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NEWS: EDUCATION

Joel Nichols Joins Kansas City Area Youth Jazz As Spokesperson, Emcee, Consultant

Joel Nichols Joins Kansas City Area Youth Jazz As Spokesperson, Emcee, Consultant

KC Area Youth Jazz is pleased to announce the addition of Media Relations Expert and Kansas City area Radio and Television Personality, Joel Nichols as an official Spokesperson, Concert Emcee, and Media Consultant. “I’ve known Christopher [Burnett] for many years and look forward to working with KC Area Youth Jazz,” Nichols said. “I’m looking forward to serving ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bobby Zankel Wonderful Sound 4 at Da Vinci Art Alliance

Read "Bobby Zankel Wonderful Sound 4 at Da Vinci Art Alliance" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Bobby Zankel's Wonderful Sound 4 Featuring Sumi Tonooka
(Additional Performances by Vocalist Bonnie Lander and Sirius JuJu Quintet)
Fire Museum Presents @ DVAA
Da Vinci Art Alliance
Philadelphia, PA
March 24. 2018

This show afforded a rare opportunity in an intimate setting to ...

Alchemy Sound Project: Further Explorations

Read "Further Explorations" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Un settetto di ottimi musicisti provenienti dalle più diverse esperienze, per sviluppare cooperativamente un repertorio che unisca il jazz con la musica da camera: questo è l'Alchemy Sound Project, qui al debutto disccografico.

In realtà la formazione originale è un quintetto, singolarmente -ed è una buona notizia -compsoto da tre donne e due uomini, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Firebird (Single Release) By Kansas City-Based Saxophonist/Composer Christopher Burnett

Firebird (Single Release) By Kansas City-Based Saxophonist/Composer Christopher Burnett

jny: Kansas City, MO: BurnettMusic.com and the Artists Recording Collective LLC are pleased to present “Firebird" (single release) ARC-2581 from the forthcoming album by Christopher L. Burnett, BMI. “Firebird”, the first single, was released on Monday, September 1st exclusively at iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play and CD Baby. The CD Baby download features the highly recommended MP3 320 and FLAC ...

NEWS: CAREER

Marcus Hampton Releases Debut On ARC

Marcus Hampton Releases Debut On ARC

Veteran trumpet player and composer Marcus Hampton, who is a nephew of Slide Hampton and a cousin of Lionel Hampton, has just released his debut recording that features 12 of his jazz originals. The title of his release is Hampton House of Jazz (ARC-2543). The title comes from the jazz club that Hampton and his family had ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Artists Recording Collective Label Celebrates 5-year Anniversary

Artists Recording Collective Label Celebrates 5-year Anniversary

The Artists Recording Collective celebrated its 5th anniversary on Pearl Harbor Day this month. Also, commonly known as ARC, the company is a registered Kansas Limited Liability Company (LLC) in good standing that is based in the scenic Kansas City metropolitan area at Leavenworth. ARC is simply a recording label and low intensity marketing platform that utilizes an innovative business ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sumi Tonooka: Now - Solo Live at the Howland Cultural Center

Read "Now - Solo Live at the Howland Cultural Center" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Ascoltando Sumi Tonooka in questo intenso concerto in piano solo, ci si interroga per quali ragioni jazzisti di tale valore restino ampiamente sottovalutati e in gran parte sconosciuti. Sumi ha 56 anni ed ha già svolto quelle esperienze che potevano darle notorietà. Nata a Filadelfia, dopo aver studiato pianoforte con Margaret Chaloff (la madre di Serge) e poi con Mary Lou Williams ha ...

Sumi Tonooka: NOW: Solo Live at the Howland Cultural Center

Read "NOW: Solo Live at the Howland Cultural Center" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

There are some jazz players who suffer an unusually large gap between their credentials and their renown. Pianist Sumi Tonooka is a case in point. She studied with Mary Lou Williams, made her recording début with Detroit trumpeter Marcus Belgrave (of Motown/Tribe Records fame), and was part of Philly Joe Jones's band. Two especially strong albums--Long ...

Virginia Mayhew Quartet: Mary Lou Williams: The Next 100 Years

Read "Mary Lou Williams: The Next 100 Years" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Virginia Mayhew is a rare forward-looking jazz artist who doesn't mind looking back. She leads the Duke Ellington Legacy, responsible for the superb Thank You Uncle Edward (Renma Recordings, 2007) and Single Pedal of a Rose (Renma Recordings, 2012). Now she honors Mary Lou Williams (1910-1983) in this tribute to the groundbreaking pianist/composer/arranger's one hundredth ...

Sumi Tonooka: Now

Read "Now" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Sumi Tonooka is a resourceful jazz pianist who, along with alto saxophonist Chris Burnett and tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, started the Artists Recording Collective, offering up Initiation (2010), an excellent quartet outing which Tonooka co-led with Lindsay, and a more intimate Tonooka-led trio effort, Long Ago Today (2008). A former student of piano legend Mary Lou ...