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Zaria Tyler, a sophomore at Austin Polytechnical Academy, polishes a mouthpiece with a manual lathe. Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times Updated: June 15, 2014 4:28PM School's out at Austin Polytechnical Academy, but Zaria Tyler still has work to do.
Many young jazz composers today find that the old "big band" format has worn so threadbare that they can do nothing with it. As a result, we occasionally get something new like this often perplexing, but exciting and quite unignorable. Sanford's
Listeners often associate Roney with Miles Davis, thanks to Roney's work with the jazz legend early in Roney's career. But at this point Davis' impact on Roney can be considered mostly historic, Roney's playing larger in scope, firmer in tone and
For some music is everything, flows within their nerves. If you are one of those really so passionate about it, looking for learning to play music instrument, then make sure you are well aware of the reasons why you should play it.
April 9, 2014 Ibrahim Maalouf Hippodrome Anfa Jazzablanca Festival Casablanca, Morocco March 31, 2014 Before composer and trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf stepped onto the stage, the audience of Jazzablanca Festival was already cheering wildly. There was a
D'Rivera composed another theme, the well-knit "Bandoneon," especially for Zisman's accordion-like instrument, and solos therein with Zisman and pianist Philip Henzi. Good as that tune is, D'Rivera's buoyant "Samba for Jimmy" (incendiary solos
Avant-garde jazz virtuoso trumpet player Roy Campbell Jr. died January 9 in his Bronx home as a result of heart disease at the age of 61. The multi instrumentalist featured strong rhythms and folkloric textures in his compositions.
February program by the Madison Symphony Orchestra is quite a mixed bag. It offers, essentially, two pairs of works separated by an intermission and introduced with a prologue. The program will be repeated in Overture Hall on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 8
February 6, 2014 This feels like a chance ramble off of dimly lit streets into a wee hours night club; and the quartettrumpet, piano, bass and drumshas slipped into a blue mood. A few notes from the muted horn, a half a dozen supple touches of the
February 1, 2014 As premises for an entertaining listen go the idea of a jazz record inspired by the First World War is not the easiest sell, even for a musician as respected as the late Stan Tracey . Yet on this fantastic collection, his final