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Jazz Pianist Hiromi’s Move & Voice

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 8:37 pm (UTC+0)
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A mesmerizing instrumentalist in her own right, she combines many styles that include a mix of contemporary, jazz fusion, post-bop, and a little bit of classical music

2012 Roots Roundup…

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 4:17 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole This was a great year for fans of American roots music—so many fabulous releases from bands and solo artists new and old. Alabama Shakes is one of those new bands. 18 months ago, they were having a hard time selling out 500 seat clubs.   Now, they’ve got three Grammy nominations and […]

Jean-Luc Ponty, Master of Electric Violin

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 5:18 am (UTC+0)

Ponty introduced a way to amplify violin sound, which attracted the attention of pop and rock stars

Some holiday music you may have missed….

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 9:26 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole If you stick to mainstream media, you might believe that Taylor Swift or Mariah Carey are the only ones singing holiday songs. But that’s not true—in fact, there were a couple of very cool seasonal releases  that I want to make sure you know about. Because if you don’t hear about ’em […]

The Most Musical Time of the Year

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 1:19 pm (UTC+0)
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by Doug Levine It’s holiday time and that means music is in the air, everywhere.  There’s holiday music on the radio and television, in concerts, supermarkets, restaurants, department stores, floating from invisible speakers at malls, on front lawns, and even in the waiting room at my dentist’s office. Walking into a convenience store last week […]

Brubeck’s Take Five with Eastern-Western Instruments

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 3:52 pm (UTC+0)
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Pakistani Muslim Musicians pay tribute to jazz legend Dave Brubeck

Ravi Shankar, Music Ambassador to the World

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 9:41 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole Ravi Shankar, the sitar player who became a worldwide musical icon through his work with the Beatles and introduced traditional Indian music to millions in the Western world over an eight decade career and was labeled the “Godfather of world music” by no less than George Harrison died December 12th at the […]

Two Rivers Mixing Jazz with Traditional Arabic Music

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 2:48 am (UTC+0)
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Iraqi-American trumpeter and composer Amir ElSaffar uses Arab music’s maqam modal system to transform the jazz idiom

Keys, Please

Posted December 5th, 2012 at 7:19 pm (UTC+0)
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By Ray McDonald In my last blog entry, I wrote about  electric guitars…specifically, the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul. I had so much fun learning about these perennial favorites that I’d like to look at some other  building blocks of modern pop music. Today I’m looking at the electric piano and the Hammond […]

Farewell to a Penguin

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 3:22 pm (UTC+0)
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By Doug Levine Does the name Cleve Duncan ring a bell?  What if I preface it by saying “founding member of the ‘50’s vocal quartet The Penguins” Cleve Duncan? Ok, so he wasn’t a household name, but Duncan, who died November 7 at age 77, sang lead on one of the most beloved doo-wop songs […]



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