Morrice Blackwell

Morrice Blackwell

Owner and publisher of jazzreview.com, Morrice Blackwell is a christian husband dad jazz fan website developing marketing manager basketball playing engineer that lives for photography.

Satin Doll, was released on January 14, 2003 and has already reached #3 on the Jazz Charts and #8 on the Top 200 Radio Releases on CMJ (All Genre's). Upon return from Gaffney's latest U.S. Tour she joined forces with Erik Hargrove (Current Drummer for James Brown), Hal Melia (Director of Jazz Studies for KCMU University) her long time collaborator and partner Jeff Williams to create her Sophomore Release "Satin Doll". This release features a seasoned grown up Gaffney. Her voice soa …
JIM SELF PLAYED THE FAMOUS NOTES OF "MOTHERSHIP" IN CLOSE ENCOUNTERS FILM

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WORLD-RENOWNED TUBIST JIM SELF, HIS AMAZING FLUBA, AND EXPANSIVE MY AMERICA CD ARE ALL VERY BIG DEALS

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With 1100 film scores, hundreds of TV shows, and recordings with everyone from Mel Torme to Don Ellis, the award-winning multi-genre musician’s own latest Basset Hound Records release is up for consideration in 15 Grammy categories

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Self to conduct 28th annual TubaChristmas outdoor …

Kansas City USA - Chris Burnett is a woodwind instrumentalist and composer. He is based in the Kansas City area. Already a veteran musician and skilled composer, with a substantial body of work and a noted career performing with various military music bands, his profile is somewhat different than the typical demographic of most emerging jazz artists in this day and age.

"True BLUE", his first album in association with 'ASR Records, delivers a collection of Chris Burnett originals that displa …

29.01.2011

QB3

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
On any given Friday night, the packed house in a tucked away bar in Manhattan’s Lower East Side moves to danceable grooves and drum ‘n bass, nods to sophisticated jazz and sways to funk and soul flavored rhythms; but it’s not coming from a DJ or the night’s roster of bands..it’s coming from one trio: QB3.

QB3 is Christopher "Root" Heinz (drums), Fred Gerantab (guitar) and Emek Rave (bass), 3 friends and like minds from Queens, New York. The trio’s collective ability to mix solid grooves and m …

The Iridium Jazz Club is one of my favorite jazz spots to hit while in New York. It has one of the best atmospheres for jazz as well as a fantastic menu. Originally scheduled to be performing on this Thursday night was the legendary Hank Jones Quartet featuring Joe Lovano. Sadly Hank Jones took ill and was not able to perform. In his place the Joe Lovano Quartet stepped in to please the crowd. The Lovano quartet featured, Joe Lovano on tenor saxophone, Jacky Terrasson on piano, George Mraz on ba
Jarreau's illustrious career has earned him five GRAMMY® awards, scores of international music awards, and respect and praise worldwide. From his debut album "We Got By" in 1975 to his compilation album "Best of Al Jarreau" 20 years later, Jarreau has consistently dominated jazz music charts and cemented his place in history as an international superstar.

Currently, Jarreau is recording an album for the GRP label, featuring a duet with Vanessa Williams singing "God's Gift to the World." Alth

The Hal Leonard Jazz Series brings to Milwaukee one of the premier "Young Lions" of the jazz music industry. Imagine seeing the great Lionel Hampton or Milt Jackson when they had just began to crave out their many years of establishing the vibraphone as an accepted part of the jazz music scene. Well the 28-year old Stefon Harris is continuing that lineage today by exploring uncharted pathways of composition and jazz performance with the vibraphone. With a B.A. in classical music and a M.A. in ja
Now in its tenth year, The Hal Leonard Jazz Series continues to astonish jazz fans in Milwaukee by bringing in the best and biggest names in the world of jazz. This year’s four performance series includes, Stefon Harris Quartet (March 9th), Dr. Billy Taylor Trio (April 13th), Benny Green Trio (May 18th) and starting it all off is The Ray Brown Trio.

The name Ray Brown is synonymous with much of jazz history, as we know it today. Ray Brown "The World’s Greatest Bass Player" as he is often call

29.01.2011

Jazz Crusaders

Published in Concert Reviews
True pioneers of jazz, the Crusaders showed the crowd that they've still got it. Now playing with only two of the original members remaining, Wayne Henderson (trombone / fluegelhorn), and Wilton Felder (saxes), the Crusaders of today put a new twist on their classic tunes with the help of some very talented musicians.

One of the liveliest shows I have ever seen, the Crusaders had the crowd on their feet groovin' to their funky tunes. Opening up with horns blaring, the Crusaders played their c

29.01.2011

Karen Briggs

Published in Concert Reviews
Contemporary jazz violinist, Karen Briggs brought down the house with her smooth, classical yet very creative playing style. Internationally recognized for her world tour with Yanni, Karen has now made a name for herself and most recently toured with Stanley Clarke's group, Vertu. Vertu was release this summer with chart-topping success. Her third performance at the Red Mill East was definitely her best. With the help of some great backup musicians (Keith Rouster - bass, LaVelle Bell - drums, an