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Discovery-Germany

 

As we continue our Discovery series-this week we will stop in Germany. Like many of the other Western Europe destinations we have visited with this series; Germany is famous for many things from music, art, architecture and history.  Germany has been home to some great jazz musicians born there as well as those who have made their home there. This wonderful country has embraced jazz in its various forms and is home to a number of clubs, educational institutions and jazz festivals.

As with our past locations, the goal is to introduce you to 3 new musicians each week from different parts of the world. My hope is you will find some new discoveries, support them by buying their albums and by attending their concerts if you are in their area (or they in yours). Another benefit is for you to hear new musicians and how they approach their instrument and jazz. You never know where you might find your next favorite line!

Germany has some of the world’s greatest musicians playing at their jazz festivals every year. If you take a look at the Jazzfests.net link you will see a ton of major jazz festivals. There are so many on this list I lost track of how many there were (and maybe it is possible not all were listed too)!

One of my favorite jazz trumpet players (regardless of their location) is Till Brönner. If you have not checked him out you need to check out his version of Little Sunflower below. Like mentioned with other great Western European countries; Germany has been the home to a number of jazz musicians known and unknown. Hopefully the musicians below are people you will start checking out (if you have not already).

Till Brönner– trumpet
Frank Möbus– guitar
Nils Wogram– trombone

These are just a few of literally hundreds of great jazz musicians you can find in and/or from Germany. If you have checked out these musicians above, be sure to check out their websites and albums to support them. I would also highly encourage you to look up other great German musicians and see what this great country has to offer in terms of Jazz.

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Discovery-Washington, USA

 

As we continue our Discovery series-this week we will take a trip to the great Northwest of the United States to the state of Washington. Seattle, the state’s largest city, is a city known for the music it has produced as well as being the home office for one of the world’s most recognized coffee brands. Washington is also home to some great jazz musicians and some of the greatest public schools that produce these musicians. Some of the names listed below you may already know, but I hope to focus on some that you may not.

As with our past locations, the goal is to introduce you to 3 new musicians each week from different parts of the world. My hope is you will find some new discoveries, support them by buying their albums and by attending their concerts if you are in their area (or they in yours). Another benefit is for you to hear new musicians and how they approach their instrument and jazz. You never know where you might find your next favorite line!

I mentioned above that Washington (specifically Seattle) is home to some of the best public school systems in the country for jazz musicians. Since the Essentially Ellington competitions started in 1995, two of Seattle’s public high schools have won the competition the majority of the time (Garfield and Roosevelt High School)! Many of their graduates continue on to some of the premier jazz institutes around the world. I had the chance to hear one of these bands play at the 2001 North Sea Jazz Festival when I was there and was blown away by their musicianship.

Like mentioned last week with Colorado; Washington has been the home to a number of jazz musicians known and unknown. Hopefully the musicians below are people you will start checking out (if you have not already).

Cuong Vu– trumpet
Andy Clausen– trombone
Chris Icasiano– drums

These are just a few of literally hundreds of great jazz musicians you can find in and/or from Washington. If you have checked out these musicians above, be sure to check out their websites and albums to support them. I would also highly encourage you to look up other great musicians from Washington and see what this great state has to offer in terms of Jazz.

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Discovery-Colorado, USA

 

Up until this week our Discovery series has been locations other than the United States. This week I wanted to start adding in some locations from the U.S. to the series starting with where I live- Colorado! I believe Colorado (specifically the Denver/Front Range area) is one of the greatest beds of jazz talent you will find. Many famous jazz musicians were born and raised in the area and a number of international jazz artists currently make their home here too. You could dedicate an entire website to all of the talent that comes from Colorado. Hopefully my friends and colleagues will not be too upset if I forget to mention them!

As with our past locations, the goal is to introduce you to 3 new musicians each week from different areas. My hope is you will find some new discoveries, support them by buying their albums and by attending their concerts if you are in their area (or they in yours). Another benefit is for you to hear new musicians and how they approach their instrument and jazz. You never know where you might find your next favorite line!

Many of the videos below were recorded live at what I believe to be one of THE BEST jazz clubs in the world…Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge. It boasts many awards (for food as well as best jazz club), it frequently has some of the best jazz musicians in the world play there and has a great owner and staff that work hard to promote this music.

For the Discovery list I am going to include myself because today happens to be the day that my band (the Jason Klobnak Quintet) releases our album Mountain, Move. It is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, GooglePlay, Spotify, etc. I hope you check out our promo below and support the album. Part of the proceeds go towards helping getting women and children out of human trafficking. Each month on this site I will be featuring an organization that proceeds will be going.

Like mentioned last week with Italy; Colorado has been the home to a number of jazz musicians known and unknown. Hopefully the musicians below are people you will start checking out (if you have not already).

Jason Klobnak– trumpet
Josh Quinlan– sax
Aakash Mittal– sax

These are just a few of literally hundreds of great jazz musicians you can find in and/or from Colorado. If you have checked out these musicians above, be sure to check out their websites and albums to support them. Below is a list of some AMAZING jazz musicians you will find in Colorado. I  highly encourage you to look them up and see what this great state has to offer in terms of Jazz.

Colorado Jazz Musicians (in no particular order):

Ron Miles, Greg Gisbert, Diane Reeves, Jovan Jackson, Tia Fuller, Brad Goode, Al Hood, Bob Montgomery, Eric Gunnison, Nelson Rangell, Lynn Baker, Todd Reid, Jeff Jenkins, Ken Walker, Mike Marlier, John Gunther, Rich, Chiaraluce, Paul Romaine, Mark Simon, Dave Devine, Greg Garrison, Bijoux Barbosa, Keith Oxman, Gabe Mervine, Jon Parker, Ian Hutchison, Paul Mullikin, Elijah Samuels, Annie Booth, Alwyn Robinson, Matt Fuller, Josh Moore, etc. This list could go on forever, but these were just a few that popped into my mind as I was writing. Hopefully you check some of them out!

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Discovery-Italy

As we continue our Discovery series-this week we will take a trip to Italy. Famous for many things from music, art, architecture and history; Italy is also home to some great jazz musicians. This wonderful country has embraced jazz in its various forms and is home to a number of clubs and jazz festivals. Many famous jazz musicians have come out of Italy (jazz trumpeter Enrico Rava was one of the first to come to my mind), but I wanted to focus on two young musicians and one of my favorite jazz pianists.

As with our past locations, the goal is to introduce you to 3 new musicians each week from different parts of the world. My hope is you will find some new discoveries, support them by buying their albums and by attending their concerts if you are in their area (or they in yours). Another benefit is for you to hear new musicians and how they approach their instrument and jazz. You never know where you might find your next favorite line!

Italy has some of the world’s greatest musicians playing at their jazz festivals every year. It seems like every major city in Italy hosts a major jazz festival. Take a look at the Italy Chronicles and you will see how many festivals they have had so far in 2013!

Like mentioned last week with Russia; Italy has been the home to a number of jazz musicians known and unknown. Hopefully the musicians below are people you will start checking out (if you have not already).

Dado Maroni– piano
Rosario Giuliani– sax
Mauro Gargano– bass

These are just a few of literally hundreds of great jazz musicians you can find in and/or from Italy. If you have checked out these musicians above, be sure to check out their websites and albums to support them. I would also highly encourage you to look up other great Italian musicians and see what this great country has to offer in terms of Jazz.

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Discovery-Russian Federation

This week’s place of Discovery belongs to one of the world’s largest countries-the Russian Federation. Russia is home to a number of great jazz musicians, clubs and festivals. The U.S. has many great jazz musicians that were born in Russia and reside in the States (Alex Sipiagin & Eldar Djangirov to name two). But, in this week’s post I wanted to focus on musicians who still reside in Russia. The 3 musicians listed below are well-known not only in their country, but in the Jazz community as well.

As with our past locations, the goal is to introduce you to 3 new musicians each week from different parts of the world. My hope is you will find some new discoveries, support them by buying their albums and by attending their concerts if you are in their area (or they in yours). Another benefit is for you to hear new musicians and how they approach their instrument and jazz. You never know where you might find your next favorite line!

The Russian Federation is a massive country with a lot of musicians. A great way to keep track of what is happening in the Russian jazz community is checking out the magazine Jazz.RU/eng. This has been an interesting resource to me in finding out what has been going on in the Russian jazz scene.

Like mentioned last week with Australia; Russia has been the home to a number of jazz musicians known and unknown. Hopefully the musicians below are people you will start checking out (if you have not already).

Valery Ponomarev-trumpet
Igor Butman– sax
Oleg Butman-drums

These are just a few of literally hundreds of great jazz musicians you can find in and/or from Russia. If you have checked out these musicians above, be sure to check out their websites and albums to support them. I would also highly encourage you to look up other great Russian musicians and see what this great country has to offer in terms of Jazz.

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Discovery-Australia

This week’s place of Discovery is none other than Australia. The world’s 6th largest country is home to a number of great jazz musicians, clubs and festivals. As with our past week’s location (France), the goal is to introduce you to 3 new musicians each week from different parts of the world. My hope is you will find some new discoveries, support them by buying their albums and by attending their concerts if you are in their area (or they in yours). Another benefit is for you to hear new musicians and how they approach their instrument and jazz. You never know where you might find your next favorite line!

One of the world’s greatest jazz festivals (which I hope to go to some day) is the Melbourne Jazz Festival held in Melbourne, Australia annually since 1998. The festival hosts international and local jazz musicians and is a highlight to a vibrant city.

Like mentioned last week with France; Australia has been the home to a number of jazz musicians known and unknown. Hopefully the musicians below are people you will start checking out (if you have not already).

James Morrison-trumpet

Dale Barlow– sax

Joe Chindamo-piano

These are just a few of literally hundreds of great jazz musicians you can find in and/or from Australia. If you have checked out these musicians above, be sure to check out their websites and albums to support them. I would also highly encourage you to look up other great Australian musicians and see what this great country has to offer in terms of Jazz.

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Discovery-France

In last week’s post we talked about the importance of getting out and supporting live music. I also mentioned that we would be starting a new series called Discovery where I hope to introduce you to 3 new musicians each week from different parts of the world. My hope is you will find some new discoveries, support them by buying their albums and by attending their concerts if you are in their area. Another benefit is for you to hear new musicians and how they approach their instrument and jazz. You never know where you might find your next favorite line!

Our first stop on our Discovery journey is to one of my favorite places to visit…France! There are a number of great jazz clubs to check out if you are in France. One of my favorites is Duc des Lombards in Paris. France has been the home to a number of jazz musicians known and unknown. Hopefully the musicians below are people you will start checking out (if you have not already).

Jean Michel Pilc-piano

Geraldine Laurent-alto sax

Christophe Leloil-trumpet

These are just a few of literally hundreds of great jazz musicians you can find in and/or from France. If you have checked out these musicians above, be sure to check out their websites and albums to support them. I would also highly encourage you to look up other great French musicians and see what this great country has to offer in terms of Jazz.

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Get Out!

We have an abundance of ways to stay connected with one another these days. We have social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. We have online music stores and music players. We should be even more connected then generations past, yet I believe we are one of the most isolated generations to date. We can “connect” online, but we lose the face-to-face interaction. I mentioned this in some past posts regarding Independence in Improvisation (we need to play with others and not just play-alongs) and The Jam (interacting with new musicians at a jam session).

In this week’s post I want to talk about the importance of supporting live music. The kind where you do not take your instrument. You are there to support fellow musicians and support your local music scene. It is important because it gets you out of your house, connects you with fellow musicians (hang afterwards and tell the musicians they sounded good) and gives you an opportunity to open your ears to how others approach the music. I would even encourage you to go to concerts that might not be jazz for a different perspective on melody, harmony, rhythm, syncopation, etc.

A local music scene is only as good as its supporters. Be a part of the scene not just as a performer, but as a supporter. Try to get out at least once a week, if not more. Grab your friends, spouse, kids, etc and find a concert to attend. Put it on your calendar so you do not forget-this will help you stick to your commitment.

So, what do you say? Who are you going to check out this week? There are some musicians I am going to check out here in Denver this week. Leave a comment and let us know your music community and who you are going to see!

Maybe you are not sure who to go check out in your area. That is why starting next week I am going to start a new series called Discovery. I want to highlight some different artists (known and unknown) across the planet so you can check them out. This way if you are ever in their area you can go and check them out!

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