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David Sanborn: Crossing Genres and Generations

It almost seems like it would be easier to list the people that David Sanborn of Local 802 (New York City) has not played with than those he’s performed or recorded with. His long list of memorable collaborations began when he was just a kid sitting in with Little Milton and Albert King at a […]

Bobby Sanabria: Advocate and Actvist

Percussionist Bobby Sanabria of Local 802 (New York City) has always stood up for what he believes in. Last year, when the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) announced that it would be eliminating 31 categories of Grammy Awards, including Latin Jazz, Sanabria couldn’t just sit idly by. “You have a moral obligation […]

Jason Moran: Restless & Revolutionary

Jason Moran is changing the future of jazz one note at a time Jason Moran has never liked being placed in a genre-box. Like a child restlessly contained in a classroom, Moran is always squirming his way around the rules and out of confinement. But the Local 802 (New York City) member knows how to […]

Yannick Nézet-Séguin: A Vision for the Philadelphia Orchestra

In June 2010, Yannick Nézet-Séguin made an important conducting appearance in Philadelphia—?but he wasn’t at the famed Kimmel Center or the Academy of Music, and he wasn’t conducting the city’s treasured Philadelphia Orchestra. In fact, he wasn’t in front of an orchestra at all. The Montreal native and conducting superstar was leading a crowd of […]

3 Arrested in Connection with the Stradivarius Violin Theft

The Milwaukee County district attorney’s office has confirmed that three people were arrested in connection with the Stradivarius violin that was stolen from the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra last week.  No other information was revealed about the arrests, and it still remains unclear if the violin has been recovered. The violin, known as […]

Edward Ringwald: Ontario Steel Guitarist Swings with Authority

Eddie Vallus: Celebrating 50 Years

Cory Pesaturo: DIY Booking Propels Accordion Career

Jimmy Ford: To the Beat of Ford Drum

Bob Christianson: New Christmas Show Airs on PBS