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John Scofield: Jazz Can be Learned, but it Can’t be Taught

October 28, 2009

John Scofield’s rock- and RB-infused approach to jazz guitar has made him one of the most prominent voices on the instrument for decades. Along with Bill Frissell and Pat Metheny (the “big three” of contemporary jazz guitar), Scofield has exerted an immeasurable influence on generations of musicians who’ve followed. Early collaborations in the ’70s with […]

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The Jazz Academy: Bringing Jazz to the People

Columbus Jazz Orchestra at the Lincoln Theatre. The Jazz Art Group was formed in Columbus, Ohio in 1973 and is America’s oldest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, performing, and promoting jazz. Within the organization is the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, boasting the largest subscriber base of any jazz orchestra in the country. In addition to […]

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Wayne Wallace

Collaborations with the likes of Carlos Santana, Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins, John Lee Hooker, and Tito Puente, among many others, have established trombonist, composer/arranger, and producer Wayne Wallace as a powerful force in the world of jazz and beyond. Recipient of a NEA grant for jazz composition and frequently singled out in critics’ and readers’ […]

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Getting In Mysteries of the College Jazz Program Audition Process Explained

For many students, the college jazz program audition process can seem to be full of anxiety and stress. Although your audition is certainly a moment when you want to make the best possible impression (musically as well as personally), it’s best to think of this as a time when you can also learn which program […]

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September 2009

August 4 Jessy J True Love [Peak Records] Medeski, Martin Wood Radiolarians III [Indirecto] John Patitucci Remembrance [Concord] John Surman Brewster’s Rooster [ECM] Lester Young Centennial Celebration [Concord Music Group] August 11 Heath Brothers Endurance [Jazz Legacy] Joe Henderson Porgy and Bess [Verve] Quincy Jones Smackwater Jack [AM] Donny McCaslin Declaration [Sunny Side] Tessa Souter […]

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Common Errors in Jazz Music Notation

When, in their music notation, jazz musicians violate fundamental rules of music theory, jazz is made less accessible to the classical music community, not to mention the promotion of inaccurate musicianship standards to jazz students. By contrast, jazz writers’ adherence to correct theory would benefit everyone, jazz and classical musicians alike. In this article I’ll […]

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