Travis Sullivan – New Directions CD Review (Posi-Tone Records)

CD Review of Travis Sullivan’s New Directions  by Russ Nolan     Although New Directions was released two years ago, it is certainly worth another listen—or several. One value that NYC Alto Saxophonist/Composer/Arranger Travis Sullivan and I share as composers is to craft a set of music

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Russ Nolan Quartet featuring Daniel Barnes at The Rex Hotel Toronto

  Russ Nolan Quartet with drummer Daniel Barnes at The Rex Hotel   Join Russ as he debuts the music from ‘Tell Me’ in Toronto’s premier jazz club, The Rex, for two nights, Oct. 3-4, 2013 with well-known Canadian drummer Daniel Barnes. Jeremy Ledbetter – Piano  Jesse

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John Ellis’ Tenor Sax Solo Transcription from ‘It’s You I Like’ — ‘You Are Special’

‘A Special’ John Ellis Solo  by Russ Nolan Note: it takes a minute before the manuscript focuses on YouTube. The PDF can be downloaded here. How many of you remember the classic children’s TV show, ‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood’? Well, even if some of you didn’t grow up watching

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25 + 6 = 3: Dance as a Gateway to Latin Jazz—and vice versa

Bridging the Dance and Jazz Artforms  by Russ Nolan 25 + 6 = 3: After playing jazz professionally for 25 years and dancing Salsa for 6, I have 3 observations regarding Dancers and Musicians (though not mutually exclusive): 1)     Non-musicians can find ‘1’ In a rare lecture-style

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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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“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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