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To Reharmonize Or to Not Reharmonize

Posted by Farnell Newton on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I love Jam of the Week – it’s a Facebook group with 55,000 members by now that contribute impromptu videos every week to a song theme that is posted by Farnell Newton, the mastermind behind the idea. The themes range from specific jazz standards to various artists/ composers to decades/ styles or just showcasing transcription artistry or original music. It’s a truly crowdsourced gem of ideas, performances, and communal encouragement on achievements and next steps. read more…

It Takes A Village

How are you listening to your favorite music right now? My bet is you’re either tuning in to an online or terrestrial station or streaming from one of the favorite services, am I right? We have learned to borrow music – ownership is only for collectors items, special experiences. And there is nothing wrong with that – how cool is it to have access to any song at any time anywhere? read more…

Jazz in the City

New Orleans – the birthplace of jazz, the city where jazz is not just a musical style but a lifestyle, where brass bands play on street corners, where the Marsalis family reigns – every jazz musician’s fantasy. We have a romantic image of the city of jazz but how does reality look like? read more…

Indiana Jazz: History, Scenes, Places & Personas

Did you know that Louis Armstrong made his first recordings in Richmond, Indiana at the Gennett Studios with King Oliver’s group and that Hoagy Carmichael’s first recording of Stardust at the same studio was a complete flop? Did you know that David Baker taught Freddie Hubbard how to play Donna Lee so they could show off at a jam session on Indiana Avenue? read more…