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 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 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. ...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Singer Shayna Steele

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There's no need to sugar coat it, since her impressive credits speak for themselves. Her colleagues praise her ability, her dedication and drive to perfecting her craft as a professional singer and knockout perfor...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Comedian Sinbad

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David Adkins was born on Nov. 10, 1956 in Benton Harbor, MI to the Baptist Rev. Dr. Donald Adkins and his wife Martha. At Benton Harbor High School, the young Adkins was a member of the marching band and the math ...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Singer Nicole Henry

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Since her debut in 2004, Nicole Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world's most acclaimed vocalists.  Ms. Henry possesses a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and pow...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Singer Sarah Elizabeth Charles

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Sarah Elizabeth Charles is a rising vocalist/composer based in New York City. She has worked and studied with artists such as George Cables, Geri Allen, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Owens and Carmen Lundy and released h...

iRock Jazz LIVE! with Author Dr. Yamma Brown

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Being the child of a global superstar is never easy, but being the daughter of the “Hardest Working Man in Show Business”—that’s a category unto itself. Like every little girl, Yamma Brown wanted her father’s atte...