Jazz

Vaughn Wiester recalls the day he played with the Woody Herman band for the first time.  The famed leader called out a tune he knew and Larry was ready to jump right in.  "They started playing all of these different notes, playing off each other and making such great music I was lost.  I realized I...
Stanley Clarke was influenced heavily by music teachers he had as a young student and felt blessed that there was a neighborhood music store that he could explore.  Stanley’s amazing career has covered many styles of music and he has witnessed the changes in acoustic and electric basses along with...
Chick Corea loved being a music maker! Nominated over 60 times for a Grammy, Chick was among the most high profile musicians we have been blessed to interview for the NAMM Oral History program, and yet he was also one of the most down to earth men we have ever met. Around the time of his two NAMM...
John Tumpak is the author and music historian who has focused most of his writings on the golden age of swing during the Big Band Era of the 1930-40s.  As a result, John has interviewed and written about many of the big names during that time as well as documenting some of the lesser known...
Chaim Rubinov played the piano in his home as a child and when school age he began playing the trumpet , thanks to the encouragement of his band director.  He grew up in Montreal, where the high school he attended had a strong music program that included band exchanges and tours not only in Canada...
Rudy Van Gelder was the recording engineer for countless jazz records beginning in the 1940s. To say he was a pioneer seems like an understatement when you take into consideration not only the classic recordings he was involved with, but also the techniques and the studios he built that redefine...
John Scofield remembers the music retail stores around his town growing up and proudly gives gratitude to the many retail stores involved with his career over the years.  As a guitarist he bought his gear at stores all across the country and as a noted performer and endorsee, John provided clinics...
Don Randi is among the most noted studio musicians that came out of Los Angeles during the famous Wall of Sound era.  Don was a member of the Wrecking Crew and played keyboards on countless hit recordings.  When listening to the Beach Boy's famous Pet Sounds album, you will hear Don’s piano and...
Jason Miles is the musician and composer who took advantage of the developing synthesizer technology in the 1970s and 80s to create unique sounds for such artists as Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin.  In the 1980s, Jason played an important role within New York recording studios by...
Vince Wilburn, Jr., was born in Chicago and began playing the drums on pots and pans as early as five years old.   His uncle, Miles Davis, encouraged young Vince to listen to the great drummers, many of whom played with Miles over the years.  Vince recalls with a smile the day he sat in with Miles...

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