Michael Kabran

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March 2007    Gearhead

M-Audio ProjectMix I/O Control Surface

If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to sit in the control room during a live radio broadcast, you’d know how audio engineers are the magicians behind the scenes. Perched behind monstrous audio interfaces and mixers covered with knobs and buttons, these...


November 2006    Gearhead

Garritan's Jazz and Big Band Sample Library

There hasn’t been an easy and inexpensive method for jazz composers to assemble and hear their compositions. Keyboards contain sounds aimed primarily at classical composers. Sound libraries are largely filled with hip-hop beats. And sample programs like...


November 2006    News

Julian Pavone: Rimshot from the Booster Seat?

Most drummers would kill for this kind of exposure—a new CD, national tour dates, continuous media coverage, Hollywood movie deals and even a clothing line. Yet Julian Pavone seems particularly at ease with his newfound fame. This is remarkable considering...


October 2006    Gearhead

Home Recording Roundup: Digital Audio Workstations from Mackie and Tapco

Personal computers have become nearly as common as cars, and in the past decade the number of home-recording manufacturers has grown exponentially. The resulting increase in competition has spurred the development of higher-quality equipment sold at jaw...


October 2006    Gearhead

SWR Working Pro 12-inch Combo Bass Amplifier

One of my first bass teachers, a grizzled East Coast jazz veteran, once told me that an amplifier is a jazz musician’s best and worst friend. On one hand, he said, it makes you louder so more people can listen to you play. On the other hand, an amplifier...


July/August 2006    News

Lester Young: Presidential Record

The records themselves look unimpressive: A set of old black 16-inch lacquered discs with yellowed labels and dusty faces aged from years in storage. The sound on the discs, on the other hand, is unmistakable: A rich tenor saxophone lightly fluttering above...


June 2006    Artist Profiles

Jacques Johnson: Old School

He’s played for presidents, world leaders and celebrities. He has performed on national radio and television with the likes of Solomon Burke, Stanley Turrentine and the Drifters. He’s traveled the world on diplomatic missions, sharing the stage with everyone...


May 2006    News

Granny Grammys: The Old Guard Won Again

If this year’s Grammy awards for jazz and blues are any indication, old is the new new. Veteran jazz stalwarts beat out their younger counterparts in nearly every category. Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, B.B. King and Pat Metheny all walked away with awards...

02/22/06    Concerts

East Coast Jazz Festival 2006

The slogan for the 15th annual East Coast Jazz Festival held Feb. 16-20 at the Double Tree Hotel outside Washington, D.C., was “Your Straight-Ahead Jazz Extravaganza,” but the real theme of the five-day event was community. The festival included: tributes...

02/07/06    News

Dates for New Orleans' Jazz Fest Announced

Jazz Fest will continue to be held in New Orleans, even after the devastation caused by Hurriance Katrina. Officials recently announced that this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be held April 28-30 and May 5-7 in its usual location at the...

02/06/06    News

Moncef Genoud Signs to Savoy

Savoy Records announced the signing of acclaimed pianist-composer Moncef Genoud, whose label debut, Aqua , is scheduled for release April 4. Aqua marks Genoud’s 10th release as a bandleader. It was produced by Los Angeles-based Rollin’ Dice Productions and...

02/03/06    News

Romano Mussolini, Dictator's Son and Jazz Musician, Dies

Romano Mussolini, the son of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and an acclaimed jazz pianist, died Friday in Rome. He had recently been hospitalized with kidney and gall bladder problems. He was 78. Jazz was banned during his father’s reign, but that didn’t...

02/02/06    News

Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards Nominees and Host Announced

Jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic (pictured) has again been tapped to host the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, scheduled for April 7 in Mississauga, Ontario. Zonjic, who hosted last year’s inaugural Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, has also been nominated for two awards...

02/01/06    News

New Orleans Social Club to Release Debut Album

The debut album from the New Orleans Social Club, a collective of legendary New Olreans-based musicians, is scheduled to hit stores April 4. Sing Me Back Home was recorded in Austin, Texas, less than six weeks after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast...

01/27/06    News

Malle Film with Davis Score Set for DVD Release

Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud) , the 1958 film debut of Louis Malle featuring a score by Miles Davis (pictured), is scheduled to be released on DVD April 25. The DVD contains a slew of extras, including archival footage of Davis’ recording...

01/26/06    News

Berklee Announces Concert, New Scholarship Fund

Bill Cosby, Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock (pictured) and Paul Simon are just a few of the performers scheduled to take part in the Berklee 60th Anniversary Concert, which will raise money for the Boston music school’s scholarship fund, according to a written...

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