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Rayannah Kroeker

Articles by Rayannah Kroeker

brilliant corners  -  [ May/June 2010: Sonny Rollins ]

Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap: A Family Affair

There’s something about the lushness of a piano duo that makes it especially appealing to jazz audiences. At this year’s jazz festival, the sound of two pianos will ring out under the hands of Renee Rosnes and husband Bill Charlap, ambassadors of a new generation of jazz greats. While Renee grew up in Vancouver and […]

March/April 2010: Kenny Barron and Mulgrew Miller  -  [ tune-up ]

Building Jazz Bass Lines

This lesson was designed for a jazz band class comprised of grade 9 to 11 students. In order to be successful at improvising, young musicians have to become absolutely familiar with song structures. One of the most effective ways to do that is by learning to construct and play bass lines over different chord progressions. […]

brilliant corners  -  [ March/April 2009: Steve Turre ]

Monty Alexander: Joyride

As a growing centre for jazz music in North America, Winnipeg has been graced with a steady string of concerts performed by the most acclaimed musicians in the jazz genre today. They pass through bringing with them their culture, their musical prowess and experience, their wealth of knowledge and their will to share it all. […]

brilliant corners  -  [ May/June 2009: Jimmy Cobb ]

Dee Dee Bridgewater:
From the Heart

Music knows no real boundaries, only those imposed by genre and convention. When you follow inspiration rather than expectation, you’re free to create in a genuine and unlimited way. At least that is how singer Dee Dee Bridgewater seems to approach it. From Broadway tunes to Mali’s folk songs, music is her idiom and the […]

brilliant corners  -  [ November/December 2008: Ross Porter ]

Lionel Loueke: Africa Speaks

One of the most beautiful characteristics of jazz is that it is open to the influence of all cultures and musics. Jazz music itself is the result of a marriage between African rhythm language and European musical traditions. It has evolved to encompass a wide variety of styles, all of which seek to express the […]

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