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Commentary 12.25.17

Jazz Artistry Now is happy to announce and pleased to introduce readers to our review staff of Jazz Journalists. JAZZ JOURNALISTS Scott Yanow has written 11 books on jazz, over 800 liner notes, and more than 20,000 recording reviews through the years. His writing has graced virtually all of the top jazz magazines and he […]

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Top Jazz of 2017

Jazz Artistry Now – 2017 marks the 16th year I have submitted a “Top Jazz” recordings list for consideration. PARAMETERS This is the same list submitted to the Jazz Journalists Association and posted to my long-time “Musings In Cb” blog as well. The list contains links to the recordings. Readers are encouraged to listen and […]

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Commentary: 8.5.17

What is music for? Below is an excerpt from a very deep interview with Bennie Maupin. It is a conversation with someone who was living and playing music at a high level during the middle 1950s forward. His perspective is valuable to any of us who were not alive and working during those times. The […]

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Preview: {Open Book} by Fred Hersch

Today, I find that the best state of mind to be in when I sit down at the piano is “let’s see what happens”.

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Preview: “The Time Verses” by David Binney

Mr. Binney is a prolific musician who also releases music on his own Mythology Records, as well as appears on numerous other recordings by many other artists.

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Preview: “Generations” by Brian Landrus Orchestra

Low woodwind virtuoso and composer, Brian Landrus took three years to write his Generations project for his all-star orchestra.

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Preview: The Airmen of Note

We interview Master Sergeant Ben Patterson, the director, and lead trombonist. We have a conversation about the band, its latest release and what it is like to have a job playing music with the United States Air Force Band.

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Commentary: 7.6.17

Professional military jazz bands have long been a source of employment for instrumental artists and singers. A more modern portion of this music history goes back to World War I when James Reece Europe‘s military band traveled thousands of miles performing for English, French and U.S. troops, along with civilian audiences while touring around the continent of Europe.