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Gear Check – January 2016

December 31, 2015

A look at the latest and greatest gear for jazz educators and players.

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Phil Woods, Benny Carter, and the Alto Brotherhood

by Steve Futterman By the time of his death at the age of eighty-three in September of 2015, the alto saxophonist Phil Woods had made scores of recordings, uniting with musical figures as distinct as Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Thelonious Monk, and Billy Joel. An intrepid bandleader ever on the lookout for promising younger players, […]

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Herb Alpert: The Art Of Finding Your Voice

by Bryan Reesman Jazz trumpeter and composer Herb Alpert has experienced a rich, life-spanning career. He rose to fame with his Tijuana Brass Band in the early ‘60s to become a worldwide phenomenon, and since that time has released dozens of other recordings both group and solo that have found inspiration in everything from Latin […]

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2015 Reader’s Poll Results

The artists, songs, albums, school programs, and more that were resonating with you in the past calendar year.

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Mastering Chord Tones – Not Scales – to Excel at Improvisation

A look at Jazz scales, one of the first things many new students ask about.

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Hot Wax – January 2016

Jazz album reviews – January 2016.

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