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Chops: Ron Jackson Is in Seven-String Heaven

When Ron Jackson showed up for his regular lesson at the home studio of Bucky Pizzarelli one day about five years ago, he received some unexpected input from the venerated jazz guitarist: “Bucky told me, ‘You know, there’s not really anything more I can teach you.’ That was a good boost for my ego, but … Read More “Chops: Ron Jackson Is in Seven-String Heaven”

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Jonathan Scales: Panning for Jazz

If you’ve spent even a little time navigating New York’s MTA system, then you’ve likely seen steel-pan drummers on subway platforms entertaining listeners with spirited interpretations of pop tunes. Pans are much less common in jazz, but a few performers have made them their main instrument, including Andy Narell, Victor Provost, and a relative newcomer … Read More “Jonathan Scales: Panning for Jazz”

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Chops: Gregory Lewis on the Hammond B-3

“Piano’s great,” Gregory Lewis says. “But the organ—I don’t want to say it’s better, but it’s just different. You have more power and control, and I do like to be in control when I’m playing.” Lewis, a New York–based keyboardist and composer, is both one of the modern jazz masters of the Hammond B-3 organ … Read More “Chops: Gregory Lewis on the Hammond B-3”

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Chops: Jeff Baker on Making Elevator Music

Not long ago, Jeff Baker, the vocalist and educator, observed a building in the initial stages of construction next to his apartment in Portland, Ore. “They were building this tiny tower right in the middle and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what it was,” Baker says. “Then I realized, Oh, that’s … Read More “Chops: Jeff Baker on Making Elevator Music”

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21st Century Lesson Plan: Learning Jazz Remotely

At a time when information and media are conveyed almost instantly, it’s easy to forget that in the not-too-distant past, a remote music lesson meant something very different from what it does today—and it was a painfully slow and tedious process. Greg Fishman, a saxophone and woodwind player, educator, and writer based in Chicago, Ill., … Read More “21st Century Lesson Plan: Learning Jazz Remotely”

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