Jazz Robertson got her introduction into the music scene at the age of 5, when she took in her first live concert: Eric Clapton. But it wasn't Clapton's guitar chops that made her jaw drop; it was Steve Gadd's killer drumming. From that moment on, Jazz wanted to play drums.
Born in Maryland in 1987, Jazz moved with her mother several times before finally settling in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the age of 15 she received a drumset from her mother, and within months she was playing in local bands around the city. After passing up an opportunity to go to law school, she auditioned for Berklee College of Music at the age of 19 and was accepted on a full-tuition scholarship. At 21 she studied and played in Athens, Greece with some of the best musicians in the Mediterranean. Now back in Boston, she continues to study at Berklee while keeping up with rehearsals, sessions and shows. Currently plays with the Yvonne Aubert Trio (all women) and leads the Jazz Robertson Trio & Quintet.
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
The great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years. But Ellington took Strayhorn's passing as an impetus, born of necessity, to increase his own productivity. Here are five examples.
At the Village Vanguard, one flight down from the hubbub of New York City, in a tight space packed with people, we're about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who's launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.