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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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Bassist Gary Willis, Alex Machacek and a feature on Tone Centre records

Read "Bassist Gary Willis, Alex Machacek and a feature on Tone Centre records" reviewed by Len Davis

Jeff Sipe Trio, Gary Willis, FAT, John McLaughlin. Plus a feature on Tone Centre Records with Vital Tech Tones 2, Cause and Effect, Uncle Moe's Space Ranch and Extraction .Playlist Jeff Sipe-Trio “Home Town" from Jeff Sipe Trio (Abstract Logix) 00:00 Gary Willis “Disconnectivity" from Retro (Abstract Logix) 07:14 FAT “Holiday In Tamelin" from ...


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Steps Ahead, Steve Smith, Frank Gambale and Tim Miller's new release Synergy

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Today's program features the band Steps Ahead and their album Vibe with music from musicians who played on that session, including Donny McCaslin, Victor Bailey and Adam Holzman. Plus the new release from guitarist Tim Miller with Synergy. Playlist Steps Ahead “Vibe" from Vibe (NYC) 00:00 Donny McCaslin"Stadium Jazz" from Casting For Gravity (SelfProduced) ...


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Jeremy Green, Gary Meek, Per Mathisen, David Garfield and more

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New releases from Jeremy Green from Standing 8, Gary Meek, Per Mathisen and David Garfield. Playlist Jeremy Green “Close with the Jab" from Standing 8,(Self Produced) 00:00 Jeremy Green “Car Rock" from Standing 8 (Self Produced) 07:17 Gary Meek “Bosphorous Blues" from Monterey Groove (Autumn Hill) 14:42 Per Mathisen “Fighting for a Reason" from ...


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Steve Smith-George Brooks-Prasanna, Tim Hagans, Miles Davis, Return to Forever and Lenny White

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Chris Potter, Steve Smith and George Brooks with Prasanna. Tim Hagans, Miles Davis and more '70s classics to finish. Playlist Chris Potter Underground"Rumples" from Ultrahang (ArtistShare) 00:00 Steve Smith-George Brooks-Prasanna “Dubai Dance" from Raga Bop Trio (Abstract Logix) 0:07:38 Tim Hagans-Bob Belden “are you threatening me?" from Re-Animation (Blue Note) 15:17 Miles Davis “Big ...


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Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid

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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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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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New Music And Old Favourites In Jazz-Rock

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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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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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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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