Monterey Jazz Festival, at 60, still manages to honor its past and cultivate its future

Monterey Jazz Festival, at 60, still manages to honor its past and cultivate its future
Featuring: Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Leslie Odom Jr., Common, Regina Carter, Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau, Kenny Barron and many more When: Sept. 15-17. Friday, 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. Where …
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Jazz pianist Robert Lepley back on the keys after career as a minister
When Robert Lepley sits at the piano to jam with fellow musicians at Treme blues and jazz club in Islip, the first thing you notice is his broad smile. Even before breaking into “MacDougal St., NYC,” an original piece he wrote that’s also the title …
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Spyro Gyra’s Tom Schuman to headline Christmas City Jazz Festival
Tom Schuman is a great pianist, and as a longtime member of the world renowned fusion jazz group Spyro Gyra, he contributed to the band’s Grammy-nominated music. When he appears as headliner Saturday at the second annual Christmas City Jazz Festival in …
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Nashville’s Dynamo brings jazz fusion to Nietzsche’s

Nashville’s Dynamo brings jazz fusion to Nietzsche’s
Buffalo’s jazz fans aren’t always properly served on a weekly basis. Not so when Nashville outfit Dynamo is joined by local quintet The Truth for a night of jazz fusion inside Buffalo favorite Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.) at 10 p.m. Nov. 4. Since …
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Soul Searching Is A Smooth Jazz Fusion Album From Mitchell Coleman Jr. That Will Funk You Up
“Soul Searching” is a smooth jazz fusion album from Mitchell Coleman Jr. that will funk you up. It’s a perfect mix of Funk and Jazz, that’ll get Funk on your Jazz and Jazz on your Funk … Mmmm sounds good!! This album has it all: heart, soul, and …
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Jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell dies in NYC at age 73
NEW YORK (AP) — Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, known as the “Godfather of Fusion,” has died in New York City. He was 73. His publicist, Kurt Nishimura, said Coryell died Sunday in his hotel room of natural causes. Nishimura says he had just performed …
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Latest Jazz Fusion News

John Abercrombie, influential jazz guitarist of the ’70s fusion scene, dies at 72
John Abercrombie, an influential jazz guitarist and composer who came to prominence in the 1970s with a lyrical, improvisatory style that applied the swagger of rock-and-roll to the loose rhythms of jazz, died Aug. 22 at a hospital in Cortlandt, New York.
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Folk Jazz fusion at Musicmatters Festival
Music is an expression of ideas and emotions in significant forms, through rhythm, melody and harmony. At the Musicmatters Festival this year, this delightful mode of expression was amplified. It was a converging point where musicians across the globe …
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Music: Secret Of Mana Composer Hiroki Kikuta Releases Prog Rock And Jazz Fusion Albums
Composer Hiroki Kikuta is responsible for some of the best gaming soundtracks ever, with Seiken Densetsu II (Secret of Mana), Seiken Densetsu III and Koudelka under his belt. He’s currently creating music for the Kickstarter title Indivisible by Lab Zero …
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Jazz bassist Todd Coolman appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music faculty

Jazz bassist Todd Coolman appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music faculty
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that Todd Coolman will join its faculty as adjunct professor of music in jazz bass Aug. 1. A two-time Grammy Award winner, Coolman is among the most in-demand …
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The Ultimate Studio Bass Buyer’s Guide: Great Bassists on Choosing the Best Instrument for the Recording Studio
New technology for making guitars and basses has turned the luthier’s job into as much of a science as an art form. Thanks to the advent of advanced “CNC machines” that now aid major guitar makers in some of their most difficult and time-consuming …
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Best Bassists Ever
One of THE BEST heavy metal bass players out there, Mike has played in Alice in Chains, Black Label Society and the Blizzard of Ozz (Ozzy Osbourne’s backing band). He’s played with Slash’s Snakepit and recorded with them for their 1995 release “It’s Five o …
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Gyani Indo Jazz Fusion Concert Ticket Giveaway

musicGyani Indo Jazz Fusion Concert Ticket Giveaway
The Gyani Indo-Jazz Fusion group performs, a blend of ancient hindustani raga with American jazz. They’ll be playing Capistrano Hall on the Sacramento State campus October 9 at 8:00 p.m. The performers include: renowned vocalist, harmonium player and …
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A Crash Course in Jazz Appreciation
It’s the music that many men say they like, but don’t actually know anything about. Which is a shame for a whole host of reasons. For starters, jazz has had a major influence on most popular music genres in the 20 th century — rock, hip-hop, Latin …
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FSU’s Jazz Orchestra Fall Concert a Jazz Fusion “From Herbie to Snarky”
Frostburg State University’s Department of Music will present the Jazz Orchestra in its fall concert, “From Herbie to Snarky,” on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Performing Arts Center. In the 1960s, trumpeter and …
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‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Syracuse Stage celebrates the great jazz pianists

‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Syracuse Stage celebrates the great jazz pianists
The music conjures images of late night rent parties in Harlem and impromptu “cutting” competitions featuring the finest Jazz pianists of the day: the great James P. Johnson, the incomparable Willie “The Lion” Smith, and the teenage prodigy Thomas Wright …
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Puget Sound Piano Trio next in UPS Concert Series
She has performed on radio in New York City, Moscow, and Croatia, and she appeared in the television program In Praise of Women Pianists. Stambuk has been featured in recital at Merkin Concert Hall, in New York City; Academy of Music, in Philadelphia …
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53 young pianists to compete in Bachauer piano competitions
SALT LAKE CITY  When it came time to select the 53 young pianists from around the world who will compete for the title of Gina Bachauer Gold Medalist in two competitions this month, said Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation public relations …
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Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride talks about plans for Newport Jazz Festival

musicGrammy-winning bassist Christian McBride talks about plans for Newport Jazz Festival
New Orleans, swing, bebop, fusion, avant-garde — there’s a place for it all. Although McBride, like Wein, is a jazz guy through-and-through, he said he remembers watching a memorable set by the rapper Mos Def performing with a New Orleans brass band at …
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Concert review: Journey and the Doobie Brothers are a San Francisco treat
Having faltered early on as a jazz-rock fusion band, Journey hit on a formula in the late ’70s of elegant power ballads that get people’s arms waving. Thirty years later, it’s still working like a charm. The band headlined the San Francisco Fest 2016 Tour …
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Electro-pop, romantic drama on tap
Admission is $ 3. For more details, visit www.crowdpleaser.com. •Jazz fusion will be the flavor at this week’s Greenville Heritage FCU Main Street Fridays. The Shaun Ritchie Group, whose leader hails from the Greenville Fine Arts Center’s jazz program …
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The ten best jazz bassists of all time

musicThe ten best jazz bassists of all time
In jazz discussions, the saxophonists and the trumpeters generally dominate the conversation, and rightly so. Equally as integral to the music, though, is the rest of the band. While we’ve already listed the top guitarists and pianists, today we focus on …
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The 10 Richest Bassists in Music
Bassists may not receive the appreciation or the spotlight the same way frontmen and guitarists do — in fact, they’re often the butt of many a joke — but that doesn’t mean they’re not making major bank. The Richest has published a list of the 10 …
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Bassists Julie Slick and Marco Machera bringing tour to New York
“The music is complex and intricately arranged so that it never gets overwhelmingly heavy. And the resulting rhythms and textures can be very hypnotic,” Slick, who has played with progressive rock guitarist Adrian Belew, said. The bassists met in 2011 …
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Yellowjackets bring jazz fusion sound to University of Wyoming

musicYellowjackets bring jazz fusion sound to University of Wyoming
The Yellowjackets have been fusing jazz with other musical styles for more than three decades. The quartet’s sound has evolved over the years, along with its lineup. The group will visit Laramie for a Saturday night performance and will stick around for …
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Fusion Power
The celebrated guitarist — once part of the fusion super group Return to Forever with Chick Corea, Stanley Clark and Lenny White — has recorded numerous albums and collaborated on many others. Widely considered a jazz and Latin fusion pioneer …
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Indian jazz fusion created in Renton
Renton resident Terry ‘Yogi’ McCaw is the creator and member of the Indian jazz fusion band, The Yoginis. The band has members in the U.S. and India. The Indian band crew includes the lead singer, Ujwal Nagar, from popular India group, Advaita. Renton …
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Latest Jazz Fusion News

musicCelebrating Herbie Hancock’s Birthday With His Greatest Works And Jams
With Bennie Maupin, Paul Jackson, Harvey Mason and Bill Summers, the group was ready to follow Hancock past the boundaries of both jazz and funk to find a fertile new ground in jazz fusion. Here’s a live take on their incredible composition, “Chameleon …
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Highlands wilderness attracts Yukon musician
Weekes’s vocals are a fusion of folk, jazz and soul, with a wide range of tones and harmonies that are reminiscent of Joni Mitchell’s early years. They are also divergent, like Canadian singer Valerie Gore. Weekes featured well known collaborations …
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Focus on MPS Violin (Part 2) – Michal Urbaniak
Polish violinist, saxophonist and composer Michal Urbaniak played a major role in the development of jazz fusion in the 1970s and 80s. While working in Scandinavia in the 1960’s he met his future wife, Polish singer Urszula Dudziak and formed the …
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