Composer and Arranger Don Redman

Composer’s Spotlight: Don Redman

Whenever one is asked to define jazz, it is tempting to cite great jazz improvisers, such as Bird, Trane, Hawk, Brecker, and countless others, yet such a view would seem to be shortsighted. Developing out of Western harmony and African rhythms, jazz reached the peak of its popularity in the 1920s and ‘30s with the [...]

The Combo Waterhole, the setting of Banjo Paterson's classic Australian ballad, "Waltzing Matilda."

National Treasures: Waltzing Matilda

Every nation has its store of national songs, treasuries that unite people of a nation with a cultural identity and songs that tell the story of people united by something larger than themselves. For Australians, “Waltzing Matilda” is such a song. Often referred to as the “unofficial national anthem of Australia,” “Waltzing Matilda” is Australia’s [...]

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Week 31: Lindsay Kupser’s Boston EP

https://lindsaykupser.bandcamp.com/ Once in a while, a record comes out of the Berklee Community that stands out, a record so strong that it cannot be ignored. This week we’ll be looking at Berklee’s own Lindsay Kupser and her debut record, The Boston EP. In this six-track EP, Lindsay fuses many musical influences, using elements of jazz, [...]

Cover Art for "Zoot Sims and the Gershwin Brothers"

Hidden Gems: “Zoot Sims and the Gershwin Brothers”

Within the jazz world, there are a number of lesser-known albums that – despite not receiving a great deal of acclaim – nonetheless rank among some of the classic jazz albums. Zoot Sims and the Gershwin Brothers is one such hidden gem which is enjoying some revival in popularity, thanks to a recent reissue by [...]

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Week 30: Weather Report’s Black Market

Released in 1976 under Sony Music Entertainment, Weather Report’s seventh studio album, Black Market, is a jazz-fusion record that soon became a classic. The album combines influences of jazz, fusion, and funk, in addition to elements of groove and melody from different cultures from around the world. An eclectic record, Black Market is still accessible [...]

          February 10, 2018