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Monty Alexander at the Avalon Theater

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Monty Alexander and Friends The Avalon Theater Easton, MD August 31, 2019 “Ten years," Monty Alexander wryly observed at the center-stage microphone with a disbelieving shake of the head. “Ten years of this festival, and 75 years as me." It was a celebration of multiple anniversaries at the weekend-long Labor Day ...

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Larry Fuller: Overjoyed

Read "Overjoyed" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Larry Fuller isn't exactly coy about the substance of this record. Exuberance is an obvious through-line as he works his way across a dozen charmers that frequently live up to the promise of the title in different ways. Leading an ace trio with Hassan Shakur on bass and Lewis Nash on drums, Fuller ...

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Monty Alexander Trio at Longwood Gardens

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Monty Alexander Trio The Ballroom at Longwood Gardens Kennett Square, PA February 11, 2017 It's generally a good sign for any show if the players onstage are smiling and laughing more than anyone else in the room. If there's been one main constant to Monty Alexander's music over his 59-year career, ...

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Chuck Redd: Happy All the Time

Read "Happy All the Time" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The complete title of this carefree and charming studio date is Chuck Redd Remembers Barney Kessel. The reasons why are many. Here are two: first, Redd worked with Kessel from 1980-91 as a drummer in the Great Guitars group and in Kessel's trio, during which time the two became close friends; even more than that, says ...

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Monty Alexander At The Blue Note - August 23-28 With Three Exclusive Bands!

Monty Alexander At The Blue Note - August 23-28 With Three Exclusive Bands!

MONTY ALEXANDER TRIFECTA AT THE BLUE NOTE THREE GREAT BANDS IN A ONE WEEK RUN! AUGUST 23-AUGUST 28 The great Jamaican born pianist Monty Alexander thrills audiences wherever he goes- from the Montreux Jazz Festival to the great jazz clubs of the world. This month the Master brings in three different bands, ...

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Larry Fuller Trio at Jazz at Kitano

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Larry Fuller Trio Jazz at Kitano New York, NY November 22, 2015 While jazz is a music founded and fed on innovation, it's also an art form steeped in tradition, forwarded through the passing of the torch to the next generation(s) in order to keep the life force of the ...

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Legendary Jamaican Piano Master Monty Alexander at Jazz At The Bistro on September 9 & 10

Legendary Jamaican Piano Master Monty Alexander at Jazz At The Bistro on September 9 & 10

THE LEGENDARY JAMAICAN PIANO MASTER MONTY ALEXANDER JAZZ AT THE THE BISTRO RARE ST. LOUIS APPEARANCE! One of the BEST shows you'll see this year! TWO NIGHTS ONLY! SEPTEMBER 9 & 10 Monty Alexander has performed or recorded with the masters including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins! In ...

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Monty Alexander: Remembering Nat "King" Cole - At Scullers On July 25!

Monty Alexander: Remembering Nat "King" Cole - At Scullers On July 25!

SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB ONE NIGHT ONLY! JULY 25 With Special Guest Vocalists Allan Harris & Caterina Zappponi MONTY ALEXANDER: REMEMBERING NAT “KING" COLE: with special guest vocalists Allan Harris and Caterina Zapponi, plus Hassan Shakur (bass), Obed Calvaire (drums) and Randy Napoleon (guitar). Master pianist Monty Alexander leads a heartfelt ...

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Duke Ellington Orchestra at Arizona Musicfest

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Duke Ellington Orchestra Highlands Church 2015 Arizona Musicfest Scottsdale, Arizona February 6, 2015 The Duke Ellington Orchestra delivered a solid mix of swing and ballads from the colossal repertoire of its namesake and his gifted composing colleague, Billy Strayhorn. The enduring sophistication of their collaborative creativity was interpreted by a ...

ARTICLE: RHYTHM IN EVERY GUISE

The Ambidextrous Greg Bufford

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Accompanied by his father, a boy approaches the drum kit, stops and stares, transfixed by the array of shapes and gleaming surfaces. Without a moment's hesitation, Greg Bufford, the man sitting on the drummer's throne, makes eye contact, smiles, and proffers an impromptu demonstration of articulate, swinging brush strokes. The sounds satisfy the boy's curiosity and ...


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