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Steve Kirby

Articles by Steve Kirby

May/June 2017: Buster Williams (Festival Edition)  -  [ upcount ]

Blur the Lines

The mechanics of jazz, the ideology, the culture, the genesis of jazz is built from the freedom to blur the lines, break down the artificial walls, and promote a true sense of peer equality while codifying a universal language in the sound of art. It’s true that some people can realize gifts that others have […]

March/April 2017: Neil Watson  -  [ upcount ]

An Off Ramp

Jazz definitely has its problems. For one thing, most of the songs that jazz musicians perform were written many decades ago as popular tunes. The sounds of those times were trumpets, trombones, saxophones, clarinets and flutes, guitar, piano, bass, and drums. Today’s sounds are more likely guitar, keyboard synth, drums, bass, and voice. Love songs […]

dreamscapes  -  [ March/April 2017: Neil Watson ]

Jaleel Shaw

I first met Jaleel Shaw in the 90s when he was still a high school kid. He was an up-and-coming saxophonist, and came to the Antonio Hart show I was playing in. A lot of time passed, and then we were classmates in the graduate program at the Manhattan School of Music. Along with Miguel […]

March/April 2017: Neil Watson  -  [ you won’t forget me ]

Bob “Moose” Jackson

We join the community in sending condolences to the family of Bob “Moose” Jackson, elder statesman of jazz here in Winnipeg, who passed away at the end of January. He was 84. “Moose” played the upright bass, and he welcomed me here when I arrived in 2003. He was a generous, happy, kind spirit with […]

dreamscapes  -  [ January/February 2017: Warren Wolf ]

Christian Sands

About three years ago, I had the good fortune to be roaming the jazz circuit in Greenwich Village in New York, and I wound up at the Village Vanguard. Christian McBride was being featured all that week with his new trio and he was doing the grueling Friday three-show haul. The young man on piano […]

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