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On the Cover

Teo Avery

Teo Avery

Student of Saxophone Saxophonist Teodross Avery got a jump on his career, scoring a record deal in college. Then came opportunities to work with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Tommy Flanagan, and even Matchbox Twenty. Today, he can be found on the University of Southern California (USC) campus where he is teaching and working on […]

Jim Brickman

Jim Brickman

Jim Brickman of Local 4 (Cleveland, OH) jumped into the music industry early. While still in school in 1980, he started his own company, The Brickman Arrangement, from his dorm room at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He used his natural inclination toward hook writing and his pop sensibilities to start composing jingles for companies […]

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Saxophone Colossus Sonny Rollins on Why He Hasn’t Hit His Peak Yet

By the time Sonny Rollins was seven, it was pretty clear he had an intense desire to give the saxophone a try. We can all be glad he did…

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Ron Carter: Jazz’s Elder Statesman

“I’m a reluctant star,” says Ron Carter, humbly. “I’m always surprised when projects are offered to me by strangers, even pop singers, whom I don’t know. I’m taken aback that they’ve heard of me and know enough about my integrity and professionalism to approach me.”

Bill and Daniel Foster : Two Generations Lead the Viola Section in DC

The father and son team of Bill and Daniel Foster embody the ideals of what music should be about.

B.B. King: Travels with Lucille

Local 71 (Memphis, TN) member B.B. King and his guitar Lucille have traveled to 90 different countries together. Get an inside look with this cover story.

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Oscar Peterson: The Life & Times of a Jazz Legend

Exhibition Hall A in Ottawa’s National Library of Canada featured a technologically impressive display devoted entirely to the country’s ambassador of jazz, Oscar Peterson.

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Les Paul: The Wizard of Guitar Strings & Gizmos

From the time he was a young boy and his mother would let him “take something apart” if he got all his chores done on time, Les Paul has had a drive to learn what makes something work