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Steve Gadd, b. Rochester, New York, April 9, 1945. Uncle, a drummer in the army, encouraged him. Drum lessons from age seven; sat in with Dizzy Gillespie at 11. Studied music at Eastman College, Rochester, playing in wind ensemble and concert band, and at nights in a club with Chick Corea, Chuck Mangione, Joe Romano and Frank Pullara. After college, drafted into army and spent three years in a military band. After the army, gigged and worked with a big band in Rochester. 1972, formed a trio with Tony Levin and Mike Holmes, going to New York with it. The trio fizzled out, but Gadd began to work extensively as a studio musician. He also played with Corea's first Return to Forever


Article: Liner Notes

CTI Acid Jazz Grooves by Various Artists

Read "CTI Acid Jazz Grooves by Various Artists" reviewed by Arnaldo DeSouteiro

The CD you are holding in your hands is a very special compilation. It's the celebration of CTI as one of the most “sampled" labels on Earth! For the past ten years, many CTI tracks have been cut up, sampled, scratched and looped to create new songs for a new audience. Many of the selections on ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Pianist Shereen Cheong

Read "Take Five with Pianist Shereen Cheong" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Shereen Cheong Shereen Cheong is a New York-based Malaysian pianist, composer, arranger, producer and educator who developed a sense of music from the tender age of three. Pursuant to her classical training, she studied jazz piano with Malaysia's jazz veteran, Michael Veerapen. She is a graduate from Berklee College of Music, holding a dual degree ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Joel Ross, Pat Metheny & Francesco Crosara

Read "Joel Ross, Pat Metheny & Francesco Crosara" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From the talented Italian-born, Seattle-based pianist Francesco Crosara, we start the 842nd Episode of Neon Jazz with the title track off his album Circular Motion. From there, we get into an inspiration of his in Chick Corea's Return to Forever. Also, new music from Joel Ross, Doug MacDonald and Mike LeDonne. We close out the hour ...


Article: Opinion

When is a Jazz Festival (Not) a Jazz Festival?

Read "When is a Jazz Festival (Not) a Jazz Festival?" reviewed by John Kelman

This article was first published at All About Jazz on May 20, 2011. It's becoming almost pandemic for jazz festivals around the world to be challenged for deciding to broaden their programming into areas either peripherally related to jazz... or, in some cases, away from jazz entirely. Festivals like the near-iconic Montreux Jazz Festival, ...


Article: SoCal Jazz

Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid

Read "Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid" reviewed by Jim Worsley

In memory of Dean Brown. This interview was first published at All About Jazz on April 23, 2021. From the outset, the equation was simple enough. Jazz + rock = fusion. However, whether it was Miles Davis, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, or any of the pioneers of fusion, the music has always been far ...


Electric Chick (Europe)

Label: Verve Records
Released: 2023


Article: Profile

Johnny Vidacovich: Magnet In The Middle

Read "Johnny Vidacovich: Magnet In The Middle" reviewed by Thomas Cole

The ever changing cast of the Johnny Vidacovich Trio defies the meaning of that word--trio . Historically, jazz trios with a drummer in the middle have included such notables as Art Blakey, Gene Krupa and Max Roach but none of those groups changed cast members on a weekly basis or deviated very far from what they ...


Article: Chats with Cats

The YouTuber: Andy Edwards

Read "The YouTuber: Andy Edwards" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

With the rise of the internet and social media, some new job titles have recently come into existence such as Influencer, Blogger, and YouTuber. And, just as these social media platforms inform the public's knowledge and opinions about everything else nowadays, they certainly have an effect on people's interactions with music. It's just as common now ...


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