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Christine Fawson, Berklee Brass Chair

Posted March 5th, 2013 at 4:22 pm (UTC+0)
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Fawson is now the first-ever female Brass Chair at Berklee College of Music

Branford Marsalis and other Jazzers Hiding in Movie Soundtracks

Posted February 22nd, 2013 at 8:55 pm (UTC+0)
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How would you write the score for this movie?

Andrea Brachfeld, Lady Of The Island

Posted February 14th, 2013 at 6:37 pm (UTC+0)
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Jazz flutist and composer Andrea Brachfeld is the first female to play Salsa in the United States

Gabriel’s Trumpet

Posted January 29th, 2013 at 8:26 pm (UTC+0)
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By Doug Levine Meet up-and-coming trumpeter Gabriel Johnson, whose spare, jazzy melodies have drawn comparisons to the legendary Miles Davis. Johnson was especially drawn to the orchestral collaborations between Miles and arranger Gil Evans.  But, it was another iconic entertainer that helped jump-start his solo career: filmmaker and jazz enthusiast Clint Eastwood.  Johnson recalls making […]

Pianist Paul Hofmann and Jazz-Classical Intersection

Posted January 29th, 2013 at 8:05 pm (UTC+0)
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Jazz and classical music are highly connected, says acclaimed pianist and composer Paul Hofmann

Mitch Woods Takes His “Blues Beyond Borders”

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 9:46 pm (UTC+0)
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By Doug Levine Who knew swing and boogie-woogie were so popular in Istanbul?  Mitch Woods, who’s been playing piano around the world for decades, knows firsthand that Turkey loves the blues.  In fact, his new CD “Blues Beyond Borders” was recorded live in Istanbul, a concert with so much energy you could almost hear the […]

OKeh Records Revived

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 10:34 pm (UTC+0)
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The historic  OKeh record label — which famously recorded Louis Armstrong in his prime, among other jazz and blues greats — is being revived by Sony Masterworks. It won’t be a retro enterprise, but rather an effort to celebrate jazz (and jazz-related idioms) as world music. What artists should the label be seeking out? What […]

Grammy Contender Kurt Elling Taps The Brill Building Sound

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 8:01 pm (UTC+0)
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By Doug Levine It’s a new year and with it comes a slew of awards shows.  Now is it just me or are they doling out more and more trophies and plaques these days?  This month alone brings four major awards, mostly for film and television.   Of course, the Grammy Awards is still “music’s biggest […]

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

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



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