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The Ascendancy Of Bernardo Tinoco: Examining A Burgeoning Jazz Musicians Meteoric Rise

From the cradle, music had always been around Bernardo Tinoco, since his father is a musician himself. Indeed, the saxophone chanted his name the loudest.

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An Interview with Leslie Mandoki of the Mandoki Soulmates

From humble beginnings in Hungary, at an early age, Mandoki developed an affinity for both Jazz, and Prog Rock, and sought to bring to fruition, an ambitious vision of combining the two while coupling the music with Mandoki’s socio-political leanings.

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An Interview with Mark Dover of Imani Winds & Port Mande

Some people have a one-dimensional way of looking at music and how instrumentation is used. Some seek to dismantle this way of thinking. Accomplished musician Mark Dover is one such dismantler.
His work in countless genres with countless groups has shown how he has tried to challenge the way we look at music and his instrument, the clarinet.

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Quiet Dawn: The Initial Development & Overarching Impact Of Free Jazz

Free Jazz made it possible to create music with no rules. Through this boundless genre, one can construct their own syntax, figuring it out on the spot, leading the band through means of melody, constant active listening, and contact with each band member.

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Ringing In The Holiday Season: Reviewing Doug Ferony’s Classic Single, “It’s Christmas”

Fans of Bing Crosby, and old-school Phil Spector “wall of sound” production, mixed with late 50s Swing will be right out home here. Ferony’s backing band, which consists of Dena Derose on piano, Chris Berger on bass, and the effortlessly energetic Joe Strasser on drums is awash in frenetic, bright Christmas spirit.

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An Interview with William Hooker

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with legendary Jazz drummer, William Hooker. Among other things, we touch on what he’s been up to during the lockdown, his early career in NYC, breaking into the NYC Jazz scene, some of his proudest moments, and what he’s looking forward to the most once COVID-19 breaks.

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An Interview with Dan Pugach

We often forget how many hats people wear in the music industry. Dan Pugach is one such person. He is a composer, drummer, bandleader, arranger, his own tour manager, etc.

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An Interview with Jimmy Macbride

It’s currently a very exciting time in Jazz. There are a plethora of talented and unique musicians. Jimmy Macbride is no exception. He is one of the most versatile and hard-working drummers out there.

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An Interview with Will Porter

Will Porter’s ability to conjure up the past while simultaneously keeping his music fresh enough to push forward is a talent that is truly singular to him. As such, it’s no surprise that the press and critics alike have finally caught up with Will during his reissue campaign for his now acclaimed album Tick Tock Tick.

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An Interview with Pierre van der Linden of Focus

Dutch band Focus was and still is one of the better Prog-Rock bands of the era. Their seminal album Focus 2, also known as Moving Waves, is nothing short of genre-defining.

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