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Reggie Quinerly
Reggie Quinerly

Hometown history inspires drummer Reggie Quinerly for his debut CD

Drummer Reggie Quinerly's debut CD, "Music Inspired by Freedmantown" pays tribute to the neighborhood in Houston, TX that was founded by freed slaves. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Taylor Haskins playing "No Regrets." Still from <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yfF5zo2V4s">Youtube video</a>
Taylor Haskins playing "No Regrets." Still from Youtube video

Preview: Taylor Haskins in Elizabethtown

An award-winning jazz trumpeter who grew up in rural New Hampshire, then lived for many years in New York City, has returned to rural life right here in the North Country. He's playing two concerts in Elizabethtown this weekend as part of the Piano By Nature series, and Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article
Renee Yoxon and Mark Ferguson
Renee Yoxon and Mark Ferguson

Ottawa Singer Renee Yoxon partners with pianist Mark Ferguson for second CD

Renee Yoxon's ambitious new CD is a collaboration with Ottawa pianist/composer Mark Ferguson and features all original tunes with some of the finest jazz musicians from Ottawa and Montreal. She talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
The headstock of the guitar Tracy inlayed for the FarmAid 25th Anniversary concert.  John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young all played this guitar in the concert. Image courtesy Tracy Cox
The headstock of the guitar Tracy inlayed for the FarmAid 25th Anniversary concert. John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young all played this guitar in the concert. Image courtesy Tracy Cox

Traditional techniques make modern instruments

This holiday week, we're taking a second listen to one of our favorite series of 2012. This May, we profiled people doing traditional work, including a North Country craftsman who builds stringed instruments and applies inlay to them in a way that is the same as it has been done for generations.

Joel Hurd, a guitar enthusiast himself, traveled to Parishville to meet Tracy Cox.  Go to full article

Pianist Jamie Reynolds produces a stunning debut with "Time With People"

Brooklyn-based Canadian pianist Jamie Reynolds first came to our attention as the pianist for his wife, singer Melissa Stylianou. His debut CD, "Time With People" shows strong compositional ideas, brilliant playing, and a refreshing approach to music and life. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Guitarist Paul Meyers
Guitarist Paul Meyers

Preview: New music by guitarist Paul Meyers

A busy jazz guitarist with North Country roots is releasing a new CD this week, and will be celebrating with a house concert near Potsdam tomorrow night. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article
Melissa Stylianou's "Silent Movie"
Melissa Stylianou's "Silent Movie"

Jazz singer returns to her Canadian roots

Melissa Stylianou. a New York-based jazz singer with Ontario roots has been garnering lots of international praise since her latest CD, "Silent Movie" was released in April, and she's celebrating with a short tour of her native country. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article
Dennis Mackrel
Dennis Mackrel

Count Basie Orchestra to play Brockville, Ontario Arts Centre

The Count Basie Orchestra is still swinging and they'll be playing the Brockville, Ontario Arts Centre on November 3. The band's director, Dennis Mackrel, previewed the concert with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Taylor Haskins
Taylor Haskins

Trumpeter Taylor Haskins adapting nicely to life in the North Country

Grammy Award winning trumpeter Taylor Haskins has lived in the North Country since November, 2010. After years in New York City, the New Hampshire native now feels right at home here. He talked with Joel Hurd about life as a jazz musician in the Champlain Valley, and previews his August 19, 2012 concert at the Lake Placid Center For The Arts, which will be a benefit for the Lakeside School in Essex, NY.  Go to full article
"Concoction" by Becki Walenz
"Concoction" by Becki Walenz

Becki Walenz releases new CD as a resource for young trumpeters

Becki Walenz is a trumpeter and graduate student at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Her debut CD, which she has just released on the school's MADSTOP Records label, is designed to help young trumpeters learn some of the pieces that are in the standard learning repertoire for the instrument. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article

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