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Entries in jazz (6)


Jazz Improvisation: Change Your Mindset To Achieve Your Goal

No matter who you are, what you do and where you live, you are always scared of trying new things as far as their results are concerned. That’s is because you start judging your caliber or your intelligence on the basis of those of results, which may not be up to the mark at the first go. Considering the fact that you hardly get desirable results whenever you try out a thing for the first time (such as play music, give a speech, and start teaching at school or college etc.,) it eventually makes you believe that you are not good at it and you will never be able to perform it effectively even in future no matter how hard you work towards it.

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10 Things Sun Ra Can Teach Us About Band Leadership

Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, 1914–1993) was an American jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his “cosmic philosophy,” prolific musical output, and energetic experimental big-band performances. He widely claimed (and legitimately believed) he was born on Saturn and was over 5,000 years old.

Ra released over 200 albums, many of which were home-recorded to tapes that he copied himself or cut to vinyl in small batches and sold at shows. He pioneered a lot of experimentation with technology in jazz and free jazz starting as early as the 1950s in Chicago. A funny tidbit about Sun Ra is that as he was experimenting with early synthesizer keyboards, electronics and tape delay, he was given one of the first prototypes of the Minimoog by Robert Moog to play around with before it even went on the market.

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Grammy-Winning Producer Don Sickler Launches The Newest Tool for Jazz Music 

 Don Sickler is no stranger to the jazz world. With over 30 years experience performing, arranging, producing, teaching and publishing he has seen this industry through the eyes of a musician and a businessman. He went on a quest to create a unique way to help musicians enhance their craft in the new digital age through the music of dedicated jazz artists. is the result of this quest: a resource for instrumental musicians, singers, and educators alike to find both new and old music from many of the greatest jazz composers of all time.

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the myJazz club

Hi guys, im phil, and I always wanted to play jazz piano!

So, at 47 I bought a beautiful roland FP7 and started to teach myself.. it’s not the first time I done this! But, this time I was determined.. the digital age is fantastic, and I recorded everything.. along the way I discovered that the recordings were pretty cool if I added a backing track, and one thing led to another, I compiled them for my iPad, and bang! the myJazz club was formed 

I’ve tried a lot of ways to learn, but it’s hard to beat when you get sync’d up with the band.. go from a jazz piano novice to improvising like Evans or Monk.. check out the myJazz apps now at volume 3 with over 75 digital lessons with PDF support playing with the band

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Tricked Out Country - Where Country Meets Jazz

Despite the roots all three share as rich tributaries of great American music, there have been few instances in which country, jazz, and pop rock have successfully come together within one band. It just seems like an impossible fit: corralling Stetson-hatted cowboys, cool-blowing jazzmen, and funky rock players into a single cohesive project, one that seamlessly blends these very distinct styles. It seems impossible, that is, until you’ve heard Tricked Out Country.

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Todd Clouser's A Love Electric Releases Debut Record

Recent winners of Ropeadope Records’ “emerging artist” competition, A Love Electric, led by guitarist Todd Clouser, a young jazz guitarist boasting a resume of performances with artists from Keb Mo to Steven Bernstein, have released their debut self titled record. Released at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis , MN on September 27th, the energetic jazz rock quintet will be touring internationally into the new year behind the album. More information, and recent press can be found at, with tunes from A Love Electric streaming at

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