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These recordings are of particular significance given the deep history that Larry Young and my father shared coming up in Newark, New Jersey. Knowing what we know of Newark as a hotbed of indigenous talent and the incubator of so much musical innovation, having produced artists like Wayne Shorter, Sarah Vaughan, Grachan Moncur III, James Moody and so many others, it is clear that Woody Shaw (1944 – 1989) and Larry Young (1940 – 1978) were destined to achieve something significant by the very shape and fate of their geography. However, there is more to this than the simple hometown...

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Audio: Your browser does not support the audio element. Transcript:  Feather: For one thing, I would I would like to make it clear that I don't think I understand (short pause) as a musician you know certain things I don't understand about what you are doing and I am, I would like to maybe get them clarified in my own mind so that I can make it clear for the average reader too (ED: uh huh) you know (longer pause) (garbled, unclear) what is happening and what people like you are doing harmonically. It's very hard to explain, very hard...

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Browse the Online Woody Shaw Shop In order for me to be consistent as a trumpet player, I try to practice every day, for at least two or three hours. Oh, I’ve been in certain grooves when I said: “Well, I don’t need to practice”, and I rely on certain professional tricks, that I can get by with. But my creative mind tells me that getting by isn’t enough. So I do my chromatic scales and the little exercises. Then I have some symmetrical exercises of my own that I’ve developed. I‘m hoping to write a fundamental book on some...

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We remember and honor the great Elvin Jones on his 89th birthday with this recording of Woody Shaw sitting in with Elvin's band at the Village Vanguard in 1980. Enjoy. Live at the Village Vanguard - 11/18/80Elvin Jones - Drums Andrew White - Tenor Ari Brown - Tenor Andy McCloud - Bass Marvin Horne - Guitar Woody Shaw - Trumpet  *Recorded by Tom Marcello.

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