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A Blog Supreme
11:59 am
Mon May 14, 2012

If Not Jazz Education, What Will Rebuild Jazz Audiences?

As jazz education has expanded, have jazz audiences increased any?
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:01 pm

In a recent Huffington Post submission, pianist and composer Kurt Ellenberger writes about what he calls "the education fallacy": the premise that an increase in music education will lead to increased audiences. He's writing here about classical music, but draws a parallel with jazz:

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Music Interviews
12:03 pm
Sat May 12, 2012

Days With Dizzy: Arturo Sandoval On His Trumpet Mentor

Arturo Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie on tour in Europe in 1991. Sandoval's new album, Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You), is a tribute to his friend and mentor.
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Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 6:10 pm

Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval first met Dizzy Gillespie in Havana in 1977, when the American jazzman came to Cuba to play a concert. Sandoval showed him around the city, where the two men listened to the sounds of rumba music echoing through Havana's black neighborhoods. That night, Sandoval managed to play his trumpet for Gillespie — and blew him away.

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A Blog Supreme
6:39 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: May 11, 2012

Do conservatories produce "cookie cutter" musicians? (At least they'll be able to play a certain Jimmy Heath blues well.)
Diane Labommbarbe iStockPhoto

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 9:58 am

More links from this week:

  • Interesting discussions at George Colligan's blog this week. An informed opinion on the charge that music schools produce "cookie cutter" musicians. Some thoughts on sight reading, that misunderstood skill among the jazz community. And a low brass forum erupts.
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A Blog Supreme
5:14 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

40 Years Of Mondays: One Saxophonist's Addiction To The Fringe

The Fringe is Bob Gullotti, drums; John Lockwood, bass; and George Garzone, saxophone.
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:01 pm

I was an 18-year-old saxophone student at Berklee College of Music when my new best friend, a trumpeter named Willy Olenick, told me about The Fringe. "You've got to hear this band," he said. "They're an amazing trio. You can hear them any Monday night at Michael's and you're nuts not to go."

Willy didn't mention anything about what style they played, and I didn't ask. I just took his advice and went.

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Piano Jazz
2:45 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Daryl Sherman Pays Tribute To Johnny Mercer On Piano Jazz

Daryl Sherman visits Piano Jazz for a show in tribute to Johnny Mercer.
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Piano Jazz welcomes pianist and singer Daryl Sherman. The ineffable performer has played most of New York's jazz spots, cabarets and supper clubs since arriving in the city in the mid 1970s.

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A Blog Supreme
3:44 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Why A Jazz Festival Is Asking Musicians To 'Do It Yourself'

Mad Curious, with drummer Lenny Robinson, saxophonist Brian Settles and bassist Tarus Mateen, performs at a Capitalbop house show.
Giovanni Russonello Courtesy of Capitalbop

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:02 pm

The Undead Music Festival, which lifted off last night, has grown every year. On Friday, it will outgrow New York City.

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JazzSet
12:24 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

'Miles Davis And Gil Evans: Still Ahead' On JazzSet

Terence Blanchard plays the role of Miles Davis' trumpet with commitment and emotion at Monterey.
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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 1:26 pm

Gil Evans was born on May 13, 1912. In three collaborations in the late 1950s, he and his friend and Miles Davis steered their projects into a new era for jazz.

Their first album was Miles Ahead. This Monterey Jazz Festival concert is called "Still Ahead," with music from the pair's second and third records, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain.

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A Blog Supreme
12:03 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Another Young Jazz Artist Who Also Cares About Pop Music Today (Gasp!)

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:02 pm

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JazzSet
10:59 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 11:10 am

The 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival in the fall of 2009 helped kick off the return of Return to Forever, the stellar fusion band from the 1970s — now a trio with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White on piano, bass and drums, respectively.

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