Where’s the Beat?

March 1, 2010

The term, “meter” can be defined as a repetitive pattern of strong and weak beats in an arranged rhythm. This does not imply that the rhythms themselves are necessarily repetitive, but a repeated pattern of pulses or beats is clearly evident. Duple meter in the music will feel like “strong/weak/strong/weak.” Triple meter in the music […]

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Lynne Arriale: Teaching Fearlessness

December 9, 2009

First making a major splash when she won the 1993 International Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Lynne Arriale has subsequently claimed a prominent position in the world of modern jazz through a string of lauded performances and recordings including her most recent CD/DVD, Nuance: The Bennett Studio Sessions (Mote;ma) that have charmed critics and fans, […]

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Najee

Among the more commercially successful instrumentalists of the past two-plus decades, saxophonist/flautist Najee consistently connects with both jazz and RB aficionados his crossover appeal has led some to dub him the “innovator of urban jazz.” Najee’s broad appeal as a player also when considering the artists whom he has recorded or performed with: Prince, Larry […]

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November, 2009

First Annual JEN Conferencehe Jazz Education Network (JEN) plans to hold the first of its annual conferences at the University of Missouri – St. Louis next spring. JEN board member and UM – St. Louis director of Jazz Studies, Jim Widner, was instrumental in bringing the conference to St. Louis. In June, Widner was recognized […]

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The Jazz Big Band: Ingredients To Assure Good Ensemble Performances

I was afforded the opportunity to play in jazz big bands from my youth through higher education. I experienced many styles of leadership, some more effective than others. Some ensembles I played in at the University level were at a professional level. Others were mere reading ensembles sorely lacking in basic technique, intonation, improvisational skills, […]

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2009, November

October 6 Dave Braham To Be Free [Random Act] Anouar Brahem Astounding Eyes of Rita [ECM] Jimmy Cobb Jazz In The Key of Blue [Chesky] Tim Quinlan Streetscape [Addo] Aldo Romano Corners [Phantom] Alex Terrier Roundtrip [Barking Cat] Trygghet Roundtrip [Barking Cat] Manuel Valera Two View [Atelier Music] Terry Vosbein Knoxville Jazz Orchestra – Progressive […]

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2009, November

SKB’s Cymbal SafeSKB’s new cymbal case, the 1SKB-CS22 Cymbal Safe is designed for transport of either cymbals in a gig bag or marching band cymbals that cannot be mounted on a spindle. The SKB Cymbal Safe is rotationally molded from Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE), offering high durability and strength. The 1SKB-CS22 is a roto-molded […]

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John Scofield: Jazz Can be Learned, but it Can’t be Taught

October 28, 2009

John Scofield’s rock- and RB-infused approach to jazz guitar has made him one of the most prominent voices on the instrument for decades. Along with Bill Frissell and Pat Metheny (the “big three” of contemporary jazz guitar), Scofield has exerted an immeasurable influence on generations of musicians who’ve followed. Early collaborations in the ’70s with […]

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The Jazz Academy: Bringing Jazz to the People

Columbus Jazz Orchestra at the Lincoln Theatre. The Jazz Art Group was formed in Columbus, Ohio in 1973 and is America’s oldest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, performing, and promoting jazz. Within the organization is the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, boasting the largest subscriber base of any jazz orchestra in the country. In addition to […]

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Wayne Wallace

Collaborations with the likes of Carlos Santana, Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins, John Lee Hooker, and Tito Puente, among many others, have established trombonist, composer/arranger, and producer Wayne Wallace as a powerful force in the world of jazz and beyond. Recipient of a NEA grant for jazz composition and frequently singled out in critics’ and readers’ […]

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