Morrice Blackwell

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More On Soloing

Published in Jazz Viewpoints
In response to my article "On Soloing", I received a number of emails from players who loved the concepts and were trying hard to incorporate them into their performance but still felt like they were stuck in a rut of playing the same tired riffs over and over. "I feel like I'm playing in circles. What additional advice can you give me to help me break out of this pattern?", many of them asked.

So it occurred to me that my original piece was oriented to more a advanced player and that it proba …

Over the last week, the jazz world has been reeling from the announcement that the International Association of Jazz Educators, a de facto trade organization, is going out of business.

In an e-mail message sent on April 18, the 10,000-member organization, based in Manhattan, Kan., announced that its executive board had decided to file for bankruptcy and that its annual convention, which was to be held in Seattle next year, had been canceled.

The group's demise is a major disappoint …
This summer Louis and Lucille Armstrong’s neighbors in Corona, Queens can look forward to the block party of the year on Tuesday July 16th at 7:00 pm. That’s when Jazzmobile, which has been presenting summer concerts in New York City for over three decades, will be rolling up to the Armstrong House on 107th Street, between 34th and 37th Avenues, for a free, outdoor performance by the Ray Vega Latin Jazz Sextet.

This concert marks the 101st anniversary of the …

Valerie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh with a major in Classical Saxophone. Not content to stop there, she went on to get her Masters Degree in Jazz Saxophone from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

"Being a well-rounded musician is something that has always been important to me," Gillespie says sincerely. And to prove it, she might easily be seen playing classical pieces with the Florida Orchestra on one night, performing with a …

On Friday and Saturday, November 21 & 22, 2003, the 21st Annual Hollywood Jazz Festival will once again attract jazz fans from all over to the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center (1770 Monroe Street, Hollywood). From 8 to 11 p.m. each evening, a series of mainstream and contemporary jazz performers will take to the stage each a legend in his or her own right.

Friday evening kicks-off with the renowned piano playing of Danilo Perez and his trio, followed by the Larry Coryell …

The new way to download music is here for independent artists too!

Several artists on the roster of the Kansas City USA-based label, 'ASR Records, now offer an online music service in collaboration with the innovative Canadian company, Payso, Inc. The new service is now available at the Artists' own official websites. Visit the respective artist via the 'ASR Records web site to see the service in effect.

The Digital Downloads section allows anyone to buy CD qualit …
Nine-year-old jazz drum prodigy, Isaiah Williams and his Washington DC-based band, The Isaiah Williams Project will host their first solo billing event ever, A Memorial Day Jazz Concert to be held on Saturday May 29, 2004 at 6:00 P.M. and Sunday, May 30, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. at the Nannie J. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA.

Isaiah, who has been tapping out beats and picking up drumsticks since before he could walk and can be seen on home video playing his drum set at age 1, began …

The West Bend Sunrise Rotary, producers of the annual Ziegler Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival (ZKMJF), announced that the entertainment line up for the 2006 event, to be held Fri., Sept. 8 Sat., Sept. 9, would once again feature an international collection of musicians and vocalists.

The event, which will take place along the banks of the upper Milwaukee River at Riverside Park in West Bend, Wis., will showcase three acts on Sept. 8, and four on Sept. 9. The entertainment line up is …

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6/25 Laila Biali Trio/Dave Brubeck Quartet $40 - $90

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It will finally happen on August 18th and 19th 2007. The first Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival will be organized on Aruba. The well known Aruba Jazz & Latin Music Festival which no longer takes place could be seen as a predecessor. The visitors of that event can once again enjoy a weekend of good music and taste the real festival feeling.

Cas di Cultura, the national theatre, will be transformed to a jazz paradise. During the festival national and international artist will perfo …