Joe Locke: My Thoughts About Jazz

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 Henderson, Cecil Taylor, Dianne Reeves, Ron Carter, The Beastie Boys, the Münster Symphony Orchestra and the …

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Who is Grammy Award winner Casey Benjamin

 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 and Performing Arts and the The Zoloft online Music in Manhattan. He is one half of the funk pop …

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Marc Cary: The Culture of Jazz

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 explores. Cary’s interests run from Indian classical to Malian music to hip-hop. He started his career …

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Advice from the Classroom to the Bandstand

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.

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Who is Genius Pianist Robert Glasper

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.

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A Candid Conversation with Delfeayo Marsalis

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

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Hear Great Advice from Musicians for Musicians

Hear Roy Hargrove, Terence Blanchard, Poncho Sanchez, Wallace Roney, Gregory Porter and Kenny Barron talk about what it takes to make in the music business.

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Gary Bartz: Talks About Drug Use Among Jazz Greats

Grammy Award winning  jazz saxophonist Gary Bartz first came to New York In 1958 to attend the Julliard Conservatory of Music. Just 17 years old, Gary couldn’t wait to come to the city to play and learn. “It was a very good time for the music in New York, at …

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Robert Glasper: Why My Music Matters

iRock Jazz caught up with the Grammy Award winning artist pianist and composer Robert Glasper. Glasper defines Jazz, why his music matters and more. “Real music is crash protected,” state the liner notes of Black Radio, a future landmark album by the Robert Glasper Experiment that boldly stakes out new musical territory and …

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Victor Goines: Jazz and Democracy

Saxophonist and educator Victor Goines explains what jazz is, how jazz music helps shape the democrat process and the advantages New Orleans musicians have over the music. SAXOPHONIST • CLARINETIST • COMPOSER • ARRANGER • EDUCATOR 
Born: August 6, 1961, 
New Orleans, Louisiana

 “Laconic yet agile, serious yet playful, studied …

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The Great Jazz Debate: What is JAZZ?

iRock Jazz interviewed several groundbreaking musicians asking them, what is JAZZ? Great insight and commentary from Robert Glasper, Casey Benjamin, Danilo Perez, George Bohanon, Delfeayo Marsalis, Victor Goines, Gary Bartz and Etienne  Charles. Jazz is a music genre that originated at the beginning of the 20th century, arguably earlier, within …

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Author Wil Haygood: The Prize of Persistence

Wil Haygood, acclaimed author, heralded journalist, and writer/associate producer of the soon to be released Lee Daniels’ directed film, The Butler, is proof that persistence is one of the crucial components needed to take an idea from a mere hunch to a life defining moment. Consequently, the prize of his …

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