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Allen Ginsberg is known as one of the United States’ most significant poets, in particular thanks to his 1956 epic, “Howl,” which was the subject of a subsequent obscenity trial. Later, Ginsberg was known throughout America and the rest of the world for his role as a countercultural leader…

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From the Edge

I had no schedule or set destination, so I just rolled along, headed west. Out in the open country areas, I took my time and took in the scenery. Farms and woods, rolling fields, late September at its best: it was glorious weather. I thought that perhaps I’d treat myself, and find a cheap motel and crash that night. Maybe have a beer or two in a bar within walking-distance of my motel. It was a good plan. The next day, I drove into Minnesota, which was beautiful in the first days of autumn, with the farmers harvesting their crops and bailing hay for winter feed.

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Mentoring Series with Adam Rodgers Group featuring Jimmy McBride

The Jazz Gallery Mentoring Series presents Adam Rogers/Guitar, David Virelles/Piano, Scott Colley/Bass and Jimmy McBride/Drums The Jazz Gallery serves as an international cultural center, fostering artistic growth, presenting both major and established figures in jazz alongside a younger generation of artists. Since 2002, The Gallery has also been actively engaged in commissioning new work by emerging composers, many of whom have gone on to be recognized with MacArthur Foundation “genius” grants (4), Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, Grammy Awards and more. Twelve Thelonious Monk Competition winners got their start on our stage. “Catch a musician here (The Jazz Gallery, Salt Space, 1160 Broadway) and chances are you’ll start seeing him/her everywhere—headlining the Village Vanguard like pianist David Virelles or winning a MacArthur grant like saxophonist Miguel Zenon.” –  NEW YORK MAGAZINE’S BEST OF 2013 Mentorship has always been a key theme in jazz history. For decades, elder musicians groomed promising young jazz musicians – taking them on the road, into the recording studio and into one-on-one study. Most of today’s great jazz musicians were raised through these informal channels and gained invaluable experience working with their heroes. Future generations of great quality jazz depends upon continuing this tradition that is, regrettably, less common in today’s music scene. Touring revenues are down and there are fewer places for jazz musicians to perform. Adam Rogers Adam Rogers co-led the...

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Back Covers

  Ragazine Covers A look back…         Volume 12 – Number 1     TO GIVE VOICE AND LIGHT… Isolated instances of terrorism put us all on edge, if not at risk. We buy guns, install steel doors, add more robust locks, accept 24/7 surveillance and the presence of armed guards in locations of strategic import including airports, train stations, power plants and even shopping malls. We spend more on a few advanced warplanes than we do on the arts in general, billions on video games that translate into simulations designed to ready generations of warriors to die for God and Country, neither of which is necessarily a bad thing when we are truly up against an imminent threat. And there’s no denying imminent threats exist. Given those needs, why do we diminish the value of the Arts and their contributions to understanding other cultures and societies, as well as our own, and along with the budgets that are needed to maintain some kind of humanity in the maelstroms that surround us? The Arts unite people in ways no other intellectual or physical platform can. They make clear the differences in lifestyles and opinions, religions and socio-economic-political systems. These differences, at least according to the concepts of a Liberal Education, are meant to be examined and discussed, not dismissed or crushed, the way we see so many trying...

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