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Jim Widner Tracking the Measure of Progress

March 11, 2008

Amongst the foremost names in, and advocates for, jazz camps and workshops, Jim Widner is also an accomplished performer, recording artist, and educator. Widner currently serves as director of Jazz Studies/Artist in Residence at the University of Missouri, St. Louis and has also taught at Memphis State University and North Texas State University, in addition […]

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Frank Macchia

Composer/arranger/saxophonist Frank Macchia has collaborated with such legends as Van Dyke Parks, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Yes, and Clare Fisher. In 2004, he was a Sundance Labs Composer Fellow and the recipient of a National Endowment Grant for Jazz Arts. Frank has written and orchestrated music for a number of television shows and films. Recently, […]

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Writing the Book on Jazz Education

Without the leadership of capable ambassadors, jazz and the boundless creativity and dedication it inspires would never have gained the foothold it has today in our schools. One of these heroes of jazz education is Ronald Carter, who currently serves as the director of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University, international vice president of IAJE, […]

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March 2008

February 19 Chet Baker Playboys (Jazz Track) Al Basile The Tinge (Sweetspot) Anthony Braxton Solo (Milano) 1979, Vol. 2 (Golden Years of New) Benny Carter Benny Carter in Copenhagen (Storyville) Bill Evans Conversations With Myself (Universal) Drew Gress The Irrational Numbers (Koch) Danny Grissett Encounters (Criss Cross) Herbie Mann At the Village Gate (WEA Japan) […]

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March 2008

Yamaha’s “Vizzutti” TrumpetYamaha Corporation of America, Band Orchestral Division, introduces the YTR-9335VS Allen Vizzutti Signature Artist Model Trumpet in the key of Bb, developed by Yamaha trumpet artist Allen Vizzutti and Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. Band Orchestral Atelier Director Bob Malone. Although similar to the YTR-9335NYS New York Artist Model trumpet, the new horn features […]

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Navigating the Be-boppers’ Harmonic Galaxy

The be-boppers’ harmonic galaxy is based on the Diminished 7th arpeggio. It is the axis upon which all is built. #149; For this reason, the first thing I do when I look at a new set of changes is to look for diminished relations. #149; These relations quickly define key centers, dominant relationships, and significant […]

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