The Father of Drum Sticks

“Listening to teachers and young drummers they are obsessed with playing loud and fast and I hear nothing said about sound” – Vic Firth Everett Joseph “Vic” Firth was one of the most respected people in the drum industry. He was close to many of the world’s greatest drummers such as Steve Gadd, Steve Smith, [...]

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Jazz in India

Jazz in India has a rich history, and has had a great effect on western jazz and world music. EMERGENCE With African-American jazz artists traveling around the world, jazz began to emerge in India during the late 1920s in cities like Calcutta and Bombay. As Bombay became a metropolis, India’s freedom from British rule became [...]

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Remembering Ray Santisi

1933 – 2014 ”As anyone familiar with the Boston scene knows, there are few things finer than hearing Ray take on an acoustic piano. But there are different ways to tackle the challenge, and Ray can make any path work. On June 2nd, Ray decided to put on a clinic. I’m not a piano player [...]

Joey Alexander a talented 11-year old pianist who has a bright future ahead of him

Music from the Emerald of the Equator

Indonesia has thousands of islands, each with its own story. The country also has a rich folk music tradition, showcasing the diversity of dialects and languages heard across the various regions of Indonesia. As of late, the nation has also developed a jazz tradition. Indonesia has some very talented jazz musicians, one being Indra Lesmana. [...]

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Piano Spotlight: Keith Jarrett

  Keith Jarrett is one of few established pianists to bridge the gap between mastering improvised jazz and classical concert performance. Life Keith Jarrett was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on May 8, 1945. Keith was born with absolute pitch — the ability to hear and name/identify a single pitch, or a group of pitches, immediately without [...]

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Piano Spotlight: Ray Charles

A pioneer of soul, blues, gospel, and country music, Ray Charles has become one of the most loved and respected names in music history. Life Ray Charles Robinson was born on September 23, 1930, in Albany, Georgia, to Aretha and Bailey Robinson. As a child, he and his family moved to Greenville, Florida. His mother [...]

          February 10, 2018