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Gerald Albright and Norman Brown Live »

Hello all: I’ve been listening heavily to a relatively new collaborative album by saxophonist Gerald Albright and Norman Brown called “24/7”.  I think it’s a great album.  Here’s a clip of a tune called “Keep it Moving” from that album.  I think they were performing in New York on a cruise ship.  Must have been […]

Jazz Inspiration and Advice from Russell Malone »

Hello all, I hope everyone had a great holiday season.  Happy new year!  I wanted to start off the year with some excellent videos of Russell Malone, one the best jazz guitarists on the planet.   The first couple videos are of him playing with Dianne Reeves in Paris. The next few are of Russell telling […]

Norman Brown – Man in the Mirror – Fingerstyle »

Hello all,I just found a rare video of clip of Norman Brown.  Looks like he was in Japan promoting the “Stormin” album, his first major album, sometime in the 90s.  I bet you’ve never heard him playing a Michael Jackson song before. Check out Norman playing fingerstyle! Who knew?  Amazing! Enjoy,Leon

George Benson – Guitar Man »

Hello all,I just wanted to let you know about a great album that I highly recommend! It’s George Benson’s latest album entitled “Guitar Man”.  I think it’s just awesome.  Of course, I’m a little biased because I’ve been a Benson fan for years.  But this one’s a little different.First, it’s a little more raw and […]

Free Live Jazz – Small’s Jazz Club »

Hello all,I just wanted to let you know about an amazing jazz club in New York that has a free live streaming video feed for its jazz performances.  It’s Small’s Jazz Club in New York. Click on the live video link once you’re on the page.  This is just amazing.  They have about 2 or 3 […]

Michael O’Neill – A Superb Jazz Guitarist »

Hello all,Today, I want to feature an excellent jazz guitar player.  Many of you have never heard of him before.  I first came across him while I was watching the Benson’s excellent “Absolutely Live” dvd (2001).  “(If you haven’t checked out this dvd and you’re a Benson fan, make sure you do get this dvd […]

Dear Fred – Letter to a Potential Adult Student »

Hi everyone, I came accross a letter that saxophone player and teacher, Greg Fishman of Greg Fishman Jazz studios wrote to a potential student. I thought it would be very helpful to my readers and it is posted here with permission. The post begins below with Greg’s explantation of the context of the letter and […]

The Life and Music of Wes Montgomery »

Hello all, Just wanted you to take a look a great documentary series that I came across entitled: “The Life and Music of Wes Montgomery”.  The audio commentary was provided by the awesome jazz singer Nancy Wilson and produced by NPR Jazz Profiles. Experience this excellent audio/video series and learn about one of the original […]

George Benson and Earl Klugh Unplugged »

This video is great. It’s one of the few videos where George is playing without a full band. The video is George and Earl Klugh being interviewed on the Today Show by Bryant Gumbel back in the late 80s. They also play a beautiful short version of the tune “Mimosa” which was on their album […]

Smooth Jazz Artists Can’t Play Straight-Ahead Jazz? »

I always find it amusing when I hear people bashing smooth jazz artists about how they can’t play “real” jazz.  Most of these artists are masterful on their instruments plain and simple. They choose to play smooth jazz for a number of reasons.  The number one reason being that they like it.  Certainly make sense to […]