Jose James: The Evolution of Jazz

In the beginning there was jazz. A deviation from the conservative pathway of European musical tropes, jazz was America’s original counterculture. Largely defined by the ingenuity of its artist, it found structure in a lack thereof, improvisation its blueprint. With such an inherent flexibility, jazz engaged many a strange bedfellow, …


iRock Jazz Live! with Authors Gerald McCauley and Benjamin Bove

Authors Gerald McCauley and Benjamin Bove to talk about their new book and accompanying Blu-ray documentary Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story is the first and only book documenting how the Rhodes changed the sound of music and was part of the greatest hits and most influential music ever recorded. …


Alice Russell live at Yoshi’s

It’s easy to take Alice Russell for granted. I realized that about halfway through her recent set at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, California. It was around this time that while fully engaged, I was growing comfortable within this auditory space. I was enjoying myself, of course, but my mind was …


iRock Jazz LIVE! with Pianist Alex Bugnon

Contemporary jazz keyboard player Alex Bugnon, nephew of trumpeter Donald Byrd, grew up going to the Montreux Jazz Festival in his hometown in Switzerland. He attended the Paris Conservatory of Music for two years, then moved to the U.S. and went to the Berklee School of Music, meanwhile performing as …


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.


iRock Jazz Live! with Pianist Mark de Clive Lowe

(the) avant-garde soulful Pianist/DJ/Producer delivers his lifetime of journeys to different musical ports in a concise package, seamlessly… transporting not just in genre but in emotion and spirit.” – Huffington Post I’m a half-Japanese, half-New Zealander musician, based in Los Angeles since 2008 after spending a decade in London. That’s …


iRock Jazz LIVE! with Soul Singer Maysa

“One of the most identifiable and consistently enjoyable singers in underground soul.” – Jazziz Magazine “Maysa’s voice is as smooth and as rich as chocolate…its pure, perfect tone is gorgeous and caresses with a languorous sensuality.”-Blues And Soul Magazine Maysa is the kind of singer who takes hold of a …


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.


iRock Jazz LIVE! with Pianist Marc Cary

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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …