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Vinnie Colaiuta


Vincent Colaiuta is a highly regarded drummer based in Los Angeles. Originally from Brownsville, Pennsylvania, he began playing drums as a child and received his first full drum kit from his parents at the age of 14. After attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston for a year, Colaiuta relocated to Los Angeles and made a mediocre living playing with lounge bands. His break came in April 1978 at the age of 22, when he auditioned for Frank Zappa, an audition that involved performing the notoriously difficult piece entitled "The Black Page". The audition was successful and Colaiuta went on to work with Zappa as his principal drummer for studio and live performances


Article: SoCal Jazz

Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid

Read "Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid" reviewed by Jim Worsley

In memory of Dean Brown. This interview was first published at All About Jazz on April 23, 2021. From the outset, the equation was simple enough. Jazz + rock = fusion. However, whether it was Miles Davis, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, or any of the pioneers of fusion, the music has always been far ...



Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: XYZ; Be Cool; Optamystical; Ray Barretto; Left Right Here; Lost Daze; Likewise; Bar 55; She's Got To Be Somewhere.


Chris Botti Vol. 1

Label: Blue Note
Released: 2023
Track listing: Danny Boy; Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered; Two For The Road; Paris; Blue In Green; Someday My Prince Will Come; Time On My Hands; My Funny Valentine; Fix You; Old Folks;


Georgia's World - single

Label: MMG Records: Jeff Weber Producer
Released: 2023
Track listing: Georgia's World


Land of Enchantment

Label: mmgmusic
Released: 2023
Track listing: Place in the Sun; Moonrise Samba; Native Dancer; A Distant Light; Georgia’s World; Norwegian Wood; Emerald Springs; By the Time I Get to Phoenix.


Article: Album Review

Todd Mosby: Land of Enchantment

Read "Land of Enchantment" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As Land of Enchantment is New Mexico's state motto, it is not hard to ascertain the motive behind Missouri-bred guitarist Todd Mosby's latest album. As for its target, that would seem to be the light or smooth jazz market, as there is an abundance of rhythmic flow but a lack of what could be considered improvisational ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Yo Miles, Jing Chi, Mar Russo and Arc Trio with John Daversa Big Band

Read "Yo Miles, Jing Chi, Mar Russo and Arc Trio with John Daversa Big Band" reviewed by Len Davis

We finish our tour of Europe with German Band Metrik system and Hungarian band European Mantra. Jimmy Haslip, Vinnie Colaiuta and Robben Ford from Jing Chi, Yo Miles from Upriver and French Canadian guitarist Michel Cusson. Saxophonist Marc Russo with Benny Rietveld, Christian McBride band, German composer and keyboard placer MSM Schmidt and The ARC trio ...


Article: Interview

Alan Ferber: Enneadic Endeavors

Read "Alan Ferber: Enneadic Endeavors" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When Alan Ferber was first finding his way as a Californian-turned-New Yorker near the dawn of the new millennium, he didn't know many people on his adopted scene. So logically, he used composing--for nonet, among other configurations--as a means for networking and fostering connections. “I don't like cold calling people; I just like to put projects ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts To Monnette Sudler, Irene Higginbotham (Good Morning Heartache), Hazel Scott & More

Read "New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts To Monnette Sudler, Irene Higginbotham (Good Morning Heartache), Hazel Scott & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from from drummer Ken Serio, guitarist Andrea Lisa, vocalists Marina Pacowski and Chloe Jean, with birthday shoutouts to Monnette Sudler, Irene Higginbotham (Good Morning Heartache), Hazel Scott, Daryl Sherman, Jocelyn Gould, Lili Anel, Janiece Jaffe, Deanna Kirk and Erica Lindsey, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...


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