Eve Zanni: A singer tells the stories of jazz

Interview with Eve Zanni

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Singer/composer/educator Eve Zanni talks talks about her two new books in her Jazz Superheroes series: Billy Holiday ‘Lady Day’ and Lester Young ‘Prez’

Among other things, Eve was closely affiliated with St. Peter’s (the jazz church in Manhattan) where she ran the annual “To Prez with Love” event for years.… Read more

Zigaboo Modeliste – The definition of funky

New Orleans drummer Bob French pays tribute to fellow NOLA drummer Zigaboo Modeliste.

Then Zigaboo Modeliste answers with some truth about music.

Drum Clinic with Zigabo in New Orleans

One of the commenters to YouTube nailed it:

“Simplicity with a lifetime of experience.”

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube… Read more

Jamey Aebersold – You can improvise!

Interview with Jamey Aebersold

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Jazz is the art of improvisation.

Contrary to popular misconception, the ability to improvise is not a spontaneous skill that arises out of nowhere.

It’s the result of listening, practice, study – and courage.

It’s not easy standing up in front of a room full of strangers and creating something “good” … Read more

Carl Gerhard The Navy and Jazz

Interview with Carl Gerhard

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What do jazz giants Clark Terry, John Coltrane and Tito Puente all have in common?

They were all Navy men and their time in the service played a role in their development.

(And after his service, Tito Puente was able to study at Juilliard thanks to the GI Bill.)

Today we … Read more

David and Gilberto in Havana

“Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.” – Chinese proverb

Reunited in Havana with the help of Jazz on the Tube,
Cuban drummer and singer Gilberto Valdés (89) and
US composer and instrumentalist David Amram (87)
work through the rhythms of a score together over lunch.

Jazz is an art of innovation, but … Read more