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Bart Marantz: Anything is Possible

February 6, 2009

Currently director of Jazz Studies at the acclaimed Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BWHSPVA) in Dallas and previously on staff at Jones County Junior College (Ellsville, Miss.) and Lake Sumter Community College (Leesburg, Fla.), Bart Marantz has been playing an active role in shaping the future of jazz for […]

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Steve Shapiro

A respected session musician, vibraphonist, and music producer, Steve Shapiro has worked with such diverse artists as Steely Dan, Ornette Coleman, Whitney Houston, Spyro Gyra, and They Might Be Giants. Shapiro is also an accomplished composer and arranger whose work has appeared in hundreds of television and film projects. In addition to having performed with […]

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JAZZed In the Classroom

Ira Nepus is one of the quiet heroes of today’s jazz world. He has performed and/or recorded with some of the greatest names in jazz, including Benny Carter, Woody Herman, Quincy Jones, Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, and Cab Calloway to name a few. He was one of the founding members of […]

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November, 2008

October 7 The Art Ensemble of Chicago Les Stances a Sophie [Soul Jazz] Marc Ayza Offering [New Talent Spain] Kenny Burrell Bluesy Burrell [Prestige] Laika Fatien Misery [Blujazz] Henriette Groth Dufugl [Ilk] Harmonious Wail Resist Temptation [Range] Eldredge Jackson Listening Pleasure [Hi Five] Dick Oatts Gratitude [Steeplechase] Jeff Richman Aqua [Mascot] Sun Ra Secrets of […]

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November 2008

The Jazz EarThe Jazz Ear features discussions between music critic Ben Ratliff and jazz greats about recordings by the musicians who most influenced them. In the process, Ratliff coaxes out a profound understanding of the men and women themselves, the context of their work, and how jazz

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Swingin’ Transitions For Drummers

It is safe to say that all of us have either listened to, or played in, a young jazz group and that we are well aware of that awkward point in the music when the drum-fill transition approaches and the very excited drummer either rushes, drags, freezes, or plays something completely inappropriate. I cringe when […]

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