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How Do I Start Practicing Jazz?
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How Do I Start Practicing Jazz?

Q: I’ve heard some jazz (usually newer stuff) that I like and I’m thinking that I should work on it. You and others also mention that it’s a good thing to practice in general, too. But it’s so confusing and most things I find online (and your columns) are usually too advanced for me. How should I start? A: The...

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John G. Lee launches new jazz label

Bassist John G. Lee has co-founded a record label dedicated to jazz, Jazz Legacy Productions. The label will be celebrating jazz with the release of four albums: Cyrus Chestnut’s Spirit, Heath Brothers’ Endurance, Steve Davis’ Eloquence and Sharel Cassity’s Relentless. Cassity is a new-comer among the other veteran musicians, a trend that is by design of JLP records. They plan...

New Albums

New Release: Kind of Brown by Christian McBride & Inside Straight

Jazz bassist Christian McBride has released “Kind of Brown”, the debut album by his quintet Inside Straight. In addition to McBride, the quintet includes Eric Scott Reed on piano, Steve Wilson on sax, Carl Allen on drums and Warren Wolf on vibes. The album is an energetic acoustic jazz recording featuring seven original compositions, and includes renditions of “Where Are...