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Jazz Ambassadors: Representing A Segregated America During The Cold War

Read "Jazz Ambassadors: Representing A Segregated America During The Cold War" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Jazz Ambassadors
THIRTEEN Productions
2018

Here, long overdue, is a comprehensive documentary about the legendary jazz musicians in the 1950s who served as “cultural ambassadors" under the aegis of the U.S. State Department, touring Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Soviet Union. The film comes sixty years after the fact. As Americans continue ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophone Maestra Fostina Dixon Blends Contemporary Jazz, Gospel, Funk And R&B On "Here We Go Again"

Saxophone Maestra Fostina Dixon Blends Contemporary Jazz, Gospel, Funk And R&B On "Here We Go Again"

First Single “Prayer of Jabez” is a Tribute To Marvin Gaye, Whom She Toured with for 4 Years Wilmington, DE: As a highly-regarded, in-demand composer, vocalist and jazz soloist who plays soprano, alto and baritone saxophones, flute, and clarinet, Fostina Dixon has been honing her craft for decades as a guest soloist with Abbey Lincoln, Barry Harris, ...

Hyungjin Choi: Tales of a Dreamer

Read "Tales of a Dreamer" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È un delizioso debutto questo di Hyungjin Choi, pianista coreana dal 2008 a New York dove ha perfezionato i suoi studi alla New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Dopo aver collaborato con artisti di rilievo come Reggie Workman, Charlie Persip, Billy Harper o Sam Yahel, ha coronato il sogno d'incidere un disco da leader con ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Wallace Roney: In the Realm of Anti-Gravity

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Much is made of trumpeter Wallace Roney coming from the Miles Davis school, a mentor-protégé situation that blossomed in the 1980s that Roney is very proud of. But that wouldn't be telling the whole story of the Philadelphia native who, in his prime years, has become one of the world's finest trumpet players, and a musician ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Luis Perdomo: Walking Towards the Light

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Pianist Luis Perdomo's fingers dart across the keys, eloquently telling the stories that traverse his mind in that instant; doing so in a manner that enraptures an audience. He moves people, and does so in a manner that appears, on the surface, easy. Like great athletes. Like other great musicians. This is one of the finer ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ray Scro: What Jazz Education Means

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For Ray Scro, music education is a redundancy. He's been performing, studying and teaching music for nearly fifty years in his home of Staten Island, and throughout New York City. In the early seventies Scro studied under saxophonist and guru Lee Konitz, and he's played with Jimmy Knepper, Chuck Wayne, Charlie Persip, and Chico Hamilton, among ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Lauren Sevian: Big Voice on the Big Horn

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Swaying slightly, with eyes closed, Lauren Sevian pours a lot of heart and grit into the big, baritone saxophone--the largest of the most commonly played saxophones and an axe that looks even more considerable when seen against her small frame. She comes out with an imposing sound and welcoming style, put forth through a striking conception. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dizzy Gillespie: Four Classic Albums

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Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie was one of the few jazz musicians equally adept (and influential) in small groups and fronting big bands. After the bebop heyday, he spent the fifties equally divided between smaller groups and a larger orchestra. His days as a bebop pioneer and a developer of Afro-Cuban music behind him, he now had a ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Michael Arlt

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Meet Michael Arlt:

Appearing on numerous concert tours, festivals and CDs since 1986, guitarist Michael Arlt has been working with an expanding group of international musicians, including Red Holloway, Paquito D`Rivera, Houston Person, Dan Kostelnik & We Three, José Cortijo, Luciano Biondini, Tony Lakatos, Mathias Ruegg, Adrian Mears,Jon Sass, Portinho Trio: Klaus Mueller, Itaiguara Brandao, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Charli Persip

Read "Charli Persip" reviewed by George Kanzler

People looking for the magic elixir, the Fountain of Youth, should stop looking and start jazz drumming. Charli Persip, who'll turn 80 in July, will soon join Roy Haynes and Chico Hamilton as fully active octogenarian jazz drummers with busy careers. Persip grew up in Newark, NJ and, after touring with Dizzy Gillespie's small group and ...