Keeping the Flame Alive

November 19, 2010

Dr. Lou Fischer has been an active musician for nearly half a century, with much of that time spent establishing himself as a versatile, in-demand jazz artist and educator, and respected music publisher. As a performer, he’s worked with the likes of Airto, The Crusaders, Red Rodney, Charlie Byrd, Andy Williams, Bill Watrous, Tony Bennett, […]

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Esperanza Spalding: This Music Should Be Known

September 24, 2010

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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Shelton Berg: How the Spiritual and the Technical Come Together to Make Art

July 9, 2010

Shelton Berg, dean of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, is a classically trained pianist who has had one heck of a jazz career. “I’ve played with a lot of the people that I never dreamed I’d get to play with,” he says. Berg worked his way through college playing six […]

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Rufus Reid: A Chat With the Evolving Bassist

May 13, 2010

Rufus Reid is one of the most acclaimed figures in jazz today: As a performer, Reid has played with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and Dexter Gordon to Michael Brecker and Lee Konitz; As a recording artist, he has over 300 album credits; As a band leader, he has cut over fifteen sets for various labels; […]

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Billy Cobham: The Musician as a Student

March 24, 2010

Throughout his storied career, Billy Cobham has constantly been one of the most innovative and influential drummers in the world of jazz. Scratch that Billy Cobham is one of the most innovative and influential drummers in the world, period. In 1968, while on tour with Horace Silver, Cobham played one of the first ever Electronic […]

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Those Who Can Do, Teach

March 2, 2010

David is not only a giant in terms of awards, books, and honors, but is a true jazz legend and brilliant teacher. The saying, “those who can’t do, teach” does not apply to Baker or even his own mentors. Baker has studied with some of the greatest jazz legends, including J.J. Johnson, Bob Brookmeyer, George […]

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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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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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George Garzone: Becoming a Part of the Music

September 14, 2009

Since the 1970s, saxophonist George Garzone has been a key player in contemporary jazz, notably as a member of The Fringe, a jazz trio that also includes drummer Bob Gullotti and bassist John Lockwood. As a performer and recording artist, he’s worked with the likes of John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Michael […]

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A New Breed …of Jazz Director

March 18, 2009

Young, Aggressive, and Emphasizing Performing in the Community A Tenacious Kevin Cole Sees the Big Picture Webster Groves High School boasts one of the finest jazz education and performance programs in the Midwest and Kevin Cole, a young director who got the gig right out of college, is in his tenth year running it. Cole […]

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