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Apr 2019 Corey Wilkes trumpeter

Corey Wilkes talks about the heart of good music

One thing about trumpet. I don’t know anyone who picked trumpet. The trumpet picks you. We caught up with Corey Wilkes between his European tour and his standing Thursday gig in Chicago.

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Apr 2019 Music of Cuba in the Jazz Room

Latin Jazz is happy music, a language unto itself

If you’re bored with that “four on the floor” basic beat and want to feel some syncopation in your bones, you’re ready for some Latin Jazz.

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Ben Tozier

Student Ben Tozier Describes the Development of Confidence

Ben Tozier moved to Charlotte as a sophomore in high school, and has been a Youth Ensemble student ever since.

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Neal Caine

The Serious and Wild Side of Jazz

This month, The JAZZ ROOM covers Charles Mingus, considered one of the greatest jazz musicians in history.

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Tenor Madness

A Conversation with Five Saxophonists

The Jazz Arts Initiative sat down with each of this weekend’s tenor players to talk about their music. They each have a variety of experience that give them a unique perspective and approach to their instrument.

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