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Dave Samuels: Achieving One Unified Voice

January 22, 2009

A skilled marimba player and vibraphonist, Dave Samuels has collaborated with some of the biggest names in modern jazz: Gary Burton, Pat Metheney, Frank Zappa, John Scofield, and Gerry Mulligan, among others. Through his work in Spyro Gyra, with Don Friedman in Double Image, with The Caribbean Jazz Project and on his own solo projects, […]

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Ken Hatfield

Guitarist, composer, and educator Ken Hatfield is a truly unique voice in the world of contemporary jazz. His distinctive fingerstyle playing and songwriting is colored by eclectic tastes, which are informed by both traditional jazz as well as classical music, as evidenced by his recent book/CD, Etudes for Solo Guitar in 24 Keys (Arthur Circle […]

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JAZZed in the Classroom

Jeff Munro was my piano teacher’s son, and to me, he was the coolest guy in the world. I was 11, and Jeff was in high school and played in the jazz band. He was way into jazz and began inviting me over to listen to records. I didn’t know much about jazz at the […]

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January 2009

December 15 Romi Akiyama Tapestry of Memories (3d Japan) Dave Brubeck Jazz Impressions of the U.S.A. (Gambit) Charles Langford That’s Wassup (Blue Canoe) Oscar Peterson Canadiana Suite (Universal Japan) Tri-O La Historia: Los Exitos (Universal Latino) December 22 Pierre Dorge Whispering Elements [Steeplechase] Bill Gerhardt All That I Have (Steeplechase) Fumio Karashima Moon Rivert [Video […]

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January 2009

Six New Titles from Berklee PressFunk/RB Guitar provides exercises and licks in notes and tab covering the styles of Kool and the Gang, Prince, James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield, and others. Guitarists will learn to play leads and build solos; use scales over funk/RB harmonies; create rhythm parts that […]

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Clave for Jazz Players

It is my experience in jazz education that the aspect of rhythm is surprisingly often marginalized or neglected. –

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