GLT Jazz NextAuthor: WGLT
16 Aug 2018

GLT Jazz Next

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GLT's Jazz Next highlights up-and-coming artists and tunes deserving a bit more attention. Plus, you'll learn a little bit about the artist and stay on top of what's happening in the world of jazz.

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    Disorganizer United For Black Lives Matter Fundraiser

    "Whenever I call it a jazz band I do air quotes. 'Jazz.'" said Disorganizer mandolin player Stefen Robinson, gesturing with the index and middle fingers of both hands over his head. Why? "Because I don't even know what that means anymore," continued Robinson. "Are you talking about Miles Davis? Are you talking about Wayne Shorter? Are you talking about Kneebody?

  • Posted on 12 Apr 2017

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    Mucca Pazza: 'A Crazed, Circus-Like, Joyful Experience'

    Mucca Pazza ("Crazy Cow") founding member Rick Kubes said the forming of the 30-odd member marching band was organic. He gives kudos to fellow founder Mark Messing, the band's original director, choreographer, and music director.

  • Posted on 23 Jan 2017

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    Greg Murphy Reaches Back On 'Summer Breeze'

    Chicago native Greg Murphy has been a fixture on the New York City jazz scene since the 1980's, performing and recording with numerous jazz luminaries. Ahead of his show at The Promontory in Chicago August 25, the one time Illinois State University computer science student talked with GLT's Jon Norton about his new album "Summer Breeze." Murphy said among the songs he recorded for the album were originals he wrote nearly 30 years ago.

  • Posted on 23 Aug 2016

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    Theater And Jazz Are One With Mardra And Reggie Thomas

    Mardra and Reggie Thomas are a husband-wife jazz team from DeKalb, Illinois. Mardra is a vocalist with a theatrical background. Reggie is a pianist and coordinator of the jazz program at Northern Illinois University. They'll play the Front Street Music Fest in downtown Bloomington August 20, where they'll feature music from their new album "Matters of the Heart." Reggie Thomas said he appreciates when fans refer to their recordings as "albums."

  • Posted on 19 Aug 2016

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    Restless Adam Larson Learning To Accept Patience

    Jazz has taken Normal native Adam Larson to nearly all points on the globe. The U-High grad has also been on the receiving end of critical praise from high places. Longtime Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich says Larson is “a player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined.” Despite the acclaim, Larson said he still struggles with high, self-imposed expectations. "Sometimes during school I spent an inordinate amount of time looking at the wrong stuff. For example, looking at other people's success as anything else but admiration and joy."

  • Posted on 09 Jul 2016

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