Jazz Improvisation for Beginners – A Set of Great Exercises and Playalong Tracks – Take the A Train

I have recently discovered a great new resource for learning to improvise on jazz tunes. Leo Ravera has compiled a set of exercises based on the chord progression of Take the A Train. Those exercise are very well suited for the mandolin. This is the chord progression of the song. You can play the exercises […]

Hamilton de Holanda – The great Brazilian Bandolim Player – Choro, Jazz and more

I have compiled a new playlist with Hamilton de Holanda and listened to this great Brazilian bandolim player during the last weeks. Hamilton plays alone, with piano or with bigger ensembles. He plays his 10-strings bandolim which has become very popular in Brazil during the recent years. Hamilton plays traditional choros, Brazilian Jazz and many […]

Laurindo Almeida – The Master of the Brazilian Guitar

Laurindo Almeida was a Brazilian guitarist who was active in the USA after 1940. He worked in Hollywood as a studio musician and has played the guitar part in many movies. For his record Girl von Ipanema he won a Grammy in 1964. Laurindo Almeida is also seen as the father of the Bossa-Nova. He […]

Julian Lage – Toast of the Nation – NPR Concert 2012

I have recently discovered a concert with Julian Lage which had been given on the 1st of January 2012. Julian Lage is a very successful young  jazz guitar player, I have already written about him some time ago. I like the playing of Julian Lage very much, it’s fun to listen to his guitar. He […]

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