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June 19: Steely Dan soundman snapped this when Michael Leonhart performed a solo soundcheck at the Hollywood Bowl for a special rendition of a Steely Dan concert with orchestral arrangements from Vince Mendoza. But that’s not what this Mizar6 entry is about. Nope. We’re shifting towards the political arena that’s currently keeping American citizens at their social media toes. Michael Leonhart and his Orchestra found themselves to be inspired by one of the candidates for the new presidency, and gave musical form in a compelling sound and vision. Hurry, click the image to find out and share widely!

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June 15: We promised you some nice interviews. We will start with a Rolling Stone one in which Donald Fagen mentions this song. Can you hear it too? For the whole interview, click the Donald and enjoy.

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Photo: Nathan Gelgud 2013

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May 23: If this page here seems slow, don’t forget to check out our Facebook page! We’re a little more frequent in there with little bits and pieces we find along our social media way. But we’ll make sure to have a real nice June edition for you with some nice interviews and other worthy Mizar6 stories. In the meantime, make sure to pre-order MONKEY HOUSE’s latest gem LEFT. You know, that fine Canadian band with Don Breithaupt at the helm? When their previous album Headquarters was in heavy non-stop rotation keeping us in a neverending Monkey House flow, it felt better than Steely Dan. Yeah it did. Maybe it’s time for Donald Fagen and Walter Becker to record a new album as well, so we can reel it all in. Speaking of reeling… Mr. Elliott Randall’s on LEFT as well. Yup. It’s gonna be a great summer!

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April 30: International Jazz Day 2016 at the Blues House!

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April 28: Happy Birthday, Steve Khan!

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April 21: Bon voyage, Prince Rogers Nelson

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April 20: Steely Dan kicked off their 2016 tour in Port Chester. A promising start. Click image!

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April 11: He sat next to me in my car when I drove him from a concert venue to where he was staying, at a friend’s place. My dog Gaucho curled up at his feet when we were at a jazzcafé in Maastricht City, having drinks and conversation. And now we are proud to introduce him as the musical director of International Jazz Day at the White House on April 30th! “The All-Star Global Concert at the White House with musical director John Beasley will feature stellar performances by Joey Alexander, Terence Blanchard, Kris Bowers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Till Brönner, Terri Lyne Carrington, Chick Corea, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Robert Glasper, Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock, Zakir Hussain, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Lionel Loueke, Hugh Masekela, Christian McBride, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, James Morrison, Danilo Pérez, Rebirth Brass Band, Dianne Reeves, Lee Ritenour, David Sánchez, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Sting, Trombone Shorty, Chucho Valdés, Bobby Watson, Ben Williams and others.” Click image for more.

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John Beasley, photo by Brandon Wise

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April 2: When Owen plays MSG…

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March 31: We’re celebrating the 10-year anniversary of this album today! Click image…

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March 23: The language of music and sound knows no boundaries. Canadian DJ Patrick Holland takes his Steely infusion to new levels.

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March 18: JT’s back with some musings on … just see for yourselves. You know the drill.

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March 16: Who are these guys? Just click on the image and find out.

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March 10: Ed Motta. You should see him Funk Up that Tambourine with Tania Maria! But let’s just start by sharing his respect and admiration for Steely Dan. (Click on image)

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March 5: In the old Mizar5 days, we were introduced to the Italian Scurvy Brothers and their Donald Fagen and Steely Dan projects. There was something about their renditions of the Steely repertoire that kept their music lingering. Maybe it’s because in Italy, they do things with a passion? We stumbled across yet another Italian project, the Fagen-Becker Conspiracy, and they take the Steely repertoire into jazzed up fusion realms. We are instant fans. Are you? Please click on the image for a fine taste of the Freelance Fusion Band from Torino!

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March 4: He loves to feature stories. And we love to feature the storyteller.

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March 2: -RABBITS IN THE SKY- Rickie Lee Jones in an interview for Growing Bolder, about the relativity of fame and being the person inside.

“I’ve long had a thing about… well what is it about? Vanity? Success? Self-loathing? Self-appreciation? What is the deal? As I face the full theaters or the filled up clubs I notice, I take stock. I have to tell myself, it’s ok, really, no big deal, not even a question of ‘deserving’. It’s been hard for a long time. Now it’s not quite so hard. Don’t make a big deal of it.”

A Day Off

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Februari 26: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN TABACCO!

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February 23: Multiple announcements on the official Facebook page! The Dan who knew too much!

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February 20: Howdy folks! And Happy Birthday, Walter Becker!
We have a gift for you and we hope you like it. Just click on

 

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