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Steve Smith was originally drawn to the drums by hearing marching bands in parades as a child in his native Massachusetts. At age nine, in 1963, Smith began studying the instrument in earnest with local Boston area teacher Bill Flanagan, who played in big bands in the swing era. Smith performed in the usual school band program and garage bands while in his teens, but also began to broaden his performing experience by playing in a professional Brockton concert band and even the big band at the local college, Bridgewater State. After high school, Smith began studying music at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1972

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid

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


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 from simplistic. Musical depth has long been the trademark of a genre that has been through many incarnations and traversed ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Gergo Borlai: Talkin' Drummers and Drumming

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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: Radio

New Music And Old Favourites In Jazz-Rock

Read "New Music And Old Favourites In Jazz-Rock" reviewed by Len Davis


The new release from keyboardist Steve Hunt Connections includes an impressive list of musicians. Jimmy Haslip Alex Machacek and Virgil Donati to name just a few. Also music from Simon Phillips from his Out Of The Blue live album and Frank Gambale Stuart Hamm and Steve Smith. Playlist Steve Hunt “Quantum Entanglement" from Connections ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Zakir Hussain: The Best Jazz / Crossover Albums

Read "Zakir Hussain: The Best  Jazz / Crossover Albums" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Zakir Hussain turned 70 on March 9th. In an unparalleled career, which began in earnest aged 7, the man widely acclaimed as the world's greatest tabla player has played with the giants of both Indian classical music and jazz. It is hard to think of another musician who has straddled both worlds to such a prominent ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass

Read "Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Tom Kennedy has never considered himself a prospector, but surely has tapped into a goldmine. As if releasing a hotshot new record wasn't enough, the world class jazz and fusion bassist is in compositional bliss with a bevy of new material yet to be recorded. Kennedy and I talk at length about his new writing technique ...

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Drumology

Label: Autumn Hill Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Inferno; Waverunners; Konnakol; Brave New World; Ten Times Ten; Drum Duet in C Minor; Spark.

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News: Award / Grant

Los Angeles Based Independent Jazz Label, BFM Jazz, Wins Five Grammys

Los Angeles Based Independent Jazz Label, BFM Jazz, Wins Five Grammys

BFM JAZZ is a boutique record label based in Los Angeles that garnered six Grammy nominations and turned them into five wins this past Sunday. In the company’s brief, nine-year existence, they’ve put out 27 projects that have accumulated 17 nominations collectively. In 2018, BFM Jazz released just three projects. All three received nominations and all ...

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Article: Live From New York

Sabir Khan, Steve Smith, Billy Childs, Pamelia Stickney & Sam Amidon

Read "Sabir Khan, Steve Smith, Billy Childs, Pamelia Stickney & Sam Amidon" reviewed by Martin Longley


Sabir Khan & Aditya Kalyanpur The Rubin Museum Of Art March 23, 2018 The Rubin Museum now seems to have eased off on its penchant for strictly all-acoustic performances, with microphones in place for this recital by the Indian sarangi player Sabir Khan, returning a long time after his ...

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News: Education

Where's The Beat? From Ancient Rhythms To Future Grooves For Gizmos, Gadgets And Thingamajigs

Where's The Beat? From Ancient Rhythms To Future Grooves For Gizmos, Gadgets And Thingamajigs

The classic “world beat bible" by Matthew Montfort is now bringing these ancient rhythms into the grooves of the future with content for digital audio workstations, sequencers, computers, tablets, smartphones, CD players, and other gizmos! Where's the Beat? A. West Africa, Bali, and India, birthplaces of polyrhythm, gamelan, and tala. B. Within every performer, ...


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