A Conversation with…Trombonist Steve Wiest

June 21, 2007

Steve Wiest, the teacher, is also Steve Wiest, the eternal student. “What is it that Dizzy said?” he asks before answering: “‘The more I learn, the more I learn there is to learn.’ If Dizzy said that, then the rest of us have some work to do!” Today one of the country’s most sought-after clinicians, […]

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Introducing Students to the Giants of Jazz

Think about Wyoming, and you may picture cowboys, or blaring country music, or wide-open spaces that stretch on and on. It’s not a place known for jazz, a fact that Adam Jenkins knows all too well. “When I grew up in Wyoming in the 1980s, the record store really didn’t have jazz albums,” says the […]

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Listening and Learning

My wife and I inadvertently happened upon an outdoor dress rehearsal of the Boston Pops for their Fourth of July concert several years ago, while walking along the Charles River in Boston. Needless to say, we were thrilled when Arturo Sandoval stepped up to the stage to run through some of the pieces he was […]

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Alex Skolnick

Having made a name for himself in the late ’80s and early ’90s as one of metal’s most gifted guitarists, Alex Skolnick’s career took an abrupt left turn when he departed the San Francisco-based thrashers, Testament, in late 1992 and refocused his energies on studying jazz. By the late 1990s, Skolnick had relocated from the […]

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June / July 2007

Berklee Launches the BIRNBerklee College of Music has launched a global, four-channel, 24-hour guided tour through the world’s premier college for contemporary music education. The BIRN (Berklee Internet Radio Network) is the college’s first radio station in its 61-year history. Listen at www.thebirn.com. Under the leadership of Stephen Croes, dean of Berklee’s Music Technology Division, […]

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Overseeing Montreal’s Annual Jazz Summit

As co-founder of the Festival International de Jazz de Montr#233;al (as well as the Francofolies de Montr#233;al and the Montr#233;al High Lights Festival), Andr#233; M#233;nard has been helping to shape the climate of jazz performance for almost three decades. Along with associate Alain Simard, M#233;nard has developed his summertime jazz gathering from a somewhat modest […]

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June / July 2007

May 29 John Coltrane – Our Favourite Coltrane (Kingsroad) Chet Baker – No Ties (Kingsroad) Kenny Dorham – Inta Somethin’ (Toshiba EMI) The Jazz Factory – All the Things (JVC Victor) Charles Mingus – Just for Laughs (Kingsroad) Gerry Mulligan – At Storyville [Japan] (Toshiba EMI) Joe Pass – Catch Me (Toshiba EMI) David Pastorius […]

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June / July 2007

June 20, 2007

Death of a Bebop Wife from CadenceA new publication by Cadence Jazz Books tells the compelling life story of pianist Al Haig, one of the jazz greats in the vanguard of the bebop revolution, written by Grange (Lady Haig) Rutan. Over 15 years in the making, this is the “uncomfortable and often horrifying story” of […]

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Slash Chords – An Introduction

Slash chords offer musicians a plethora of new sonorities to incorporate into their playing and arranging.Not to be confused with poly-chords (two triads stacked upon each other), the term �slash chord� refers to a triad played over an independent bass note. There are innumerable ways in which to incorporate slash chords into your playing and […]

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April/May 2007

May 3, 2007

April 16 Ray Anthony – Swingin at the Tower (Montpellier) Darrell Grant – Truth and Reconciliation (Origin) Hot Club Sanwich – Green Room (Modern Hot) Todd Herbert – The Path to Infiniti (Metropolitan) Clay Jenkins – Blues State (Jazz Compass) J.J. Johnson – J.J. Johnson’s Last Concert (Jamey Aebersold) Dave Liebman – Teaches and Plays […]

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