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Camille Thurman: Inside The Moment

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As a first call saxophonist and vocalist, Camille Thurman has appeared as guest accompanist on so many albums and performances by acclaimed artists, it's hard to imagine where she found the time for Inside The Moment . Having released both Origins and Spirit Child back to back in 2014, and as the recipient of prestigious awards ...

Ulysses Owens, Jr.: Falling Forward

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Amidst a successful trajectory as a sought-after drummer with some of the premier jazz bands in the business, Ulysses Owens, Jr. has decided to take a giant step outside his comfort zone with Falling Forward, his fourth venture as leader. In a radical departure from typical jazz ensemble configurations, the assembled group consists of Owens, bassist ...

Kosi: I Know Who I Am

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With a resolute commitment to her art, singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer Kosi (Akosua Gyebi) has recently released various acclaimed records, culminating with a superb tribute to Abbey Lincoln, Ghosts Appearing through the Sound in 2015. The aptly titled I Know Who I Am is a personal odyssey through love, guilt, and absolution, leading to self-acceptance and validation, expressed with ...

Vanessa Collier: Meeting My Shadow

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During the golden age of rhythm and blues, the saxophonist, who often doubled on vocals, was the leader of the band, and the star of the show. Fast forward, and we find Vanessa Collier who is all of the above, and also a genuine quadruple threat. With an honored degree from Berklee, and having spent several ...

Marvin Dolly: Shades Of Life

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There is a common trait among musicians with Caribbean heritage that their music has an undulating rhythm akin to the ocean currents that prevail in the region. Born on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, guitarist Marvin Dolly has that inherent native quality, and weaves it into a personal articulation executed with a mellow yet determined ...

Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana

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The multifarious talents which are the essence of extraordinary vocalist Queen Esther's identity, encompass the complete spectrum of music from rural southern blues and inner city jazz, to her innovative version of Black Americana. Born and raised in the Deep South, she was a prodigious child whose creativity was recognized early in life. After a successful ...

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Soul Jazz: Jazz In The Black Community, 1945-1975

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Soul Jazz: Jazz In The Black Community, 1945-1975
Bob Porter
281 Pages
ISBN: #978- 15245-4786-8
Xlibris
2016

With the end of World War II, in 1945, there was great rejoicing and celebrating a triumph over evil, as the United States ushered in a new era. But with segregation still the ...

Feefifofum Quartet: Feefifofum Quartet

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As Spain continues to produce quality jazz in its purest form, the Feefifofum Quartet is the latest Spanish band to release a commendable record worthy of further appreciation. Based out of Madrid, and taking their unusual name from a Wayne Shorter tune, the quartet is a no-nonsense, straight-ahead ensemble that hits on all cylinders. All four ...

Ron Kadish: Tales From Under

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As a journeyman bassist, Ron Kadish has traveled the long road, while always returning to his home base of Bloomington, Indiana, where he settled in 1993. As a local educator and active musician, he has steadily built up his performance resume and compositional dossier, which come to light in Tales From Under . His many collaborations ...

JC Hopkins Biggish Band: Meet Me At Minton's

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In a direct shout out to the famous Harlem nightclub, and evoking the golden age of jazz orchestras, Meet Me At Minton's by the JC Hopkins Biggish Band is a polished throwback to the era when premier vocalists fronted illustrious big bands, while dancers flooded the floor. With a rotating lineup of eight singers, backed by ...


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