. Dub and reggae are the primary manifestations, but the island has also produced a disproportionately large number of notable jazz musicians, many of whom left during the late 1940s and 1950s to relocate to Britain, Jamaica's so-called mother country during the colonial era. Alto saxophonist ...

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Article: Album Review

Zane Carney: Alter Ego

Read "Alter Ego" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Il mondo della chitarra jazz è in continua ebollizione, e nuovi nomi emergono quasi quotidianamente nel web alla ricerca di quel po' di notorietà che permetta loro di trovare uno spazio personale su un palcoscenico già estremamente affollato. Al di là delle facili esaltazioni e dell'hype che rappresentano materiale comune in rete, ogni tanto ci si ...

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Article: Album Review

Zane Carney Quartet: Alter Ego

Read "Alter Ego" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


While guitarist Zane Carney's work as a leader may have yet to experience the hype it arguably deserves, his session work is another thing. Among other projects, he has played on Thundercat's Drunk (Brainfeeder, 2012) as well as John Mayer's folk album Paradise Valley (Columbia, 2013), the Grammy award-winning Thundercat calling him “a massive guitarist." And, ...


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