Fred Gerantab

Fred Gerantab

Hello everyone - I'm sorry it's been a while since the last installment; my trio, QB3, and I have been very busy gigging in and outside of the New York City area. We were also in the midst of breaking in a great new bassist, which has been absolutely worth it. In any case, I'm looking forward to presenting you all with some music for your listening pleasure soon.

With that being said, welcome to the official 3rd installment of Guitar Picks. For new readers, the purpose of this colu …
29.01.2011

QB3

Published in Artist Biographies
On any given Friday night, a tucked away bar in Manhattan's Lower East Side blares with an eclectic mix of singer/songwriter, deep house DJ and funk, all in the course of an evening. Within this particular hour, the packed house moves to danceable grooves and drum 'n bass, nods to sophisticated jazz and sways to funk and soul flavored rhythms; but it's not coming from a DJ or the night's roster of bands..it's coming from one trio: QB3.

QB3 is Christopher 'Root' Heinz (drums), Fred Gerantab ( …

29.01.2011

Al Di Meola

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
For many musicians, evolving is the difference between sinking or swimming in this musical market. Many great players have defined themselves as ‘new legends’ through the kind of longevity that can only come from continuous experimentation and sticking to your guns. One such musician is Al Di Meola, whose name has become synonymous with fusion, jazz and the guitar. From a teen prodigy with Chick Corea’s Return To Forever group, to countless successful collaborations and solo records, Di Meola ha …
29.01.2011

Rik Emmett

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
In the 70’s and 80’s, Rik Emmet rose to stardom as a member of the arena rock band Triumph, and to some, Emmet will forever be the axe-wielding power rock icon who penned many great hits. However, the post-Triumph years took Emmet on a different journey; one fueled not by the pursuit of rock stardom or extravagance, but of self-discovery and the desire to make music on his own terms (Rik even passed on an offer to join Tom Scholz’s Boston shortly after the Triumph gig). Rik recorded 3 solo album …
The Pat Metheny Group has spanned 25 years as the most celebrated and unparalleled project of its kind. Formed by Pat Metheny in 1977, the group's travels span over a dozen groundbreaking recordings, tours in over 40 countries, too many Grammy awards to list, and most of all, their place as one of the most revolutionary contemporary music ensembles ever. Extending beyond the boundaries of jazz and virtuosity, PMG has continuously sought to create new musical territory through experimentation, ca …
29.01.2011

Chris Botti

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
When I Fall in Love is a soundtrack of romance, love and life. What you will hear is the graduation of a master musician into another realm. Botti takes listeners on a tantalizing journey of lushly interpreted standards from the past and present. Backed by the London Session Orchestra, Botti creates an aura of romance that harkens back to the days of Frank Sinatra, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis and Gil Evans. Please join us as we give you a sneak peek into the creation of this extraordinary …
John Scofield has been the "ever-changing weather front" of the jazz genre; moving like a forceful wind (and seamlessly) in and out of the intricate facets of jazz and funk, Scofield continues to redefine modern jazz and funk every step of the way while never losing the integrity of the moment.

Dubbed everything from the "father of jazz-funk" to the "godfather of groove", Scofield's catalog reads like a magic carpet ride, containing everything from straight-ahead swing to all out jam ba …
Jean-Luc Ponty has had a busy 3 decades. He's not only defined his role in music history, but has re-defined the role of the violin through the clever yet tasteful fusion of jazz, rock and world music covered in over 15 albums since 1975. This is in addition to some classic collaborations and stints with the likes of Elton John, Frank Zappa, The Mahavishnu Orchestra and Al DiMeola (in the Rite Of Strings). Throughout it all, Ponty made major waves in every genre, all while keeping true to the ma …
Most legendary artists, especially after 4+ decades, would take it easy on their 60th birthday. Chick Corea decided instead to throw a party, and invite some of the hottest talent, legendary and new, to join him for a week long engagement at NYC's jazz staple, the Blue Note. We had the pleasure of catching Chick in the duo setting with Cuban-born pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, who has laid a solid (annd burning) mark on the scene as one of the finest young pianists in the Latin vein. R
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