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Television, J Spaceman, Kid Millions, Thurston Moore and Adrian Belew

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Television/J Spaceman and Kid Millions Skirball Center For The Performing Arts October 25, 2014 New York University's performance theatre has turned into a regular home for these Joshua Light Show mini-seasons. This was the last of three evenings where the veteran old-school psychedelic light outfit w...

The 3 Sounds -- Introducing the Three Sounds a?' Blue Note 1600

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

This is the moment I've been looking forward to, and dreading. m: The Three Sounds. A piano trio I've heard of, but never heard. And what I'd heard about them wasn't entirely nice. I was sure I would hate them, but still I was very curious. The Three Sounds. Here's a band that was intens...

Chris Weller's Hanging Hearts

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

For a saxophonist the holy grail is the overall sound or tone, that feeling of concise wordless communication that can compress a lifetime into a solo or even a measure. Of course technique is important but it plays a supporting role and can only improve incrementally on what is there naturally. Whe...

The Start of Something Big

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Like you, I often find myself fixated on a single song. Some songs are like that. For me, Steve Allen's This Could Be the Start of Something Big knocks me out, no matter who records it. The punchy, uplifting song...

Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation at The Flynn Center for The Performing Arts

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, Vermont October 24, 2014 The last time pianist Marcus Roberts and his trio of bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis inhabited the MainStage of the Flynn Center, it was in the company of visionary...

Boz Scaggs at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Boz Scaggs Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, Vermont October 20, 2014 The Burlington Vermont stop of Boz Scaggs' "Memphis Tour" found the original member of The Steve Miller Band mixing a hearty selection of earthy numbers with the more polished likes of material from his breakthrough...

Jimmy Eat World at The Space at Westbury

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Jimmy Eat World The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY October 20, 2014 The members of Jimmy Eat Word drink Gatorade and Poland Spring. At least on stage. The band's crew placed numerous bottles of both near each members station. It was good thing, too, because as the show unfolded, the band members (es...

November 2014

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Dear Mr. P.C.: I got offered a low paying gig through an agent who's been screwing musicians royally for years. What should I do? --T.W., Atlanta Dear T.W.: Think about it: His 15% cut of a low-paying gig is just a fraction of the 15% other agents make booking high-end ones. Yet he books it anyway...

Dianne Reeves At The Belfast Festival 2014

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Dianne Reeves Belfast Festival Belfast, N. Ireland October 26, 2014 Dianne Reeves' first visit to jny: Belfast coincided with her first album in five years. For some artists, say m: Bill Frisell, m: Pat Metheny or m: John Zorn, a gap of half a decade between rel...

Paul Jost: Breaking Through

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

One of the most endearing moments of jazz vocalist m: Paul Jost's new solo CD, Breaking Through, in an album of many such moments, is perhaps his chuckle and the "Oh, George," he lets out after a fresh rendition of "Singing in the Rain." Endearing because Jost connects with the listener...

Weekend Wax Bits

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Last week I managed to wriggle free twice from my writing to hear live music. On Tuesday, I was at Birdland with Creed Taylor and his wife to see the Ron Carter Nonet. Ron's Nonet is highly unusual. It features...

La Voz de Tres at Tempe Center for the Arts

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

La Voz de Tres Tempe Center for the Arts Tempe, Arizona September 27, 2014 Chilean-born Natalie Bernal's vocal sound was both illuminatively angelic and deeply sensual, a transfixing contrast for the New York-based trio La Voz de Tres. Her colleagues, m: Mike Eckroth on piano-vocals and...

Peter Brotzmann -- We Thought We Could Change The World

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

We Thought We Could Change The World Gerard Rouy 189 PagesISBN: # 978-3-95593-047-9 Wolke Verlag Hofheim 2014 There are many worthy books on jazz, its history and growth, that provide insight into how the art form has influenced other genres and developed in different locations. This effort is a wo...

Quincy Jones: An Evening With A Legend

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

I love jazz! I love everything about it... the improvisation, syncopation, the forceful rhythm, and the fact that it is truly America's original art form. Its unique and innovative use of brass and woodwind instruments and the piano is jazz. And, it is as American as apple pie. Ask 100 different peo...

Interviews: The Kinks + Anne Rice

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

I've always wondered about the Kinks' You Really Got Me. When the song appeared on U.S. charts in the fall of 1964, nothing else sounded like it. As raucous and as wise-cracking as the Beatles seemed, they were really a...

Lulo Reinhardt Latin Swing Project At The Belfast Festival 2014

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Lulo Reinhardt Latin Swing Project Belfast Festival / Elmwood Hall Belfast October 24, 2014 What's in a name? Quite a lot if it happens to be Reinhardt. That surname still excites press and public alike more than sixty years after the death of guitarist m: Django Reinhardt. It also gener...

Take Five With Dr. Jack Cooper

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Meet Dr. Jack Cooper: Jack Cooper, has a wide range of experience as a performer, composer, and educator. His most recent CD recording of his compositions/arrangements, Mists -The Music of Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra (Planet Arts Records, 2014) was released in August to critical acclaim in the C...

SpokFrevo Orquestra -- Spok Frevo Orquestra at Jazz at Lincoln Center

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Frevo--a feverish, exuberant dance music from the state of Pernambuco in northeastern Brazil--made its Big Apple debut last night (October 25th, 2014) at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Theater. Virtually unknown in the U.S., it was originated by a composer known as Zuzinha as a street martial arts...

Tony Scott: Lost Tapes

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Clarinetist Tony Scott wasn't a fan of vibrato. Adding it would only have smoothed out his sound and landed him in the shadow of Artie Shaw and Buddy DeFranco. Instead, he preferred to stand out with a hoarse, stripped down,...

Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People-

Here is a link to some interesting Harmony PDFs:Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People

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