Jazz

Takeshi Inomata is the noted jazz drummer who, among other things, helped design the first percussive instruments for Yamaha.  His work with Yamaha took place during the early 1960s when the company began providing drum and percussive instruments and accessories.  It was a contribution Takeshi was...
Joe Lovano worked with the Borgani Musical Instrument Company in Italy on a series of saxophones that fit his style of playing.  The Borgani-Lovano instruments use pearl-silver alloy with the famous gold keys.  Joe has been endorsing the company since 1991 and his proud to play a role in...
Bobby Wellins was surprised to learn that Charlie Watts, the drummer for the Rolling Stones, listed Bobby as an influence on his playing.  After all, the jazzman played tenor saxophone.  However, it was Bobby’s delivery that gained the ear of the young Mr. Watts, who later got to work with his hero...
Chuck Rainey picked up a violin as a boy and knew very early on that he wanted to make music! His legendary career as a studio musician and band leader included some iconic projects such as Aja with Steely Dan and a tour with King Curtis, when he toured with the Beatles.  Chuck is best known as a...
Lalo Schifrin composed "Mission Impossible" for television and "Dirty Harry" for the movies (among others) and yet what seems to have brought him the most personal joy was his work and friendship with Dizzy Gillespie!  During his childhood and music education in college, Lalo was a big jazz fan so...
Lee Ritenour was exposed to jazz music in Los Angeles as a youth thanks to his parents.  He developed a great knowledge of guitar techniques having watched and or worked with many of his guitar heroes. When he was 16 years old he accompanied jazz singer Lena Horne, which opened up many doors for...
Eugene Wright can be heard playing bass on the classic jazz song “Take Five” as a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, but what most people may not know is that Eugene fronted his own band for years before joining Dave. Eugene was the leader of the Dukes of Swing and enjoyed a remarkable career in...
Gary Chen is the owner of Stein On Vine, the historic horn and string shop in Hollywood, California whose customer list reads like a who's who of jazz and film music.  Gary was hired by the founder, Maury Stein, the brother of famed songwriter Julie Stein.  Maury had developed a wonderful...
Al Torre feels music was more than part of his life, it was the driving force behind it, like love and passion.  He played drums at an early age and was a key part of the careers of jazz greats, Cal Tjader and Vince Guaraldi.  Al joined the Cal Tjader Quartet and recorded the album, Jazz At The...
Jon Andersen has enjoyed playing music nearly his entire life.  A jazz saxophonist, Jon played in a number of small and large bands over the years and found work with several noted musicians in and around his neighborhood, Santa Barbara.  When he was approached by his longtime friend Nick Rail, to...

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