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Focus on Reverend Dr. Ronald Myers

June 7, 2011

Minister, physician and jazz musician, Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., is the leader of the “Modern Juneteenth Movement” in America. Myers is working to make Juneteenth a national holiday observance, like Flag Day and Patriot Day. Now, thirty-six States, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Congress recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance.

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Leslie Pintchik

November 19, 2010

NYC-based pianist and composer Leslie Pintchik got a late start in music; prior to becoming a jazz musician, she taught English literature (as a teaching assistant) at Columbia University. Early in her music career, she surfaced on the Manhattan scene in a trio with legendary bassist Red Mitchell at Bradley’s. Pintchik’s debut CD, So Glad […]

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May 2010

May 13, 2010

Pat Patrick’s Collection of a Lifetime In 2006, shortly after Deval Patrick was inaugurated as Massachusetts’ first black governor, he received a call from the owner of storage warehouse in East Moline, Ill., who was clearing a space out and found the governor’s late father’s photos, notes, playbills, recordings, and record albums he’d acquired during […]

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Melodic Embellishment and Ornamentation in Jazz

March 24, 2010

In the last issue of JAZZed, I discussed techniques of melodic development in jazz improvisation for the benefit of the aspiring jazz musician. These included repetition and sequence, plus repetition and sequence in altered forms such as rhythmic diminution, intervallic diminution, rhythmic augmentation, intervallic augmentation, fragmentation, complete melodic alteration, rhythmic shift, retrograde, melodic inversion, retrograde […]

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2007 Jazz Educators Resource Guide

May 3, 2007

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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