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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

The Baylor Project: A Brand New Day

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Marcus Baylor's coalescence of various American music styles into his playing has already secured him a spot in the history of post-modern jazz drummers. In the book, The Jazz Book: From Ragtime to the 21st Century (Chicago Review Press, 2009), authors Joachim-Ernst Berendt and Günther Huesmann cite Baylor as one of an exclusive list of drummers ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kobie Watkins: Movement

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Solidifying a musical 'voice' could take five years, or it could take 15 years. Yet when an artist's 'voice' or style comes, well, you just know it. The result is work with musical moves that are distinctive and ideas that are au courant. Drummer/Composer/Bandleader Kobie Watkins' voice resounds with artistic certainty and savoir faire on his ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Christmas with Kirk Whalum and Friends at the Halton Theater

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Kirk Whalum's Sixth Annual A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas Tour
Halton Theater
Charlotte, NC
December 15, 2017

It is a special experience to watch musicians who have a deep musical and personal relationship perform together. These relationships arouse a performance synergy that produce musical conversations with depth. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Damión Reid: On Drum Artistry, The Robert Glasper Trio, and Beyond

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International drummer Damión Reid has crafted a style that is inimitable without sacrificing the ardor of modern jazz and its traditional stylistic approaches to drumming. Listening to Reid is like a history lesson on the drum--he can play everything with artful dexterity from Be-Bop to Hip Hop.

Adrian Kirchler, owner of AK drums, was ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Spirits Rejoice! An Interview with Jazz and Religion Author Dr. Jason Bivins

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When contemplating the connection between jazz and religion, many short pieces have been written about it, yet no American scholar has released an exhaustive and comprehensive book on such an important topic. Dr. Jason Bivins, a well-respected religious studies and philosophy professor, has brilliantly tackled the task. His new book, Spirits Rejoice! (Oxford University Press, 2015) ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Kenneth Whalum III: Taking Jazz Away From The Norm

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Kenneth Whalum III, a young jazz saxophonist, continues to grow and shine with his musical exploits. He's performed and helped shaped the live musical experiences of today's top hip-hop artists including Ludacris and Jay-Z, in addition to pop stars such as Justin Timberlake, Ciara and Bruno Mars. One person described Whalum's sound as “creatively engaging, intense, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chad Lawson: Crossing Over and Back

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Chad Lawson is a compelling musical voice that deserves wider attention. He's a masterful pianist with an extensive jazz background, but has crossed genres taking the beauty of his music into the classical world. Recently, he released The Chopin Variations, arrangements of famed composer Frédéric François Chopin. On the album, Lawson re-contextualizes Chopin's piano solo pieces, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz and Theatre: A Review of “Miles & Coltrane: Blue”

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When trying to understand the rise and phenomenon of jazz music in the 1950's and 1960's, understanding the life of the jazz musician is equally important. Many of their stories illuminated heroic musical genius birthed out of pain, hope, and a charged political ethos. The play Miles & Coltrane: Blue delivered a snapshot of this experience ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Art of Cool Jazz Festival: Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton

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Art of Cool Jazz Festival
Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton
PSI Theater
Durham, NC
April 25, 2015

It was a cool, whistful, and breezy Saturday evening. Sounds of improvisation and ingenuity seeped out of the edifices of multiple, cozy and packed venues---and into the air of the night. It ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Alan Hampton Releases Sophomore Album "Origami for the Fire"

Alan Hampton Releases Sophomore Album "Origami for the Fire"

Alan Hampton is a busy man. When he's not on the road, playing bass and singing with Andrew Bird, Gretchen Parlato Meshell N'Degeocello, and Robert Glasper, he might be in the studio laying down tracks for Sufjan Stevens, Luke Temple, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Esperanza Spalding, or The New Pornographers. But somehow, in between tours and takes, ...