Characteristic Mode Tone

September 24, 2010

All of the diatonic modes (Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian) have distinguishing characteristics. Some have one especially distinctive tone. In order to best capture the unique sound of a particular mode in a musical composition, the mode’s fundamental tone (first note of the mode) and characteristically distinctive scale step should be emphasized. For […]

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September 2010

Phil Barone Saxophones Well known saxophone mouthpiece maker, Phil Barone, has recently introduced a line of professional level saxophones in a variety of styles and finishes. They are offered in straight soprano, curved soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and saxello. Some of the specialized finishes include gold plated, silver plated, black nickel, bare brass, antique bronze, […]

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New Notable Music Releases for September 2010

August 10 Greg Burke Vincente Lebron Unduality [Accurate]George Duke Deja Vu [Heads Up]The Either Orchestra Mood Music for Time Travellers [Accurate]Darrell Katz The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra A Wallflower in the Amazon [Accurate]The Dave Liebman Big Band Live As Always [Mama]Roland Vazquez Band The Visitor [Aaron Copeland Fund] August 17 Hakan Brostrom Refraction [Art of […]

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The 2010 JEN Conference Virtual Outreach

Dr. Larry Ridley, AAJC Executive Director Bassist Extraordinaire: “The AAJC and the NAJJP (National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters, directed by Dr. Ronald Myers) are pleased to announce a new collaboration with “The ALIVE Project”. Two outstanding educators and artists, Mr. Allan Molnar and Mr. Stewart Smith, direct the ALIVE Project. The collaboration will focus […]

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Washington’s Best Kept Military Secret

Groucho Marx is credited with the observation that military justice is to justice as military music is to music. Clearly, the great comedian never heard the US Army Blues, or its sister jazz big bands the Navy Commodores, the Airmen of Note, and the Jazz Ambassadors; for if he had, this chestnut might never have […]

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September 2010

Jazz Educators Take New Orleans! Join the Jazz Education Network (JEN) on January 6-8, 2011 at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, La. for the organization’s second annual national conference. Enjoy meeting other jazz educators, attend exhilarating school ensemble performances or enlightening clinics, hear exciting headliners, visit industry exhibits, and jam with the best. […]

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Amina Figarova

Amina Figarova has been earning recognition not only as a captivating pianist, but also as, “among the most important composers to come into jazz in the new millennium” (Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes). A native of Baku, Azerbijan, Figarova studied classical piano before switching to jazz after a 1988 trip to the Moscow Jazz Festival. She then […]

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String Players in Jazz

In the past, with the exception of the bass, there had been relatively few opportunities for string players to get a full education focused on jazz. Although there have been some stellar string players in jazz, they have been in relatively small numbers compared to those in the classical genre. According to the Web site […]

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Sax Stars Discuss the Pursuit of the Perfect Mouthpiece

Ralph Bowen, George Garzone, and Dave Glasser recently sat down with JAZZed to shoot the breeze about blowing through horns. Bowen is a staple on the New York Jazz scene, has just released his sixth solo CD, and is associate professor of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. Garzone is a member of The Fringe jazz […]

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Esperanza Spalding: This Music Should Be Known

A musical prodigy from a single-parent household in a rough part of town who grows up not “fitting in” with normal society, but who rises above it all to find massive success at an extremely young age, all the while remaining grounded, humble, approachable Esperanza Spalding’s Capra-esque life story is inspiring and uplifting, and she […]

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