Hundreds of students and jazz lovers attended free grand piano duo outreach events Celebrated pianist-educator Ellis Marsalis was joined by newcomer Kris Bowers, the 22-year-old winner of the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, in a series of music education programs across New Orleans, presented by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz with lead funding ... read more
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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