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Les Paul

Les Paul is a unique blend of musician and inventor. His performing career started at the age of 13 and by the early 1950s he was the greatest jazz guitarist of his generation. As an inventor, Les Paul's breakthrough creation of the solid-body electric guitar paved the way for electric music made the sound of rock and roll possible. In 1953 while performing with Bing Crosby, he perfected the first multi- track recording machine, allowing separate lines of instrumental music and vocals to be blended together. His many recording innovations--including sound-on-sound, overdubbing, reverb effects, and multi-tracking--greatly accelerated the advancement of studio recording. One of the most influential figures in the development of modern music-making, Les Paul developed an interest in both music and electronics very early in his life

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Take Five With Roman Miroshnichenko

Read "Take Five With Roman Miroshnichenko" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Roman Miroshnichenko Roman Miroshnichenko is a virtuoso guitarist, one of the premier guitarists of the new generation of the jazz-fusion music. He has received a total of 30 nominations with 10 wins in multiple international songwriting contests and music awards throughout 2010-2020, including four The Independent Music Awards, 1st Prize of the USA Songwriting Competition, ...

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Tony Taravella: Dedicated To Les Paul

Read "Dedicated To Les Paul" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Les Paul (1915 to 2009) was one of the innovators in the creation of the solid body electric guitar. Paul enjoyed a long and successful career—performing and recording from 1945, backing Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, offering up a bunch of singles (this was pre-33rpm album days) with his wife Mary Ford, playing with Chet ...

Brandon “Taz” Niederauer: A Minor with a Major Future

Read "Brandon “Taz” Niederauer: A Minor with a Major Future" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Though only seventeen, guitarist/singer/songwriter Brandon Niederauer has amassed a staggering list of accomplishments. At age ten he was a guest and performer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show--the YouTube clip of which has over 3,200,000 views. Two years later he landed a role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway Musical, School of Rock. He has performed a Hendrixesque version ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Wayne Wesley Johnson & Friends: Jazzamenco

Read "Jazzamenco" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The well-traveled and now New Mexico-based guitarist Wayne Wesley Johnson pulls out all the stops on the generally engaging double-CD set Jazzamenco, using (at various times) no less than seven guest guitarists, saxophone, Latin percussion, pan flute, charango and Chinese pipa to amplify the rhythm section of keyboards, bass and drums (which is present and accounted ...

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Wayne Wesley Johnson

Wayne Wesley Johnson is a professional Award Winning Guitarist who formerly toured with guitar legend, Les Paul, recorded and performed with Nokie Edwards (The Ventures), and others, and has performed with Mason Williams (Classical Gas). He has sold over 80,000 CDs worldwide and his music is heard Internationally on over 400 radio stations and on "Roswell," "Malcolm in the Middle," Discovery Channel, "Outward Bound," MTV's "Made," and the Weather Channel to name but a few. He has toured and performed all over the world including China, Israel, Europe, South America and in most of the 50 states

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Pat Martino: In the Moment

Read "Pat Martino: In the Moment" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Legendary guitarist Pat Martino is devoted to living in the Here and Now! -coincidentally the title of his autobiography (DaCapo, 2011). Taking each moment as it is and adding full measures of love and spirituality, Martino is now well into his sixth decade as one of the most revered and sought after jazz musicians on the ...

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Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius Sign To Melodic Revolution Records

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius Sign To Melodic Revolution Records

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius will release their fifth CD Guilty of Innocence through Melodic Revolution Records early Fall 2017. The new 10-track album will be available worldwide in both Physical and Digital formats. Guilty of Innocence features special appearances by Alex Skolnick (Testament), Rave Tesar (Renaissance) and Randy McStine (The Fringe). Guilty of Innocence highlights include ...

The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2

Read "The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 of Jazz and Protest took an in-depth look at two landmark artists and the songs that laid the groundwork for protest within the jazz community. Billie Holiday's “Strange Fruit" took a circuitous route from its origins as a poem to its successful recording on a small label that was not afraid to lend a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey and The Pursuit of Excellence

Read "Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey and The Pursuit of Excellence" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Every Tuesday night at the Northern Lights Lounge on Baltimore Street in Detroit, you'll find a funky little guitar-organ trio setting up musical shop. You'll find Julian Vanslyke on drums and Phil Whitfield on organ. And playing right in between them, you'll find one of the world's best guitarists--Dennis Coffey. You may not know ...


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