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Michael Brecker

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Michael Brecker was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and exposed to jazz at an early age by his father, an amateur jazz pianist. Among the generation of jazz musicians that saw rock music not as the enemy but as a viable musical option, Brecker began studying clarinet, then moved to alto saxophone in school, eventually settling on the tenor saxophone as his primary instrument. After only a year at Indiana University, Michael Brecker moved to New York City in 1970 where he carved out a niche for himself as a dynamic and exciting jazz soloist. He first made his mark at age 21 as a member of the jazz/rock band Dreams—a band that included his older brother Randy, trombonist Barry Rogers, drummer Billy Cobham, Jeff Kent and Doug Lubahn

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Article: Live Review

Billy Cobham's Crosswinds Project at the Gothic Theater

Read "Billy Cobham's Crosswinds Project at the Gothic Theater" reviewed by Geoff Anderson


Billy Cobham's Crosswinds Project Gothic Theater Englewood, COSeptember 24, 2022 “Age ain't nothin' but a number." That's a common mantra chanted by the militantly aging. “Everything wears out." That's a quote from a wise auto mechanic. When those two concepts meet: CRASH! Saturday night, drummer Billy Cobham ...

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Article: Book Review

The Extraordinary Journey Of Jason Miles: A Musical Biography

Read "The Extraordinary Journey Of Jason Miles: A Musical Biography" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


The Extraordinary Journey of Jason Miles: A Musical Biography Jason Miles 311 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-955901-13-0 Book Writing Cube 2022 Some musicians are often better known for what they can do rather than what they can play. Take Les Paul for example. Although he was an excellent musician in ...

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Article: Interview

Gary Husband: The Gemini Dimension

Read "Gary Husband: The Gemini Dimension" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


Even if forced to count just one of the two musical associations he's most noted for—a 35-year long relationship playing with the late Allan Holdsworth, and a 15-year long (and counting) stint in John McLaughlin's 4th Dimension—Gary Husband would still easily make many people's musician watchlist. But with both to his credit, (each on a different ...

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Article: Interview

José Valentino: The Entrepreneurial Approach To Jazz And Beyond

Read "José Valentino: The Entrepreneurial Approach To Jazz And Beyond" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova


May jazz be commercial? Should a musician stick to one career or sustain many passions? What is the best way for musicians to set their rates? How to choose the right opportunities? These questions can raise many debates. José Valentino Ruiz (stage name José Valentino), a Latin Grammy-and Emmy Award-winning producer, composer and performer, answers these ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Best Of '90s Jazz Fusion

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John Mclaughlin The Heart Of Things, Michael Brecker, Brecker Brothers, Miles Davis Live Around The World, Jeff Richman, Niacin from High Bias, Chick Corea Electric Band, and Tunnels with Percy Jones. Playlist John McLaughlin “Healing Hands" from The Heart Of Things  (Verve) 00:00 Michael Brecker “Escher Sketch" from Now You See It-Now You Don't  ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Matthew Muñeses

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Meet Matthew Muñeses Matthew Muñeses is a saxophonist and educator residing in the northwest suburbs of jny: Chicago. In 2011, he received his B.M. in Saxophone Performance at Illinois State University and his M.M. in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. During this time, Matthew studied with Dana Hall, Chip McNeill, ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Tobin Mueller

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Meet Tobin Mueller Connecticut-based composer, arranger, playwright and pianist Tobin Mueller has just released his 35th album: Prestidigitation, drawing on a long career of innovation and artistry. Mueller's compositions range from Jazz Fusion to Progressive Rock, Broadway musicals to Old-School Funk, Classical ballet to video games. His jazz ensemble recordings have featured legendary bassist Ron Carter, ...

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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

Javon Jackson: Wading In Spiritual Waters

Read "Javon Jackson: Wading In Spiritual Waters" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Saxophonist Javon Jackson, he of the sonorous tenor tone and the inquisitive musical mind, embarked last year on a musical project with a different twist. Jackson, a follower of Sonnys Stitt and Rollins, is known as a a jazz fiend, one of the dauntless players of his era. His superb playing is marked by ...


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