Remembering Dave Valentin

Apr 1, 2017 by

Dave Valentin was a pioneer of the jazz flute and passed away on March 8, 2017, but his musical legacy in both the jazz world and the flute world will live on.  We collected memories and stories from flutists who were influenced and inspired by Dave and his music....

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Elsa Nilsson Album Review

Mar 1, 2017 by

Elsa Nilsson’s newest album, Salt Wind, is a breath of fresh air, amongst a sea of jazz. Each track is uniquely crafted, and diverse from the next one.  Nilsson’s compositions will be heralded by the most discriminating of today’s jazz affectionados.  Yet, each piece is appealing to listeners of...

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A Glissando Headjoint Primer. by Melissa Keeling...

Mar 1, 2016 by

The Glissando Headjoint expands the expressivity, flexibility, and timbral possibilities of the Boehm flute. The culmination of many decades of work by Robert Dick, it has been commercially available for over a decade. Beyond playing glissandi, there are many potential benefits for your overall flute playing: increased aural awareness, greater flexibility of intonation,...

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Andrea Brachfeld: Lotus Blossom...

Dec 2, 2015 by

Lotus Blossom- Andrea Brachfeld Andrea Brachfeld - flutes, vocals, thumb piano Bill O’ Connell - piano Winard Harper - drums Rufus Reid – bass Guests: Wycliffe Gordon – sousaphone Chembo Corniel – percussion Nancy Harms - vocals Andrea Brachfeld has a new CD- Lotus Blossom.  I’m starting with her...

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Sarpay (SharpEye) Ozcagatay: Artist Interview...

Oct 1, 2015 by

Tell us about your background:   I hold a BA degree majoring in classical flute. Starting at the age of 10, I studied at Hacettepe University State Conservatory, majoring in classical flute performance as a part time student. After the graduation from elementary school, I became a full time...

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The Opening Doors of Cuba and Cuban Charanga Music: Part 2. By Andrea Brachfeld...

Mar 1, 2015 by

This article is a continuation of my previous article published in February.  I will go into more detail about my involvement with Charanga music and I will also expound upon the history of this beautiful music.   In 1974 I had just started my second year at Manhattan School...

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Bill McBirnie: CD Review

Aug 1, 2014 by

Canadian jazz flutist Bill McBirnie has released a new album which is organized as an organ trio. The unmistakable sound of the Hammond B3 organ is combined with flute and drums to present a variety of jazz tunes. McBirnie, who is based in Toronto, has built a solid career...

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Andrea Brachfeld CD Review

Mar 1, 2014 by

Andrea Brachfeld's new CD, Lady of the Island is an excellent addition to the jazz flute discography.  Andrea with a terrific band and headliner guests mixes her own original tunes with tunes by Herbie Hancock, Duke Ellington, Freddie Hubbard and  (title song) Graham Nash.  All the playing is first...

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Katisse: The Real Ron Burgundy. By Fluterscooter...

Jan 2, 2014 by

I’m learning jazz flute from Ron Burgundy.  Yes, I’m serious.  Not many flutists can say that, and I think everyone secretly wishes that they were playing the solos that made the term “jazz flute” a household name.  Obviously, after seeing the credits in Anchorman, I knew I had to...

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Nika Rejto: Artist Interview

Dec 1, 2013 by

Can you give us 5 career highlights? 1.  I was on the Dinah Shore Show as a youngster 2.  Soloing with Hubert Laws  . 3.  Performing with my father’s violinist from Alma Trio, Andor Toth. 4.  Winning Fan’s pick, Best Jazz Flutist, NYC 2013 5.  Playing with Red Holloway...

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Sarpay Ozcagatay CD review

Dec 1, 2013 by

“unexpectable":  Sarpay Ozcagatay. I love reviewing new flute albums; it gives me a chance to hear what so many talented flutists are doing these days.  I just listened to Sarpay Ozcagatay’s new album “unexpectable." Sarpay is a 2012 graduate of Berklee College of Music, where he won the 2011...

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Jamie Baum CD Review

Nov 1, 2013 by

In This Life, The Jamie Baum Septet Jamie Baum – flute, alto flute, flute d’amour Amir El Saffar – trumpet Taylor Haskins – trumpet Douglas Yates – alto sax, bass clarinet Brad Shepik – guitar Chris Komer – French horn John Escreet – piano Zach Lober – bass Jeff...

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Hadar Noiberg Concert Review. by Barbara Siesel...

May 1, 2013 by

On Saturday, April 6, I attended a concert at 92Y/Tribeca where I had the joy of hearing the Hadar Noiberg Trio perform (Flute, Double Bass and Drums). It was an astonishing performance - Hadar Noiberg is an Israeli jazz flutist living in NYC.[private] Her musical language, which transcends her...

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