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Walter Beasley, Ronnie Laws, Willie Bradley At McGlohon Theater At Spirit Square On June 9th

Walter Beasley, Ronnie Laws, Willie Bradley At McGlohon Theater At Spirit Square On June 9th

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm Ticket Price: $45 McGlohon Theater At Spirit Square
345 N. College St
Charlotte, NC 28202 Featuring Walter Beasley, Ronnie Laws, Willie Bradley and Shawn Marie Allen. Walter Beasley acclaimed saxophonist and vocalist intended to teach for just one year after graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”

Read "Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician, a repository of oral tradition who is often seen as a societal leader. Saxophonist Greg Osby recently was excited to meet some griots on his travels. While he is originally from jny: St. Louis, he himself is a griot in many senses of ...

Dave Koz and Friends: Summer Horns

Read "Dave Koz and Friends: Summer Horns" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

The idea of a quartet of top smooth jazz saxophonists gathering for a super-session must have seemed like a great idea to Dave Koz. Why not invite Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot to join him for a sax summit? Hang out, play some together, have some laughs. It'll be fun. What could possibly go ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland 2012: Days 1-5

Read "Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland 2012: Days 1-5" reviewed by Matt Marshall

Days 1-5 | Days 6-12
33rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio
April 16-April 29, 2012

In the weeks leading up to the 33rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, the town was abuzz with rock 'n roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were back in Cleveland--as they are now ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Lington: Pure

Read "Pure" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Here is a disclaimer: Michael Lington plays alto and tenor saxophone, and the saxophone is the dominant instrument of the smooth jazz genre, every bit as much the electric guitar is the dominant instrument of rock 'n' roll. This means Lington is trying to stand out in an extremely crowded field.

So what is it ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Joey Calderazzo: Improviser in Top Form

Read "Joey Calderazzo: Improviser in Top Form" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Creative musicians are generally an insightful lot: people that have curious minds but also have a sense of direction--a sense of purpose, if not a search for it. They express what they see, what they experience. Pianist Joey Calderazzo is among those.

A man of extraordinary talent at the keyboard, he's held the piano chair ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Eric Jackson over the years and at Jazz Week on May 2nd and May 6th

Learning about this music in the early 70s in greater Boston was, in retrospect, an unusual and happy coincidence for me. A friend handed me Volunteered Slavery from Rahsaan Roland Kirk and I was good to go. I got so much of my basic sense of the idiom from FM radio. It is important to note that FM back ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Jazz Week 2011 Marks Fifth Anniversary with Salutes to Eric Jackson, Hundreds of Events in Greater Boston

Jazz Week 2011 Marks Fifth Anniversary with Salutes to Eric Jackson, Hundreds of Events in Greater Boston

With the theme “This Is Jazz," from April 29 to May 8 Greater Boston's Jazz Week '11 celebrates a music that defies definition and recognizes no boundaries. For the fifth straight year, Jazz Week is being coordinated and promoted by the nonprofit JazzBoston, which also marks its fifth anniversary in 2011. More than 200 events at nearly 80 venues will take ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Walter Beasley: Free Your Mind

Read "Free Your Mind" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

One knock on smooth jazz is that it really shouldn't be called jazz because it lacks any hint of improvisation. Another is that artists and producers take musicians out of the equation by employing programmers who replace bass and drums. Occasionally, an artist overcomes these negatives with solid songwriting or exceptional play.

Walter Beasley ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Walter Beasley: Ready for Love

Read "Ready for Love" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

For Walter Beasley, the journey began in the 1970s with recordings by Grover Washington Jr. and the dynamic duo of Robert Flack and Donny Hathaway. The former opened his mind and ears to the boundless world of the saxophone. The latter offered Hathaway's voice as an icon for inspiration. With a nod to Earth, Wind & ...