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INTERVIEWS

Ron Aprea: On John Lennon, Jazz Legends, And Life In Music

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Picture this: The year is 1974 and you've just gotten off the road with Lionel Hampton. The phone rings, and on the other end of the line is an old buddy of yours. After a little small talk, he asks if you're available for a recording session. You indicate that you're free and ask him about the session. That's when he tells you, nonchalantly, that it's for John Lennon. That little episode may sound like it's coming ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ron Aprea: Ron Aprea Pays Tribute to John Lennon and the Beatles

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The John Lennon-Paul McCartney canon has been recorded by everyone with the possible exception of “Honey Boo Boo" and “Mini Me." Some of those efforts are feckless attempts at moving the popular-genre so far away from its source it is laughable. Saxophone artist, Ron Aprea had the unique opportunity (along with trumpeter Steve Madaio, he of Stevie Wonder and the L.A. studios) to record with John Lennon on his post-Beatles award-winning album, Walls and Bridges (1974, EMI). ...

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Top 15 "Most Read" Interviews: 2014

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All About Jazz tracks how often an interview is read, and the interviews listed below represent our top 15 published in 2014. Ron Aprea's Tribute to John Lennon by Nicholas F. Mondello Published: August 19, 2014 Takuya Kuroda: Rising Son by DanMichael Reyes Published: February 19, 2014 Justin Faulkner: Serving the Music by Paul Naser Published: April ...

CATCHING UP WITH

Ron Aprea's Tribute to John Lennon

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We recently caught up with saxophonist, composer/arranger and educator/clinician, Ron Aprea and spoke with him about recent activities and his current recording project--his personal John Lennon/Beatles tribute. All About Jazz: The last half of 2013 and the time so far in 2014 have been quite positive for you. Let me ask you first about Remembering Blakey. It received excellent reviews and media attention. Ron Aprea: We got off to a great start with that ...

INTERVIEWS

Ron Aprea: Passion Supreme

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Ron Aprea is a saxophonist's saxophonist. After all, none less than the late, great Frank Foster called him friend, confidant, section mate and leader. And Foster wasn't alone in this regard. Aprea has been a mainstay and graced the sax section in the bands of Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and many others. A multi-faceted musician with impeccable alto playing, superb composing and arranging chops, Aprea has produced dozens of successful recordings, including for star vocalist, Angela DeNiro (Mrs. Ron Aprea). ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ron Aprea: Remembering Blakey

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Legendary drummer Art Blakey, he of the eponymous Jazz Messengers, is regularly attributed with saying: “Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life." Well, if that's the case, this superb recording from saxophonist Ron Aprea and his cleaning crew certainly left the studio spotless, and themselves, to be somewhat crude but oh-so accurate, assless.This is a very fine recording--a cooker--in the hippest and hottest of Hard Bop traditions. With a dozen selections from speedballs ("Flown the Coup") to ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ron Aprea Sextet: Remembering Blakey

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Legendary New York alto saxophonist Ron Aprea is recognized as much for his skills as an arranger, composer, record producer and band leader as he is known for his superb musicianship. On Remembering Blakey, Aprea brings to the fore all of his talents in churning out a monster album that pays homage to the leader of the famed Jazz Messengers. Unlike most tribute recordings, however, it is not a reprise of the drummer's music; none of the pieces can be ...


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