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August 22: Toots Thielemans (94) passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. The music world has lost a legend and a very kind human being. Bon voyage, you inspired many generations. Thank you.

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August 5: We miss browsing the vinyl isles we used to do when physical record stores were in abundance. And we had our favorite places where we’d go to check out new music. We adapt to new times though, and got on the bandcampwagon where we found this songbird and excellent guitar player from Chile. Her name is Camila Meza, she resides in New York and recorded an album with a group of esteemed musicians. Click image and let their music enchant you!

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July 28: It was pure chance. A friend was impressed by Ted Baker’s solo in a Steely Dan video (Black Cow) and posted it on Facebook. All of a sudden Cornelius Bumpus appeared. His sound. Sheer magic. So we had to hear more. And found a wonderful concert, recorded during the Doobie Brothers farewell tour. You know the drill!

The Cornelius Bumpus band: Michael McKevitt, Paul Nagel, Bobby Rosenstein, Cornelius, , Marc Van Wageningen .
The Cornelius Bumpus band: Michael McKevitt, Paul Nagel, Bobby Rosenstein, Cornelius, Marc Van Wageningen. Photo: Richard M. Robinson.

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July 26th: His voice was as distinctive as the sound of his guitar. Click image to have a look and listen. Bassist Will Lee talks about Hiram Bullock who passed away eight years ago on July 25th.

Hiram Bullock 21.06.2005 Bonn/Germany PHOTO by PETIA www.petia.de
Hiram Bullock
21.06.2005
Bonn/Germany
PHOTO by PETIA
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July 25: We have a soft spot for Steely Dan covers. They’re not just a testimony to excellent songwriting and a way to shape our own musical palette if we enjoy playing an instrument with friends and family for the fun of it, they also offer hope in darker times, when in doubt whether young generations can appreciate or recognize quality when they see and hear it. Well, here’s Ethan Bill who recorded a very good version of a familiar and tough to handle Steely Dan tune. Click image to see and hear more!

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July 22: Steely Dan is on a deserved summer break now and raving reviews attest of how superb their live performances have been and are, which, according to one of the reviews, fills the Steely founders’ hearts with utmost joy! And we here over on Mizar6 are very happy as well, because nobody could have predicted any of this way back in the seventies. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen preferred the studio over live performances on stage, they broke up the band, went their separate ways, then synchronized and allied again to give us Two Against Nature in 2000, having recorded their first album in twenty years. Since then Steely Dan hasn’t removed itself from the radar. They continue to be out there doing what they always wanted, but never thought possible to pull off. They hired musicians, formed a touring band and write music history as their concerts touch on certain essentials often lacking in the nowadays music industry treadmill. In October, they’ll grace the stage in New York and have Rickie Lee Jones to keep them company for four shows. So, do wear your Steely Dan T-Shirt and hope for a Flying Cowboys reunion as well somehow…

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July 7: Rob Meany isn’t a stranger to us. He and his band Terramara have been with us since the early Mizar5 days and their albums were in heavy rotation. The wondrous ways of the internet back then brought a Steely Dan Newsgroup member, Mike Dale, and Rob Meany together for an M5 interview you can read to refreshen your memory whilst listening to Rob’s first solo album. Click image and enjoy!

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June 29: Bassist Rob Wasserman passed away. We saw him perform with Rickie Lee Jones and Sal Bernardi back in 2009 in the city of Leuven. I had brought a gift bag for Rickie, but felt hesitant to call her to give it to her after the show. Instead I asked Rob Wasserman for help, who listened patiently and kindly to what I had to say, (Rickie’s daughter Charlotte knew about the gift bag, I’d asked her for advice what her mother would appreciate) explaining it was a gift and if he could hand it to Rickie. He nodded and said he’d take care of it. And he did. Rob Wasserman was a classically trained musician with a versatile and eclectic resume, he worked with many renowned musicians from various walks of life.

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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 never ending 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 John Beasley 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!
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