Clark Terry: ‘Mumbles’ Makes Time for Mentoring

July 26, 2011

A legend for generations, Clark Terry has spent countless hours with every willing student, translating a lifetime’s worth of experience into an invaluable resource for young jazz musicians everywhere.

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Dr. Larry Ridley: The Roots that Have Produced the Fruits

June 7, 2011

An accomplished musical force with decades of experience as a sought-after accompanist, soloist, and bandleader, Dr. Larry Ridley is also one of the staunchest advocates for jazz education and the appreciation of the music’s roots in African-American culture. We recently spoke with Dr. Ridley to learn of his life as a student and teacher of the language and culture of jazz.

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Delfeayo Marsalis: A Responsibility to the Music

April 18, 2011

Being driven around the neighborhoods of the Crescent City, discussing jazz with one of the Marsalis clan for an hour or so – not a bad way to spend an afternoon, right? This past January, while at the JEN Conference, that’s the situation I was lucky enough to find myself in.

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Delfeayo Marsalis: A Responsibility to the Music…

March 23, 2011

Being driven around the neighborhoods of the Crescent City, discussing jazz with one of the Marsalis clan for an hour or so not a bad way to spend an afternoon, right? This past January, while at the JEN Conference, that’s the situation I was lucky enough to find myself in. Delfeayo Marsalis (www.dmarsalis.com) doesn’t (yet) […]

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David Liebman: This is Not Something You Enter Lightly

January 16, 2011

One of the most stalwart torchbearers for jazz for both the music and the “message” David Liebman has been a hugely significant figure within the genre for over four decades. As a performer, he cut his teeth playing with Elvin Jones and Miles Davis (not too shabby!), before embarking on his own highly acclaimed solo […]

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Keeping the Flame Alive

November 19, 2010

Dr. Lou Fischer has been an active musician for nearly half a century, with much of that time spent establishing himself as a versatile, in-demand jazz artist and educator, and respected music publisher. As a performer, he’s worked with the likes of Airto, The Crusaders, Red Rodney, Charlie Byrd, Andy Williams, Bill Watrous, Tony Bennett, […]

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Esperanza Spalding: This Music Should Be Known

September 24, 2010

A musical prodigy from a single-parent household in a rough part of town who grows up not “fitting in” with normal society, but who rises above it all to find massive success at an extremely young age, all the while remaining grounded, humble, approachable Esperanza Spalding’s Capra-esque life story is inspiring and uplifting, and she […]

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Shelton Berg: How the Spiritual and the Technical Come Together to Make Art

July 9, 2010

Shelton Berg, dean of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, is a classically trained pianist who has had one heck of a jazz career. “I’ve played with a lot of the people that I never dreamed I’d get to play with,” he says. Berg worked his way through college playing six […]

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Rufus Reid: A Chat With the Evolving Bassist

May 13, 2010

Rufus Reid is one of the most acclaimed figures in jazz today: As a performer, Reid has played with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and Dexter Gordon to Michael Brecker and Lee Konitz; As a recording artist, he has over 300 album credits; As a band leader, he has cut over fifteen sets for various labels; […]

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Billy Cobham: The Musician as a Student

March 24, 2010

Throughout his storied career, Billy Cobham has constantly been one of the most innovative and influential drummers in the world of jazz. Scratch that Billy Cobham is one of the most innovative and influential drummers in the world, period. In 1968, while on tour with Horace Silver, Cobham played one of the first ever Electronic […]

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