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Radio & Podcasts

Ken Vandermark & Immanuel Wilkins

Read "Ken Vandermark & Immanuel Wilkins" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start the 746th Episode of Neon Jazz with Immanuel Wilkins and a song off his critically-acclaimed album The 7th Hand. From there, we hear from veteran Ken Vandermark and explore new sounds from Kansas City saxophonist Stephen Martin. We also get into some new music from David Potter, Parlor Social and Sean Fyfe. We conclude the hour with Los Angeles-based jazz singer Jami Templeton. Another fine hour of the new and classics. Enjoy the music, my friends.Playlist ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Kevin Eubanks, Orrin Evans & Immanuel Wilkins

Read "Kevin Eubanks, Orrin Evans & Immanuel Wilkins" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From a new super jazz group Pluto Juice, we begin the 745th Episode of Neon Jazz with the 2022 song “Pluto and Beyond." The band includes Dayna Stephens and we play on song off his 2015 album Reminiscent. From there, we get into new music from Gregg Hill, Remy Le Boeuf and Micah Graves. Kansas City saxophonist Adam Larson has a new album With Love, from Chicago and we explore his release. Finally, we hear from a powerful duo in ...

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Album Review

Immanuel Wilkins: The 7th Hand

Read "The 7th Hand" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


That we are free to think saxophone firebrand Immanuel Wilkins' 2020 Blue Note debut Omega served as a sign of hope amid a particularly hopeless year puts an awful lot of weight on the shoulders of a 25-year-old and, beyond doubt, colors the fate of The 7th Hand. Humbly and characteristically, Wilkins and company meet the challenge head-on. Searching for nothingness in a culture of excess, “Lift," the seventh and closing exhortation to empathy that guides The 7th ...

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What is Jazz?

Jazz Returns to Seattle's Central District: Two Evenings of Black Brilliance

Read "Jazz Returns to Seattle's Central District: Two Evenings of Black Brilliance" reviewed by Paul Rauch


There is a miracle on the corner of 12th Avenue and Jackson St. in what is now Seattle's “Little Saigon." In what was a traditional African American and Jewish community before the influx of Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian immigrants after the war in Southeast Asia in the early 1980's, this urban crossroads was the main pulse of an integrated nightclub scene in the 1930's, '40s and '50s that featured dozens of late-night jazz clubs that not only housed the city's ...

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Catching Up With

Immanuel Wilkins: Omega is Just the Beginning

Read "Immanuel Wilkins: Omega is Just the Beginning" reviewed by Mark Robbins and Derrick Lucas


Saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, in the midst of celebrating the success of his debut album Omega (Blue Note, 2020), appeared at the 2021 Newport Jazz Festival as the leader of his own band. With his band of four years, Micah Thomas on piano, bassist Daryl Johns and drummer Kweku Sumbry, Wilkins performed pieces from Omega as well as songs previously unrecorded. Besides leading his own band, Wilkins has been an in demand sideman to such artists as Gretchen Parlato, Joel Ross, ...

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Album Review

Immanuel Wilkins: Omega

Read "Omega" reviewed by Paul Rauch


At the moment Omega, the debut solo album of young alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, was released on Blue Note in May 2020, America was ablaze with the fight for justice following the murder by police of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The sessions for the album were recorded prior to the event that propelled the Black Lives Matter movement, and spread to the streets in demand for racial justice like no other time in American history. Yet the album is an ...


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