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Chloe Charles

Chloe Charles of Local 1000 just wrapped up performing at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, for the second year in a row. But because she was also slated to perform at Canadian Music Week, she didn’t stay for the duration of the festival. She did, however, make the most of her time there. She […]

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Nina Di Gregorio

Chameleonic Classicist Although she has a master’s degree in classical performance, violinist Nina Di Gregorio of Local 369 (Las Vegas, NV) has spent the last several years plugged in with Bella Electric Strings, the quartet she formed, which is heavily influenced by rock ‘n’ roll. “I never played rock music until about seven years ago,” […]

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Los Lonely Boys

Los Lonely Boys, members of Local 433 (Austin, TX), are a first-degree Texas success story that began before the musicians were born. Their father, Enrique Garza, played music with his brothers growing up. And Henry, JoJo, and Ringo, the brothers who make up Los Lonely Boys, have been playing music together since childhood, when they […]

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Glenn Dicterow

Glenn Dicterow lists Jascha Heifetz, David Oistrakh, and Nathan Milstein as some of his favorite violinists. They aren’t unusual choices, but what’s different is Dicterow’s reason for picking them. He doesn’t cite these master violinists’ technique, tone, or musicality—though those things undoubtedly factor in. What he admires most is their combination of humility and ambition. […]

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Lee Ritenour

  Born and raised in L.A., Ritenour began playing guitar at eight years old and credits his father for finding him the best teachers. “Back in those days you could find Joe Pass and Barney Kessel in the telephone book,” says Ritenour. “He would just call and say he had this talented son, and could […]

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Rhonda Vincent

AFM Local 257 (Nashville, TN) member Rhonda Vincent is a fifth generation musician from the Vincent family that gained notoriety in the 1970s on their own variety radio and television program, The Sally Mountain Show. Dubbed “The Queen of Bluegrass” by The Wall Street Journal, Vincent has since carved out a successful niche for herself […]

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Jon Kimura Parker

As a concert pianist, Jon Kimura Parker of Local 145 (Vancouver, BC) travels to a different venue most every weekend, giving 60 or 70 concerts each year. He’s also professor of piano for Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Houston. We caught up with him when he was “commuting” between Houston and China for […]

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Christian McBride

Growing up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Christian McBride couldn’t wait to get to New York City and play with all the big name jazz players. As a teenager, he even made a list of all the people he’d one day play with. Topping that list was Art Blakey. “I never asked myself if I thought it […]

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Jonatha Brooke

Folk rock singer-songwriter, and Local 802 (New York City) member, Jonatha Brooke is putting the finishing touches on her new play, My Mother Has Four Noses. It’s a one-woman show that she wrote, scored, and stars in. “It’s a very real story about my mother and me,” she says. ?“It’s kind of a love story.” […]

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Jay Nash

Vermont based singer songwriter Jay Nash recently discovered the importance of the AFM to indie musicians like himself as he jumped into commercial composing and studio work. “I don’t have to worry about negotiating anything. There’s a set rate for playing an instrument on a recording; it’s cut and dry. I represent myself, so it’s […]

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