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July 2008

August 20, 2008

July 15 Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves the Sunshine (Universal International) John Braden – Gentle Storm (Highnote) Geof Bradfield – Urban Nomad (Origin Records) Ron Carter – Jazz and Bossa (EMD International) Frank Catalano – Bang (Savoy Jazz) Jeff Coffin – Mutopia (Compass) Jamie Davis – Vibe Over Perfection (Dig) Bill Evans – Living in […]

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July 2008

P. Mauriat SaxesMonteVerde Music, the North American Distributor for P. Mauriat Saxophones, announces the debut of two new models. The PMXA-67R UL alto saxophone and the PMXT-66R UL tenor saxophone are the same design as the current PMXA-67R and PMXT-66R, except they are unlacquered and they go through a special process to make them look […]

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Dealing in Human Emotions

August 19, 2008

A fearlessly creative and inspired drummer, Chico Hamilton has exerted enormous influence on the world of jazz both as a recording and performing artist, as well as a keen-eyed (and eared) scout for fresh new talent. Hamilton was immersed in music virtually from the start his early years saw him playing in a high school […]

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Esperanza Spalding

Bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding was just 15 years old when she began her professional music career, performing at a Portland, Ore. blues club. Other early gigs included stints with area jazz septets, a trio, and the fusion group, Noise for Pretend, that released two albums on the Hush Records label. Spalding has since collaborated with the […]

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The Power of Pentatonics

Pentatonic scales are everywhere! They can be found in folk music from all around the world including: China, Japan, Greece, Poland, Indonesia, Ethiopia, and Scotland. American spirituals such as “Amazing Grace” and “Old Man River” utilize pentatonic scales exclusively and many rock guitar players have built their entire careers upon the five notes of the […]

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Applying Guide Tones to Improvisation

Many times a student has come to me and said, “I need to learn all my scales, so I can become a jazz musician!” Most scales consist of seven notes and I might say to that student, “Let’s just play one of the notes from the scale, say the 3rd or the 7th.” –

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