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V.24 No.46 | 11/12/2015
Tom Beetz

Event Horizon

Jazz Hands

George Cables Trio • jazz

One of the great living jazz pianists.
V.24 No.41 | 10/08/2015
courtesy of the artist

Event Horizon

Snowy Egret Has Landed

Myra Melford's Snowy Egret • piano, jazz, composer

They'll transport listeners to a world without sonic boundaries.
V.22 No.39 | 9/26/2013
Logan “Dirtyverbs” Phillips in action

Art Scenester

An Artist's Church

Fred Sturm and Logan Phillips bring artistic ruminations to Chatter Sunday

Sunday mornings have always been set aside for church, even for the people who organize and coordinate Chatter Sundays, the music-and-arts series that began as the Church of Beethoven.
V.22 No.7 | 2/14/2013


Rowdy’s Dream Blog #283: My Disneyland Experience.

Our yard is now connected with my brother-in-law, J's, yard. His black dog runs into our yard. J looks out the window as he plays boogie woogie piano. He now has a trimmed gray beard. I motion to him that I would like to jam. He motions back by wiggling his hand —maybe later. Later we see his new fireplace. It consumes an entire wall and the smoldering logs are stacked to the ceiling. I describe my Disneyland experience to a short Asian woman. I tell her that I did try the weightlessness ride and that I got to fly. I tell her that it felt like I expected it would.

V.22 No.4 | 1/24/2013
Lauren Anderson
Harry Redus-Brown


Burque unplugged

Jim Phillips got the skinny on the Super Awesome Acoustic Show and pianist Lauren Anderson by hanging out in a bar and pushing a 3-year-old in a stroller. In the process, he may have teared up a bit. Read all about the frisson-inducing showcase in ¡Viva Hyperbole! Check out a Lauren Anderson track below. Low Spirits • Super Awesome Acoustic Show • Fri Jan 25 • 9 pm • $3 • 21+ •

Lauren Anderson
Harry Redus-Brown

Aural Fixation

¡Viva Hyperbole!

Acoustics of a social experiment

Musician and writer Jim Phillips pushes a stroller and braves a bar to bring you the scoop on the Super Awesome Acoustic Show.
V.20 No.25 | 6/23/2011
Who knows what he’ll play?
Photo by Rico


Tom McDermott

Big Easy pianist/composer off-kilter and on target

You never know where pianist Tom McDermott will go haring off to next. That’s because he often hasn’t a clue, either. A daring and inventive improviser, he’s more than willing to go striding (or ragging or rumba-ing or tango-ing) through doors that lead who-knows-where. In the middle of a Scott Joplin piece, he might find an opening that leads straight to James Booker and start mixing the rag’s more straitlaced syncopation with the saucy funk of New Orleans R & B.

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V.20 No.4 | 1/27/2011
George Winston
Joe del Tufo


George Winston

Solo pianist plays well with others

You can hear Montana in the piano of Grammy-winner George Winston—the open space, the stillness, the wild scents on the wind. Though several decades removed from his Montana boyhood, Winston still clearly recalls the feel of each of the four seasons up in the north country, and those sense memories continue to animate his compositions and performances. They’ve long since been interwoven with a world of musical and geographical influences—from New Orleans pianist Professor Longhair to Hawaiian slack-key guitarist Gabby Pahinui, from jazz pianist/composer Vince Guaraldi to The Doors.

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V.18 No.32 | 8/6/2009


Tom McDermott

The sound of New Orleans, and beyond

New Orleans pianist/composer Tom McDermott has never played in a bordello (although he could once see one from his home), but he has absorbed the New Orleans piano professors’ traditional approach to the eighty-eights. That tradition owes a significant debt to the Big Easy’s classier houses of ill repute, which expected the solo pianist to reproduce all the excitement of a small combo—but at a much lower cost.

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V.18 No.28 | 7/9/2009
Steve Figueroa


Improvisations: Susan Abod and Steve Figueroa

Vocalist and pianist dive headfirst into new projects

Arriving for the sound check before her first appearance at the Women’s Voices Concerts a few weeks back, vocalist Susan Abod wasn’t sure what to expect. She’d never played with the band for her set, led by pianist John Rangel.

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