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Interview with John Altman: Part 6

Part six of a six part interview with John Altman over videos contained in the Altman-Koss Video Jazz Archive. Altman and I continue our discussion of his years running The 10 Room, a club in London he started with Patrick … Continue reading

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Interview with John Altman: Part 5

Part five of a six part interview with John Altman over videos contained in the Altman-Koss Video Jazz Archive. This part of the interview gets personal, with Altman departing a bit from the archive to talk about his personal career … Continue reading

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Interview with John Altman: Part 4

Part four of a six part interview with John Altman over videos contained in the Altman-Koss Video Jazz Archive. Choosing a video of Miles Davis on tour the year that Coltrane died, this part of the interview briefly features Altman’s … Continue reading

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Interview with John Altman: Part 3

Part three of a six part interview with John Altman over videos contained in the Altman-Koss Video Jazz Archive. In this segment, we’re watching a video of Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw performing in France in 1998. ***** 14:40: Altman’s … Continue reading

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Interview with John Altman: Part 2

Part two of a six part interview with John Altman over videos contained in the Altman-Koss Video Jazz Archive. As we watch footage Count Basie and Duke Ellington, Altman clues me in on some background information and stories from the … Continue reading

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Interview with John Altman: Part 1

Everybody’s heard John Altman’s music, whether they know it or not: he has composed for some of the world’s most high-profile films, TV shows, and acts, including Titanic and the Monty Python comedy troupe. Alongside a flourishing career as a … Continue reading

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Eye of the Hurricane: National Truths Revealed Through the Music and History of New Orleans

Update: This post was written in August, before Hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastated the Caribbean and Southeast United States. Finally published in late September, the content now seems even more pertinent to international discussion than it did previously. I’ve been … Continue reading

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60th Annual Monterey Jazz Fest

Last weekend Monterey hit a milestone: 60 years of hosting one of the most exciting musical events worldwide, known and hailed internationally as the Monterey Jazz Fest. And they didn’t hold back for this special anniversary: topping the lineup with Herbie … Continue reading

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Roy Hargrove: Performer, Composer, and Jazz Educator

On July 15th I was lucky enough to catch Roy Hargrove at the famous New Morning jazz club in Paris, a venue he passes through almost every year. He’s one of my heroes when it comes to trumpet playing and … Continue reading

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The Beatles and Jazz (and maybe even a new tape)

“Jazz is just a lot of old blokes drinking beer at the bar, smoking pipes and not listening to the music.” John Lennon allegedly declared his opinion at a press conference, disparaging the genre that held the title as the … Continue reading

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