Kate McGarry & the Diplomacy of Jazz

May 30, 2012

Grammy nominee takes to China as a jazz ambassador.

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Joanne Brackeen: Learning from the Best

March 28, 2012

Pianist and Jazz Messengers veteran Joanne Brackeen is one of the all-time greats at the art of stylistic self-determinism.

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Jamey Abersold: The Man Who Taught the World to Jam

January 9, 2012

Play-A-Longs Innovator and Jazz Camp Chief Jamey Aebersold On Decades of Simple Educational Greatness.

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Gregg Field: Multi-Task Master…

December 1, 2011

Lifelong Jazz Man Gregg Field Has a Career That’s Touched on Every Aspect of the Music Business. Here’s Why Young Musicians Should Try to Do the Same.

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Younger Lions: Caleb Chapman

September 20, 2011

For those looking for a savior of jazz education, mild-mannered and sparsely populated Utah probably isn’t high on the list of scouting locations. But that’s where ambitious private teacher-turned-bandleader Caleb Chapman calls home, and he’s gone a long way toward creating one of the most successful youth jazz programs in the country. What’s more he’s done it all with local kids.

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Clark Terry: ‘Mumbles’ Makes Time for Mentoring

July 26, 2011

A legend for generations, Clark Terry has spent countless hours with every willing student, translating a lifetime’s worth of experience into an invaluable resource for young jazz musicians everywhere.

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Dr. Larry Ridley: The Roots that Have Produced the Fruits

June 7, 2011

An accomplished musical force with decades of experience as a sought-after accompanist, soloist, and bandleader, Dr. Larry Ridley is also one of the staunchest advocates for jazz education and the appreciation of the music’s roots in African-American culture. We recently spoke with Dr. Ridley to learn of his life as a student and teacher of the language and culture of jazz.

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Delfeayo Marsalis: A Responsibility to the Music

April 18, 2011

Being driven around the neighborhoods of the Crescent City, discussing jazz with one of the Marsalis clan for an hour or so – not a bad way to spend an afternoon, right? This past January, while at the JEN Conference, that’s the situation I was lucky enough to find myself in.

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Delfeayo Marsalis: A Responsibility to the Music…

March 23, 2011

Being driven around the neighborhoods of the Crescent City, discussing jazz with one of the Marsalis clan for an hour or so not a bad way to spend an afternoon, right? This past January, while at the JEN Conference, that’s the situation I was lucky enough to find myself in. Delfeayo Marsalis (www.dmarsalis.com) doesn’t (yet) […]

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David Liebman: This is Not Something You Enter Lightly

January 16, 2011

One of the most stalwart torchbearers for jazz for both the music and the “message” David Liebman has been a hugely significant figure within the genre for over four decades. As a performer, he cut his teeth playing with Elvin Jones and Miles Davis (not too shabby!), before embarking on his own highly acclaimed solo […]

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