Toots Thielemans

Once upon a time when I was a teenager that moved away from home. I didn’t have a car, a gig, or much money. I was addicted to LPs but I needed to eat . Having a couple of bucks for dinner one night I stopped in a record store to see what they had. […]

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Brian Auger

Brian Auger is the organist/leader with the Oblivion Express. The band in various formats has been together for 30 years and has made many recordings. Currently the quartet is Organ/El. piano, Bass, Drums, Vocalist. I first heard them when I was younger and the sound inspired me to pursue playing jazz within a rock context […]

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Brian Haas

Ok I go out to this bar and I don’t know what to expect. A power trio. Young players. Great reviews. Melodica, lots of melodica. A sense of humor, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. No one is actually called Jacob Fred. Everyone is called Jacob Fred. Well, this band is great and I encourage you to […]

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Dr. Lonnie Smith

I saw this band at the Dakota Jazz Club. The Lou Donaldson Quartet. I was so impressed I requested an interview with the organist. Dr. Smith. He has a new cd out called ” To Damn Hot ” Steve Hegman- Hi, I’ve been a fan of yours for a long time. I grew up listening […]

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John Medeski

The following, is a relaxed conversation with John Medeski done after a outside concert in Mpls. June 14 2002. Medeski is the keyboard player in MMW (Medeski, Martin & Wood). Their original instrumental recordings can be found in the jazz section of most Record/CD stores. The music is fresh, powerful, & interactive. You can dance […]

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Joseph Pepe Zawinul

*Austrian born composer and Jazz musician Joe Zawinul poses for in front of his Jazz bar “Birdland” in Vienna, on May 25, 2004. Photographer: Ronald Zak/AP via Bloomberg News Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) — Joe Zawinul, who died, aged 75, in his native Vienna on Sept. 11, was an egoist who had a lot to be […]

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Melodica in Action

George Duke