Modern Jazz and World Music, Music Education, PlayTheGroove

PlayTheGroove, What’s This All About?

Thank you for wanting to learn about PlayTheGroove, I'm Richard Frank, creator of this innovative program that incorporates modern jazz and world music into music into an educationally-grounded program. PlayTheGroove is rooted in my personal experiences as a professionally trained musician, a graduate-level researcher, 60+ clinics and workshops, and countless conversations with professors, students, and… Continue reading PlayTheGroove, What’s This All About?


Imagination & Creation

Imagination is Omnipotent! Creating is a Bi-Product. In today’s music-making age, creating music (via teaching, composing, improvising, arranging, mashing) seems to be the end goal. We agree. What if the first goal of “creating music” is the end goal? Imagination. In life, certainly not just music, imagination is the driver of new, the driver of… Continue reading Imagination & Creation


Charts by Patrice Rushen

Patrice Rushen Website Video Bio: Multi-Grammy nominated artist, Patrice Rushen, is fashioning her career after the legacy of her long-time friend and mentor, Quincy Jones. Composer…Producer…International Recording Artist…Rushen has definitely earned the respect she has been awarded by her peers in the music industry. Admired by many for her groundbreaking achievements, Rushen has amassed an… Continue reading Charts by Patrice Rushen


Charts by Dalindeo

Dalindeo Website Video Bio: Dalindèo is a jazz-sextet based in Helsinki, Finland. Guitarist-composer Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen founded Dalindèo in autumn of 2003 with his musical friends Rasmus Pailos (percussion), Jose Mäenpää (trumpet), Petri Puolitaival (flute and tenor sax), Timo Tuppurainen (double bass) and Jaska Lukkarinen (drums). Mr. Pekka Lehti took over the bass duties in… Continue reading Charts by Dalindeo