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Composer Phillip Keveren Brings JS Bach Into The Jazz Age

CalendarFebruary 21, 2017
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Red, White & Blues Sale

CalendarJanuary 24, 2017
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Save up to 70% on select blues books through February 22, 2017 at jazzbooks.com. Includes the very popular Real Blues Book by Hal Leonard.

Getting started on the blues? Try “The Blues Scale” series where both the Blues scale and relative minor Blues scale are explained in detail and how they are used. Includes play along MP3 files with MIDI files available for use. Available for Piano/Keyboards, Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Guitar, and Flute.

If you’re ready to play, the “Blues Play Along Beginner Series” might be something that peaks your interest. This series from Andrew D. Gordon features 30 12-bar blues play along tracks in Blues styles such as: Funky Blues, Boogie Blues, Jazz Blues, Minor Blues, Country Blues, Latin Blues, Old Time Jazz Blues, Jazz Swing Blues, Classic Blues Rock, Soulful Blues, Slow Blues and more. Available for Guitar, Flute, Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, and Piano/Keyboards.

Jazz Artist Transcriptions Sale

CalendarJanuary 17, 2017
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Save 20% on a wide range of popular transcription books through January 22, 2017 at jazzbooks.com. Chet Baker, David Liebman, JJ Johnson, Dexter Gordon, Paul Chambers, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Art Tatum, Benny Carter, Chris Botti, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, Bud Powell, Billy Taylor, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson … and so many more!

The Unmuted Bob Bernotas

CalendarJanuary 12, 2017
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Bob Bernotas might not be a jazzy household name, but he’s been writing about the genre for many years. With a successful monthly newsletter and as the host of a show by the same name on an East Coast college radio station, he’s dabbled in clarinet and sax but holds a soft spot for the trombone. In fact, Bernotas owns a Conn that was played in the Count Basie Orchestra.

His online newsletter is available free to subscribers (www.jazzbob.com). The content is mostly music with a substantial dose of politics and baseball thrown in. Readers will notice a particular penchant for Sinatra.

Bernotas is the author of Reed All About It: Interviews and Master Classes with Jazz’s Leading Reed Players and Top Brass: Interviews and Master Classes with Jazz’s Leading Brass Players. Read the full article …

Review: Saxophone Solos. Vol. 2: Modal Classics

CalendarDecember 27, 2016
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Professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University, David Demsey, offers his insight on one of the newest and hottest Jamey Aebersold Jazz publications, “Saxophone Solos. Vol. 2: Modal Classics” by Tony DaGradi. This book and CD set is recommended for Intermediate and Advanced jazz saxophonists looking to expand their vocabulary and style and is a powerful followup to DaGradi’s previous Aebersold release, “Sax Solos Over Jazz Standards.”

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Morgan Monceaux: Jazz Artist

CalendarDecember 5, 2016
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A very cool cat with an inborn jazz sensibility, Morgan Monceaux is the author of several books about the cultural and art experience of black America. In 1994 he wrote “Jazz: My Music, My People” to introduce children to jazz.

His illustrations fly off the page with their jewel-tone vibrancy and uniqueness. Monceaux also adds text as an artistic element. Example: jazz singer Nina Simone is encircled by the words “high priestess of soul” while curlicues of red, blue and yellow swirl behind and around her.

Monceaux painted Sarah Vaughan, whose sound reminded him of his mother’s voice and made him feel warm inside. Nina Simone, he said, set the pace for his understanding of the 1960s and the protest movement. And Nat King Cole, “one of the coolest male singers of his time,” brought jazz into the homes of millions of people with his own TV show.

“I have a love of the female voice,” he said in a recent interview. “This book was a way of remembering my mother who gave me a love of jazz. It gives a history of jazz to show how it has impacted today’s music.”

“Bessie Smith” by Morgan Monceaux with permission.