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James Weidman

Pianist James Weidman is indisputably an essential addition to whatever bandstand he graces. A partial list of Weidman’s affiliations is staggering in depth & breadth: Max Roach, Woody Herman, Archie Shepp, James Moody, Greg Osby, Bobby Hutcherson, Slide Hampton, Jay Hoggard, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Gloria Lynne, Dakota Staton, MBase Collective, Cassandra Wilson, TK Blue (co-leader of Taja), Abbey Lincoln, Ruth Naomi Floyd (Producer), Kevin Mahogany (Music Director), Joe Lovano, Marty Ehrlich and Ray Anderson. That list includes several NEA Jazz Masters, musical trailblazers, and great singers; relationships requiring both the skilled touch of an adept soloist as well as superior accompaniment expertise

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Larry Corban: Emergence

Read "Emergence" reviewed by Geannine Reid

New York guitarist Larry Corban has once again come together with the Aperturistic Trio—pianist James Weidman, bassist Harvie S, drummer Steve Williams—for his fifth recording Emergence. Though titled like a debut album Emergence features a seasoned Corban employing a Gibson L-5 that easily navigates bold swinging on up-tempo burners, and tender musings on lyrical ballads. The ...

Tamuz Nissim: Echo of a Heartbeat

Read "Echo of a Heartbeat" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Tamuz Nissim is a young woman in the classic mold of a jazz singer. She can interpret lyrics sensitively, breeze through instrumental pieces with adept use of vocalese and scatting, and even write her own songs. She is originally from Tel Aviv but has lived in New York since 2015 and has cultivated relationships with several ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

James Weidman: Spiritual Impressions

Read "Spiritual Impressions" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There is a long tradition of using traditional African-American spirituals as a basis for jazz explorations, but that is rarely done in one session with the breadth of approaches James Weidman uses on Spiritual Impressions. From the loping reggae beat on “Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel" to the New Orleans rumba rhythm on “No Hiding Place," ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Harlem Hieroglyphs - A Jazz, Blues, And Ballads Concert With The Jay Hoggard Quartet On Saturday, November 19 At Fieldston School Student-Faculty Lounge (Bronx, NY)

Harlem Hieroglyphs - A Jazz, Blues, And Ballads Concert With The Jay Hoggard Quartet On Saturday, November 19 At Fieldston School Student-Faculty Lounge (Bronx, NY)

Jay Hoggard and his quartet will perform ballads, bop, and blues, and music that blends jazz and gospel roots with African Marimba rhythms on Saturday, November 19 at 8:00pm at Fieldston School Student-Faculty Lounge, 3901 Fieldston Road in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Music for the concert, written by Hoggard, is on his newest two-disk ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Inner Circle Music: Creativity and Community Spirit

Read "Inner Circle Music: Creativity and Community Spirit" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The music industry today is defined by a strange paradox: there are too few labels and too many. On the one hand, the major labels have merged and sign less jazz artists, meaning the dream of a company with plenty of promotional muscles becomes harder to achieve. On the other hand, more and more musicians have ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Larry Corban & The Aperturistic Trio: The Corbanator

Read "The Corbanator" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

New York-based guitarist Larry Corban took his time creating a follow-up to his debut-- Moving 4-Ward (Self Produced, 2002); it would be more than a decade before album number two--The Circle Starts Here (Nabroc Records, 2013)--would appear, but that one got the ball rolling again. Corban formed a strong connection with his trio mates on that ...

NEWS: EVENT

The September Concert: The Heart Of Jazz For 9/11- Now In Its 10th Year

The September Concert: The Heart of Jazz for 9/11- now in its 10th Year. On Thursday, September 11, 40 of NYC’s top jazz artists will meet at Somethin' Jazz Club, 212 E 52nd St. NYC from 7pm - 1am, to play their take on various facets of that wretched day & its aftermath. They’ll be playing ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Peter Hand Big Band New Release, "Out Of Hand" On Savant Records, September 23

Peter Hand Big Band New Release, "Out Of Hand" On Savant Records, September 23

Album Features Stellar Jazz Artists Including Don Braden, Ralph Lalama, Valery Ponomarev, Eddie Allen, Vincent Gardner, James Weidman, Harvie S, and Special Guest Houston Person NEW YORK, NY—Out Of Hand, an ambitious new big band recording from guitarist, composer and arranger Peter Hand on Savant Records, his second for the label, will be released on September ...

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2013 Yuletide Offerings

Read "2013 Yuletide Offerings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's clear that the holidays are coming when the mercury dips and the cheery tidings of the season are balanced out by shopping-fueled malaise. When it comes to music, said shopping is often centered on a series of new holiday-themed releases that seem to arrive like clockwork in the weeks and months prior to Christmas; this ...


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