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Phil Woods: 1931-2015

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In memory of NEA Jazz Master, Phil Woods. This article was previously published in November 2002. All About Jazz: Looking back on the almost three decade history of your Quintet, one question springs immediately to mind. You've had the same rhythm section of Steve Gilmore on bass and Bill Goodwin on drums ever since you formed the band back in the early 1970s. Most jazz musicians end up hopping around from group to group constantly. So how have ...


Marcia Ball: Still excited about the music

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Looking back some 15 years, blues singer and pianist Marcia Ball says the old San Diego Street Scene was one of her favorite gigs on her calendar each year. Modeled after jny: New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Street Scene featured jazz, blues, R&B, Cajun, Creole, zydeco, bluegrass, folk and worldbeat in a three day stew of music and food. “I loved playing on that stage with all my friends," she remembered in a phone interview from ...


Herb Alpert: Come Fly with Me

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With his latest recording, Come Fly with Me, legendary award-winning trumpeter, producer, artist and overall Renaissance Man, Herb Alpert takes the listener on a melody-rich, groove-embellished artistic journey, offering marvelous musical perspectives and insights with both familiar and exciting new sonic landscapes. All About Jazz: Herb, on behalf of all About Jazz, it's great speaking with you again. Thanks for taking time to speak with us about Come Fly with Me. Herb ...


Joe Magnarelli: On Three On Two

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Trumpeter Joe Magnarelli is and has been one of the most respected jazz players on the jazz scene for years. A native of jny: Syracuse, New York, “Mags" has recently returned from a critically well-received European tour and has just announced release of Three On Two for Posi-Tone Records. All About Jazz: Joe, on behalf of All About Jazz, thanks for taking time to speak with us today and catch up. Joe Magnarelli: Thanks, ...


Mark Shuman: Morphine's Music Still Resonates With me Today

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Music documentaries made by fans easily fall into two categories: they either fend off non-believers or they turn them into true believers and draw them into the fold. Director Mark Shuman's film Journey of Dreams about the band Morphine begins almost by excluding the non-believers but all the way through it opens its gates for everyone to see and feel the story about this seminal band of the '90s. Wrongfully tagged as an alternative band at the time, ...


Spiro: Making Music that is Dispassionate and Emotional

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The Bristol four piece ensemble Spiro makes music that straddles and bridges a multiplicity of genres. With each consecutive album it redefines what it means to be a strings ensemble. It constantly breaks every boundary imaginable, but above all it's aim is to make gorgeously joyous music. It's music has a strange effect on one's senses. Upon first hearing it feels like gentle tingling and suddenly its mesh of sounds and melodies awakens you and moves you. It's an understatement ...


John Engels: Looking Back, Moving Forward

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Drummer John Engels has the energy of two forty-year olds, which is pretty impressive, since he will soon be turning 80. He will celebrate this auspicious occasion with the Vogel Vrij (Free as a Bird) tour, a series of concerts at diverse venues throughout jny: the Netherlands (with saxophonists Benny Golson and Benjamin Herman) which began in April and continues through October. A book was also recently published in Dutch: Hé Vogel, Wanneer Spelen We Weer?: Het Muzikale Leven van ...


Michel Camilo: From Dominica to Spain and Back Again

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This interview was first published at All About Jazz in July 2000. After performing more than 40 concerts together, longtime friends Michel Camilo and Tomatito recorded Spain, an album that fuses their respective backgrounds of Latin Jazz and flamenco. Spain was released in the country of its title in 1999 to wide critical acclaim and strong sales. At its best, the disc incorporates both broad styles into a third stream that belongs solely to Camilo/Tomatito. Their backgrounds provide ...

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