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  • Younger Lions: Caleb Chapman

    Jazzed Magazine | September 20, 2011For those looking for a savior of jazz education, mild-mannered and sparsely populated Utah probably isn’t high on the list of scouting locations. But that’s where ambitious private teacher-turned-bandleader Caleb Chapman calls home, and he’s gone a long way toward creating one of the most successful youth jazz programs in the country. What’s more he’s done it all with local kids. Read More...
  • Clark Terry: ‘Mumbles’ Makes Time for Mentoring

    Jazzed Magazine | July 26, 2011A 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. Read More...
  • Dr. Larry Ridley: The Roots that Have Produced the Fruits

    Jazzed Magazine | June 7, 2011An 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. Read More...
  • Delfeayo Marsalis: A Responsibility to the Music

    Jazzed Magazine | April 18, 2011Being 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. Read More...
  • Delfeayo Marsalis: A Responsibility to the Music…

    Jazzed Magazine | March 23, 2011Being 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) […] Read More...
  • David Liebman: This is Not Something You Enter Lightly

    Jazzed Magazine | January 16, 2011One 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 […] Read More...
  • Keeping the Flame Alive

    Jazzed Magazine | November 19, 2010Dr. 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, […] Read More...
  • Esperanza Spalding: This Music Should Be Known

    Jazzed Magazine | September 24, 2010A 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 […] Read More...
  • Shelton Berg: How the Spiritual and the Technical Come Together to Make Art

    Jazzed Magazine | July 9, 2010Shelton 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 […] Read More...
  • Rufus Reid: A Chat With the Evolving Bassist

    Jazzed Magazine | May 13, 2010Rufus 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; […] Read More...
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