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Songwriter Hal David Dies

September 20, 2012

Influential songwriter and longtime creative partner to Burt Bacharach Hal David died of complications from a stroke earlier this month.

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Amina Figarova

September 24, 2010

Amina Figarova has been earning recognition not only as a captivating pianist, but also as, “among the most important composers to come into jazz in the new millennium” (Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes). A native of Baku, Azerbijan, Figarova studied classical piano before switching to jazz after a 1988 trip to the Moscow Jazz Festival. She then […]

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Wayne Wallace

October 28, 2009

Collaborations with the likes of Carlos Santana, Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins, John Lee Hooker, and Tito Puente, among many others, have established trombonist, composer/arranger, and producer Wayne Wallace as a powerful force in the world of jazz and beyond. Recipient of a NEA grant for jazz composition and frequently singled out in critics’ and readers’ […]

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Maximizing the Benefits of Solo Transcription

January 9, 2008

While 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, […]

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Stanley Clarke

May 3, 2007

An inspired and innovative player, Stanley Clarke sits alongside a select few as one of the most influential bassists in contemporary music. From his early gigs with the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Art Blakey, Gil Evans, and Dexter Gordon to his groundbreaking work with Chick Corea in Return to Forever, to his more recent solo […]

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