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Hot Wax – March 2011

April 18, 2011

New and Notable releases for January 2011.

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Gearcheck – March 2011

The latest and greatest publications, products and gear for Jazz Educators

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Gordon Goodwin

Gordon Goodwin shares 10 tunes off his must-have playlist

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Efficient Practice

The biggest challenges students face have to do with developing efficient practice techniques and learning how to be open and responsive while performing. This article addresses those challenges

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Delfeayo Marsalis: A Responsibility to the Music

Being driven around the neighborhoods of the Crescent City, discussing jazz with one of the Marsalis clan for an hour or so – not a bad way to spend an afternoon, right? This past January, while at the JEN Conference, that’s the situation I was lucky enough to find myself in.

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Yoruban Game

March 23, 2011

This is a topic I discuss often at Camp MMW and on my latest educational DVD, LIFE ON DRUMS (Vongole Films). Not only do we (Medeski Martin Wood) stress this as a practice method in our music workshops, but we also use “Yoruban Game” for composing and improvising as a band. Conceptually: when two or […]

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Another Color for Your Musical Palette: Principles of Twelve-Tone Writing

With a tip of the hat to Cole Porter’s “Let’s Do It” (“Birds do it, bees do it”, etc.), Bird (Charlie Parker) never did it, nor did the B’s (Bach, Beethoven, Brahms) ever do it. Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern did it many times. And believe it or not, jazzmen Leonard Feather and […]

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March 2011

The Evolution of Jazz Drumming from Hudson Hudson Music’s The Evolution of Jazz Drumming by Danny Gottlieb is an educational book/DVD package for drummers. The product presents the most complete and comprehensive historical analysis of the drummers who created and defined modern jazz drumming in print. Designed as a guide and workbook for the high […]

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Focus on Reverend Dr. Ronald Myers

Dr. Larry Ridley, AAJC Executive Director Bassist Extraordinaire: Focus on Reverend Dr. Ronald Myers, www.juneteenthjazz.com Minister, physician and jazz musician, Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., is the leader of the “Modern Juneteenth Movement” in America. Myers is working to make Juneteenth a national holiday observance, like Flag Day and Patriot Day. Now, thirty-six States, […]

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March 2011

Turkish Embassy partners with JALC for Ertegün Jazz Series In late Janary, the Embassy of Turkey was joined by representatives from Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Boeing Company to announce their partnership in the “Ertegün Jazz Series,” a six concert series created in honor of the late Ahmet Ertegün, founder of Atlantic Records, member […]

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