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  • Maximizing the Benefits of Solo Transcription

    Jazzed Magazine | January 9, 2008While there are many pedagogical approaches to jazz improvisation, the most effective method of learning to play jazz remains learning tunes, phrases, and solos by ear from significant recordings. It is through this process that we gain an intimate knowledge not only of musical vocabulary, but also countless other essential musical elements such as phrasing, […] Read More...
  • Mike Stern: Music is Endless

    Jazzed Magazine | October 30, 2007Since 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 […] Read More...
  • Roni Ben-Hur

    Jazzed Magazine | October 30, 2007A 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, […] Read More...
  • Mick Taylor: Soul Survivor

    Jazzed Magazine | October 30, 2007So 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 […] Read More...
  • October/November 2007

    Jazzed Magazine | October 30, 2007October 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 […] Read More...
  • October/November 2007

    Jazzed Magazine | October 30, 2007Grover 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 […] Read More...
  • Arranging Fundamentals: Reinventing Melodies

    Jazzed Magazine | October 30, 2007Some 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 […] Read More...
  • Spryo Gyra

    Jazzed Magazine | September 5, 2007Since the mid-#149;70s, Spryo Gyra’s infectious and danceable take on pop-jazz has made them one of the more successful practitioners of the genre. Skillfully incorporating aspects of RB, rock, and Caribbean music into their sound, the band’s music is lively, infectious, and (significantly) very accessible albums such as Morning Dance, Freetime, and In Modern Times […] Read More...
  • Joshua Redman: Contributing to the Collaborative Art Form

    Jazzed Magazine | September 5, 2007Since he emerged on the scene in the early ’90s, Joshua Redman has been one of the world’s most celebrated jazz musicians, releasing a number of acclaimed recordings and performing to sell-out crowds across the globe. The son of tenor great Dewey Redman, Joshua could be said to have been genetically predisposed towards musical achievement. […] Read More...
  • Dave Brubeck: Changing Times

    Jazzed Magazine | September 5, 2007With insatiable musical curiosity and ingenuity, Dave Brubeck helped legitimize jazz as an art form in the 1940s and ’50s. Brubeck is also widely credited with bringing jazz into the public eye, popularizing the genre without sacrificing his own musical integrity or his music’s dazzling complexity. Time Out, released by the Dave Brubeck Quartet in […] Read More...
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