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Mike Stern: Music is Endless

October 30, 2007

Since joining Blood, Sweat Tears at the tender age of 22, Mike Stern has proven himself to be among the finest guitarists of his generation. Later stints with iconic figures such as Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorious, David Sanborn, and the Brecker Brothers afforded Stern the opportunities to cement his reputation as a truly […]

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Roni Ben-Hur

A powerful force in the jazz scene since the 1990s, Roni Ben-Hur is widely recognized as one of the most significant guitarists, bandleaders, and educators of his time. Winner of the JAZZIZ Reader’s Poll for “Best New Talent” in 2000, Ben-Hur has performed with the likes of Jimmy Heath, Etta Jones, John Hicks, Barry Harris, […]

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Mick Taylor: Soul Survivor

So why would a jazz magazine prominently profile a blues guitarist most well known for his work with the most commercially successful rock band of all time? Well, the reasons are many let me share them with you, because ever since attending my post-hippy, free-to-be-you-and-me nursery school, I’ve had a fierce and lifelong appreciation of […]

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October/November 2007

October 9 Chris Barber Can’t Stop Now (Classic Media) Paul Bollenback Invocation (Elephant Dreams) Randy Brecker 34th N Lex (Tone Center) Gil Coggins Better Late Than Never (Smalls) Bill Evans Alone (Universal) Gil Evans Out of the Cool (Verve) Eddie Higgins A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening (Tokuma) Hot 8 Rock With the Hot […]

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October/November 2007

Grover Pro Percussion T2/HTS-8 Tambourine Grover Pro Percussion Inc., is introducing a new concert tambourine, Model T2/HTS-8. This will be the first 8″ diameter tambourine with Grover’s specially heat-treated jingles. The Custom Drum series of Grover tambourines provides percussionists with an ultra-sensitive, dry articulated sonority. Professionals find this type of tambourine perfect for orchestral works […]

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Arranging Fundamentals: Reinventing Melodies

Some of the greatest experiences an arranger can have are the opportunities to lovingly “mess with” someone else’s melody. It is also the one aspect of arranging which I’ve found that less experienced musicians are the most intimidated by.However, altering aspects of a song’s melody shouldn’t be looked upon as something that is taboo.Rather, the […]

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