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Stevie Wonder

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b. Steveland Judkins, 13 May 1950, Saginaw, Michigan, USA. Born Judkins, Wonder now prefers to be known as Steveland Morris after his mother's married name. Placed in an incubator immediately after his birth, baby Steveland was given too much oxygen, causing Steveland to suffer permanent blindness. Despite this handicap, Wonder began to learn the piano at the age of seven, and had also mastered drums and harmonica by the age of nine. After his family moved to Detroit in 1954, Steveland joined a church choir, the gospel influence on his music balanced by the R&B of Ray Charles and Sam Cooke being played on his transistor radio. In 1961, he was discovered by Ronnie White of the Miracles, who arranged an audition at Motown Records

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Udin&Jazz 2022

Read "Udin&Jazz 2022" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Udin&Jazz 2022 Teatro Palamostre Udine 12-16.7.2022 Dopo tre anni di “esilio" a Grado, a seguito della (anche coraggiosa) decisione di non collaborare con l'amministrazione cittadina, per la sua trentaduesima edizione Udin&Jazz è tornato nella sua sede originaria con un programma giustamente diversificato, articolato su cinque giorni: nei primi tre una bella ...

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Greg Duncan: Sound Duality

Read "Sound Duality" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Trumpeter Greg Duncan moved from Chicago to Philadelphia in 2020, and the change of environment brought about more than an altered geography. It gave Duncan the chance to forge some creative partnerships with two new ensembles, both of which are found on Sound Duality. The first, a conventional quartet, utilizes the talents of pianist Tim Brey, ...

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Take Five with Monday Michiru

Read "Take Five with Monday Michiru" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Monday Michiru Since her solo album debut in 1991, songstress-flutist Monday Michiru has released albums on an annual basis both as a soloist and collaborator. Known as one of the pioneers of the Japanese acid jazz movement and boasting countless dance floor and radio hits worldwide, Monday's compositional style and repertoire has evolved to that ...

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Superstition

Featuring the music of Tobin Mueller
Duration: 6:50

Hip and ethereal jazz-funk version of the Stevie Wonder classic, "Superstition". An extremely well-crafted instrumental arrangement, balanced, and inventive, accentuating the mystery and magic behind Wonder's original lyrics.
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Take Five with Matthew Muñeses

Read "Take Five with Matthew Muñeses" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Matthew Muñeses Matthew Muñeses is a saxophonist and educator residing in the northwest suburbs of jny: Chicago. In 2011, he received his B.M. in Saxophone Performance at Illinois State University and his M.M. in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. During this time, Matthew studied with Dana Hall, Chip McNeill, ...

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Take Five with Tobin Mueller

Read "Take Five with Tobin Mueller" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Tobin Mueller Connecticut-based composer, arranger, playwright and pianist Tobin Mueller has just released his 35th album: Prestidigitation, drawing on a long career of innovation and artistry. Mueller's compositions range from Jazz Fusion to Progressive Rock, Broadway musicals to Old-School Funk, Classical ballet to video games. His jazz ensemble recordings have featured legendary bassist Ron Carter, ...

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Article: The Revolution Will NOT Be Televised

Gil Scott-Heron: Paean To The Spirit Of One Of The Last Poets

Read "Gil Scott-Heron: Paean To The Spirit Of One Of The Last Poets" reviewed by William H. Snyder


IntroductionWhat does it take to be a griot? According to the dictionary, griots are a 'member of a hereditary caste among the peoples of western Africa whose function is to keep an oral history of the tribe or village and to entertain with stories, poems, songs, dances, etc.' Gil Scott-Heron did not grow up in West ...

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Tobin Mueller's New Album 'Prestidigitation' Celebrates The Founders Of Jazz Fusion

Tobin Mueller's New Album 'Prestidigitation' Celebrates The Founders Of Jazz Fusion

Tobin Mueller’s new album Prestidigitation celebrates the founders of fusion jazz: Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea; plus crossover jazz-funk masters Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone. Frank Zappa makes the cut, along with other prog-rock fusion bands Yes and Happy The Man. Not to be forgotten, important precursors John Coltrane and Bill Evans ...

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Article: Interview

Pianist Joe Block: At the Start of His Big Bang

Read "Pianist Joe Block: At the Start of His Big Bang" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


According to cosmologists, our universe started as a tiny speck and within a fraction of a second exploded into a huge ever-expanding space with all the galaxies, stars, and planets condensing out of the dispersed matter within it. This picture of the origins of the cosmos provides an apt metaphor for the way in which some ...


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