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Guitarist Ruben Machtelinckx formed the Aspen Edities imprint in 2017 alongside euphonium player Niels Van Heertum and writer Sanne Huysmans

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The Gentle Sonic Interactions Of Ruben Machtelinckx

Last winter, at the Brand Festival in the quaint Belgian city of Mechelen, guitarist and improviser Ruben Machtelinckx and three close collaborators performed in near darkness,…


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The following discussion took place on a Sunday afternoon in Count Basie’s dressing room during the recent Jazz Supports the Symphony concert at Chicago’s Civic Opera House.

The conversation began while Basie and his band were on stage, and Jack Teagarden (who also was featured at the concert), Maynard Ferguson (whose band was playing in Chicago that night), and members of the DownBeat staff waited for the bandleader.

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