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May 3, 2016

Studying the great American art form of R&B, I often find inspiration from traveling to different parts of the country and digging into the ...

May 3, 2016

Red Mitchell told me that jazz was a “search for your own identity.”

April 4, 2016

When examining 1950s R&B, you are never far from the border it shares with rock & roll.

April 4, 2016

Red Mitchell filled his world with acute observations about music, bass playing, politics, and poetry.

March 9, 2016

Once upon a time, rhythm & blues music was simply an extension of swing and boogie-woogie, offering no hint that one day the same term would...

March 9, 2016

Ray Brown (October 13, 1926–July 2, 2002) grooved his way through seven decades of jazz history.

February 19, 2016

Welcome to Part 2 of exploring different fretting-hand techniques.

February 19, 2016

This month we’ll examine another classic bass pattern from the early years of R&B—one that has no particular name, but is perhaps best recog...

February 19, 2016

Listening to Ray Brown play the blues is like having the plain truth explained in a profound way.

January 15, 2016

Welcome to the first installment of my new column, R&B Gold.

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