The one-hundred-and-twenty-mile journey from the city of Seattle, to the village of Leavenworth, WA is one of perilous beauty and wonderment. Once arriving in the town of Monroe at the foot of the Cascade Mountains...
Saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has a long, ongoing association with the Mingus Big Band organization, including a Grammy for Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard (Jazz Workshop, Inc., 2010). His career also includes a special relationship with trumpeter Tom Harrell, with whom he has played for many years.
When the name Jeff Richman enters the conversation, there is a good chance you have nested deeply into the fusion guitarist rabbit hole. Richman recently released his eighteenth studio album XYZ (Blue Canoe, 2023), to go along with six gorgeously respectful tribute records.
Drummer, composer, and band leader Greg Paul—born in 1987 and raised in Buffalo, NY—remembers his home town as a place of lived community, especially among musicians. That spirit never left him. On the contrary: he took it to the metropolis of Los Angeles where he relocated in 2011 and still lives today as an internationally acknowledged and sought-after musician.
For most people, it's just another musical instrument, but for some, the Hammond organ can be a way of life, a passion that will lead to entirely new ways of making music. This is no ordinary organ, we are talking about an instrument that changed history and became one of the pillars in modern music. But you might ask: "What makes it so special?"
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