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A Reality Check for Jazz Musicians

There are three types of jazz musicians in the world today: the professionals, the students and the hobbyists. All three are equally important for the survival of...

Album of the Month – Justin Nielsen’s “Divine Colors”

Justin Nielsen is the consummate jazz educator and professional musician.  You would expect someone with his advanced level of chops and musicality to be...

The Existential Problem with Jazz Band

Jazz education has been institutionalized.  For decades now, you have been able to find a form of jazz education in countless middle schools, high schools,...

Coltrane Plays the Blues

This is a great, classic Coltrane album. It's not one of his more well-known albums, but the playing is superb, and it's definitely worth...

Why “Vibing” is Bad for Jazz

What is "vibing" in jazz, and why does it happen?  If you've been around the music very long, you may have experienced "vibing."  "Vibing" is...

Why Jazz Matters

A lot of studies have been done on the benefits of music and music education in schools. Research has shown that learning music helps develop...

The 3 Most Important Jazz Guitarists of All Time

I get asked time to time, who I think the most important jazz guitarists are. This can be a tough question to answer because...

Who Hijacked The Jazz Economy?

Sixty or eighty years ago, the jazz economy was healthy.  Things were different.  There was a healthy club scene in many metropolitan areas.  Jazz was...

Top Ten Underrated Jazz Musicians

Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Duke Ellington...these names are synonymous with jazz, and their brilliance shines bright. There...
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Featured Album: Michael Kocour’s “Spiffy”

"Spiffy" is a brand new album from Phoenix jazz pianist/organist Michael Kocour.  Kocour is the Director of the Jazz Studies program at Arizona State University....

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