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Rochester Area Music Project

Manuel's Music Studio has served Perinton and the surrounding communities since 1980. We are "dedicated to the art and craft of music education", covering a broad range of musical styles and performance levels, which include: classical, jazz, rock, blues, folk, acoustic finger styles and forms branching from these music genres. Performance opportunities and ensembles are also offered during the year. The ages of our students span from young children to adults. We are comfortable preparing students for the collegiate and professional level, as well as those not quite as steadfast in their goals. Some students seek preparation for involvement in jazz ensembles and school orchestras, while others pursue music for their personal enjoyment or to perform in their independent bands. Many of our students have gone on to pursue a variety of career options in the music field. We provide a casual atmosphere in the formal training of students, with the goal of providing the blended elements of enjoyment, learning and fulfillment through the music lesson experience with us. Our programs and private study are geared toward the pace and individuality of each student. Our two waiting areas offer comfortable seating, resembling the atmosphere of a casual living room.
Rochester Area Music Project
Rochester Area Music Project
THERE ARE NO LESSONS THIS WEEK! We’re closed for February break!
Rochester Area Music Project
Rochester Area Music Project
PART 4 - on the over 55 recording artists. Today, it's Stevie Wonder. I can remember watching him on Dick Clark's, American Bandstand. I was 12 and so was Stevie Wonder, as he came out and lip-synched or harmonica-synched Fingertips Part 1. His first gigantic hit. From that point on his career just escalated, and rightly so.
It is difficult to even pick what his best album might be.
I'm leaning toward Innervisions, but certainly Songs in the Key of Life and Talking Band even Time to Love (2005) were incredible.
A couple years prior to seeing and hearing Stevie Wonder, at an early age I had my first Ray Charles album. I was hooked. Then Stevie Wonder comes along, who is my age, and begins churning out one great album after another. To top it off, he even had one of my favorite guitarists, Jeff Beck, playing solos on some of the tracks. In fact, one of Jeff Beck's best recorded tunes from the Blow By Blow album is the Stevie composition titled, "Cause We've Ended As Lovers".
His songs about relationships (You & I, All In Love is Fair) and songs about social justice, loving your neighbor (Time for Love) and healing were all part of the Stevie Wonder magnetism. Those songs STILL hold up today. Not only do they hold up, but they can also take you right back to a place and time in your life where those songs penetrated your heart in such a profound way.
Stevie can still write, record and sing. I can't wait for his next release. How about you?
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Stevie Wonder ♥♫♥ All in Love is Fair (1973)
Stevie Wonder (nome artístico de Stevland Hardaway Morris) (Saginaw, 13 de maio de 1950) é um cantor e compositor americano. Além disso é ativista de causas ...
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Rochester Area Music Project
Rochester Area Music Project
Part 3 in the over 55 recording artists series! Today we'll give a shout out to Pat Metheny, who is still writing, performing and touring at 64 years of age! Personally speaking, he is one of my favorite guitarists, but it also goes beyond the playing. It is also about his compositions and bringing great melodies, harmony, varied rhythms and an emotive quality to the music. So many of his tunes that he collaborated on with Lyle Mays are just so stirring. Many jazz artists and their tunes are great to listen to, especially live, and while you can appreciate the complexity and brilliance of the performance, many do not have, what I would call a picture painting quality that stirs the heart. They may stir the mind and you might be in awe of the players ability, but not necessarily the composition itself. I'll include examples in the post. Some musicians may disagree with this assessment, and that is quite okay. But the bottom line is that I believe that Metheny has expanded the width of jazz.
Additionally, Metheny can play jazz standards, avant-garde, intimate solo pieces and has appeared on so many other artists albums. He also has some great arrangements of other composers pieces. in fact, I'm going to include a video of him performing the Beatle's tune, And I Love Her.
Like many great artists, Metheny has his own style. You can nearly always identify that it is he performing on a tune by the tone, his signature licks (that most all guitarists have), phrasing and textures. And he has the capability whether it's on a jazz fat box, his synth guitar, harp guitar, nylon string, acoustic or baritone guitar.
I would have to say that the Metheny Group concerts that included Lyle Mays were some of the best, if not the best live musical events I have ever experienced.
So, give a listen... I've cued up one of my all-time personal favorites, First Circle.
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Pat Metheny Group - The First Circle
Live in Japan,Oct 1995. SUN.JAZZ.RADIO (Shoutcast)
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