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Norm Breest

Norm Breest

29.01.2011

Larry Carlton

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With his experience performing with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand and Chet Atkins, and with a solo career plus working in the smooth jazz super group Fourplay, guitarist Larry Carlton always goes back to where he got started, with the blues.

When he heard his first blues album by B.B. King back when he was 15, he knew that he would always be influenced by that experience. In his live performances, the highlight of the show is when he performs the blues …

29.01.2011

Keiko Matsui

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There are times in our lives when we tend to face the doorway to our abyss with trepidation and apprehension, an unknown entity that never seems to evade us, filled with turmoil. However, some are able to defend fear by escaping to a place devoid of hate, complexity and turbulence land geographically located in our minds that enables us to face the abyss with assurance and hope.

How often is music the vehicle that takes us there? So to that, we ride with the talent of Keiko Matsui to the "Wal …

29.01.2011

Richard Smith

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Richard Smith is a guitarist who not only has a successful solo career, but helps future guitarists as well. Smith, who backed up saxophonist Richard Elliot on his first six CD's and has just released his eighth solo project called Soulidified, is founder of the GuitarMasters Workshop. The program is a community outreach in South Central Los Angeles that helps at-risk youth by providing free guitars, lessons, mentoring and classes.

Smith, who is also a tenured professor at the Univers …

29.01.2011

Kirk Whalum

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For over 30 years, sax man Kirk Whalum has been in the forefront of the modern era of jazz. During that time, he has earned seven Grammy nominations, recorded numerous number one albums and had a number one smooth jazz hit last year with his version of Luther Vandross' "Give Me The Reason" from his The Babyface Songbook release. Whalum continues to bridge urban music styles with his new release Roundtrip.

Roundtrip looks at all areas of Whalum's career, yesterday, today a …

29.01.2011

Hiroshima

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A group named after the city that was bombed by a nuclear warhead in World War II is helping to bridge the world by music. Hiroshima has been performing since 1974 to help bring alive a philosophy that was first mentioned by Duke Ellington when he recorded The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse back in 1971. At that time, Ellington felt that Asian people were coming into the music scene and that all people would be able to perform together.

When June Kuramoto first came to the U.S. at the age of s …

29.01.2011

Steve Cole

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Steve Cole: Chicago's Sound In smooth jazz, there has always been primarily two types of smooth jazz, West Coast style and East Coast style. However, there has been a growing voice out of Chicago that is giving smooth jazz listeners a third style that has a flavor all its own. Starting with pianist Ramsey Lewis, many artists who have worked with musicians on both coasts are starting to come together to bring the Chicago sound to a growing audience.

One of the leading Chicago-based artists is …

29.01.2011

David Sanborn

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Legendary sax man David Sanborn has had a steady influence in music for a long time. He has worked with some of the biggest names in rock and pop music, including Eric Clapton, the Eagles, the Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, and Stevie Wonder. He has also worked with jazz greats Miles Davis and the Brecker Brothers. He has also embraced hip-hop, working with Guru, and alternative music with the group Ween.

Even though he has been an outstanding side man for ma …

29.01.2011

Mindi Abair

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With a part in Adam Sandler’s new movie and the release of her highly acclaimed CD ‘In Hi-Fi Stereo’, Mindi Abair is certainly on a roll. Consequently, when Jazz Review recently caught up with her, there was a lot to talk about.

JazzReview: I was at a concert of yours recently and the audience was really energized. They were dancing and entirely electrified. As a matter of fact people were lined up to see you when I arrived. How do you get your audience so excit …

29.01.2011

Jeff Lorber

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With its unique brand of fusion jazz, the music of Jeff Lorber has, over the years, transcended musical boundaries. By the late 70’s Lorber had already made a name for himself with his genre crossing sounds that contained elements of jazz, rock, R&B, and funk. This fusion won over a whole host of new listeners whilst later, Lorber’s popular ‘Rain Dance’, from his 1979 compilation ‘Water Sign’, found new life when sampled for mixes in the worlds of R&B and rap …

You're a 16 year old guitarist that knocked The Beatles' Yesterdayoff the charts with your group's hit Hang on Sloopy. In the 70's, you helped produce legendary guitarist Johnny Winter and traveled with his group "White Trash." You had your own solo rock career while also playing with such legends as Alice Cooper, Ritchie Havens, Todd Rundgren and Steely Dan.

In the 80's, you also had a chance to perform with Cyndi Lauper and Barbra Streisand, and produced song parodies with We …