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The King of Pop, who will be forever immortalized for his world-famous, trademark dance moves and chart-topping success, was arguably one of the most popular recording artists of all time, his success peaking during the 1980s. Jackson was born in Gary, IN on August 29, 1958. Before he became a solo artist, Jackson was the youngest member of the Jackson Five, the explosive '60s band formed by his four older brothers -- Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon Jackson -- put Jackson on the path to stardom. Jackson's talent was brought to the attention of producer Quincy Jones, who cast him in the role of Scarecrow in 'The Wiz' (1978), a musical based on 'The Wizard of Oz.' The film also featured Diana Ross and Richard Pryor

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Saxophonist Nick Stefanacci

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Meet Nick StefanacciPop/jazz saxophonist, music educator and philanthropist Nick Stefanacci has been a lover of music and performance his entire life. Having started playing saxophone at age 10, he began performing at 16 with the then-rising southern rock guitarist, Derek Trucks. Stefanacci has since worked with some of the industry elite, including, Latin Grammy Award-winning rock ...

Article: Opinion

I Want You di Marvin Gaye: una rigogliosa foresta di simboli jazzistici.

Read "I Want You di Marvin Gaye: una rigogliosa foresta di simboli jazzistici." reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


L'approccio multidisciplinare della scuola storiografica Les Annales offre interessanti spunti di riflessione anche per lo studio della popular music, attraverso un'analisi incrociata di fonti musicali, etnologiche, iconografiche, letterarie, fotografiche e cinematografiche. Grazie al visionario quadro The Sugar Shack del pittore statunitense Ernie Barnes, la copertina di I Want You è una rigogliosa foresta di ...

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Article: Interview

Greg Paul: We Can Share These Commonalities

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Drummer, composer, and band leader Greg Paul--born in 1987 and raised in Buffalo, NY--remembers his home town as a place of lived community, especially among musicians. That spirit never left him. On the contrary: he took it to the metropolis of Los Angeles where he relocated in 2011 and still lives today as an internationally acknowledged ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Stacey Ryan Has a Lot to Sing About

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When 21 year old Canadian singer songwriter multi instrumentalist Stacey Ryan's parents told her she needed to have a backup plan in case this music thing didn't work out. Her reply was ..."I knew it had to be music or nothing else. There was never a plan B." Judging from the millions of people following her ...

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Article: Catching Up With

José James: Why The Female Of The Species Is Groovier Than The Male

Read "José James: Why The Female Of The Species Is Groovier Than The Male" reviewed by Peter Jones


Jazz singer José James considers Erykah Badu to be the Joni Mitchell of his generation, a woman who has constructed a world of her own in order to tell her own alternative story. To prove the point, earlier this year he released On & On (Rainbow Blonde), a whole album of Badu songs, which he has ...

Article: My Favourite Things

Giovanni Benvenuti e il Questionario di Proust

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Il tratto principale della mia musica Credo che la caratteristica principale della musica che scrivo sia la centralità della melodia: anche nelle strutture armoniche e ritmiche più complesse ricerco sempre l'immediatezza del lirismo. In questo modo si crea una connessione istintuale e non razionale con l'ascoltatore che mi permette di essere accessibile senza rinunciare a nulla, ...

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Article: Album Review

Vidya: The Papillon

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Songwriting often provides a sense of exploration and self-discovery which is not as present in other art forms. We can easily express our thoughts with words but something extraordinary happens when we add music to the mix as well, and that is certainly the case with Swedish pianist and composer Vidya Liselotte-Sundberg. Her album The Papillon ...

Article: My Favourite Things

Simone Alessandrini e il Questionario di Proust

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Il tratto principale della mia musica Credo sia l'aspetto melodico. Almeno per ora... La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me La sincerità musicale, il coraggio di mostrare le proprie idee e non essere compiacenti. Come musicista, il momento in cui sono stato più felice

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Article: Album Review

Remi Toulon 5tet: The Crave

Read "The Crave" reviewed by Martin McFie


French pianist Remi Toulon has played and travelled with bassist Jean-luc Arramy and drummer Vincent Frade for many years. They are joined on this recording by Sebastien Charlier, who takes the diatonic harmonica out of its usual blues setting, and ventures into this more complex harmonic environment. Also in the quintet is Ze Luis Nascimento, a ...


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