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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Ron Carter named Detroit Jazz Fest artist-in-residence

musicRon Carter named Detroit Jazz Fest artist-in-residence
The Detroit-bred bassist Ron Carter, one of the most influential bassists in jazz history — and the most recorded — has enjoyed an increasing presence at the Detroit Jazz Festival in the last two years. In particular, fans who were able to squeeze …
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10 Bass Guitar Heroes That Show Four-Stringers Deserve Respect
It’s a misconception, but a powerful one: Bassists past and present struggle to receive the attention of their guitar and drum-playing counterparts. Heck, if you walk down Melbourne’s Swanston Street on any given night, you’d be forgiven for thinking …
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Iggy Pop Albums From Worst To Best
For the follow-up to American Caesar, Iggy retained the same core band: guitarist Eric Schermerhorn, bassist Hal Cragin, and drummer Larry Mullins. The music is harder and heavier than the previous album, practically metal, with screaming lead guitars …
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Latest Jazz Fusion News

musicVirtuoso Villarreal debuts solo album
I love all of it,” said Villarreal of his broad musical base that has included membership in such well known regional groups as the Latin ensemble Los Cordobas, jazz fusion combo Freek Johnson and AC/DC tribute act Little Lover, to name a few. “I’ve …
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New albums out this week
Pierrick Pédron, “And the” (Jazz Village). A much-respected and prize-laden alto saxophonist who is from France but who has worked with Wynton Marsalis and Mulgrew Miller gives contemporary jazz fusion a fairly good name on his current long-player.
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9th Wonder Explains How J Dilla Changed The Sound of Hip-Hop and Fathered “Neo
But what’s up with the Brazilian Jazz records? What’s up with the German Jazz records, or the Japanese Jazz records?” Again, which is another family tree. Like you said, it was James Brown, James Brown, P-Funk—Soul. Then it turned into Jazz Fusion, Jazz.
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Twitter meets jazz


Twitter meets jazz
For those of you who do not know, Robert Glasper is a Grammy-winning jazz fusion/R&B pianist and producer who has worked with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Common, Erykah Badu, and many more. He currently has two groups – the Robert Glasper Trio …
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Our critics’ picks of the best entertainment events this week in Houston
Then comes Hofesh Shechter’s intense “Dust” before a rousing finale, Richard Siegal’s “O2Joy,” a humorous fusion of ballet and syncopated hip-hop set to a score of great American jazz. 8 p.m. Saturday at Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas; $ 28-$ 68; …
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Adicts, Kings, and All Them Witches
Jamie Shadowlight’s electric violin knows no genre boundaries. She’s also an accomplished pianist, guitarist, and songwriter, which makes her one of San Diego’s busiest hired guns. Shadowlight will take you on a jazz-fusion exploration of Hendrix …
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