Lyle Mays and Alex Acuña


Lyle Mays and Alex Acuña

Lyle Mays (born November 27, 1953) is an American jazz pianist and composer from Wausaukee, Wisconsin. He is best known for his work with guitarist Pat Metheny as a member of the Pat Metheny Group. Along with Metheny, Mays has been a co-composer and arranger of almost all of the group’s music and has won eleven Grammy Awards.


While growing up, Mays had four main interests: chess, mathematics, architecture and music. His parents were musically inclined – his mother was a pianist, his father was a guitarist – and he was able to study the piano with the help of instructor Rose Barron. She allowed Mays the opportunity to practice improvisation after the structured elements of the lesson were completed. At age 9 he played organ at a family member’s wedding, and at age 14 he began to play organ in church. In summer camp he was introduced to important jazz artists.

Bill Evans‘ album Live in Montreux and Miles Davis‘ album Filles de Kilimanjaro were important influences on his formation as a jazz musician. He graduated from the University of North Texas after attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He composed and arranged for the world-renowned One O’Clock Lab Band and was the composer and arranger of their highly regarded and Grammy nominated Lab 75 album.

After leaving UNT, Mays toured with Woody Herman‘s group for approximately eight months.

In 1974, he met Pat Metheny with whom he later founded the Pat Metheny Group. During that period he lived in New York City, so poor that he was “almost starving.” Mays has won eleven Grammys with the Pat Metheny Group and been nominated for four others for his own work.


In the Pat Metheny Group, Mays provides arrangements, orchestration and the harmonic and metric backbone of the group’s musical signature. He occasionally performs on electric guitar as well. On the songs Forward March and Yolanda You Learn from the Pat Metheny Group album First Circle (1984), and in the concert tour for that album, he played trumpet.

His albums as a leader reflect a large variety of musical interests: Lyle Mays and Street Dreams build on the content of the Pat Metheny Group, while Fictionary is a straight-ahead jazz trio session featuring fellow North Texan Marc Johnson on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums. Solo: Improvisations for Expanded Piano is focused on solo piano improvisations.

He has also composed and recorded music for children’s records, such as Tale of Peter Rabbit, with text read by Meryl Streep.

The Steppenwolf Theater Company of Chicago featured an assortment of compositions by Lyle Mays and Pat Metheny for their production of Lyle Kessler‘s play Orphans.

He has composed classical music such as “Twelve Days in the Shadow of a Miracle”, a piece for harp, flute, viola and synthesizer (recorded 1996 by the Debussy Trio).

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John Scofield

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John Scofield

Uberjam Band – Sarajevo Jazz Festival 2013

– Boogie Stupid
– Jungle Fiction
– Polo Towers
– Dub Dub
– Tomorrow Land
● Personnel:
John Scofield – guitar
Avi Bortnick – guitat and samples
Andy Hess – bass
Louis Cato – drums
● John Scofield Überjam Band:
Live At The 17. Jazz Fest Sarajevo (2013)
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John Scofield’s Bio

John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B.

Born in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut, Scofield took up the guitar at age 11, inspired by both rock and blues players. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. After a debut recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus, and joined the Gary Burton quartet. He began his international career as a bandleader and recording artist in 1978. From 1982–1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis. His Davis stint placed him firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer.



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Terry Bozzio Guitar Center Drum Off 2011

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Terry Bozzio  Guitar Center Drum Off 2011

Part I of Terry Bozzio’s performance featuring Jimmy Johnson on bass and Alex Machacek on guitar @ Guitar Center’s 2011 Drum Off Grand Finals at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on January 14th, 2012.

Terry Bozzio


Terry Bozzio was born December 27, 1950 in San Francisco, California. He started at age 6 playing makeshift drum sets. At the age of 13 he saw The Beatles premier performance on The Ed Sullivan Show,and begged his father for drum lessons. During the 1960s, he played in the garage bands Blue Grass Radio, The Yarde, and Tamalpais Jungle Mountain Boys.

In 1968 Bozzio attended Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, California, where he received a music scholarship award, and later went on to the College of Marin. During this time he studied concurrently with Chuck Brown on the drum set and Lloyd Davis and Roland Kohloff on a percussion and timpani scholarship. He also played Bartok-Dahl-Cowell & Baroque chamber ensembles with the Marin and Napa County Symphonies.


In 1972 Bozzio played in the rock musicals Godspell and Walking in my Time. He also began playing in local jazz groups with Mark Isham, Peter Maunu, Patrick O’Hearn, Mike Nock, Art Lande, Azteca, Eddie Henderson, Woody Shaw, Julian Priester, Eric Gravatt, Billy Higgins, Andy Narell, Hadley Calliman, Mel Graves, and Mel Martin. He became a regular in the Monday Night Jim Dukey Big Band at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall.

He recorded and toured with Frank Zappa beginning in 1975, and appeared, also as a vocalist, on a number of Zappa’s most successful albums, including Zoot Allures, Zappa in New York, Sheik Yerbouti and Thing-Fish, and in the concert movie Baby Snakes (which includes him singing lead on a portion of the song “Punky’s Whips”). He is noted for performing Zappa’s “The Black Page,” a piece of music designed to be a “musician’s nightmare,” a page so dense with notes it was nearly solid black.

In 1977 he joined The Brecker Brothers with long time San Francisco friend and guitarist Barry Finnerty. With The Brecker Brothers, Bozzio toured and recorded the album “Heavy Metal Be-Bop.” Shortly after, he was dismissed by Zappa as he joined Group 87 with Mark Isham, Peter Maunu, Patrick O’Hearn and Peter Wolf. The group auditioned for and was signed to a record deal with CBS; Bozzio declined membership in the group and then auditioned unsuccessfully for Thin Lizzy.

After Bill Bruford & Allan Holdsworth‘s departures from the band UK in late 1978, Bozzio joined Eddie Jobson and John Wetton to continue UK as a trio. The trio recorded Danger Money and Night After Night and toured the U.S. twice (supporting the popular progressive rock band Jethro Tull), and in Europe and Japan.


After UK disbanded in early 1980, Bozzio, ex-Zappa guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and then-wife and vocalist Dale Bozzio founded the band Missing Persons. Missing Persons released the albums Spring Session M (which went Gold), Rhyme & Reason, and Color in Your Life.Missing Persons also toured the U.S. & Europe and often appeared on TV and radio.

After the Missing Persons breakup in 1986, Bozzio joined ex-Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor‘s solo band. He also played on sessions with Robbie Robertson, Gary Wright, Don Dokken, XYZ, Paul Hyde, Herbie Hancock, Dweezil Zappa, and Richard Marx. During this time he began touring as a clinician/solo drummer and recorded Solo Drums, which was his first instructional video for Warner Brothers. Bozzio joined Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck for the video “Throwaway,” and teamed up with Beck and keyboardist Tony Hymas to co-write/produce and perform on the Grammy Award winning album Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop. promoted on The Arsenio Hall Show, which was Jeff Beck’s first-ever live appearance on American TV.

In 1988 Bozzio married Ev Kvamme. They have one son.


In 1990–1995 Terry developed ostinato-based drum solo compositions and recorded his second instructional video Melodic Drumming and the Ostinato Volumes 1, 2, and 3, as well as Solo Drum Music Volumes 1 & 2 on CD. He also joined Tony Hymas, Tony Coe, andHugh Burns to form the band Lonely Bears and record The Lonely Bears, Injustice, and The Bears are Running, while living in Paris, France. He also formed the band Polytown with David Torn and Mick Karn.

From 1995 to 2002 Bozzio did tours of the US, Australia, Canada & Europe as a solo drum artist as well as recording two solo CDs: Drawing the Circle and Chamberworks. With bassist and Chapman Stick player Tony Levin and guitarist Steve Stevens, he formed the groupBozzio Levin Stevens, which released two albums: Black Light Syndrome in 1997, and Situation Dangerous in 2000.


In 2001, he teamed up with Chad Wackerman to produce the Duets video and Alternative Duets CDs. Bozzio was inducted into the Modern Drummer “Hall of Fame” and won the Clinician of the Year award twice as well as Drum Magazine’s Drummer of the Year and Best Clinician. Internationally, he received Slagwerkkrant Magazine’s (Netherlands) and Player Magazine’s (Japan) Best Drummer Award.

Bozzio was inducted into Guitar Center’s RockWalk in Hollywood on January 17, 2007 along with rock and roll icons Ronnie James Dio and Slash. Bozzio also worked with the nu-metal band Korn on their 8th studio album after the departure of their drummer David Silveria. He was scheduled to play on the road with the band during the Family Values Tour, but he left and was replaced by Joey Jordison of Slipknot and later Ray Luzier.

Since November 2008 Bozzio has toured with guitarist Allan Holdsworth, bassist Tony Levin, and drummer Pat Mastelotto as the experimental super-group HoBoLeMa. He has also hosted on Drum Channel.

UK have recently reformed with John Wetton, Eddie Jobson and Terry Bozzio for a world tour in 2012.


Alain caron bass solo slap (Slam the Clown)

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Alain caron bass solo slap (Slam the Clown)

Nice live performance of Alain Caron and his band.

Canadian bassist Alain Caron’s musical career began at the early age of 11 when he won an amateur contest, he soon joined some top 40 bands performing American, south-American and French standards. AT the age of 14 he discovered the music which would become his life’s passion – jazz.

Opportunity knocked in 1977 when he met the Michel Cusson Group. Caron found himself in the company of like-minded musicians – who could appreciate jazz and its origins, as well as looking ahead to the future; they emerged in the early 1980s with super fusion group UZEB.

Alain Caron Biography :
After moving to Montreal, still playing with UZEB, he started extensive studio work and also started playing quite a bit in jazz clubs in and around town. The self-taught musician took correspondence courses, and eventually, journeyed south to attend Berkley College of Music. While in Boston, he was quickly introduced to some outstanding young musicians, co-students, as well as, seasoned well established professional jazzman. Soon performing nightly, in the Boston area, with David Kikovsky, Tom Harrell, Sal Nestico, Frank Tiberi, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Moses, to name a few.

Back in Montreal, he decided to focus mainly on the group UZEB, gradually they evolved into a mature outfit, interested in intelligent fusion—impressive but always musical.
Between 1981 and 1990 UZEB had recorded ten albums and sold over 400,000 copies, performing concerts in more than 20 countries.

Caron soon took off on his solo career, launching his own imprint NORAC RECORDS;
In 1993, he produced the first of his 7 solo albums to date ¨Le Band¨ who won a Félix award for best album of the year then toured in Canada and Europe. ¨Rhythm And Jazz¨ ¨ was released in 1995 followed with ¨Play in 1997 and Call Me Al¨ in 2000.

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Impact Fuze – Moscow at Jam Track Central

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Impact Fuze – Moscow at Jam Track Central


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Could this be one of the most important fusion albums released? We most definitely think so!

Impact Fuze consists of Feodor Dosumov on guitar, Damien Schmitt on drums and Anton Davidyants on bass, a power jazz/rock/fusion trio from Russia. Moscow is full of incredible musicianship and a powerful maze of musical styles that takes you on an incredible journey from track 1 through to 9.

This special edition of the album comes with the beautiful video of the title track Moscow.

Sit back and enjoy the previews below and prepared to be hooked on this incredible album.

Recorded, mixed & mastered at Major_Studio Moscow 2010-2011

Produced & directed by Vladimir “voff” Youdanov, Tamara Cengic &
Voffilms team : Roman Geygert, Sergey Prekrasnov, Ivan Apollonov,
Ivan Chengich, Anna Sukhino-Khomenko.

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Письма музыкантам пишут не только поклонники, но и… музыканты. Гитарист “A’Studio” Фёдор Досумов и бас-гитарист Антон Давидянц услышали французского джазового барабанщика Дэмиэна Шмита (Hadrien Feraud, Jean Luc Ponty, Alain Caron, Cheick Tidiane Seck) и были так поражены его игрой, что незамедлительно написали ему на Facebook. Демиен ответил через 10 минут. А через несколько недель они встретились и стали называться “Impact Fuze”. TVJAM отправился к российско-французскому коллективу в гости и увидел всё своими глазами.