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Alex Skolnick

June 21, 2007

Having made a name for himself in the late ’80s and early ’90s as one of metal’s most gifted guitarists, Alex Skolnick’s career took an abrupt left turn when he departed the San Francisco-based thrashers, Testament, in late 1992 and refocused his energies on studying jazz. By the late 1990s, Skolnick had relocated from the […]

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June / July 2007

Berklee Launches the BIRNBerklee College of Music has launched a global, four-channel, 24-hour guided tour through the world’s premier college for contemporary music education. The BIRN (Berklee Internet Radio Network) is the college’s first radio station in its 61-year history. Listen at www.thebirn.com. Under the leadership of Stephen Croes, dean of Berklee’s Music Technology Division, […]

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Overseeing Montreal’s Annual Jazz Summit

As co-founder of the Festival International de Jazz de Montr#233;al (as well as the Francofolies de Montr#233;al and the Montr#233;al High Lights Festival), Andr#233; M#233;nard has been helping to shape the climate of jazz performance for almost three decades. Along with associate Alain Simard, M#233;nard has developed his summertime jazz gathering from a somewhat modest […]

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June / July 2007

May 29 John Coltrane – Our Favourite Coltrane (Kingsroad) Chet Baker – No Ties (Kingsroad) Kenny Dorham – Inta Somethin’ (Toshiba EMI) The Jazz Factory – All the Things (JVC Victor) Charles Mingus – Just for Laughs (Kingsroad) Gerry Mulligan – At Storyville [Japan] (Toshiba EMI) Joe Pass – Catch Me (Toshiba EMI) David Pastorius […]

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June / July 2007

June 20, 2007

Death of a Bebop Wife from CadenceA new publication by Cadence Jazz Books tells the compelling life story of pianist Al Haig, one of the jazz greats in the vanguard of the bebop revolution, written by Grange (Lady Haig) Rutan. Over 15 years in the making, this is the “uncomfortable and often horrifying story” of […]

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Slash Chords – An Introduction

Slash chords offer musicians a plethora of new sonorities to incorporate into their playing and arranging.Not to be confused with poly-chords (two triads stacked upon each other), the term �slash chord� refers to a triad played over an independent bass note. There are innumerable ways in which to incorporate slash chords into your playing and […]

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April/May 2007

May 3, 2007

April 16 Ray Anthony – Swingin at the Tower (Montpellier) Darrell Grant – Truth and Reconciliation (Origin) Hot Club Sanwich – Green Room (Modern Hot) Todd Herbert – The Path to Infiniti (Metropolitan) Clay Jenkins – Blues State (Jazz Compass) J.J. Johnson – J.J. Johnson’s Last Concert (Jamey Aebersold) Dave Liebman – Teaches and Plays […]

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April/May 2007

Vox “XL” SeriesVox Amplification has expanded its line of ValvetronixTM tube-driven modeling amplifiers with the Extreme Lead “XL” Series. These new high-gain amplifiers are specifically designed and voiced for hard rock/heavy metal music and deliver the most aggressive VOX tones to date. Four combos comprise the line, including the AD15VT-XL (15-Watt, 1×10″), AD30VT-XL (30-Watt, 1×12″), […]

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2007 Jazz Educators Resource Guide

As one progresses through life as a jazz musician, certain pivotal choices must be made and challenging questions present themselves: What’s the best college for my needs? Who makes the cymbals that are right for me? Where should I go shopping for vintage LPs while I’m in Chicago…? In our ongoing quest to provide some […]

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Inside An Essentially Ellington Clinic

Essentially Ellington, the jazz education program run by Jazz at Lincoln Center, holds an annual competition in which high school bands submit recordings of Duke Ellington’s material in hopes of being selected a finalist.The 15 schools honored with this distinction travel to NYC to perform at the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition Festival […]

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