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The road to here

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Mon Jun 16 3:42pm

With the official start of the festival only days away, the title of today's post might refer to the behind-the-scenes toiling required to get this year's festival ready for launch. But I hope you don't mind if I take a more personal tack today.

What makes a master?

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Thu Jun 5 4:45pm

In preparing for the Artistic Director's Guide to Jazz and for various media interviews, I've spent a fair bit of time over the past few weeks thinking about why the musicians appearing on our stages this year are important, and what makes their music great. Here are a few of what I found to be common traits:

Talking about music

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Thu May 15 4:27pm

Over the past few weeks, I had the privilege of sitting opposite four outstanding local musicians in the Radio Regent studio to record the Artistic Director's Guide to Jazz - Live! Over four sessions, we chatted about 16 of the musicians performing at this year's festival - singers, guitarists, solo performers and R&B acts - but we also got into some of the fundamentals and philosophies behind music-making. Each of the conversations was fascinating in its own way.

What a week!

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Mon Apr 21 2:35pm

Today I'm writing about where I'll be on Thursday night - and that's the Jazz Bistro, joining the CD release celebration for Beverly Taft meets the Nathan Hiltz Orchestra, the last in the latest round of TDJ Special Projects.

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