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Guitarist Pat Metheny has won multiple Grammy awards for his original music. But on his latest CD, “What’s It All About,” Metheny explores songs made famous by the Beatles, Carly Simon, Simon & Garfunkel and others. Interview by Robin Young for NPR's HERE & NOW.
The Album "Midnght Sun" is an elegant compilation of love songs that the incomparable Dee Dee Bridgewater covers to perfection. Listeners will be more than enamored with Ms. Bridgewater's mastery of these great love songs as well as with her tonal quality and natural ease in delivering their heartfelt messages. Review by Paula Edlestein for SOUNDS OF TIMELESS JAZZ
Rory Block pays tribute for Mississippi Fred McDowell in her newest album Shake 'Em On Down, reviewed here by FULL TIME BLUES RADIO.
On September 22nd, Bela Fleck will premiere the first ever symphony concerto for banjo along with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. It will be webcast live from the front page of the symphony's website. Fleck's concerto, which was commissioned by the Symphony, will be the cornerstone of their 2011/2012 SunTrust Classical Series.
Tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane has garnered a name in his own right. As a modern jazz musician, Ravi takes to improvisation in the fashion of late greats Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and of course his father John Coltrane. Interview by Julie Ouedraogo for GERMANTOWN PATCH
John Pizzarelli started playing guitar at 6 and gain your own worldwide fame as band leader, radio personality and solo performer. For Pizzarelli, setting the standard for stylish modern jazz is like another day at the office. Interview by Barry Lewis for the TIMES HERALD RECORD
Jay Smith, of POLLSTAR, talks with Return To Forever's Chick Corea about the band’s fascinating journey through four decades of music.
Well-known throughout his five-decade career for his quartets (beginning with his 1967 group featuring Larry Coryell, Roy Haynes and Steve Swallow), Burton is returning to the configuration and expresses great enthusiasm for the new band's alchemy.
Jazz Saxophone Legend Sonny Rollins will be honored at this year's Kennedy Center Honors. Rollins will be awarded the prestigious award on December 4th for his "artistry [that] has contributed significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world," said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.
With a show featuring as much talent and excitement as this, I don’t know if I would go so far as to say that Glen David Andrews stole the show, but the endless line of people wanting to meet him following the show might suggest that he did. Review by Kevin Kniestedt for GROOVENOTES