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Nathan Holaway

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I am a 33-year-old jazz musician, who enjoys composing music of any and all kinds...but most particularly jazz music. It really is my life source. I love to play jazz whenever I get the chance, and everything that surrounds it. I have a B.A in Music from the University of Alabama and an M.M. in Jazz Arranging from the University of Alabama. I currently have over 200 original compositions to my pen. I have been a Jazz DJ with a specialty jazz show that lasted for 8 months. I am a columnist for: ALL ABOUT JAZZ (Building a Jazz Library) (http://www.allaboutjazz.com) JAZZ REVIEW (CD Reviews and Jazz Quiz Editor) (http://www.jazzreview.com) THE CITY MAGAZINE OF TUSCALOOSA THE PLANET WEEKLY I am also the originator / director / conductor / transcriber / arranger / public relations / webmaster / performer for the two "ZORNOGRAPHY: The Music of John Zorn" projects that were held in Tuscaloosa in November of 2003 and 2004. (http://www.zornography.freehomepage.com) *I am still grateful to the MANY outstanding musicians who worked on those projects with me* My current projects include: a classic jazz fusion quartet named ELECTRIC MAYHEM a traditional jazz quartet led by drummer TOM RISHER a traditional jazz quartet specifically for restaurants called the NEW AMBIENCE JAZZ QUARTET the delectable, savory sounds of GNAWED-OFF SHOTGUN, and I am also part of the NATHAN HOLAWAY TRIO which performs at many restaurants and features enjoyable standards along with many original compositions of my own. Hopefully, the immediate future will see me being part of a HARD BOP SEXTET that will feature some original charts and compositions from the members of the group. I wish you ALL a very bright and prosperous future. "If you don't live it --- it won't come out of your horn!" --- Charlie Parker---

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Newport Jazz

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This article was first published in 2005.The summer seeks scintillating sounds from the jazz sectors. Indeed, it is at this minuscule place that massive talents come together. Who could possibly hypothesize that such a small stretch of land could be the breeding ground for new ideas, the ideal place for musical re-unions, or the ...

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Film Scores

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Ah, the cinema. We know so many cliches, certain scenes, and can even quote entire passages of movies. Music in film works the same way. As people who are conditioned through a dominantly visual culture, we tend to remember certain themes alongside certain movie scenes. This subject deserves much more attention! Film composers are often underrated ...

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Tag Team Jazz, Part 1-2

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Part 1 | Part 2 Jazz has always celebrated rugged individuality, praising those who appreciate others but stay on their own path. So what happens when two (or more) intelligent and original musicians come together? Most of the time, pure magic. Stellar tag teams have made some of the finest records in jazz history. ...

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Tag Team Jazz, Part 2-2

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Part 1 | Part 2 Jazz has always celebrated rugged individuality, praising those who appreciate others but stay on their own path. So what happens when two (or more intelligent and original musicians come together? Most of the time, pure magic. Stellar tag teams have made some of the finest records in jazz history. ...

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Angels on Earth: Best Living Jazz Chanteuses

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Let's begin by saying that jazz has definitely been swarmed by a plethora of female vocalists. Just because they can sing a Cole Porter or a George Gershwin tune, and remember all the words... does that make them great? No. Just because they look terrific, does that mean that they'll be the next Billie Holiday? Absolutely ...

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Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?

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This article was originally published in September 2005. Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? The Big Easy. The Crescent City. N'awlins. Some adore it, some despise it. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans continues to be the testimonial travesty of the United States. With certain political ...

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1959: The Most Creative Year in Jazz

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1959 was arguably the most creative year in all of jazz history. Bird had already passed away, and this year would see the passings of Lester Young and Billie Holiday. Musically speaking, when we read jazz history texts or see the labels among the many diverse styles of jazz (i.e “Free Jazz," “Modal Jazz," “Third Stream," ...

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Bill Evans: Sublime Sideman

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We already know what a tremendous voice Bill Evans has had in jazz history, and most of the major jazz pianists that he has influenced. Most jazz aficionados know most of the tunes Evans has composed and most of the tunes that were in his ever-changing repertoire. But, a subject that hardly gets enough attention concerning ...

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Pat Metheny: Quantum Musician

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If Pat Metheny never plays another single note, he would have already lived a “bright size life." Pat Metheny was born in Lee's Summit, MO in 1954 and first picked up his guitar at the age of twelve. By age fifteen, he was already playing with the top jazz musicians in town. In 1974, ...


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