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George Garzone: Becoming a Part of the Music

September 14, 2009

Since the 1970s, saxophonist George Garzone has been a key player in contemporary jazz, notably as a member of The Fringe, a jazz trio that also includes drummer Bob Gullotti and bassist John Lockwood. As a performer and recording artist, he’s worked with the likes of John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Michael […]

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New England Conservatory Celebrates 40 Years of Jazz Studies

Gunther coaching a rehearsal in Brown Hall (All photos: Andrew Hurlbut/NEC) In 1969, the New England Conservatory became the first music conservatory to offer an accredited Jazz Studies program. The program was the brainchild of jazz historian, composer, musician, and then Conservatory president, Gunther Schuller. “I thought it was outrageous that there were no music […]

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Seth Abramson

As artistic director of Jazz Standard, Seth Abramson has played an instrumental role in shaping one of the most successful and beloved clubs in New York City. His creativity in booking offers guests an eclectic mix of both established and emerging jazz artists in addition to blues, world, and RB musicians. In addition, Abramson serves […]

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July 2009

June 2 Dee Dee Bridgewater Keeping Tradition [Emarcy] Eric Dolphy Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot, Vol. 2 [Prestige] David Garrett David Garrett [Decca] Michael Kaeshammer Days Like These [Alert] Masabumi Kikuchi End for the Beginning [Universal Japan] Pat Metheny Day Trip/Tokyo Day Trip [Nonesuch] M-Swift Evening Sun [Freestyle] Roberto Occhipinti Cusp [Alma UK] Rob […]

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July 2009

Alaadeen’s The Rest of the StoryKansas City jazz master Ahmad Alaadeen has released his first jazz improvisation and history manual. Primarily known by his surname, Alaadeen, The Rest of the Story is presented in a simplified manner with easy to understand terms. Alaadeen’s methods are meant to help guide intermediate to advanced artists in finding […]

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Interpreting Slash Marks in Fakebook Leadsheets

INTRODUCTIONA jazz or popular-music fakebook is a book of songs presented as one-staff musical sketches consisting of each song’ melody, plus alphabetical chord symbols above the melody, and the song’ lyrics below the melody. Each such presentation of a song in a fakebook is known as a leadsheet. A fakebook is so called because the […]

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Ear Training 101

There are three qualities that every good jazz musician must possess: a great ear, a strong sense of time, and a unique sound. While there are many different ways to approach these skills, the first two always require a certain amount of drilling. The ear can be thought of as a muscle and to a […]

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