Chuck Loeb: All About The Music

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Chuck Loeb is a versatile guitar player who has played with many musicians from many different genres, including well known greats such as Michael Brecker and Stan Getz. Although known for his excellent skills as ...

Ravi Coltrane: We Can’t Always Be Our Heros

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Ravi Coltrane photo by John Watson Bearing the last name Coltrane and the genes of John and Alice, Ravi Coltrane seemed destined to a career in jazz . However, he hasn’t relied on his bloodlines and developed his o...

Sean Jones: Prepared to Im·Pro·Vise

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im·pro·vise (ˈimprəˌvīz) verb create and perform (music, drama, or verse) spontaneously or without preparation. Sean Jones has spent his entire life enveloped by music; whether it was the gospel he’s rooted ...

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Inspiring A Whole New Generation

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Dee Dee Bridgewater has been captivating audiences with her dynamic vocal skills and her brilliant stage presence since her debut in the early 70s, making her name one that rings synonymous with jazz. Bridgewater’...

Bobby McFerrin: I Had Dreams Of Recording With Eric Clapton

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Every once in a while, an artist comes along who is so phenomenally talented that it almost seems unfair to every other artist.  For me, one such person is Bobby McFerrin.  I remember listening to “Peace,” sung by...

Rick Braun: I’ve Come Full Circle with Can You Feel It

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Trumpeter Rick Braun is as smooth as they come. Best known for his passionate style of play and amazing song writing skills, the Pennsylvania native started his career at a young age and has gone on to create one ...

Lil John Roberts and Friends Talk About The Making of Space

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The excitement around Lil’ John Roberts’ debut album The Heartbeat is felt through a cross-section of music lovers. Those diverse ears and hearts have recognized the contributions Roberts has made over the course ...

Lenny White: Jazz Prepared Me to Play All kinds of Music

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Very rarely does a musician get to play on a legendary recording such as Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew so early in their career, but drummer Lenny White is no ordinary musician.  Taking a cue from his drumming hero Tony...

Jonathan Butler: Baring His Soul and Living His Dream

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While Jonathan Butler was growing up as a youngster in Cape Town, South Africa living under the racist Apartheid system, dreams had to be very important.  What’s more important to Butler is the ability to live those...

The Bobby Womack Effect

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I often wonder if, as a young boy growing up on E. 85th and Quincy in Cleveland, Ohio, sneaking licks on his father’s precious guitar, Bobby Womack even imagined the impact he would have on the music industry. Wom...

CD Review: Otis Brown III

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Modernity has prescribed a certain mode of discourse when engaging this thing we call “jazz.” Tangible dissections of sound are cast aside for more abstract debates around authenticity and contextualization. Where...

Jazz Fest Attracts Top Talent to New Buffalo

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NEW BUFFALO, MI — — The Veteran’s Day weekend this year will be hotter than ever in New Buffalo, as iRock Jazz brings some of the finest local, national and international...

iRock Jazz Festival “Finding Fela” Documentary Film Premiere

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Join producer Stephen Hendel for the VIP screening of "Finding Fela" at the iRock Jazz Festival Friday November 7. $20 VIP tickets to the Friday evening film screenin...

The 25th Annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

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San Jose, one of the most advanced tech hubs in the world—home to tech giants like eBay, PayPal, and Cisco—usually marches to the beat of 0's and 1's, but August 8th-10th, the heart of Silicon Valley beat with the...

CD Review: Jason Moran’s All Rise

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“Who's that walkin' 'round here?” remarks Fats Waller. “Sounds like baby elephant patter, that's what I call it.” Taken from the opening measures of “Your Feet's Too Big,” I, like many, I'm sure, ...

CD Review: Dr. John- “Skee-Dat-De-Dat” The Spirit of Satch

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The most difficult part of discussing Dr. John is deciding where to start. It's hard to track a man that has lived more than most. And when I say that, I don't mean years; I mean experience. When you think of Dr. ...

Joe Locke: My Thoughts About Jazz

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Joe Locke is widely considered to be one of the major voices of his instrument. He has performed and recorded with a diverse range of notable musicians, including Grover Washington Jr, Kenny Barron, Eddie Henderso...

Who is Grammy Award winner Casey Benjamin

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 Casey Benjamin is a Grammy Award winning saxophonist, vocoderist, keyboardist, producer and songwriter from South Jamaica, Queens, New York City. He attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art a...

Marc Cary: The Culture of Jazz

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Jazz pianist, keyboardist, producer and composer Marc Cary holds tight to his roots in Washington, D.C.’s go-go music scene, but they represent only one more element to fuse with the many other musical forms he ex...

Advice from the Classroom to the Bandstand

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Victor Goines is a jazz saxophonist and clarinetist. Goines talks about performing with this former students, dressing for the bandstand and taking care of your music business.

Who is Genius Pianist Robert Glasper

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Grammy Award winning pianist Robert Glasper tells us who he is, why people describe him as the modern day Thelonious Monk and he take us behind the Black Radio 2 creative process.

A Candid Conversation with Delfeayo Marsalis

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Delfeayo Marsalis talks candidly about Jazz, what it means to be a serious musician, why New Orleans musicians have a musical advantage and the Marsalis family values

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Trumpeter Marquis Hill

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The winner of the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition is Marquis Hill. Raised on the south side of Chicago, Mr. Hill, 27, is a veteran of that city’s jazz scene and a product of its institutions...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Saxophonist Flow Fourlin

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Florian Flow Fourlin is a saxophonist from Paris, France. Born in a musical family, Flow started playing the saxophone around age 14. He quickly managed to make a name for himself in the European musical landscape b...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Singer Andy Allo

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Every so often, an artist comes along that transcends the norm. An artist who is truly paving her own path with a sound and vibe that is uniquely her own and connects to fans on a deeper level. Such an artist isn'...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Panist John Beasley

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Grammy-nominated recording artist John Beasley’s music career spans three decades.  LA Times jazz critic Bill Kohlhaasee describes Beasley’s music and playing as “a variety of generational influences, incorporating ...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Bassist Ben Williams

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Ben Williams of New York City is one of the youngest and brightest musicians on the scene today who is helping to push the legacy of jazz forward through the reflection of his own distinct sound and flavor of hip ho...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Saxophonist Marqueal Jordan

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In 2008, when Brian Culbertson was in his old hometown of Chicago for a high profile gig as an opening act at United Center, his drummer Chris Miskel not only introduced him to his friend Marqueal Jordan, he also ...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Singer Diane Schuur

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Long regarded as one of Contemporary Jazz's leading vocalists, Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1953, Schuur was blind from birth; but she was gifted with perfect pitch ...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Music Legend George Clinton

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Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, a...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Producer Matt Pierson

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Award-winning producer Matt Pierson’s discography reads as an overview of the best that contemporary jazz has to offer, including the likes of Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, Pat Metheny, Bob James, Kirk Whalum, Jane...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Drummer Thelonious Sphere Monk

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Thelonious Sphere Monk, III (T.S. Monk) is an internationally acclaimed jazz drummer, composer, bandleader, and vocalist. Lauded by critics and jazz fans alike as the true musical heir to his father, the legendary...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Drummer Otis Brown III

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Drummer Otis Brown III – an invaluable sideman with the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Terence Blanchard, Oliver Lake, Somi, and others – has announced the release of his debut album The Thought of You, wh...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Actor / Singer Hinton Battle

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Three-time Tony Awards winner Hinton Battle is recognized as one of Broadway’s most respected musical stars. He began his career on stage at the age of 15, as the Scarecrow in the Broadway production of The Wiz. ...