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Barbara J. Kukla, Dave Braham and Don Williams at the West Orange Public Library

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Barbara J. Kukla, Dave Braham and Don Williams West Orange Public Library West Orange, NJ February 9, 2014 The focal point of a recent event at the West Orange Public Library was Barbara J. Kukla's recently published book, America's Music: Jazz In Newark. The author, a former writer and editor for the Newark Star-Ledger, was joined by keyboardist Dave Braham and drummer Don Williams, both of whom are featured in the volume. Prior to the ...

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Dave Braham: Blue Gardenia

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You hear it from the opening chord, when the sax and guitar come in – this is the real thing. It’s that rich greasy organ sound made big in the ‘Sixties, but good things never go out of style. David Braham, studio fixture (Lou Donaldson, Johnny Lytle), longtime sideman of Houston Person, steps forward with something to say. Backed by familiar faces (most everyone here, including Braham, played on Nat Simpkins’ Spare Ribs ), this overlooked organist grooves deep, and ...


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