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April 2012

Guitarist Julian Lage is featured in the April 2012 issue of Jazz Inside Magazine. This 64-page edition also features an interviews with saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, Keystone Korner jazz club founder, record producer and jazz advocate Todd Barkan, guitar luthier, Mark Campellone, saxophonist Wataru Uchida, vocalist Kate McGarry, guitarist Nick Moran, pianist Romain Collin, plus CD Reviews of Connie Crothers, Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Wes Montgomery, Walter Phischbacher, Rick Drumm, Jurg Wickihalder and more. Comprehensive monthly calendar and event listings for the number one jazz market in the world - New York - span 16 pages. Jazz Inside Magazine, published monthly is available in print and as a digital download.

The April 2012 issue of Jazz Inside Magazine (64 pages) - available free in print at numerous locations throughout the New York metro area, and by paid subscription for jazz fans nationwide, and as a down-loadable digital edition --- designed for jazz lovers worldwide - features guitarist Julian Lage (who will be featured in the Jim Hall Quartet at the Blue Note in NY in April), saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, Keystone Korner jazz club founder, record producer and jazz advocate Todd Barkan, guitar luthier, Mark Campellone, saxophonist Wataru Uchida, vocalist Kate McGarry, guitarist Nick Moran, pianist Romain Collin

In the interview with Julian Lage, the guitarist comments about leading a band and leadership: “The concept of a leader is not a position. It’s not about micromanaging. It has a lot more to do with enabling others to kind of be ridiculous - and it’s up to you to figure out the most strategic way to let them be themselves. In doing that, you usually sound better and feel better.”

Later in the discussion he offered his perspective about the some the online world and one of its contradictions: “…in order for people to be comfortable with technology they have to accept a couple of conditions that are a little bit false. We all know that friendship is on a deep level, hopefully. Facebook says you have say 3000 friends. It requires you to accept a different definition - like, okay is this is a friendship because
I clicked on their name?”

Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa made an observation about cross-cultural musical collaborations and their possibilities and limitations. “To really find someone who’s coming from another background and culture musically or
artistically, who really wants to reach outside of that and learn something else, and find a middle ground is still quite rare. You see a lot of cross-cultural collaborations where there is no middle ground. It’s two people playing in the same room
but they’re not necessarily playing together.”

Vocalist Kate McGarry offered a perspective about the proliferation of tribute albums in jazz. “It seems natural to me that we would want to keep mining the gems of the musicians who created this art form, and to pay tribute to those
who inspired us to pursue this path.”

Todd Barkan, originally from Columbus, Ohio, made his way out to the San Francisco area during the "Summer of Love" in 1967. By the following year he was living out there permanently. In 1972, he founded one of the jazz clubs that became a favorite among musicians for years, the Keystone Korner. It is a fascinating story of an individual - a jazz lover - responding to a calling.

Todd discussed how the musicians themselves stepped up to the plate when the club needed some assistance. “Early on, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, my dear friend from Columbus, Ohio, along with McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter and Elvin Jones, all got together, and joined forces to play a benefit concert for Keystone Corner in 1975. We raised $85,000. We bought a liquor license - a hard liquor license, because we couldn’t have made it to 1983 without that. Grover Washington, Jr. and George Benson - two of my dear buddies from the early days also joined forces …”

1959 was a seminal year for jazz and Todd discussed that and his own entree into the music. “One of the big records in my life – one that I still listen to over and over again, and it sounds better now than it did when I first heard it in 1959 or ‘60 when it came out - is called Byrd In Flight by Donald Byrd. It features Hank Mobley, Jackie McLean, Duke Pearson is the
Musical Director … I memorized every solo on every instrument on that record. That’s one of the records that make up the soundtrack of my life.”

Guitar luthier Mark Campellone has hand-built acoustic archtop guitars for 30 years. He shared his philosophy about the incredible instruments he creates. “I knew the arch top frenzy was probably going to die down after a while, and the market wouldn’t support these really astronomical prices …. I like building a lot of guitars - so I wanna make them affordable so a lot of people can buy them.”

Pianist Romain Collin spoke about something that he had heard that Wayne Shorter said while they were touring - something that made a significant impact on him. “…There is no room for hesitation, just commitment. At a press conference in Vietnam, Wayne said that all his life he had seen friends in limbo, who were planning to work on this and that, never fully
realizing their vision... He then paused and said ‘...Press enter!’ That stuck with me to this day.”

Hailing from Japan, saxophonist Wataru Uchida now lives in Brooklyn. He made an observation that speaks to the idea of better connecting with audiences to build interest in this music. “Many jazz musicians seem to think that they are special people and they don’t need to care how they act at venues or what they wear. That is a big mistake. For audiences, jazz performances are still a show. We have to look neat and possibly sensual. We have to talk and act nicely to give them the best impression of us jazz musicians.”

Guitarist Nick Moran shared his thoughts on developing balance in life. “Much of our daily lives and what one reads in
the news these days seems to reinforce the notion that life is more pressurized than ever. Therefore my attention has turned to health and maintaining a sense of balance because
it’s very easy to lose grasp of these things.”

CD Reviews include Connie Crothers, Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Wes Montgomery, Walter Phischbacher, Rick Drumm, Jurg Wickihalder and more.

Comprehensive monthly calendar and event listings for the number one jazz market in the world - New York - span 16 pages. Jazz Inside Magazine, published monthly is available in print and as a digital download.

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