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Live Review

Jazz Room Special Edition: Trumpet Summit

Read "Jazz Room Special Edition: Trumpet Summit" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Jazz Room Special Edition: Trumpet Summit Booth Playhouse Charlotte, NC September 20, 2019 There's something about the trumpet: brash, brassy, loud, and always a powerful lead voice in any ensemble. If one trumpet is all of those things, imagine what five would sound like. For the Jazz Room's second Trumpet Summit six trumpeters were scheduled, but five turned out to be the perfect number. Ariel Mejia (who would have been the youngest of the group) ...

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Album Review

Mark Rapp's Melting Pot: Good Eats

Read "Good Eats" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Good Eats could reference trumpeter Mark Rapp's New Orleans heritage, where po-boys, seasoned craw fish, and jambalaya reign supreme. Add some Big Easy-style funk and there is a perfect party setting that provides credence to the city that care forgot adage. Rapp pays homage to alto sax titan Lou Donaldson, who incorporated blues, soul, and funk into the bebop idiom. The band's delivery of modern jazz improvisation and exploratory movements translucently merge with these largely, toe-tapping pieces. Rapp also includes ...

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Album Review

Mark Rapp's Melting Pot: Good Eats

Read "Good Eats" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Legendary saxophonist Lou Donaldson doesn't subscribe to a one-size-fits-all approach in his own music making. His oeuvre, which spans more than half a century, touches on bop, hard bop, soul-jazz, and funk, with each setting allowing for a different aspect of his musical personality to shine. In crafting a tribute to Donaldson, trumpeter Mark Rapp honors this diversity and organic amalgam of music by touching on various styles, as he works his way through Donaldson's catalog. Rapp's ...

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Take Five With Mark Rapp

Read "Take Five With Mark Rapp" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Mark Rapp: The Mark Rapp Group has played sold out shows at the Blue Note (New York), Joe's Pub, Le Poisson Rouge and such venues as the JVC Newport Jazz Festival, Dizzy's at Jazz Lincoln Center, Euphoria Festival and more.

Mark was named a “top emerging trumpeter" by Down Beat Magazine, featured on a Travel Channel documentary and has played with Branford Marsalis (see video at: Mark's website) to Hootie and the Blowfish, and most recently recorded ...

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Album Review

Mark Rapp: Token Tales

Read "Token Tales" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


One could argue that Mark Rapp follows the trails laid by such trumpeters as Miles Davis, Randy Brecker and Rick Braun. That all might be true, but Rapp is also establishing his own mark in jazz.One of Down Beat magazine's top jazz trumpeters of 2007, Rapp mostly performs original music alongside his own arrangements of previously recorded material. Accompanying him on his debut album are Jamie Reynolds on piano and keyboards, Gavin Fallow on electric and acoustic bass, ...


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