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BOOK REVIEWS

You're IN the Band - The Real Experience of Playing in a Traditional/Hot Jazz Band

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You're IN the Band Cynthia Sayer 128 Pages ISBN: #978-0-578-17971-1 Cynthia Sayer Music 2016 Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, bandleader and music educator, Cynthia Sayer's name might not be a bell-ringer, however I'd wager that you've probably heard her Hall of Fame banjo (Yes, there is one!) playing on film soundtracks, commercials, pop recordings--or, if you've been a lucky-so-and-so, live. At the request of her students, Sayer has compiled and published her thoughts, ...

TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Bridget Cimino

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About Bridget Cimino Bridget Cimino is a Baltimore-based traditional music vocalist and visual artist. She co-leads the popular band Tongue in Cheek with bassist and banjo player Zach Serleth. (The group is releasing their album Mobtown Strutters Ball November 4, 2016 at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore.) Paying tribute to jny: New Orleans jazz, their first recording and many live performances feature tunes composed from 1910 to the mid 1930's. Cimino and Serleth are known to create events ...

TALKING 2 MUSICIANS

Guitarist Mike Seal

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Guitarist Mike Seal first caught my attention at the end of 2014 as part of the Jeff Sipe Trio. At that time I described him as an extraordinarily talented young musician, an assessment shared by many, including the legendary dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas. This summer the three time winner of the Country Music Association's Musician of the Year award invited Mike Seal to join his band. At the beginning of this exciting new chapter in his musical journey, it seemed ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vasil Hadzimanov Band featuring David Binney: Alive

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Critical to the success of this live album by the VHB is the fact that this band is, at its core, a working band. If you have seen VHB live, you will recognize that this album faithfully relays both the showmanship and ingenious punch of this unit. Obviously, this installment of the VHB is a highly maneuverable vessel that is capable of executing a multitude of ideas, be it electronica, African, free jazz or rock ideas. The stage is the ...

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Take Five with Michael Joseph Harris

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About Michael Joseph Harris Michael Joseph Harris began playing guitar at age 12. At 16 he won accolades as a jazz guitarist with the Downbeat Magazine award-winning Chantilly High Jazz Band. He studied with guitarist Rick Whitehead during high school and Jack Petersen at North Texas State University. Soon after, as a young guitarist in Washington, D.C., he played with popular Latin Jazz group Bossalingo. Harris moved to jny: Baltimore in 2006 and became a father in 2008. In ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble: Motown Meets Jazz at the Annenberg Center

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Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble Annenberg Center: Harold Prince Theater Motown Meets Jazz Philadelphia, PA December 11, 2015 Philadelphia-based Lifeline Music Coalition has for over a decade sponsored jazz events which are eclectic in taste and attract fans by making the music listenable and providing enjoyable atmospherics. Thus it has been with their Philadelphia Jazz and Poetry Festival, West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival, Woodmere Art Museum Jazz Series, and Philadelphia United Jazz Festival. ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Philadelphia United Jazz Festival 2015

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Philadelphia United Jazz Festival Broad and South Street Philadelphia, PA September 14, 2015 If this review reads more like an op-ed piece than a detailed concert review, circumstances made it happen that way and enthusiasm created it. On the run, after grabbing a cannoli and a double espresso in the Italian Market, this reviewer had only just enough time to stop by at the Philadelphia United Jazz Festival to say hello to his friends, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Man Overboard Quintet: Down In The Deep Deep Blue

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A rhythm section that would make even a half-decent front line sound great; a front line that would enhance any ensemble; a bunch of great, sometimes neglected, songs with catchy tunes and quirky, image-laden lyrics. Surely, it's all just a wonderful dream? Nope, it isn't. It's Down In The Deep, Deep Blue, album number two from the Man Overboard Quintet.All Hands On Deck (Champs Hill Records, 2013) was released under the name of Man Overboard, giving no clue ...


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