The Return to Louis 649

Russ Nolan Organ Trio with Mike Eckroth and Brian Fishler We are delighted to be back for a special Sunday night at the premier Jazz Venue in the East Village, Louis 649. We hope this will turn into a regular event with your support. Remember, this one’s early: 7-10

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‘Tell Me’ CD featured on WBGO The Checkout

‘Check out’ the Interview with WBGO The Checkout Host Josh Jackson on Russ’ latest release ‘Tell Me’ HERE           Link to this post!

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“What’s So Funny?”

“What’s So Funny?” Joining in the Jazz Conversation by Russ Nolan Have you ever asked that question when observing a group of people who suddenly erupt in laughter? You want to be part of the party, not on the Outside looking In–don’t you? Attending a concert and

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“Degree Not Required”

Do you need a Degree to Appreciate Jazz? by Russ Nolan (Continued from “I don’t get Jazz–and I WANT to”) Wouldn’t it be nice to see this phrase more often when looking for a new job? Besides, by the time one completes a degree in a certain field,

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“I don’t get Jazz- and I WANT to!”

Understanding Jazz One of my fellow salsa dancers expressed this to me a few months back, and I believe it warrants a discussion. First of all, this person is honest with their feelings about the subject and has an open mind. They are ready to experience something

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Joel Frahm Soprano Sax Solo Transcription from Manuel Valera’s ‘A La Interperie’

by Russ Nolan (note: if the manuscript is not clear in full-screen mode, you may try to rewind or you can download the .pdf file here: A La Interperie-Joel Frahm Solo Transcription A Complete Conversation in Jazz by Joel Frahm Again, with his permission, I would like to share one

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Russ Nolan & Zach Brock perform at 92Y TriBeCa Mainstage Saturday 3/16 at 9PM

              Tickets: $10 in advance / $15 day of show. Purchase here “Two of New York’s most original contemporary jazz artists join forces in a memorable and forward-thinking double bill.” Russ Nolan New Latin Quartet featuring Latin Jazz Grammy Nominee Manuel

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Playing Over the Bar Line using Pentatonics

by Russ Nolan Using Pentatonics to Connect the Chord Changes The phrase ‘Playing Over the Bar Line’ means starting a melodic/improvised line over one chord change and continuing it over into the next change (or more). It is the opposite of what many beginning improvisers (including myself

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