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|The Musical Legacy of Michael Brecker|
|Michael Brecker (1949 - 2007)|
Tenor saxophonist and composer Michael Brecker was an eleven-time Grammy winner,
and the first to win both the "Best Jazz Instrumental Performance"
and "Best Jazz Instrumental Solo" two years in a row. As a result of his
stylistic and harmonic innovations, Michael was among the most studied
instrumentalists in music schools throughout the world today.
Born into a musical household in Philadelphia in 1949, Michael’s father played jazz on
the record player for his sons and took Michael and his older brother Randy to see,
among others, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington. While Randy took
up trumpet, Michael launched his studies on clarinet and alto sax; moved by the genius of
Coltrane, Brecker switched to tenor sax in high school. from: MichaelBrecker.com
|A Legend Departs|
|Alice Coltrane (1937 – 2007)|
The Jazz world lost a ray of sunshine last month, when
the life of Alice Coltrane was cut short at the age of 69. She was the
loving mother of sons Ravi, Oren,and daughter, Michelle and the late
John Coltrane, jr. (1982), Alice was an ever devoted mother, musician
and convert to the Hindu faith.
be forever remembered for her contributions with the John Coltrane
Quartet, her influence on saxophonists Pharoh Sanders and Joe
Henderson, introducing the Harp as a viable Jazz instrument, and
shaping the outcomes of New Age Music.
Marcello Pellitteri, born in Italy, residing in New York City, is, in
addition to being an award winning drummer, a pianist, educator,
composer, arranger and producer. He was educated at the University of
Palermo, Berklee College of Music (Diploma of Music in Film Scoring,
Cum Laude), and the New England Conservatory of Music (Master of Music
in Jazz Studies, conferred with Distinction in Performance).
John Stowell began his successful career in the early 1970’s with
private study with guitarist Linc Chamberland and pianist John Mehegan.
Both men were valuable mentors to John, allowing him to play with them
as he progressed in his development. Several years later he met bassist
David Friesen in New York City, and they formed a duo that recorded and
toured prolifically for seven years, with performances in the United
States,Canada, Europe and Australia. The duo continues to perform
thirty years after their first meeting.
Todd Marcus is one of the few jazz artists worldwide to focus exclusively on use of the bass clarinet as a primary soloing instrument. Jazz Times contributing journalist David Adler writes, “Marcus…brings a saxophonic rigor to the bass clarinet while also generating enough sonic power to front a nine-piece ensemble…With his melodic imagination and technical aptitude on an unorthodox horn, Marcus has something truly new and personal to offer.
Andy Gravish was exposed to music at a very young age while listening to his
older brother and sister take classical piano lessons. At age five,
his mother taught him some simple tunes on the piano, when his passion
for music was quickly ignited. He started private piano lessons at age
seven and began trumpet lessons two years later at his elementary
school. By age twelve, Andy was already playing professionally in bars
and clubs in Pennsylvania.