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Eric Clapton: Extra Cream

Electric guitar legend Eric Clapton has more than a passing acquaintance with jazz in its pre- and postbop forms. He’s a longtime fan of the music on his own and also as a member of the recently reactivated English power-trio Cream.

That band’s extended blues-rock jams introduced a generation of young fans to fiery, jazz-inspired improvisation and intricate instrumental interplay.

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George Varga

George Varga began drumming in bands at 12 and writing professionally about music at 15. A Louisiana native who grew up mostly in Germany, he has earned three Pulitzer Prize nominations as the music critic at the San Diego Union-Tribune. In 2002, he created and taught the UC San Diego Extension course, “Jazz in a Post-Ken-Burns World.” Varga’s latest project is Acid Reflux & The Wardrobe Malfunctions, a free-jazz Ashlee Simpson/Janet Jackson tribute band.