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  • How the term "jazz" origi...
    February 9, 2016
    Recently my friend Lovano gave me a book that traces the history of jazz from its earliest New Orleans beginnings through today, chronicling the contributions of Italian Americans to this great music....
  • Papi playing with the Fun...
    February 26, 2014
    Here's a couple of videos of me with my favorite funk band and top notch horn section, performing at the Falcon in Marlboro with the Funk Junkies PICK UP THE PIECES SHINING STAR BEGINNING...
  • Whitey, carvings, and oth...
    February 14, 2014
    Favorite Photos So we'll start with the white deer. I called him Whitey. He actually scared the crap out of me the first time I saw him. He appeared for photographs about once every three weeks in th...
  • Lovano and the Creative V...
    May 5, 2012
    Joe Lovano’s creative mastery puts him among the top professionals who ever picked up the tenor saxophone. Lovano is considered by professionals, critics, and jazz enthusiasts as one of the most creat...
  • Part 8: The Metaphysical ...
    May 5, 2012
    Philosophical Ideology The aesthetic philosophy of spiritualism in music is not a new ontology: it has been around since the writings of Plato. This philosophical ontology can be traced through the w...
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    Lovano
    February 14, 2012
    Lovobear Joe Lovano 2011 I have been blessed with many fortuitous opportunities over the years that have helped define me as a musical person. Musical mentors have come and gone throughout this ...
  • acousticoil
    Cool sax stuff
    February 13, 2012
    BETTER BLOWING Invented in 1973, the Acousticoil is a simple contraption that fits inside your brass or woodwind instrument to improve its responsiveness. By changing the instrument’s acoustic...
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    A Case for Jazz Education
    February 11, 2012
    A Case for Jazz Education This is a seven part series of articles in which I make a case for the inclusion of jazz education studies as a prerequisite for future music teachers. I examine the histo...
  • Part 2: A Philosophy of M...
    February 10, 2012
    A Philosophy of Multicultural Music Education In today’s musical classroom environment, teachers are continually attempting to find new ways to provide diverse musics for study and provide a multicul...
  • jazz and multiculturalism
    Part 3: Jazz and Multicul...
    February 7, 2012
    Jazz and Multiculturalism What can we learn about multiculturalism and cultural pluralism through the history and ethnomusicological study of jazz? Begin with the notions of what jazz represents, w...
  • Part 4: Jazz and American...
    February 7, 2012
    Jazz and American History What is unique to jazz that is representative of America’s diverse musical practices? The investigation may draw parallels to our social history. As a relatively young natio...
  • jazz and spirituality
    Part 5: Jazz and Spiritua...
    February 2, 2012
    Jazz and Spirituality Why is it important to look at the spiritual dimension of music? Music Educator Anthony J. Palmer describes the importance of the spiritual dimension of music with regards t...
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    Part 6: Jazz and the Univ...
    February 2, 2012
    Jazz and the University How would comprehensive education in jazz studies help to better prepare current and future teachers for teaching music using a multicultural approach? Ake briefly discuss...
  • Part 7: Why Jazz Educatio...
    February 1, 2012
    Part 7: Why Jazz Education Matters The benefits of jazz education as mandatory teacher training education may be in providing a strong foundation in America’s music from which teachers can apply a mu...
  • Joe Lovano
    January 27, 2012
    Joe Lovano and Us Five Live at the Vanguard Watch live streaming video from wbgo at livestream.com   Joe Lovano and Us Five Live at the Vanguard Jan. 12 2011 wbgo on livestream.com. Broad...
  • Remembering Michael Breck...
    January 22, 2012
    Remembering Michael Brecker  This is an article that I wrote on Michael Brecker's birthday, only 2 months after his untimely death in 2007. Having only shared this with a few close friends since ...
  • Roots of Jazz
    January 15, 2012
    The Roots of Jazz: New Orleans and the Euro-Latin-Afro Connection, Part 1   The  common perception among scholars, the jazz community, and the world at large is that Jazz originated in ...
  • Roots of Jazz, Part 2
    January 14, 2012
    Downtown Creoles Creoles, a term used for people who were born in New Orleans, were both of European and mixed descent, the latter referred to as Creoles of Color. These multi-ethnic and multi- rac...
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    Roots of Jazz, Part 3
    January 13, 2012
    Why New Orleans? Historical New Orleans In order to understand the importance of the early influences on jazz, it is necessary to provide an historical timeline of the social structures of the c...
  • Roots of Jazz, Part 4
    January 12, 2012
    European Immigrants Among these groups living in the downtown Creole community were several European immigrants, including a large neighborhood of Sicilians. These Italian immigrants were among the...
  • Roots of Jazz, Part 5
    January 11, 2012
    Conclusions With evidence of the rich cultural and ethnic background of colonial New Orleans, it is not surprising that the city would become the perfect nesting area for the formation of jazz; yet...