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On May 6, 2015, (New Hampshire Public Radio) produced a podcast called “Artists Who Kept Their Day Jobs, Jazz Musician Gary Burton, & Comedian Todd Glass.” It begins at 22:00 and it a good insight into Gary Burton and his music. If you haven’t read his autobiography, Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton: An Autobiography, it is definitely worth reading this summer.

The photo in this post is used under the Creative Commons License. Photo by Karin Dalziel

Open Window by Robert Chappell

I am having a blast posting on this site. The response has been great and I appreciate all of your continued support. One of the goals I wanted to achieve was to share videos of great performances and this video is the perfect example. This video features Robert Chappell’s Open Window for tenor pan (performed by Liam Teague) and marimba (performed by Robert Chappell). This piece was awarded 1st place in the 2006 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest. Originally for tenor pan and marimba, this performance also features bass and percussion/cajon. [Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of the performers or I would add it]. It is a shame that this piece has only been viewed 1043 times since it was posted in 2009. Let’s do our part and share this piece and performance.

You can purchase the sheet music at Steve Weiss Music. Liam and Robert also have a CD featuring nine compositions for steelpan in solo, jazz, world, chamber, and steel band settings. It can also be purchased at Steve Weiss Music.

Jeff Hamilton Interview

Jeff Hamilton would definitely be on my “Desert Island Playlist.” He is one of my favorite musicians to listen and watch and if you have never heard him play, stop reading this now and go buy one of his albums. He has played with everyone and currently tours with Diana Krall. This interview is worth every minute. Find an hour this weekend and watch part 1 and 2 (below).

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