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News: TV / Film

A Movie About a Guitarist ... by a Guitarist

A Movie About a Guitarist ... by a Guitarist

One of the coolest things about Steve Vai is that he is committed to his love of the instrument and music. Many artists have enjoyed artistic freedom, controlling their output and being able to maintain their visions thanks to his Favored Nations label. Several years ago, Vai greenlighted a movie bio-pic about the legendary Hank Garland, ...


News: Opinion

Music Service ... or Disservice?

I subscribe to several music services, including Napster and eMusic, for accessing music for my listening enjoyment, for work and for teaching. All of these sites offer their helpful “picks" or recommendations, but there's a huge difference between the recommendations made by the sites. Compare Napster's top picks to eMusic's: Napster: Lyla by Avishai Cohen The ...


News: Festival

An Extra Treat at the Somerville Jazz Festival

Made it to Somerville in time to catch all of Louis Hayes' set—the set list included some Monk, some Coltrane, some Adderley... Hubbard and Shorter tunes. Terrific! I took a Bloggie, hoping to capture at least one performance but forgot to change the settings—after getting about 2 minutes of the opening tune, the memory card was ...


News: Festival

A Central Jersey Jazz Weekend

This weekend offers local jazz fans a feast and a festival ... Princeton's Jazz Feast on Saturday, and Sunday's Somerville Jazz Festival. Both have great lineups—can you make both? Princeton's feast opens with the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble—a top notch group—and follows with the New Legacy Jazz Band. Bucky Pizzarelli returns at 2:30 to help accompany ...


News: Video / DVD

Thursday in Princeton


News: Performance / Tour

Jazz in Jersey City Friday

If you've a taste for jazz delivered fresh, head to Casa Dante in Jersey City, Friday. Laura Hull will be joining Vic Juris and Steve LaSpina for a set starting at 7:30 p.m. If you've not heard Ms. Hull, be sure to visit her website; ditto for Mr. Juris, one of the best guitarists in the ...


News: Recording

Summertime, and the Re-Issues Are Jumpin' ...

It's the middle of the summer, apparently not the best time to release a new CD. For those willing to try, beware of the competition! According to AllAboutJazz.com's CD release schedule, this month has been rife with re-issues. From John Coltrane to Charles Mingus, Louis Armstrong to Bill Evans, it's been a crowded field of big ...


News: Interview

Brains, Beauty ... and a Bass

If you've not listened to Esperanza Spalding, you're missing out on a rare treat.Spalding is a 25-year-old dynamo, maybe the best thing to happen to jazz in a decade or two because she has the star quality missing from so many young players. Eldar and Julian Lage are exciting players, but Spalding is not only ...


News: Interview

Fairy Tales Can Come True ... It Can Happen to You

Choosing to be a musician is a commitment for the long-term, especially if one aspires to be a jazz musician. For every Jamie Callum or Eldar, there are thousands of determined players woodshedding every day and dreaming of having a hit record. They may have even already recorded the tracks that will break through--and don't know ...


News: Recording

Summary Judgment: Royce Campbell

Summary Judgment: Royce Campbell

I just received a new CD from guitarist Royce Campbell, the third he's kindly sent me to review. While I owe him a longer writeup on his “Movie Songs Project" with Phil Woods, I wanted to share his name and my thoughts on his music sooner than I'll be able to do otherwise. Campbell's latest release ...


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