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A Jazzy Suit

Clothier, Paul Stuart, presented John Pizzarelli in a fun-filled performance with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Ensemble. The company’s Washington, DC store dressed the musicians in gorgeous suits for the intimate concert held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. In his remarks, Paul Stuart’s Chief Marketing Officer, Thomas Mastronardi, spoke of how cool jazz musicians are, c
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Making Music Modern

I was awed when I saw the Picasso exhibition at MoMA. I am an art collector but adore contemporary art. Ever since that exhibition, I became a MoMA subscriber, and their new offering of music instruments inspired this post. The pocket synthesizers have clever design and are the ultimate in portability. And the Seaboard keyboard places sound manipulation in the silicone keys, as you play them. See the entire collectio
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Jazzy Funky Fred

This summer, jazz bassist, Michael Bowie, ingeniously offered donors to his band’s — Sine Qua Non — upcoming CD, attendance to their recording session featuring iconic trombonist, Fred Wesley. With my Music Director, Lincoln Ross, being a trombonist and huge fan of Wesley, I went for Bowie’s offer. But quite honestly, my craziness for Parliament Funkadelic may have had something to do with the
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Dinner for the “Love” Team

My recent CD release, Love, was created by a team of incredible people.  To try to show them how much I appreciate their support and what they brought to the project, I had them over for dinner before releasing the CD to the public.  There was even a Part II on July 4th, where I was invited to dinner! Gathered together were donors, writers, musicians, management, marketing, publicity, and graphic design.  People who
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Assistant Professor of Music Technology!

When Dr. William E. Smith sent me a LinkedIn connection request, I couldn’t wait to reply in hopes of an opportunity to chat with him about his work as Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Bowie State University, in Bowie, Maryland.  After a little Googling, I realized that he is the saxophonist from The W.E.S. Group, an established, jazz band in the Washington, D.C. area. I enjoyed interviewing Will and hearin
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Analog vs. Digital Continues on Film | The Distortion of Sound

The analog vs. digital debate goes back to the roll out of the mp3 file format.  Sundance now brings it to us in an easily digestible way in its film, The Distortion of Sound.  These quotes caught our attention, and we can’t wait to see the film: Music is the most phenomenal thing on the planet.  – Quincy Jones I couldn’t imagine life without it.  – Slash The listener doesn’t know so he doesn’t care
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Nori at the Board

                  A day at the studio with daddy, Kanye West! Photo courtesy Kim Kardashian.  
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Jazz Producer Incognito

Today, I am sharing my AllAboutJazz.com article about Sony Hip Hop producer, BuBu the Producer. Yes, I know.  I’m a jazz artist.  And yes, BuBu is a Hip Hop producer. Learn how this can turn out!  Check out Jazz Incognito.  
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Cover Art

I am extremely happy with the artwork that was designed for my two CD covers: The Only Human cover was photographed by journalist, Eva Hambach.  I saw Eva’s work on the cover of one of David Dyson’s CDs and contacted her.  It turned out that she was the wife of jazz saxophonist, Marshall Keys.  I became comfortable almost immediately with Eva during our first meeting and soon sprung my CD cover idea on he
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Love Demos

Highlighting some of the demos from my upcoming album, Love, today.  Led by several producers and engineers, the tracks were recorded at Cue Recording Studios and Asiatic Studios in Oxon Hill, MD.  The 13-track project will be mastered at Masterwork Recording. Do let me know what you think?  
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