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...

Richard Elliot: The Reigning Merchant of Soul Jazz

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With 30 years in the music business under his belt and 17 original solo albums, Richard Elliot has earned all of the acclaim and accolades thrown his way.  But resting on his laurels and allowing others to define ...

Ron Carter: The Most Recorded Bass Player In History

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We love legends, don’t we? Not only do they use their talents to break barriers and achieve levels of greatness that few have seen, but they also use those very talents to lead a new generation to that same level ...

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 patter...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. ...

Harvey Mason – Blue Note Jazz Club NYC

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The last time iRock Jazz spoke to Harvey Mason, he was headed to Japan to tour with his Chameleon band to promote his new CD Chameleon.  Since then, Mason’s Chameleon CD has opened to rave reviews worldwide on April 2...

CD Review: Bobby Hutcherson—Enjoy The View

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My earliest memories of Bobby Hutcherson begin around 2003. At the time, I was familiar with jazz, but my native tongue found its origins in a place known as the “Boogie Down.” With hip-hop being such an expansive...

Festival Review: Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival 2014

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While much of the world was just beginning to enjoy summer, the Caribbean island of St. Lucia said goodbye to its sunshine season with the “2014 St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival.” This was the second year of the...

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 Singer Angela Johnson

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“I want music to open something within me, to touch something few have seen, or reach something intangible in you...This is the record I’ve worked the hardest on. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into this proj...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Singer Bradd Marquis

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“Today’s music is either over-ego or over-sex. There isn’t a conversation of what went wrong; not everyone cheats or is a bad person because they no longer want to be with you. What are the reasons people do what ...

iRock Jazz Live! with Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt

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Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz. Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and ma...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Guitarist Russell Malone

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“Obviously, we are in the capable hands of a master. Absolutely fluid touch and beautiful integration between moving lines and harmonic cadences. The sound of the instrument is well-balanced throughout the entire ...

iRock Jazz Live! with Singer Al Jarreau

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Al Jarreau’s unique vocal style is one of the world’s most precious treasures. His innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed performers of our time with seven Gra...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Filmmaker Raymond Lambert

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Raymond C. Lambert is a Principal at Courtney Patterson LLC, a privately held, diversified holding company with interest in entertainment, strategic consulting, and social entrepreneurship. He recently entered int...

iRock Jazz LIVE! Filmmaker Tony Zawinul

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Tony Zawinul is the eldest son of the late, legendary Jazz Pianist, Joe Zawinul and Executor of the Zawinul Estate, Tony Zawinul is a multi-media artist,musician, film director, and former outstanding athlete who ...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Singer Darryl Tookes

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Darryl Tookes is a prolific composer, lyricist, pianist, singer and arranger who is recognized throughout the music world as a truly original, uncompromising artist. Upon graduating from high school, Mr. Tookes re...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Pianist Robert Glasper

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Breakthrough success can often be a tough act to follow. But with a little help from some notable friends, Robert Glasper Experiment is set to up the ante with the follow-up to his successful GRAMMY-winning al...

iRock Jazz LIVE! Choreographer Kamilah Barrett

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Kamilah is the Creator of HEEL HOP®.  A spiritually connected, certified fitness instructor, she has traveled the world as a Professional Choreographer, Dancer, Singer, and Actress. Discovered by the music legend ...

iRock Jazz Live! with Pianist Patrice Rushen

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Multi-Grammy nominated artist, Patrice Rushen, is fashioning her career after the legacy of her long-time friend and mentor, Quincy Jones. Composer...Producer...International Recording Artist...Rushen has de...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Bassist / Vocalist Nik West

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"Holy Funkadelic, I felt this girl's energy the first time I was in her presence, I knew there was something special about her and that hair" -Steven Tyler "Great stage presence"-Prince With credits that in...