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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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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 ...

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Summer 2020

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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

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"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 ...

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Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music

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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. ...

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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

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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 ...

The Healing Game (Deluxe Edition)

Label: Legacy Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD 1: Rough God Goes Riding; Fire in the Belly; This Weight; Waiting Game; Piper at the Gates of Dawn; Burning Ground; It Once Was My Life; Sometimes We Cry; If You Love Me; The Healing Game; Look What the Good People Done; At the End of the Day; The Healing Game; Full Force Gale '96; St. Dominic's Preview. CDisc 2: The Healing Game; Fire in the Belly; Didn't He Ramble; The Healing Game; Sometimes We Cry; Mule Skinner Blues; A Kiss to Build a Dream On ; Don't Look Back; The Healing Game; Boppin' the Blues; Matchbox; Sittin' on Top of the World; . My Angel; All By Myself; Mule Skinner Blues. CDisc 3: Rough God Goes Riding; Foreign Window; Tore Down A La Rimbaud; Vanlose Stairway/Trans-Euro Train; Fool For You; Sometimes We Cry; It Once Was My Life; I'm Not Feeling It Anymore; This Weight; Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me); Fire in the Belly; Tupelo Honey/Why Must I Always Explain; The Healing Game; See Me Through/Soldier of Fortune/Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)/Burning Ground.

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Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival Various venues Falcarragh, Ireland December 6-7, 2019 Two days, three venues and six gigs. Small but beautiful. After the success of its inaugural edition in 2018, Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival returned to the west-Donegal town with almost exactly the same format, and bar one eleventh hour ...


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