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Albert Vila: Reality Is Nuance

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Reality Is Nuance features nine tracks from jazz guitarist Albert Vila and his trio. The trio is completed by bassist Doug Weiss, who has performed with jazz legends such as singers Joe Williams and Lizz Wright, and drummer Rudy Royston, who has performed with the late great Les McCann, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and The Mingus Big Band to name just a few. Vila is from Barcelona, Spain where he began his musical studies. He has traveled around the world gaining ...

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Joshua Bowlus: Sleigh Ride

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Sleigh Ride is a modern jazz Christmas gift from pianist and composer Joshua Bowlus which will brighten the holiday season. Joshua performs as the bandleader for his own trio and quartet. The thirteen-track album features long-time friends and musical collaborators Linda Cole on vocals, Juan Rollan on tenor sax, Stan Piper on bass and Ben Adkins on drums. Bowlus collaborates regularly with vocalist Linda Cole, a niece of Nat King Cole and a member of his family dynasty.

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Norman Brown: Let's Get Away

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Norman Brown is an American smooth jazz guitarist and singer. Brown's style is contemporary, with a soul-jazz rhythmic storytelling vibe. His interest in guitar began at age eight, after discovering his brother's acoustic six-string. Brown's own take on the perfect getaway involves “a joyful and peaceful mental state, surrounded by companionship in an atmosphere of inspiration and beauty that is illustrated by the colors of nature." Each song delivers the genius of Brown's playing while giving attention to the fusion ...

In Pictures

John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival 2023

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A collection of photos from the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival in High Point, North Carolina from September 2nd 2023 to September 3rd 2023. Saturday's lineup featured saxophonist Dave Koz and Friends featuring Eric Darius, Candy Dulfer, guitartist Norman Brown, composer / pianist Chucho Valdes, vocalist Samara Joy, and The Mississippi Blues Child Mr. Sipp with special guest guitarist Eric Gales. ...

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Palladium: A Wayne Shorter Celebration with Chad Eby and Friends

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Palladium: A Wayne Shorter Celebration took place at the Crown inside the Carolina Theatre on Shorter's birthday. Saxophonist Chad Eby along with a passionate group of friends came together to celebrate the life and musical legacy of a genius that has inspired them all. The concert took place at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro on August 25th, 2023 and featured Ariel Pocock, Steve Haines and Thomas Taylor, Brevan Hampden, Thomas Heflin, Evan Ringel, Leroy Pridgen IV, Franco Romero, and Jordan ...

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Brandee Younger: Brand New Life

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American harpist and composer Brandee Younger fuses hip hop, classical, funk and jazz on Brand New Life. Younger became a Grammy award nominee for her label debut. Brand New Life features new works inspired by her hero, harpist Dorothy Ashby. “You're A Girl For One Man Only" written by Younger and Ashby, has reinterpretations of Dorothy Ashby; a beautiful, meditative love song and nice collaboration with the vibraphone; a smooth introduction with Younger and drum snares. “Brand New ...

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Jay Hoggard: Raise Your Spirit Consciousness

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American jazz vibraphonist and composer Jay Hoggard is raising the spiritual consciousness with songs such as “Holy Spirit Consciousness," “Peace To You My Children," “Worship God in Spirit" and “Truth and Love" on Raise Your Spirit Consciousness Raise Your Spirit Consciousness has eight original compositions from Hoggard as well as recreations of original classics by Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, and Thad Jones. Hoggard has played with Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, and Tito Puente, other vibraphonists throughout ...

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Najee: Savoir Faire

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American smooth jazz saxophonist and flautist Najee here confirms his status as one of the most talented performers of his genre. On Savoir Faire fans can delight in Najee's assured playing and his general savoir faire when it comes to delivering a polished product. The album is appropriately titled. “Dr. Dolittle" is a swanky, fun and upbeat track. The horns deliver it super smooth on this one. On “Luna," Najee plays beautifully on the flute; the upbeat track ...

Year in Review

La-Faithia White's Best Albums Of 2022

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Year 2022 marked the time where we found ourselves transitioning back into the lives we once lived pre-pandemic. Finding a cure in music has always been a lifesaver. Here are the top ten albums that helped get me through twenty twenty-two. Adam Blackstone Legacy BBE Record Label Paul Hardcastle Hardcastle X (The Eclipse) Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records Najee Savoir Faire


Georgianna Krieger: Embracing Music and Art During the Pandemic

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Georgianna Krieger is a teacher, visual artist and performer. She plays baritone, soprano and alto saxophone, and she teaches students ages nine and up at her Oakland, California studio. While studying sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, she also earned a Bachelor's degree in Jazz and Commercial Music. Georgianna spent most of her formative years in the college town of Denton, Texas. She has been in the Oakland, California area for about fifteen years. She ...

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