Category Archives: Domestic Bands/ Musicians

American-Iranian sax player feature: Hafez Modirzadeh – creating a different kind of Jazz

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

Being myself an Iranian I’ve been always looking for Iranian or American-Iranian musicians living and playing here in the States. Iranian musicians who either don’t play the LA type of “Iranian Pop music” nor Persian classical music, but a kind of music which is contemporary and original. One of them I found out is the Iranian-American composer, saxophonist, theorist and educator Hafez Modirzadeh who lives and teaches  in LA. Unfortunately since coming to New York I haven’t have the chance to meet him. In fact I missed two of his New York concerts in the last two years due to my own music commitments.

The first time I heard of Modirzadeh was about ten years ago, when I still lived in Tokyo. A Japanese jazz journalist surprised me with a cassette of Modirzadeh’s music which sounded “oriental jazzy,” very cool and original.  I was impressed by what I heard. At that time I didn’t understand what he was playing. Today I know: he played “chromodal” which is a a cross-cultural musical concept and music style, developed from his own American jazz and Iranian dastgah heritages.

But I liked his music and the tone of his tenor sax. Last spring with the release of my CD SoSaLa Nu World Trash I used this occasion to mail Modirzadeh and introduce myself. He responded to my mail shortly writing:

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Seven Decades of Jimi Hendrix (A fictional account of the 70th birthday of Jimi Hendrix – had he lived to see it).

Text by Dawoud Kringle

Madison Square Garden, on the cold, rainy night of November 27th, 2012, Thousands filled every inch of the venue, and hundreds more stood outside and in Time Square, gathered around the enormous video screens and speakers that, after months of haggling with Mayor Bloomberg, were permitted to be set up. Major networks, live internet streaming throughout the world, and the unprecedented use of 3D hologram imaging simulcast live in Paris, London, Tokyo, Moscow, Dubai, and the Mayan ruins in Chichin Itzu, Mexicio carried the event. Millions waited with anticipation for what promised to be a defining musical moment.

On that night, the world celebrated the 70th birthday of one of the greatest musicians of our age, Jimi Hendrix.

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Dickie Betts (ex Allman Brothers Band): A Retrospective.

Text and photo by Dawoud Kringle

The southern part of the United States gave birth to many rock & roll pioneers such as Bo DiddleyElvis PresleyLittle RichardBuddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis; all of whom defined rock & roll. When one thinks of Southern Rock, the works of groups such as the Outlaws, Ozark Mountain DaredevilsZZ TopElvin Bishop, 38 SpecialMolly HatchetBlackfoot, and others inevitably come to mind. But the genre of Southern Rock owes its existence to the Allman Brothers Band. Since their debut in 1969, the group’s work single handedly defined a distinctively American music.

Duane Betts with Dickey Betts

Their original line up consisted of Duane Allman (guitar), Greg Allman (keyboards), Barry Oakley (bass), Butch Trucks (drums), Jai Johanson (drums), and Dickie Betts (guitar). They gained national notoriety with the 1971 release of their live album At the Fillmore. The album and the live performance it documented became legendary. Their effortless blend of rock, blues, and country with jazz inspired extended improvisation forged the group’s sound and legacy.

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Eddie Kirkland: the Blues legend got killed in car crash. Rest in peace!

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

Februaru 27th one of the great living Blues musicians left earth! Known as  the “Gypsy of the Blues”, Eddie Kirkland, an 88-year-old blues legend was killed in Florida when his car turned into the path of a Greyhound bus.

Born in Jamaica, grew up in Alabama, Kirkland eventually moved via Indiana to Detroit. He toured for 7 1/2 years with John Lee Hooker, became a bandleader for Otis Redding and performed with artists, such as Little Richard, Ben King, Ruth Brown and Little Johnnie Taylor.  Eddie Kirkland was not only a great bluesman, but a folk legend.

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Saluti a Tutti! Tiptons Saxophone Quartet are touring the US and Europe!

The Tiptones Saxophone Quartet is celebrating the release of our newest beautiful recording, Strange Flower. They perform original compositions and arrangements of world music on saxophones, clarinet, voices and percussion.  With concerts that cover musical territory from jazz, Afro-Cuban to Balkan, klezmer and beyond, the Tiptons create some of the most wild and joyous sounds ever to come out of a sax quartet.

Strange Flower is available through:
* Squidco (
* Wayside Music (—Strange-Flower__Zipa-spc-592.aspx) and
* CDBaby (

US Concerts – with Lee “Free” Frisari on drums!
Sat 25 Feb:     Cafe Orwell party, 247 Varet Street New York, NY 11206
Sun 27 Feb:     House Party / Washington DC – if you are in the DC area and would like to come to this please email me!
Wed 02 Mar:    School concert and lecture at the PS 3 Bedford Village School, Brooklyn, NY
Thurs 03 Mar:  Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, Dwecklectic with The Tiptons @ Brooklyn Public Library / Brooklyn NY – 7pm
Fri 04 Mar:      The Speakeasy under 121 / Providence RI
Sat 05 Mar:     improvisation workshop at SUNY, New Paltz, NY (exact detail soon!) &  evening gig at Market Market in Rosendale, NY, 9 pm

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