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Could Live Jazz Learn From Professional Sports Teams in 2020?

(Yes, but exclude the recorded crowd noise during games.) Professional sports like football and major league baseball offer modern infrastructures for presenting products to all audiences.

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Stanley Lawrence Crouch (December 14, 1945 – September 16, 2020)

In his work there was a certain adamant refusal to sign on with and regurgitate what everyone else was saying. For better or worse.

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COMMENTARY 2020: Charlie Parker Centennial

Charlie “Bird” Parker was born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1920 and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri – his artistic innovations would ultimately lead him to worldwide musical acclaim. This undisputed and universal acknowledgement as an innovator and musical genius continues to the present. QUOTE “A father of bebop, he has continued to influence generations […]

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Freddie Hubbard – A Preface On How We Met

“You sound good, I heard you playing that ‘One Finger Snap’. You know that the melody you’re playing after the first four bars was mine, right? Herbie wrote out the first four bars of the melody and after that, he just had the chords on my part and told me to play my own melody. What you’re playing is what I played on the record, but I just came up with it that one time. Now they have it written that way in the fake-books, hahaha!”

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JAN Vol. 1 Recapitulation

VOLUME 1 Check out JAN Vol. 1 using the direct hyperlinks below featuring the writing contributions of David R. Adler, Christopher Burnett and Scott Yanow. Editorials… Commentary: 07.06.17 Brian Landrus The Airmen of Note David Binney Bobby Watson Fred Hersch Commentary: 08.05.17 Top Jazz of 2017 Commentary: 12.25.17 Commentary: 02.25.18 Commentary: 06.04.18 Commentary: 07.15.18 Articles… The […]

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JAN Q&A: Michael Leonhart, Part II

Mr. Leonhart was featured on the 2016 Grammy-winning hit song “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson. He’s worked with everyone from Randy Newman to Alicia Keys. A sought-after producer as well, he landed a Grammy nomination for his work on the album Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein.

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JAN Q&A: Michael Leonhart, Part I

Bringing together the many facets of his musicianship, Mr. Leonhart offers a statement rich in mystery, textural depth and risk-taking spirit, leading an unorthodox large ensemble with key soloists including Donny McCaslin and Sam Sadigursky on tenor saxophones, Nels Cline on guitar, Pauline Kim on viola, Ray Mason on trombone and Dave Guy and Mr. Leonhart himself on trumpets.

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Commentary: 07.15.18

I see lots of what comes across as scarcity mentalities in the Jazz world. From: attitudes about getting gigs, getting airplay, getting awards or peer recognition, and as well as getting press and reviews, etc. To: infrastructure issues like scene power trips, musician cliques, and philanthropic gatekeepers becoming the show – we can often lose sight of the main thing – JAZZ

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Commentary 06.04.18

MUSINGS o When a musician embarks upon the path of jazz artistry now, it seems to be a calling first and a way to make a living second. It seems accepted that one must have a supplemental income stream beyond performing gigs. But, that seems to be the way it has always been. o We […]

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The Mark Taylor Interview, Part 2.4

Part 2.4 of The Mark Taylor Interview explores his years after leaving conservatory.