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  • Victor Lin (2010)

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    Those lucky enough to know Seattle-born Victor Lin from his recordings and performances immediately think of him as a pianist, but he has at least two more strings to his bow. After some three decades (can it be?) he still plays his first instrument, the violin, and does so to a professional standard, too, having played that instrument as part of both Frank Vignola’s Hot Club USA and The Howard Fishman Quartet. He's also an educator, of which more in a moment.

    Victor studied music at the undergraduate level at the University of Washington. After graduation, he moved east to Rutgers University, where he studied with pianist Kenny Barron, and was awarded his master's degree. Since doing the opposite of what Horace Greely recommended, he's been performing all over the New York scene at locations such as The Blue Note and Knickerbocker. His first recording, "Live at Cobi's Place" with David Wong and Obed Calvaire, remains an unfortunately well-kept secret.

    Victor has a passion for education. He teaches jazz piano and jazz ensembles at Columbia University Teachers College (where he's finishing his doctorate in music education—in his little spare time, as it were), and directs the jazz program at The Calhoun School, a private progressive education school on the upper west side of Manhattan. For three years he's taught at the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp, and, closer to home here in the Bay Area, he's racked up no fewer than a dozen years on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

    Victor's strategic focus as an educator includes the exploration of how best to use music as a means of education about larger issues of culture, race, and society. As he himself puts it as a first-generation American-born Taiwanese, he "hopes that his skills as a musician and an educator will serve to raise awareness and break down perceptions of the stereotypes of all races and cultures."
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Stan Getz and Kenny Barron People Time Night and Day Verve
    # 2 Wynton Marsalis Live at Blues Alley Knozz Moe King Columbia
    # 3 Brad Mehldau Art of the Trio, Vol. 4: Back at the Vanguard Exit Music (For a Film) Warner Bros
    # 4 Joshua Redman Spirit of the Moment: Live at the Village Vanguard Jig-A-Jug Warner Bros
    # 5 Ray Brown Live at Starbucks When I Fall in Love Telarc
    # 6 Duke Ellington Three Suites Danse of the Floreadores Columbia
    # 7 Benny Green Testifyin' McThing Blue Note
    Book The Bible, or something by David Halberstam, e.g., "The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship"
    Luxury Item Spectacles, or a nice steak sandwich.
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    Chris Amberger
    23 Jun
    Gerald Beckett
    01 Sep
    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
    Jarrett Cherner
    16 Jun
    Kev Choice
    30 Jun
    Anat Cohen
    28 Jul
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Hershey Felder
    07 Apr
    Mitchell Feldman
    18 Aug
    Mike Galisatus
    03 Nov
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
    Tamir Hendelman
    13 Oct
    Kasey Knudsen
    17 Mar
    Matthew Montfort
    26 May
    Dan Montgomery
    06 Oct
    Andrea Motis
    21 Jul
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    Jayn Pettingill
    17 Nov
    John Pizzarelli
    25 Aug
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    Don Randi
    20 Oct
    David Rogers
    24 Feb
    Eric Whittington
    29 Sep
    George Winston
    04 Aug
    Lizz Wright
    09 Jun
    Jason Yeager
    02 Jun