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Gearcheck: February 2021

February 9, 2021

The latest and greatest gear for jazz educators and musicians

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Music-Go-Round from Alfred Music

February 1, 2021

Music-Go-Round is a 100-page book overflowing with creative musical activities for elementary students. This book includes Color-By-Note coloring pages, Word Wizard word searches, Musical Mix-Ups, Colorful Beats, Music Note Spelling Bees, Puzzling Pitches, and more. Music-Go-Round covers facts and concepts that are already part of music curriculums, these attractive reproducible worksheets are perfect for bell work, simple assessments, extra credit exercises, homework assignments, quick lesson extensions, or ready-to-go substitute teacher plans.

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Face Masks from Hosa Technology

Hosa face masks use a polyester outer layer, cotton inner layer, and come with one 5-layer filter which can be easily replaced. These masks are washable and reusable, reducing waste from disposable surgical masks that workers and gigging professionals have used since returning to work from the pandemic. They are also stretchable and non-restrictive, made with a material that allows for good breathability without sacrificing what makes masks effective in the first place. MSRP: $24.95.

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Relaunched Rousseau Mouthpieces

Following its acquisition of the famed Rousseau Mouthpiece company, JodyJazz has completed its relaunch of the Rousseau mouthpiece range. Players will see a new, sleeker look to the mouthpieces, more contemporary packaging, and most importantly, far greater consistency overall in the mouthpieces themselves. All Rousseau mouthpieces are now expertly hand-finished, gauged, and play tested at the JodyJazz factory and held to the highest quality standards.

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Yamaha DGX-670 Digital Piano

Yamaha’s DGX-670 digital piano features a modern, attractive aesthetic and a simplified user interface. The new “Portable Grand” ensemble instrument is a full, 88-note weighted action keyboard with exceptional playability, superb sound and visual appeal, making it ideal for beginners and accomplished pianists. The DGX-670 includes the company’s Graded Hammer Standard keyboard action—the low keys […]

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Limited-Edition CRX AIR Low-Volume Cymbal Sets

January 18, 2021

TRX Cymbals has released a limited edition, four-piece set the popular AIR Series low-volume cymbals with a custom, Sky-Blue finish. The set, which is recommended for practice rooms, teaching studios and low-volume playing situations, includes 14˝ Hi-Hats, 20˝ Ride, 18˝ Crash-Ride and 16˝ Crash plus a cymbal bag.

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Chedeville Elite Series Bass Clarinet Mouthpiece

The new Chedeville Elite Series Bass Clarinet mouthpiece creates a warm beautiful tone with excellent control and intonation. Characteristic of the entire Elite series, it produces a warm yet strong, full tone with unsurpassed playability. The Chedeville Elite Bass Clarinet Mouthpiece is available in a comprehensive selection of tip openings (1/100 MM): F0 (165), F1 (180), F2 (185), F3 (190), F4 (200), F5 (215).  Their proprietary and more expensive “Chedeville Rubber” is a purer rod ebonite that recreates the great rod rubber of Pre-World War II Chedeville mouthpieces. All the mouthpieces in the range made from this proprietary hard rubber bear the “CHR” mark.

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Roland’s Aerophone Pro

Roland’s Aerophone Pro packs entire brass and woodwind sections into a single digital instrument. Aerophone Pro’s thin, ergonomic design looks great on stage and is easier to hold for a more confident playing experience. Controls are easy to reach, and the streamlined body and aluminum accents exude an understated-yet-classy presence. The discrete OLED screen provides quick visual access to various parameters and can be viewed at any angle and in any kind of lighting. The stock fingering on Aerophone Pro is the same as an acoustic sax and includes a high-F# key. Multiple user-customizable fingerings are supported as well, and configurable controls for both hands and a MIDI input for footswitches greatly expand performance options.

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‘Jazz Duets: Etudes for Phrasing and Articulation’ from Hal Leonard

January 4, 2021

Jazz Duets: Etudes for Phrasing and Articulation by Richard Lowell provides 27 duets in jazz and jazz-influenced styles such as swing, bebop, funk, samba, and others. They are appropriate for performance by any melodic instruments. The duets feature independent contrapuntal lines, and practicing them will give players intimate insight into how these constructs sound and can be used to create a wide variety of colors. Players will improve their ear, sense of timing, phrasing, and facility in bringing theoretical principles into musical expression. Players will learn to use: jazz staccato and legato articulations; scales, modes, harmonies and other structures; various meters and ways of interpreting them; phrasing within and between measures; swing feel; and more. $14.99

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ES920 and ES520 Digital Pianos from Kawai

Combining Kawai’s Responsive Hammer keyboard action and Harmonic Imaging sound technologies, the ES920 (pictured) and new mid-range ES520 reproduces the touch and tone of a concert grand piano, providing an authentic, rewarding playing experience for musicians of all abilities. In addition to other fine features, including brand-new lightweight body design, these portable instruments are suitable choices for home, stage, or classroom. The ES920 and mid-range ES520 feature a brand-new modern body design with a flat panel surface complemented by smooth, rounded edges. With their modern design, sturdy body, and lighter weight, the ES920 and ES520 are some of the most portable pianos in their respective classes making them excellent choices for the gigging or studio musician. In addition to their portability, when attached to their dedicated HM-5 designer stand and F-302 triple pedal bar, these instruments transform into stylish and compact piano replacements.

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