Peter Westbrook

Peter Westbrook

This is yet another example of the kind of music being produced throughout the country by artists who are relatively unknown on the national level, and who have to produce …
From its very beginning, one of the ways jazz has developed and grown has been by fusing with elements of non-Western music traditions. There is evidence, for example, of C…
This is a remarkable recoding from a number of standpoints. To begin with, Mark Weinstein is not your ordinary jazz musician! He is currently on his second career. He began…
Chip Shelton is an unusual figure in jazz. With half of his time devoted to his practice as an orthodontist, he is able to devote the rest of his time to the study and perf…
In the early years of the twentieth century, European Art Music began to move away from the use of tonality, leaving behind the bulk of its audience in its process. At this…
The notion that jazz is a purely African-American music is not so much false as simplistic. There can be no doubt that the foundations for the music were laid down by Afric…
Peter Smith is a prime example of the who-knows-how-many fine musicians who labor in relative obscurity in a local market, working to perfect their craft with few op…
In 1961, the movie version of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story won 10 Oscars, including one for best movie score. Forty years later many of the songs are virtuall…
Airto Moreira has been one of the premier percussionists in jazz since he arrived from Brazil and came to prominence with Miles Davis, helped found Weather Report, a…
Felipe Salles is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil but lives and performs in New York. There has been a very real blending between jazz and various Brazilian genres over the la…