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Artist Spotlight
Jonathan Saraga - trumpet, bandleader, composer
As one of New York City's most sought-after emerging jazz artists, Jonathan regularly performs his original compositions throughout the greater New York City area. 
Check out Jonathan's recent interview for FONT (Festival of New Trumpet) Music:
Jonathan's "First Vision" album (available in FLAC, MP3, and CD) and sheet music can be purchased directly from his artist page:
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Music Store - Featured Jazz Albums 
From New York City:   Jonathan Saraga - "First Vision"
Award-winning New York City native trumpeter Jonathan Saraga's debut album "First Vision" features  six original ultra-modern jazz compositions.
Jonathan is accompanied by a few of today's most innovative up-and-coming jazz artists.
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From Paris, France:    Marc Thomas - "Pardon My French"
Award-winning French vocalist Marc Thomas's 5th album "Pardon My French" features four original modern jazz compositions by French pianist/composer Vincent Bourgeyx.

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Pre-Release Special:   Ed Byrne - "Two Shades of Blue"
TWO SHADES OF BLUE features five original compositions by Ed Byrne (leader, slide trombone, valve trombone) as well as stellar early-career performances by several of today's most esteemed jazz artists.  Originally recorded in 1985 (Suite I) and 1999 (Suite II), TWO SHADES OF BLUE has never been formally released. Ed Byrne, Grammy Award winning trombonist, composer, arranger, educator, Doctor of Musical Arts, and author has performed and recorded with a great many of the world's jazz and Latin musicians (including a Grammy Award as trombonist with Eddie Palmieri's band).
Ed Byrne (leader, trombone), John Abercombie (guitar), Ron McClure (bass), Victor Lewis (drums), Jim McNeely (piano), Milton Cardona (percussion), Mick Goodrick (guitar), Bob Gullotti (drums), John Lockwood (bass)
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Carl Clements - "Forth and Back"
FORTH AND BACK features nine original compositions for jazz quartet by progressive jazz performer Carl Clements (saxophones, flute and Indian flute). 
As one of today's most active saxophonists, Carl regularly performs jazz and world music in jazz clubs and festivals throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.  
Cover features original painting by Amanda Barrow.

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From Athens, Greece:   Yiannis Kassetas & the Funk Wizards - "Funkabyss"
Inspired by the sea, "Funkabyss" features original compositions and arrangements by Greek saxophonist Yiannis Kassetas accompanied by the Funk Wizards.
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Blue Truffle Boutique
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Ed Byrne's "Linear Jazz Improvisation" - Book 1
Using a wealth of examples from the jazz repertory, "Linear Jazz Improvisation" Book 1 avoids theoretical terminology and focuses on identifying and systematically developing  the essential elements of tunes.
LJI offers not only the methodology for focused practicing of meaningful improvisation in your own style, it supplies the very substance of what you play.

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Dave Frank's "Joy of Improv" - Volumes 1 and 2
Dave Frank's "Joy of Improv" books are  currently being used as course material at universities and music schools worldwide, and are designed for players of all instruments as a way to develop the necessary foundation needed for a lifetime of blues and jazz improvisation.
Unlike many of the jazz instruction books on the market, JOI is a comprehensive curriculum for the aspiring improviser. Each book contains 26 lessons of graduated difficulty, and every lesson includes a technical exercise, loads of hip jazz voicings, a "solo pattern" for transposition, and an original blues tune and jazz line (based on a standard) written by Dave.
Each book includes a CD enhanced for PC and Mac containing valuable verbal teaching by Dave and recordings of all the exercise and tunes.
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Ed Byrne's "Functional Jazz Guitar"
Learn the skills needed for playing in a jazz group with this fun 255-page method book. Practice specific cadence and blues comps; guide-tone and bass lines; rhythms, voicings, and licks in major and minor in all 12 keys-with nine Free Sound Files! 
"For someone who has been teaching jazz guitar for over forty years, it's great to finally have a book I can use. Ed Byrne's Functional Jazz Guitar book is a great way to help students realize their full potential." Dom Minasi

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Whether you are a beginner looking to start learning an instrument at any stage in life or a seasoned professional looking to hone your jazz skills, learn directly from the world's top jazz educators. Blue Truffle jazz lessons via Skype allow you to access the finest jazz educators from the comfort of your home.
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"Blue Rendezvous" Ed Byrne's Latin Jazz Evolution click to play video

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Although we sell high definition downloads & CDs, we believe that watching musicians perform onstage can lead to a fuller appreciation of the music and its energy. Visit the Blue Truffle Gig Calendar for events in your area.
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Jazz Foundation of America
From performance opportunities to emergency living expenses, from medical care to housing, the Jazz Foundation of America offers a variety of programs and assistance for jazz and blues musicians in need.
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New Brunswick Jazz Project
Since 2010 the New Brunswick Jazz Project has been making Central Jersey a destination for great jazz by bringing world-renowned veteran musicians and emerging talent to local venues every week.
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Jazz Record Center - 236 West 26th St. #804, NYC
Fred Cohen, owner of the Jazz Record Center, has been sharing his extensive knowledge with customers since 1983. As a long-time live jazz connoisseur, he provides his customers with unparalleled expertise and guidance. Additionally, the Jazz Record Center's selection of jazz CDs & vinyl LPs is one of the largest in New York City and is considered by many to be among the best on this planet.
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O.A.P. Records


Genzo Okabe  - Second Line -
Release date: 11 November 2014

Cat. Nr: OAPR1404
EAN-code: 8714835106302
Copyright O.A.P. Records 2014
All rights reserved.

Second Line is the culmination of two years of research on early jazz by Genzo Okabe. By exploring the African-American music that flourished in New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century, Genzo incorporated the essence of it's melodies, harmonies, and rhythm into his own compositions.

The first half of the album is a tribute to early jazz music, introducing stride piano, second line rhythm, and the funeral march which is deeply rooted in the traditions of New Orleans. Slowly the album begins to demonstrate Genzo's individual manner of reconstruction and integration of these source materials, fusing them more freely with his interpretation of contemporary polyrhythm and reharmonization. Composed as an homage to the origins of jazz music, the album shows the rediscovery of the richness, effectiveness, and modernity of the early jazz, as well as the fundamental affinity with contemporary jazz music. More about the release can be found at


The musicians (from left to right):
Steven Willem Zwanink - Doublebass
Francesco De Rubeis - Drums
Miguel Rodriguez - Piano
Genzo Okabe - Altosax
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'Second Line'
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"Mike Longo Trio Celebrates Oscar Peterson Live": New CD Due Oct. 7

Pianist Mike Longo's
Consolidated Artists Productions
To Release New CD,
"The Mike Longo Trio
Celebrates Oscar Peterson Live,"
With Bassist Paul West & Drummer Ray Mosca,
October 7

September 15, 2014

Mike Longo Trio Celebrates Oscar Peterson Live
Pianist Mike Longo had the distinct privilege of studying, for six intense months in 1961, with his idol Oscar Peterson in Toronto. Among several key principles imparted by Peterson to his pupil was the importance of "not playing like anyone but yourself," says Longo. "He told me that people who are trying to play like Art Tatum are making a big mistake in that they are trying to be Art Tatum instead of trying to be as good as Art Tatum. 'So don't make the mistake of trying to play like me, Mike.'"

Longo plays for Peterson on the terrific new The Mike Longo Trio Celebrates Oscar Peterson Live, to be released October 7 by his CAP (Consolidated Artists Productions) label. Recorded on June 25, 2013, at the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium in the New York City Baha'i Center with onetime Gillespie bassist Paul West and former Peterson drummer Ray Mosca, the disc finds Longo playing very much like himself in a well-chosen set of tunes the prolific Peterson had recorded over the years. Six were composed by jazzmen: Duke Ellington's "Love You Madly," Thad Jones's "A Child Is Born," Fats Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose," Nat Adderley's "Work Song," Thelonious Monk's "52nd Street Theme," and Clifford Brown's "Daahoud." The remainder come from the Great American Songbook: "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Always," "Fascinatin' Rhythm," "Love for Sale," "Yesterdays," "Tenderly," and "I Remember You."

Mike Longo
Longo enjoyed a 27-year association with Dizzy Gillespie, one of Peterson's major musical influences and one of Longo's as well. He held down the piano chair in Gillespie's quintet from 1966 to 1973 (following Kenny Barron) and became Dizzy's music director, composer, arranger, and devoted blood brother, continuing to work with the man long after going out on his own.

By the time he'd joined Gillespie, Longo pretty much had the entire history of jazz and related idioms at his fingertips. Born in Cincinnati in 1939, he taught himself to play boogie-woogie at three. As a teenager in Fort Lauderdale, where the family had moved when he was in the third grade, he spent a year playing gospel piano at a black Baptist church. After earning a bachelor's degree in classical piano at Western Kentucky University, in 1959, Longo spent two years touring with the Salt City Six, the Dixieland group, and was hired at the Metropole Café in New York as one of the club's house pianists. In his two shifts a day, he backed Coleman Hawkins, Gene Krupa, and Henry "Red" Allen, among many others.

Gillespie, who first heard the young pianist at the Metropole, hired him in 1966. Longo went on to make nine albums with the trumpet legend, beginning with Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac in 1967, and has also recorded with Astrud Gilberto, Lee Konitz, Buddy Rich, and Moody, to name just a few. He cut the first album under his own name, A Jazz Portrait of Funny Girl, in 1962, and has since done two dozen more. The last 18 have appeared on CAP, a musicians' cooperative label managed by Longo and his wife. The catalog now boasts some 150 releases, with four volumes of Gillespie at Ronnie Scott's London club in 1973 due out shortly.

Mike Longo
Since January 6, 2004, the anniversary of Gillespie's death, Longo has presented concerts every Tuesday evening in the Gillespie Auditorium of the New York City Baha'i Center, where his new CD was recorded. He has booked such jazz greats as Charli Persip, Benny Powell, and Annie Ross and appears regularly with his own three groups: the Mike Longo Trio, the 17-piece New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble (with four CAP CDs to its credit and 160 of his own charts in the band book), and the six-member Mike Longo Funk Band (playing material from the pianist's three highly collectable fusion albums for the Mainstream, Groove Merchant, and Pablo labels in the '70s). He also has enjoyed a successful second career as an educator and creator of instructional books and videos.

"One of the most important things I've learned was discovering the place inside you where real music comes from," says Longo. "You don't really compose something, you uncover it. Dizzy used to say music is out there, waiting for someone to come get it."

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