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George Fludas

George Fludas was born in Chicago on October 10, 1966. His interest in drumming began when he was very young due to the influence of his father, who played drums and was an avid jazz fan. His father taught him the basics and frequently took George to see the great jazz drummers, such as Art Blakey, Max Roach and Buddy Rich. He majored in music at Lane Tech High School and attended Roosevelt University in 1985-86, majoring in percussion. He left school in 1987 to learn his craft first hand by playing in Chicago clubs with local greats like Von Freeman, Jodie Christian and Lin Halliday, as well as in groups with the area's top young musicians of the day, including Ron Blake, Jesse Davis, David Hazeltine, Bobby Broom, and Eric Alexander. Over the past 20 years he has performed at concert halls, festivals, and clubs throughout North America, Europe and Asia with numerous jazz greats, including Kenny Burrell, Betty Carter, Junior Cook, Lou Donaldson, Tommy Flanagan, Benny Golson, Benny Green, Eric Reed, Johnny Griffin, Roy Hargrove, Barry Harris, Hank Jones, Buddy Montgomery, David "Fathead" Newman, Nicholas Payton, Marlena Shaw, Dr

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Chicago Vocalist And Trumpeter Andrew Distel Releases "It Only Takes Time," January 20, 2018 On Jerujazz Records

Chicago Vocalist And Trumpeter Andrew Distel Releases "It Only Takes Time," January 20, 2018 On Jerujazz Records

There’s something of a tradition of trumpet players who are also singers. Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Till Brönner and Jack Sheldon are certainly among the best known of the lot, but there are quite a few others, including Andrew Distel, a mainstay on the jny: Chicago jazz scene. The multi-talented singer, trumpet player, composer, and arranger ...

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Hans Luchs: Time Never Pauses

Read "Time Never Pauses" reviewed by Budd Kopman

While it does not scream downtown, avant-garde, uber originality, guitarist Hans Luchs debut recording, Time Never Pauses, is far from a vanilla, “jazz as style" offering, and, in fact has much going for it. For one thing, his band, consisting of drummer George Fludas, bassist Clark Sommers, pianist Stu Mindeman and Shaun Johnson on ...

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Hans Luchs: Time Never Pauses

Read "Time Never Pauses" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Chicago-based guitarist Hans Luchs draws more from the recent than far past. More John Abercrombie and John Scofield than Wes Montgomery or Grant Green. His debut recording Time Never Pauses is a collection of eight original compositions and two transformed standards reveals the continued refining of modern jazz composition well past the head-solo section-head style of ...

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Ben Paterson: For Once in My Life

Read "For Once in My Life" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For Once in My Life is Ben Paterson's fourth album as a leader but first as an organist. In his native jny: Philadelphia--home to such giants of the Hammond as Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott, Charles Earland and Joey DeFrancesco--Paterson was known as a pianist. He began doubling on organ while living in jny: Chicago, and by ...

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Hans Luchs: Time Never Pauses

Read "Time Never Pauses" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Not much can be said about Hans Luchs aside from the fact that he lives in Chicago, looks to be fairly young and plays an intense, assertive and agile guitar on Time Never Pauses, which, incidentally, is Luchs' recorded debut as leader of his own group. Luchs is also a writer who composed eight of the ...

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Ben Paterson: For Once in My Life

Read "For Once in My Life" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

For his fourth recording, organist Ben Paterson returns to the North West Coast Origin label with For Once in My Life. He employs a standard organ-guitar-drums combo for eleven standards and originals that allows the crack trio he shares with guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummerGeorge Fludas to fully explore the more modern sonic aspects of this ...

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Joey DeFrancesco Releases 2-CD Christmas album "Home for the Holidays"

Joey DeFrancesco Releases 2-CD Christmas album "Home for the Holidays"

The Hammond organ may just be the musical instrument best suited to Christmas and holiday themed music. It produces a gloriously warm, rich and full-bodied sound, the aural equivalent of a hug from Santa Claus. Place that instrument in the hands of a genuine virtuoso along with a carefully chosen selection of favorite holiday songs and ...

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Garana Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Garana Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Garana Jazz Festival Wolf's Meadow Garana, Romania July 10-13, 2014 One of Europe's most visited festivals, taking place on a meadow over 300 ft. high in the Western Carpathians, just had its 18th anniversary. The lineup, a brand mark of the festival director, Marius Giura, combined again tradition ...

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014, Days 1-2

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014, Days 1-2" reviewed by John Kelman

Days 1-2 | Days 4-6 | Days 7- 9 Joey DeFrancesco Trio / Sun Rooms / Harris Eisenstadt Golden StateTD Ottawa Jazz Festival Ottawa, Canada June 20-July 1, 2014 Another year, another TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, except to say so would sound dismissive of a festival that, year after ...


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