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MUSICIAN Born:

Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S. Ware quartet and also for Roscoe Mitchell's Note Factory before making the decision to concentrate on his own music. Mr Shipp has reached the holy grail of jazz in that he possesses a unique style on his instrument that is all of his own- and he's one of the few in jazz that can say so. Mr

MUSICIAN Born:

Michael Jefry Stevens

I was born in New York City in 1951 and received my MA in Music from Queens College in 1992 where I studied with Jimmy Heath, Sir Roland Hanna, Thea Musgrave, Sol Berkowitz and Donald Byrd. I was the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow at "The MacDowell Colony" in the summer of 2000 and received 2nd prize in the Monaco International Jazz Composition. In 2006 I was a Composer Fellow at Centrum Arts in Port Townsend, WA. I am a "Steinway Artist". I have been and continue to be an active pianist/composer and band leader for the past 40 years. I have released over 80 cds of my original music on numerous jazz record labels including Leo Records (England), Drimala Records (VA), Soul Note Records (Italy), Konnex Records Germany), Music and Arts (CA), Cadence Records (NY), Red Toucan Records (Canada), GM Recordings (MA) 482 Music (NY), Unit Records (Switzerland), Nottwo Records (Poland), Cadence Jazz (USA), Playscape recordings, ForTune Records (Poland), Artist's Recording Collective (USA) and several other labels

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist Dan Papirany Releases New Solo Album

Pianist Dan Papirany Releases New Solo Album

Pianist Dan Papirany's new album entitled Solo was recorded in Tel Aviv, Israel. It features Papirany on piano playing standards and original tunes. The album was recorded over three separate sessions in April and May 2017 and is now available via digital downloads through cdbaby.com. Dan's approach on this occasion is the usage of melodic lines of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bill Brennan: Solo Piano

Read "Solo Piano" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Newfoundlander Bill Brennan has created a beguiling, meditative and quite deep solo piano album with Solo Piano. He shares the same homeland as Patrick Boyle, and one can hear the very air and landscape pictured on the liner--a grey sky, boulder-strewn ground, and shallow stream--and a sense of isolation, but with a close connection to the ...

Phineas Newborn, Jr.: Solo Piano

Read "Solo Piano" reviewed by AAJ Staff

When Nesuhi Ertegun perhaps serendipitously recorded Phineas Newborn, Jr. after Newborn had retreated to his hometown of Memphis in the mid-1970's, one of the founders of Atlantic Records helped to remind the jazz world of the overlooked potential of one of his generation's most promising, although perhaps not its most influential, pianists.

That's not to say ...