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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 ...

Christian Scott: I’m a Free Agent

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Originally, the term “stretch music” was used to describe the powerful way in which trumpeter Christian Scott elongated the boundaries of music by fusing elements of jazz with various other musical genres.  Today,...

Sabrena Kelly-Lewis: The Legacy of My Father Jim Kelly

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Some people have argued that we now live in a society where everyone wants to be a star. 15 minutes of fame is all that is needed so that, if only for a moment, the world will know their names. For these people, m...

Lil John Roberts: The Space Between The Heartbeat

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To say that John “Lil John” Roberts is a hot commodity in the R&B and jazz drumming world, is like saying that water is wet.  Roberts has backed up an eclectic range of artists, but now, it’s his turn to shine...

The Curious Case of Sonny Rollins

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In a space defined by its progressive thought and forward-thinking, Sonny Rollins maintains his place as one of jazz's most eccentric personalities. And as such, it affects the way in which we examine his life. Fo...

Gerald Albright: Making a Slam Dunk in Jazz

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Very few artists can be proficient behind the scenes as a studio musician, and then break out with a successful career as a solo artist.  Gerald Albright is one such artist.  He has worked with musicians across th...

Michael Ghegan: Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour

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Saxophonist, keyboardist and super producer Michael Ghegan’s discography reads like an artist’s dream book. His on screen collaborations with music icons Aerosmith, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Michael Bolton, a...

Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute: Bridging a Gap for Young Musicians

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The Ravinia Festival is North America’s longest running outdoor festival in Chicago.  The quality of music from Ravinia over the years has featured some of the greatest musicians known to man.  From this festival ...

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