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The Creative Music Studio Goes To College!

Read "The Creative Music Studio Goes To College!" reviewed by Karl Berger


This article was originally published in 2005. In 1972 I founded the Creative Music Studio (CMS) with Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman. Many luminaries were among the initial advisors: John Cage, Gil Evans, Gunther Schuller, Alan Ginsberg, George Russell, Don Cherry, Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Frederic Rzewski, Anthony Braxton and Jack DeJohnette, ...

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Wein, June & Jazz

Read "Wein, June & Jazz" reviewed by AAJ Staff


As I write this, I am sitting in the Gran Hotel Havana in beautiful Barcelona, Spain. My friend Joan Cararach, Artistic Director of the Barcelona International Jazz Festival, and the festival promoter Tito Ramoneda asked me to join them in a collaboration to cross-promote our festivals. CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival (Aug. 6th-8th) and Voll-Damm Barcelona International ...

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Clean Feed Records: Looking Outwards

Read "Clean Feed Records: Looking Outwards" reviewed by Pedro Costa


When Clean Feed first started I never imagined that we would have almost 200 releases after nine years. I guessed that we would put out about two or three records every year and have a hundred CDs released after a lifetime. I think one of the reasons for this thinking was the fact ...

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Discoveries Along The Pitch Continuum

Read "Discoveries Along The Pitch Continuum" reviewed by Amir ElSaffar


Growing up in an Iraqi-American household in Chicago, I was exposed to many musical influences from an early age: first Louis Armstrong, then Lutheran Hymns, then the Beatles, then Hendrix, then Miles. Arabic music, though constantly playing in the background during family gatherings, did not capture my attention until I was in my mid-teens and my ...

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Either/Or (No More)

Read "Either/Or (No More)" reviewed by Darcy James Argue


You know that party game where you present people with a forced choice that's actually a litmus test for distinguishing between two kinds of people? Here, let's play--pick one (and only one): Matisse or Picasso? Federer or Nadal? The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? Since I am a “jazz composer" by training ...

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The Power in Music

Read "The Power in Music" reviewed by Steve Colson


Toward the end of last year, the National Endowment for the Arts published results of its study on Public Participation in the Arts. One finding is that over a six-year period, less than 8% of Americans attended jazz events. So annually, out of some 300 million Americans, less than 2,500,000 attend jazz clubs, concerts and festivals ...

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Latin Jazz: A Legitimate American Music

Read "Latin Jazz: A Legitimate American Music" reviewed by AAJ Staff


By Bobby Matos Well-informed historians and critics have stated that they believe jazz is America's only art form or its most important art form. Obviously, to music scholars and experts, most pop music derives from jazz, including R&B, rock, hiphop and other subgenres. One of jazz music's most important styles, however, ...

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Let's Tribute Ourselves

Read "Let's Tribute Ourselves" reviewed by Vincent Gardner


Like many other jazz musicians, I am fortunate enough to travel all over the globe and present this wonderful music. While I haven't been playing professionally for an extremely long time--only about 15 years--during those years I have seen quite a bit of change in the world and on the jazz scene. Not that it compares ...

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Creator vs. Interpretor

Read "Creator vs. Interpretor" reviewed by AAJ Staff


By Randy Sandke We've all heard the saying that “Jazz is America's classical music." Implicit in this notion is the belief that jazz is equally worthy of respect, admiration and support as any 'serious' music. Over the past few decades, jazz has indeed found a greater degree of prestige, academic interest and corporate sponsorship ...

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Monk's Music and the Guitar

Read "Monk's Music and the Guitar" reviewed by Bobby Broom


As a guitarist whose love for jazz music began in the '70s, I was understandably excited to hear a few months ago, from a most reliable source, that Thelonious Monk really dug guitarist George Benson! Benson was probably the most popular jazz guitarist of the '70s and those who know about the place of the guitar ...


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