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Take Five with Markos Chaidemenos

Take Five with Markos Chaidemenos

BY AAJ STAFF
April 16, 2021

Meet Markos ChaidemenosMarkos Chaidemenos is a jazz musician who discovered his love for piano at the age of 16 (2005) and his passion for jazz at the age of 22. Although Markos earned his first bachelor at Informatics & Telecommunications in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, he never worked in the field. After he mastered classical piano in Athina Conservatory he completed his jazz piano studies at Praxis Conservatory. Later, he received a master degree in Jazz Performance after ......

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Bordeaux Meets Duke Ellington

Bordeaux Meets Duke Ellington

BY KRISTEN LEE SERGEANT
April 15, 2021

I'll begin with a maxim --Knowledge is Pleasure. The reward of learning (especially about music and wine) is the ability to enjoy what is studied all the more. To me, the mark of a connoisseur is not the expert ability to analyze, but being able to revel in both the nuance and totality of what makes something great. The pursuit of knowledge has hedonistic rewards. Which is to say, welcome to Jazz & Juice. The articles, videos and ......

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Anymore, does Facebook help your business / career? If so, to what extent?

Anymore, does Facebook help your business / career? If so, to what extent?

BY MICHAEL RICCI
April 14, 2021

I'll admit, I was never a Facebook fan. First, I'm mostly a private person, but more importantly, I have precious time and spend it fully on building All About Jazz and Jazz Near You. Not to mention, Facebook has not been kind to independent web publishers, causing many to shutter over the years. My last Facebook post occurred around the time drummer Ralph Peterson passed—it included a link to an archived All About Jazz interview. After three days, ......

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Jazz Ear Training: The Best Ear Training Guide For Jazz Musicians

Jazz Ear Training: The Best Ear Training Guide For Jazz Musicians

BY FREEK JUST RIJNA
April 14, 2021

You've heard the gospel: if you want to play jazz, you need to train your ears! That might be easier said than done though. Where do you start? And if you're a bit more advanced, how do you train your ears in a way that impacts your playing? In this article, I'll explain why ear training is important and how to do it. Introduction To Jazz Ear Training Ear training, why should I even bother? There are tons ......

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Joe Lovano: Finding New Adventures

Joe Lovano: Finding New Adventures

BY R.J. DELUKE
April 13, 2021

The loss of gig and the accompanying income stream, caused by the insidious and evil coronavirus, has hurt musicians across all genres. It has separated them from friends and band mates, from projects and from going to special places--physically and artistically. Coping with it is the order of the day. It has created some dark moments and also shed light on the characteristic of resiliency that dwells in the human spirit. Creativity, the hallmark of jazz, has kept ......

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Bennie Maupin: Eric Dolphy: Out To Lunch!

Bennie Maupin: Eric Dolphy: Out To Lunch!

BY WILLIAM ELLIS
April 13, 2021

"My One LP—yes, it's the Eric Dolphy album he did on Blue Note called Out to Lunch! The album has Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Richard Davis and Tony Williams, and it is such a phenomenal shift from anything that had been done on Blue Note Records. The compositions and the playing and the quality from Blue Note was always good because of Rudy Van Gelder and he captured this in such a wonderful way, it just resonated with me, you ......

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Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi: Trading Comforts

Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi: Trading Comforts

BY TYRAN GRILLO
April 12, 2021

While Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi are often billed as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, respectively, on their latest Nonesuch release, They're Calling Me Home, those categorizations are interchangeable. To be sure, Giddens' voice is a central pillar of the album's tent-like structure, into which she and Turrisi invite lifetimes' worth of emotional timelines. But her viola and array of banjos house histories of their own. Their voices are sobering reminders that all the hatred and strife we as a global ......

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Take Five with Liga Latina

Take Five with Liga Latina

BY AAJ STAFF
April 12, 2021

Meet Liga Latina Liga Latina is a unique gathering of driven Scandinavian musicians for whom it is a passion to convey the legacy of styles that originate hereof, at a high artistic and international level. Their acclaimed compositions as well as interpretations of the Latin song book, form an energetic sphere where creativity and respect for the masters go hand in hand. It has made them a permanent component of many Jazz and World music festivals with guest musicians from ......

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Miroslav Tadić: Macedonian Soul

Miroslav Tadić: Macedonian Soul

BY KATRINA YANG
April 11, 2021

Born in Yugoslavia, Miroslav Tadić is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, composer, improviser, and educator residing in California, USA. Artist extraordinaire, Tadić never stops pushing the boundaries of music through his adaptation of sound techniques on both acoustic and electric guitar. In pursuit of his dream, Miroslav Tadić came to the US in 1979. Macedonian music became the bridge betweenTadić and his roots. Infusing influences from jazz, rock, avant-garde music, and other musical traditions with eastern European folkloric music, ......

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Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live At Knebworth '76

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live At Knebworth '76

BY DOUG COLLETTE
April 10, 2021

Lynyrd Skynyrd Live At Knebworth Eagle Rock Entertainment 2021 By the time Lynyrd Skynyrd appeared at the Knebworth Festival in England on August 21. 1976, the group had risen to an estimable plateau of popularity. But, in keeping with the band's increasingly tumultuous history, it had also plummeted somewhat from the commercial pinnacle of its sophomore album Second Helping (MCA, 1974) and, in the midst of a grueling tour schedule to support the subsequent albums ......

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Alternative Guitar Summit 2021

Alternative Guitar Summit 2021

BY MARK SULLIVAN
April 9, 2021

Alternative Guitar Summit New York, NY March 20-21, 2021 The Alternative Guitar Summit was founded in 2010 by guitarist/composer Joel Harrison. Every year it has included a Music Camp with Master Classes by notable guitarists, and a Music Festival featuring a wide array of guitar styles. In this pandemic year the decision was made to go virtual rather than skip a year. Recognizing that economic hardship could be a barrier, the festival was presented as “Pay ......

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John Coltrane: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

John Coltrane: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

BY CHRIS MAY
April 8, 2021

Miles Davis once said that you could recite the history of jazz in just four words: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker. To that you need to add two more: John Coltrane. A giant during his lifetime, Coltrane continues to shape jazz and inspire musicians decades after he passed. No other player has come remotely close to eclipsing him. New tenor saxophone stars such as Britain's Shabaka Hutchings, Josephine Davies and Binker Golding have Coltrane as their key formative influence, while Nubya ......

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Jazz in Cleveland: A Storied Past, Surviving Present, and an Optimistic Future

Jazz in Cleveland: A Storied Past, Surviving Present, and an Optimistic Future

BY MATTHEW ALEC
April 8, 2021

Cleveland, Ohio. Having lived here for my entire life, the word “city" does not quite describe what Cleveland truly is. There is of course a downtown urban area, one filled with noteworthy neoclassic architecture and an overall stately appearance that is often overlooked by those who live here. That said, most “Clevelanders" don't actually live within the downtown city limits. In the 1950's Cleveland was heralded as an “All-American City" and its population grew to one of the largest in ......

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Tributes, Tapestries, Trombones and Tempests

Tributes, Tapestries, Trombones and Tempests

BY CHRIS M. SLAWECKI
April 7, 2021

Vasko Atanasovski Adrabesa Quartet Phoenix MoonJune Records 2020 Phoenix captures the voice of one of Eastern Europe's most acclaimed and creative musical ensembles, the Adrabesa Quartet founded and led by Slovenian maestro Vasko Atanasovski, and amplifies this unique voice throughout MoonJune Records' global distribution network. Phoenix thus demonstrates that the globalization of jazz hasn't muted the strong, perhaps even essential, regional accents in its overall voice. Founded in ......

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Gregory Porter: Donny Hathaway Live

Gregory Porter: Donny Hathaway Live

BY WILLIAM ELLIS
April 7, 2021

"The Donny Hathaway Live album is so special because it captures—with full concentration—the thing that's special in live performance. That communication, that exchange of audience and artist. There's back and forth conversation, the women and the men in the audience are screaming things back to Donny and Donny's of course responding musically—and responding incredibly musically. You can feel the emotion in the room as soon as the needle hits the record. That communication—it's not just jazz, it's not just soul, ......

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Buster Williams: Bass to Infinity

Buster Williams: Bass to Infinity

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
April 6, 2021

Buster Williams: Bass to Infinity Director: Adam Kahan Distributor or Film Company USA: 90 minutes Premier Date: Nov. 12, 2019 This is an exceptional jazz film that most likely would have made its way into art theaters around the world were it not that four months after its premier in jny: New York City, the pandemic struck, and most theaters closed down. However, it is readily available on the web, for example at Amazon ......

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Meet Jocelyn Gould

Meet Jocelyn Gould

BY SANFORD JOSEPHSON
April 6, 2021

This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Growing up in Winnipeg, Canada, in a family that loved singing all the time, Jocelyn Gould played guitar to accompany her own vocalizing. But it wasn't until she was 18 years old that she became serious about jazz. That's when a friend introduced her to the 1965 Verve album, Smokin' at the Half Note, featuring the Wynton Kelly Trio and legendary guitarist Wes Montgomery. That album, she said, ......

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Emiliano Sampaio: Rising Transatlantic Star

Emiliano Sampaio: Rising Transatlantic Star

BY KURT ELLENBERGER
April 5, 2021

In 2013, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach and to work on a research project at the Kunstuniversität Graz ("University of the Arts in Graz"). I taught a first-year course in jazz theory that was really a delight. These students were already extremely accomplished performers and composers. About half of the class was comprised of students from China, the United States, Germany, the Czech Republic, and other countries. One of those students was Emiliano Sampaio, a Brazilian trombonist ......

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3x3: Piano Trios: March 2021

3x3: Piano Trios: March 2021

BY GENO THACKARA
April 3, 2021

In need of an extra ray of sunshine, or perhaps feeling good already and looking for something that'll suit? Fortunately this month's roundup (slightly belated or not) should more than have you covered. Philippe Lemm Trio First Steps Outside In Music 2021 Where it might be natural enough for a jazz combo to glide or swing through a session, the Philippe Lemm Trio prefers to dance. It's apparently in Lemm's blood: the ......

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Arthur Hnatek: On putting the EDM into Jazz & making acoustic music with electronic appeal

Arthur Hnatek: On putting the EDM into Jazz & making acoustic music with electronic appeal

BY FRIEDRICH KUNZMANN
April 2, 2021

Miles Davis and like-minded free-spirited vanguards of his day opened jazz up to countless influences during one of the genre's heydays in the late '60s and early '70s. Ever since, the boundaries of jazz have been broken down more radically, disseminated and increasingly blended with everything from current trends in popular music to classical music and more experimental contemporary currents, including electronic music. But despite the seeming boundlessness of mixing genres and creating new sub-categories of genres, EDM (electronic dance ......

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