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Nickname: The Fab Four The Beatles are the greatest popular group of all-time. Arguably the most successful entertainers of the 20th century, they contributed to music, film, literature, art, and fashion, made a continuous impact on popular culture and the lifestyle of several generations. Their songs and images carrying powerful ideas of love, peace, help, and imagination evoked creativity and liberation that outperformed the rusty Soviet propaganda and contributed to breaking walls in the minds of millions, thus making impact on human history. In July of 1957, in Liverpool, Paul McCartney met John Lennon and joined his group, The Quarrymen

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Bassist / Composer Andrew Vogt

Read "Take Five with Bassist / Composer Andrew Vogt" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Andrew Vogt Chicago-based bassist/composer Andrew Vogt has written original pieces and arrangements for the all-female led ATLYS String Quartet, EDM artist Seven Lions, '80s hit machine Tom Kelly and electric jazz ensemble Bonzo Squad. As a sideman, he has worked with jazz legends such as Randy Brecker, Bob Reynolds, Ernie Watts and Donny McCaslin as ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Paul Chastain: The Small Square's Big Sounds

Read "Paul Chastain: The Small Square's Big Sounds" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


Today, the Spotlight shines On singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Paul Chastain. Paul is one half of the duo The Small Square, with drummer, percussionist, and vocalist John Louis Richardson. He is also a songwriter for and co-founder of the group Velvet Crush and has worked with Matthew Sweet, Roger McGuinn, Susanna Hoffs, the late ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Hammonds Abound: Koppel Blade Koppel and The Bobby Broom Organ-isation

Read "Hammonds Abound: Koppel Blade Koppel and The Bobby Broom Organ-isation" reviewed by Doug Collette


Is there an organ trio revival underway in the jazz universe? Boston has bequeathed the Tim Carman Organ Trio, while western New York state has bestowed Organ Fairchild upon us. Meanwhile, the Tony Monaco Trio continues to wend its way along the golden road of seemingly unlimited devotion. Now, guitarist Bobby Broom has deigned to revisit ...

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Article: The Big Question

What Is Your Favorite Jazz Interpretation Of The Beatles?

Read "What Is Your Favorite Jazz Interpretation Of The Beatles?" reviewed by Ian Patterson


When The Beatles landed at John F. Kennedy Airport on February 7, 1964, they were greeted by around three thousand fans. Two days later, when The Fab Four performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, the television audience topped 70 million. Popular music was never the same again. It was not long before jazz musicians ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Saxophonist Nick Stefanacci

Read "Take Five with Saxophonist Nick Stefanacci" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Nick StefanacciPop/jazz saxophonist, music educator and philanthropist Nick Stefanacci has been a lover of music and performance his entire life. Having started playing saxophone at age 10, he began performing at 16 with the then-rising southern rock guitarist, Derek Trucks. Stefanacci has since worked with some of the industry elite, including, Latin Grammy Award-winning rock ...

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Article: Book Review

Living The Beatles Legend: The Untold Story Of Mal Evans

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Living The Beatles Legend: The Untold Story of Mal Evans Kenneth Womack 592 Pages ISBN: #978-0063248526 Dey Street Books2023 Kenneth Womack covers a tremendous amount of ground in writing The Untold Story of Mal Evans. Granted, Living The Beatles Legend runs nearly six-hundred pages including scrupulous footnotes as well ...

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Article: Album Review

Playfield: Magic Heart

Read "Magic Heart" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Daniel Carter, who--if not the epitome of free consciousness then is very well within the immediate vicinity of striking range--gives props to electric Miles Davis and The Beatles' psychedelica with mischief and madness on the hell bent and heaven sent Magic Heart. Their second entrance into the Carter's life long discography, Playfield is a ...

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Article: Book Review

Peter Jesperson: Euphoric Recall - A Half Century as A Music Fan, Producer, DJ, Record Executive and Tastemaker

Read "Peter Jesperson: Euphoric Recall - A Half Century as A Music Fan, Producer, DJ, Record Executive and Tastemaker" reviewed by Doug Collette


Euphoric Recall: A Half Century as A Music Fan, Producer, DJ, Record Executive and Tastemaker Peter Jesperson 310 Pages ISBN: # 978-1681342719 Minnesota Historical Society Press 2023 As indicated in the lengthy subtitle to Euphoric Recall, Peter Jesperson posits himself as something of a musical renaissance man. And while ...

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Article: Album Review

Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At The Hollywood Bowl – August 18, 1967

Read "Live At The Hollywood Bowl – August 18, 1967" reviewed by Doug Collette


The archiving of Jimi Hendrix' vault has apparently reached the point where what happens on a given release is less important than when it happened. So it is with Live At The Hollywood Bowl--August 18, 1967, the setlist for which is similar to that of his ground-breaking June '67 performance at Monterey Pop, one ...


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