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Gabriel Vicéns: Puerto Rican Jazz Guitar

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Puerto Rican jazz guitarist/composer Gabriel Vicéns graduated from the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico as the first jazz guitarist, and has gone on to teach guitar at the Music Department at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He recorded his first solo album Point in Time at age 23; his second album Days has been released by Inner Circle Music. Both albums are notable for his fine writing and playing, as well as some high profile guest stars.


Yelena Eckemoff: Growing Into Jazz

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Pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff goes her own way. Since the 2010 release of Cold Sun on her own L&H Production label, she has produced a series of jazz recordings, all presenting original music, with an impressive array of renowned contemporary musicians. Our conversation mainly dealt with her recording career: making connections with other musicians, composing, and working in the studio as performer and producer. All About Jazz: When All About Jazz ran a Take Five article on you back ...


Randy Brecker: Hittin' It with "RandyPOP!"

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In his 62 years playing music--starting trumpet at eight years old--Randy Brecker has played all kinds of music, but for many years now, he's mostly been known as a solid, top-flight, first-call jazz player, a modern post-bop soloist and bandleader who carries around his old '70s fusion-funk Brecker Brothers fame in his back pocket. So, with a new CD called RandyPOP!, you might think he's changing direction entirely to make a foray into the land of Katy Perry or Justin ...


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, ...

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