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Omar Hakim

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From playing in his father's band at age ten to selling out stadium shows with Madonna, Omar Hakim has done it all. His talent and unique style have made him a favorite among drummers and musicians worldwide. A graduate of the New York School of Music and Art, Omar began his career recording with various pop and soul groups. His father, Hasan Hakim, had played trombone for Duke Ellington and Count Basie and that influence helped to warm the younger Hakim's ear up for the part he would play in one of the most famous jazz fusion acts ever, Weather Report. "I had a natural affinity for drums and rhythm very young," says Hakim

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Article: Book Review

Elegant People: A History Of The Band Weather Report

Read "Elegant People: A History Of The Band Weather Report" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Elegant People: A History Of The Band Weather Report Curt Bianchi 496 Pages ISBN: 978-1-4930-5999-7 Backbeat Books 2021 Few bands hold a place in jazz history quite like Weather Report, the band formed in 1971 by Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter and Miroslav Vitous. The term “jazz-fusion" could have been ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New music from Aurora Clara, Spandrel, Special EFX and Timothee Robert

Read "New music from Aurora Clara, Spandrel, Special EFX and Timothee Robert" reviewed by Len Davis


New music from Raul Mannola and Aurora Clara, Paolo Zhu, Timothee Robert, Spandrel and Tim Miller from his new release Synergy.Playlist Aurora Clara"Slo Fun" from Clear Dawn (Youkali) 00:00 Chieli Minucci & Special EFX “Homeland" from Twenty Twenty 2 (Self Produced) 06:39 Paolo Zhu “Orhis" from Orhis (Jazz Engine) 13:25 Animals As Leaders “Thoughts ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

John McLaughlin, Beledo, Spherical Agenda and Reza Tajbakhsh. Favourites with Project Z and Lorenzo Feliciati

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Spherical Agenda with their new release Arcane Wisdom, Beledo from Seriously Deep, Lorenzo Feliciati, Project Z, Omar Hakim and John McLaughlin. Playlist Project Z “Mud Bug" from Project Z (Terminus) 00:00 Lorenzo Feliciati “Thief Like Me" from Elevator Man (Rare Noise) 07:35 Omar Hakim “Transmigration" from We Are One (Ozmosis) 15:14 Reza Tajbakhsh “Chickology" ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Gergo Borlai: Talkin' Drummers and Drumming

Read "Gergo Borlai: Talkin' Drummers and Drumming" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Most kids have heroes. Whether they be athletes, astronauts, artists, astrophysicists, (and that's just the “A's") or any of the many asundered possibilities. Gergo Borlai needn't go passed the “D's" to find his calling. Drumming came early, incredibly early, and he has never looked back. Determination and commitment can be a powerful force. Before long the ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Ghosts In The Machine, Part 3: Jazz Musicians And Popular Music

Read "Ghosts In The Machine, Part 3: Jazz Musicians And Popular Music" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Part 3: The GhostsIn a recent essay in Commentary, Terry Teachout, arts and culture critic for the Wall Street Journal, makes an argument for the date on which the jazz era officially ended and the rock/pop era began--May 9, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man In New York - Part 2

Read "Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man In New York - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Although Sting is mostly known for his solo career and, before that, for fronting one of the most epic band of all times, The Police, his love for jazz has been a common thread throughout his career. His jazz sensibility became more prominent when he started his solo career with the album The Dream of the ...

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Article: Lyrics

Noah Haidu ricorda Kenny Kirkland

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Kenny Kirkland era chiamato dagli amici Doctone (ovvero Doctor of Tone) ed è questo il titolo del progetto multimediale elaborato dal pianista Noah Haidu a più di vent'anni dalla scomparsa. Un ricco tributo della Sunnyside Records consistente in un libro d'interviste, un film documentario e un album di suoi brani eseguiti da Haidu con Todd Coolman ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand

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The life and times of guitarist extraordinaire Steve Khan stretch through a high volume of evolving chapters that fuse together like the passages of a finely crafted arrangement. An expansive conversation with Khan touched on a variety of memories. Still, this is perhaps the Reader's Digest version of the seventy-three years old musician and composer's remarkable ...

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Article: So You Don't Like Jazz

Baby Steps to Giant Steps

Read "Baby Steps to Giant Steps" reviewed by Alan Bryson


It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb, “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers the tastes and sensibilities of the other person. The “So You Don't Like Jazz" ...


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