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25 of the Best Big Band Recordings of All Time!

March 26, 2009

Big bands are, for many college and university jazz programs in the U.S. Canada, the cornerstone of the curriculum. They are also one of the primary recruiting tools for most jazz programs and for many Schools of Music. Jazz programs in schools like the University of North Texas, the University of Miami, McGill University, Florida […]

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A New Breed …of Jazz Director

March 18, 2009

Young, Aggressive, and Emphasizing Performing in the Community A Tenacious Kevin Cole Sees the Big Picture Webster Groves High School boasts one of the finest jazz education and performance programs in the Midwest and Kevin Cole, a young director who got the gig right out of college, is in his tenth year running it. Cole […]

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Walter Beasley

Walter Beasley has made a name for himself in the world of contemporary jazz as both an accomplished saxophonist and a respected vocalist an unusual one-two punch within such a highly scrutinized musical genre. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music (studying alongside the likes of Branford Marsalis and vocalist Rachelle Ferrell), Beasley later went […]

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Playing the Gig You’re On: Coltrane Knew How

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JAZZed In the Classroom: A Discussion with Terell Stafford

Terell Stafford has been hailed as, “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. He is known for being a gifted and versatile player with a voice all his own. Stafford combines lyricism and a deep love of melody with a spirited, adventurous edge. He has […]

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March 2009

February 2 The Bad Plus For All I Care [Telarc] Marco Benevento Me Not Me [Royal Potato Family Records] Chick Corea Hiromi Duet [Concord Jazz] Nnenna Freelon Better Than Anything [Concord Jazz] Ann Hampton Callaway At Last [Telarc] Boney James Send One Your Love [Concord Jazz] Django Reinhardt Only the Best [Varese Sarabande] Lee Ritenour […]

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March 2009

Jazz Legends Endorse Hamilton StandsDrumming legends Jeff Hamilton and Lewis Nash now use Hamilton Stands’ KB225 and KB245 low mass, light weight cymbal stands. Weighing about 20 percent less than traditional stands of similar size, they are engineered using a U-channel design for the legs and braces to reduce weight. They also feature internally dampened […]

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Mastering the Expressive Elements in Jazz Performance

Swing DefinedThe term “swing” entails more than just swing eighth notes or a style of jazz music. There is another factor in the modus operandi of jazz musicians and ensembles that really swing. The glossary found on the Web site of the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz (www.jazzinamerica.org/home.asp) defines this aspect of swing in this […]

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Teaching Jazz Guitar To The Freshman Student

The student new to jazz faces many obstacles and I believe this is especially true for the student of jazz guitar. In my many years of private and group instruction, I have encountered students with a mixture of no experience, little experience, or a fair amount of prior instruction. Oftentimes, the student with no prior […]

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