Interpreting Frank Zappa, Melvin Sparks

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Bill Carbone and Beau Sasser are a literal musical keystone for a pair of groups that specialize in bringing the music of two very divergent musicians to the stage, thus not only keeping it relevant and accessible, but introducing it to audiences who may not be familiar with it.LIVE_NECTARS2

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Marilyn Scott on Java Jazz

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Marilyn Scott, California-based, but world-renowned jazz and R&B vocalist traces her evolution from background singer with George Duke, Spyra Gyra, Yellowjackets, Etta James and Tower of Power, to 40 years as a solo artist. She discussed her career and the upcoming release of her latest standardblueeffort, Standard Blue (Prana Entertainment) on the March 17 edition of Java Jazz as the spotlight artist.

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Altamont: An In-depth Look

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On paper what was tabbed “The Woodstock of the West” couldn’t be anything short of amazing.

The free concert on Dec. 6, 1969, headlined by the Rolling Stones with the Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Jefferson Airplane and Santana on the undercard at the Altamont Motor altamont_cover_Speedway near Livermore, Calif., became a perfect storm where everything that could go wrong, went horribly beyond that and to this day, remains one of the most ghastly events in music history.

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Kaukonen remembers Paul Kantner, early days of Airplane

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An interview with guitarist Jorma Kaukonen was featured on the March 5 edition of Greasy Tracks where he discussed the recent passing of former Jefferson Airplane bandmates Paul Kantner and Signe Toly Anderson as well as reminiscing about the early days of the Airplane which was just honored by the recording industry with a lifetime achievement award.

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The ‘Country-Soul Triangle’

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Steeped in blues, country, gospel and rock and roll, southern soul music has long been linked with a handful of studios in Memphis, Tenn., and Muscle Shoals, Ala, but toss in the crack writing teams and players in Nashville along “Music Row” and you’ve got the “country-soul triangle.”COUNTRY SOUL Cover Image

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