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Tony Davis: Golden Year

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Tony Davis definitely knows how to get things done. At 25, he has already earned a Master's Degree and is involved in musical education. He has played and recorded with some of the most notable jazz musicians around, including the group, Works for Me. With Golden Year, his first solo album, Davis captures the energy of ...

Dave Stryker: The Positive Force Of Blue Soul

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Dave Stryker is passionate about music and its positive energy. From his time working with Jack McDuff and Stanley Turrentine to his years as a solo artist, Stryker has established himself as one of the foremost jazz guitarists around. He also teaches at Indiana University, Montclair State University, Rutgers University, and has an online instructional workshop ...


Various Artists: Tales Of Wonder: A Jazz Celebration Of Stevie

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There aren't many songwriters who have reached a level of success comparable to Stevie Wonder. He is one of the most important figures in American music, and to celebrate his 70th birthday, Posi-Tone records is releasing Tales of Wonder: A Jazz Celebration of Stevie. This compilation, performed by some of the label's excellent roster of musicians, ...


Art Hirahara: Balance Point

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There are times in life when many of us try to find a sense of stability in an uncertain world. New York-based pianist Art Hirahara refers to this as homeostasis, or “a sense of balance within ourselves regardless of what is happening around us." With Balance Point, his fifth release for Posi-Tone Records, Hirahara uses the ...

Record Store Day 2020

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Twice a year, I find myself in a long line before sunrise waiting for my local record store to open. It might be rainy or cold, but I'm always there along with a large group of other people waiting patiently. Why do we do it? Simply because it's Record Store Day, and for many record collectors, ...


Charlie Parker: The Savoy 10-inch LP Collection

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Charlie Parker is one of the most important musicians in jazz history and a household name even for people who never listen to jazz. His music is like a textbook for aspiring jazz musicians, and it still sounds modern even after more than a half century since its creation. 2020 marks the centennial of Parker's birth, ...


The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Blues

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The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to the Blues David Evans Perigee Books 2005 In his introduction to David Evans' recently published book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to the Blues, Taj Mahal says just listen to “any rock group of the last fifty years -- including The Beatles ...


The Lost Wave

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The Lost Wave by Charles Underhill Broma Books Many jazz listeners cite Miles Davis albums such as Bitches Brew and Jack Johnson as the true origin of jazz-rock fusion. Others, such as critic Alyn Shipton, contend that fusion actually started in England a few years before these records came out. In the ...


Girls Don't Like Real Jazz: A Jazz Patriot Speaks Out

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Walter Kolosky Girls Don't Like Real Jazz: A Jazz Patriot Speaks Out Abstract Logix Books Hardcover, 186 pages ISBN: 0-9761016-0-2 2004 Thirty years ago, Frank Zappa commented that “jazz is not dead, it just smells funny." Today, no one seems very interested in the ...


Jazzwomen: Conversations With Twenty-One Musicians

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Jazzwomen: Conversations With Twenty-One Musicians Wayne Enstice and Janis Stockhouse Indiana University Press 2004 Women have been active in jazz since its earliest days, but men have been remained the dominant figures throughout its history. While some performers such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald managed to achieve ...


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