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29.01.2011

Teddy Wilson

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Teddy Wilson was born at Austin, Texas on November 24, 1912 and died in 1986. He started recording during 1932. As a pianist and composer, he was well-respected in the jazz community. His influences were Fats Waller, Art Tatum, and Earl Hines. Wilson had an affinity for the American Songbook and recorded many songs by George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, and other composers. Wilson composed songs, and one was "Little Things Mean So Much." During the Swing Era of American Jaz …
29.01.2011

Terrence McManus

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Born in Brooklyn, New York, Terrence grew up in New Jersey and Connecticut. He has performed with guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Kermit Driscoll's trio, is a member of bassist Anthony Cox’s groups Regional Jazz and the Happy Trio, and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Ellis Island. Terrence began playing the guitar by chance when he was placed in a school guitar class in 8th grade. In high school Terrence was accepted to the Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts where he began …
29.01.2011

Terry Burrus

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Terry Burrus, Pianist a native New Yorker started touring with sultry jazz soul singer, Jean Carne at the age of sixteen.At eighteen he was already playing and recording with Jazz fusion violinist, Michael Urbaniak, Jazz Fusion drummer pioneer, Lenny White, Tom Browne, Stanley Turrentine, Melba Moore, Phyllis Hyman, Lena Horne, Noel Pointer,Bobbi Humphrey, George Benson, Bill Withers, Gato Barbieri, Ronnie Laws, Angela Bofill, Larry Carlton, Stanley Clarke, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Toni B …
One of the most overlooked of the 1950's acts that helped shape the coming Rock ‘n’ Roll explosion is The Clovers. Bill Lucas and friends--comprising of vocalists John "Buddy" Bailey, Matthew McQuater, Harold Winley, plus guitarist Bill Harris---would alter the entire R&B landscape. There were also delectable hints in their style of the Soul train that would eventually take flight. Along with Ruth Brown, the Clovers h …
29.01.2011

The Frelix Project

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It Could Happen reunites Frelix with several long time music associates including engineer Bernard Terry, who first worked with him in the early 80's when both were making a name for themselves in the music industry. Various guest artists appear and Frelix mixes up the tracks by featuring the likes of saxophonists Ralph T and Dexter Graham, keyboard players Pete Roberts and Steven Himes, vocalists Keith Powell, Mychal Marcel Henderson and f …
Raffaele kohlerGreat talent and great sensibility as a Trumpet player and composer often his sound is defined as a " Velvety Sound " for his softness and warm timbre.Gifted also with a special technique and abilities in addition to his experience he is always able to enchant those listening to his improvisations. In this Album he give us two uniquecompositions "Primo" inspired by the life of Boxer Primo Carnera And "Cosi" inspired by his encounters with man …
29.01.2011

The Jamal Hurse Story

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In a letter written to Jamal Hurse in April 2005, Peter "Preacher" Bordow, a fellow musician from Arizona, wrote: "I was born with very poor vision as a result of partial albinism. But when I listen to your music, I am given an opportunity for the first time to "see" intricacies on Expressionist art that’s never been possible visually. It’s like seeing the texture and color of every brush stroke of a Picasso - something that’s never been or will be possible for me. Thank …
The auditorium was packed...standing room only. The people were ready. There was an aura of splendor hovering over the audience excitement, allied with love as they waited to hear the inimitable, and, paramount musician, singer, and entertainer the world over..."Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong" When the band kicked off the intro to "Hello Dolly," the audience went into an emotion-packed uproar as they watched their hero, with his unmistakable prance, walk to the microphone, his trumpet in one hand, …
Though he was a different kind of musician Ray Brown’s type of music signaled that a new kind of musician was beginning to appear. Brown was a scholar and a theorist of music, he wasn’t just a performer, but someone that set no limits on what his music might be. Reviewing the lives of jazzmen, there are certain recurrent features, the instant and early recognition- often almost in infancy-of the music that is to be their destiny. In a recent interview with Brown, I asked the bassist of his e …
29.01.2011

Theo Saunders

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In California since 1985 this native New Yorker has captivated audiences on four continents and more than twenty countries. He has graced the stages of the world's most prestigious Jazz festivals, Night Clubs, and Concert Halls. From the Montreaux Jazz Festival to Carnegie Hall with the Village Vanguard in New York and the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles included in the many venues in which he has performed . Leonard Feather considered by some the foremost Jazz authority in the world describes The …
Tony Marino (composer, pianist, leader) has created a loyal following and not all of his listeners are jazz enthusiast. His style seems to capture listeners from other genres continuously. His first CD "Tony Marino & Havana Heat: The Latin Jazz Project" was released January 1997. The CD debuted original jazz compositions using a variety of latin styles. "Note For Note" with sixteen new original compositions was released in 1999. On this cd, Tony took a new approach. He wrote, comp …
29.01.2011

Toots Sweet

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When most people think of the harmonica, they usually picture Ackroyd and Belushi soulin' it up in black suits, southern fried wah-wah blues or a scene from within a jail cell at state prison. Now that's not jazz. But, one man managed to create something unique with the harmonica that no one could ever imagine in the complex world of Be Bop. That man is Toots Thielemans. Toots’ kaleidoscopic form can take you on a dreamy ride to faraway places, be it Paris, Brazil, New York or Brussels. Where …
A few years back, I had the chance to go see J.J. Johnson in a performance in a quintessential jazz club. After the show, I stood in the ubiquitous autograph-line to praise J.J. and steal a signature before it was time to leave. The line streamed its way across the room and ended against the far wall. I joined it, and waited priming my pen, preparing my ticket-stub, and mulling over what I wanted to say. As the line slowly dragged across the room, my eyes were drawn to a gentleman a few feet …
With a new CD entitled "Easy Street" which is available on www.cdbaby.com/flamekats. The Nebraska based blues group Travis and the flamekats are making some noise in the Midwest blues scene. The bands unique lineup includes a female bass player who is gaining plenty of attention for her accomplished playing in the blues. She has already sat in with a Chicago blues legend by the name of Magic Slim who says and I quote "She play's sexy and I like her!" The well written original music has been feat …
Saxman George Howard was born in Philadelphia in 1956. In the 70s he toured with Philly based groups such as Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and Blue Magic. Howard got his big break in 1979 when he toured with Grover Washington, Jr. In 1982 he released his first album, " Asphalt Garden". Two of his many performances were at the Capital Jazz Fest in 1995 and 1996 in the Washington DC area where this photo was taken. More than ten albums later Howard had become a contemporary jazz favorite. Georg …
Williams (Goreed,Joesph) grew up in Chicago ,where his primary influence was the gospel quartet in which he sang. He began performing professionally in 1937 and worked as a soloist in and around Chicago, occasionally singing with bands led by Jimmie Noone and others in the late 30's,and with Coleman Hawkins and Lionel Hampton in the 40's. He toured with Andy Kirk in 1946-7,making his first record with him in New York. He worked briefly with the Albert Ammons-Pete Johnson band, then with the C …
Knowing that she wanted to immerse herself in the alluring sounds of jazz and blues, Jordyn Jackson spent her September in the garden, specifically, the Garden District in New Orleans. Jackson’s organic and captivating vocals are showcased through her re-envisioning of ten musical standards. The jazz-infused album, fittingly titled September in the Garden, is both unique and methodically compiled. Working with a young and talented group of Louisiana musicians led by Beau St. Pierre an …
29.01.2011

Vince Lewis Biography

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Vince Lewis is a veteran performer, composer and recording artist who has appeared with countless major entertainers and jazz musicians. Some of these include Cab Calloway, Don Rickles, Don Goldie, Herb Ellis, Bob Hope, Les Elgart, Johnny Mince, Henry Cuesta and Bobbie Rosengarden. Since actively pursuing a solo career he has achieved national acclaim and airplay, as well as outstanding critical reviews in major publications. He has been a Heritage Guitar, Inc. Performing Ar …
29.01.2011

Walter Beasley

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Reedman Walter Beasley has become one of contemporary jazz extraordinary saxman. Walter is an accomplished solo artist with eight-recorded CD's. Five under the Mercury label, in addition to a solo project "Live and More". Walter made his debut for Shanachie records April, 1997 with the CD entitled "Tonight we love". This sultry saxophonist is not a newcomer to jazz, his earlier influences has played a large part in his current career. Walter played trumpet in his earlier years and later switched …
29.01.2011

Warren Vache, Jr.

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Warren Vache is a supremely accomplished, versatile and rare performer. He has been astounding audiences worldwide for nearly three decades with his superb cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn stylings. Through live performances and recordings, along with stage, screen, radio and television appearances, Mr. Vache conveys incredible warmth through his burnished tone and intelligent improvisations. Mr. Vache has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Benny Goodman, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Car …
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