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Van Morrison was born in Belfast in 1945, the son of a shipyard worker who collected American blues and jazz records. Van grew up listening to the music of Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson, Lightnin' Hopkins and John Lee Hooker. Surrounded by every kind of musical influence - country, blues, jazz, and folk - from 13 he was playing guitar, sax and harmonica with a series of local Irish showbands, skiffle and rock'n'roll groups. By the time he rose to the fore of Britain’s nascent blues-rock scene as leader of Them, Morrison had already pulled years in the trenches, singing and playing with some of Belfast’s cagiest combos

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Notable and Nearly Missed 2020

Read "Notable and Nearly Missed 2020" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The strange year that was 2020 yielded, reluctantly, re-issued and previously unissued recordings from across the spectrum of music and ain't it fine to have such to consider. The value of such recordings lay in their function in pointing to the musical future we presently inhabit. They fill in the blank spaces between then and now. ...

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John Densmore: The Seekers: Meetings With Remarkable Musicians (And Other Artists)

Read "John Densmore: The Seekers: Meetings With Remarkable Musicians (And Other Artists)" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Seekers: Meetings With Remarkable Musicians (and Other Artists) John Densmore 240 pages ISBN: #978-0306846236 Hachette Books2020 John Densmore's third book, The Seekers, carries the unusual distinction of featuring a blurb on its back cover that actually speaks accurately to the contents inside. John Doe, co-founder of seminal punk ...

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Meet Mike Jurkovic

Read "Meet Mike Jurkovic" reviewed by AAJ Staff

I currently live in: The hills of the Hudson Valley with Emily, the deer, the bears, the battling hummingbirds, a seasonal view of the Shawangunk Ridge, and our three cats. I joined All About Jazz in: The summer of 2017. Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I had ...

ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Summer 2020

Read "Summer 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Paul Kelly/Paul Grabowsky Please Leave Your Light On Cooking Vinyl 2020 Less the blues in ...

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Cynthia Lin: Teaching Jazz Ukulele on Four Strings of Aloha

Read "Cynthia Lin: Teaching Jazz Ukulele on Four Strings of Aloha" reviewed by Arthur R George

"Aloha, everyone!" is Cynthia Lin's cheerful greeting to start her ukulele instructional videos which have compiled millions of views on YouTube. It is like a dear friend's individual welcoming. Her site mixes jazz classics: “Night and Day" by Cole Porter, “Don't Get Around Much Anymore," “On the Sunny Side of the Street," and “Unforgettable," among ballads ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music

Read "Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music" reviewed by Doug Collette

Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer's Life in Music Ted Templeman as told to Greg Renoff 472 pages ISBN: 10: 1770414835 ECW Press 2020 It's some measure of Ted Templeman's humility that so many of the photos that appear throughout A Platinum Producer's Life in Music do not feature him. ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

For Those Who Chant

Read "For Those Who Chant" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes

Luis Gasca was one of the hottest trumpet players in California during the 1970s, recording a handful of albums fueled by the drugs, the culture, and the excitement of that time and place. Though they all featured large ensembles, only one of them allowed some of the era's most legendary musicians to blur the lines separating ...

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Steve Dawson: Finding the Secret of a Song

Read "Steve Dawson: Finding the Secret of a Song" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It might be that singer/songwriter Steve Dawson was born in California and raised in Idaho, but he has become a son of the city he calls home: jny: Chicago. He is teaching at the acclaimed Old Town School of Folk Music and while preparing others for a life in music, he has also followed his own ...

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Brilliant Corners 2020

Read "Brilliant Corners 2020" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners 2020 Various Venues jny:Belfast, N. Ireland February 27 to March 7, 2020 Maybe it's global warming, for just as the first bloom of spring in these strange times appears in February, so too, Brilliant Corners starts ever earlier. From its first, modest edition over three days ...


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