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Steve Provizer

I studied music at Berklee, N.E.C. and Indian music at Wesleyan. Been in and out of many bands. Latest incarnation is my group "Travelin' Light," with me on trumpet, valve trombone and vocals, along with 2 other vocalists. We do original arrangements of standards, jazz tunes and vocalese for which I write lyrics. Another part of me plays and has always played free music, with my main collaborator being guitarist Keith Crook. I also play with a group called the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Marching Brass Band. I also have a media background, having worked in television, print and, for the last 10 years, radio

ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Ornette Coleman: An Outsider Cracks the Egg

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Part 1 | Part 2 There are two ways a musician can make a significant impact on jazz. One is to mobilize virtuosity and knowledge to push the current boundaries of the music. There are a number who fall in this category, but unassailable examples are Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum and Charlie Parker. The ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Ornette Coleman: The Territory And The Adventure

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Ornette Coleman: The Territory And The Adventure Maria Golia 368 Pages ISBN: #9781789142235 University of Chicago Press 2020 Ornette Coleman holds a singular place in jazz history. The seeds of change in jazz had been sewn by Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, John Coltrane and their cohorts, but Coleman's ...

Frank Sinatra: Myth, Reality and a Critic Standing in Line at Arby’s

Read "Frank Sinatra: Myth, Reality and a Critic Standing in Line at Arby’s" reviewed by Steve Provizer

The mere act of re-releasing a 1960 Frank Sinatra album speaks to the fact that his name still creates ripples when tossed into the cultural pond; still has the power to inspire a reaction when other other vocal stars of yore have receded into distant memory. An ocean of ink has been spilled in portraits and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Drummer George Schuller Talks about Lee Konitz

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George Schuller performed as percussionist with the recently deceased saxophonist Lee Konitz on and off since 1992. I covered one of their last jny: Boston concerts here. George has lived in Brooklyn since 1992 but is well-known in Boston. His father, Gunther Schuller, was a composer and musician of note and served as President of the ...

ARTICLE: JUST FOR FUN

Jazz Snacks for the Pandemic

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Jazz fanatics are particularly egregious eaters—too busy listening to pay much attention to food. I believe this array of sweet treats will satisfy even the most ludicrously undeveloped jazz palates. Jack the Gummy Bear Baby Dodds Ruth Junior Cook Mints Chick Webb-lets Almond Joy Spring Twix Beiderbecke Pete Jolly Ranchers Tootie Heath Bars ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

New Media, Jazz and Camille Bertault

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A recent headline in Fortune.com read: “Why 'Success' on YouTube Still Means a Life of Poverty." Hundreds of thousands, even millions of views often result in meaningless royalty checks to musicians from YouTube (owned by Google). And yet, there are musicians whose videos on that platform, combined with a Facebook and Instagram presence, have either created ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Remembering Claudio Roditi

Read "Remembering Claudio Roditi" reviewed by Steve Provizer

I knew trumpet player Claudio Roditi for many years and although years would pass between encounters, he made a deep impression. I was very moved by his recent death, as were so many in the jazz community. Claudio was Brazilian and a well-known musician in his country, but like a lot of jazz musicians ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Rabbit’s Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges

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Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges Con Chapman 240Pages ISBN: #9780190055288 Oxford University Press 2019 Alto and soprano saxophonist Johnny Hodges was one of the most singular voices in jazz. He didn't play the horn as much as sing through it. Hodges made a large, ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Most Read Articles: 2019

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All About Jazz tracks how often an article is read, and the articles listed below represent our most popular in 2019. The number to the right of the date published represents the article's read count as of December 30th. Live Reviews Documenting Jazz 2019 by Ian Patterson ...


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