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MUSICIAN Born:

Ava Lemert

Prolific songwriter, singer, producer, tenor saxophonist, Ava Lemert was born in Covina, California, a suburb in Los Angeles, County. Before she started preschool, Ava was wacking on toy drums, making up songs and singing them onto her sister's cassette tapes. Eventually, Ava was her High School's first underclassman —as well as the first female— Drum Major. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Ava struck out into the workforce. Music wasn't a part of her busy life until 2005 when as a mother of a 3 year old son, she re-learned how to read sheet music so she could play her dusty saxophone again in a community band

MUSICIAN Born:

Sasha Mashin

Sasha Mashin was born in 1976 in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1991 he joined the Kvadrat jazz-club where he met many jazz musicians of St. Petersburg. After studying for two months at the Musorgsky Music School, he decided to start his professional career as an artist and quit the school. From 1995 to 1998, Sasha was a permanent member of the quartet of saxophonist Igor Butman. In 1998, Sasha participated in the creation of MosGorTrio band and moved to Moscow where he also kept busy collaborating with some of Russia’s best jazz musicians. In 2005 Sasha Mashin participated in the educational program Open World Program USA in New York and played with such legends as Clark Terry, Kenny Barron and Jimmy Heath at the Blue Note Jazz Club. Since 2008 Sasha has invited many foreign musicians to perform along with his band all over Russia. Sasha Mashin performed with a long list of musicians such as Benny Golson, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Barron, Johnny Griffin, Lew Tabackin, Eddy Henderson, James Spaulding, Steve Slagle, Gary Smulyan, Larry Schneider, Mark Turner, Craig Handy, Donny McCazlin, Alex Sipiagin, JD Walter, Dhafer Youssef and many others.

Solon McDade

Solon McDade grew up in a musical environment constantly surrounded by music and musicians. He began playing the washtub bass as soon as he was big enough to pick it up, and later moved on to the larger upright bass. He and his siblings were trained as musicians from a young age and exposed to their parents’ extensive and eclectic record collection. They were soon playing alongside their parents in the McDade Family Band, a group that toured Canada with their own brand of Canadiana folk music at festivals and theatres throughout the 1980s and 1990s. These gigs and particularly the late-night jam sessions at folk festivals left a lasting impression on Solon

Polygon Quartet

Polygon launched their first album "Monkey Puzzle" at the 2017 Manchester Jazz Festival. They are a jazz saxophone quartet made up of 4 internationally award winning saxophone players. With original material written by Tom Thorp (Soprano/Alto) and Kyran Matthews (Baritone) Polygon blend the complex interplay of classical chamber music with fiery and virtuosic jazz improvisations. Their energetic performances see them journey through the realms of free improvisation to classic be-bop styles, alongside elements of classical music, funk and contemporary European jazz, using a variety of sax groupings

Vladimira Krckova

Vladimíra Krčková is a singer, actress, composer, lyricist; sings and writes modern jazz with elements of contemporary classical music (although French chanson, South American music, blues and pop aren't foreign to her). In 2015, Ms Krckova wrote and directed her first official music video 'Your Aura On My Lips' and is currently working on her second music video that will have a format of a short film and will be released 2018. It is important to say she possesses a perfect vocal technique and an outstanding vocal range. It is unbelievable what a high quality can such a fragile young Czech lady offer together with such lightness, nature and clarity

Giuliana Soscia & Pino Jodice Quartet: Contemporary

Read "Contemporary" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il quartetto guidato da Giuliana Soscia e Pino Jodice ha al suo attivo già alcuni lavori di un certo interesse, come Latitango e Antiche pietre, improntati a riletture moderne della tradizione tanguera e piazzolliana. Una ricerca che questo CD approfondisce e oltrepassa, affrontando con una certa libertà anche scenari musicali diversi. Al centro, ancor più che in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hampton Hawes: Everybody Likes Hampton Hawes

Read "Everybody Likes Hampton Hawes" reviewed by David Rickert

If everybody likes Hampton Hawes, why is he such a neglected figure today? Maybe it's because he is neither an innovator like Bud Powell nor an expressionist like Bill Evans. Maybe it was because he spent his time on the West Coast instead of the East Coast. Or maybe with covers like these, his albums get ...

Art Pepper: Smack Up

Read "Smack Up" reviewed by David Rickert

Art Pepper's reckless lifestyle tended to overshadow his superb musicianship, and the circumstances surrounding Smack Up are certainly no exception. Shortly after recording it in 1960, he spent three years in jail for heroin possession, and one can only wonder if the title of the record is a play on words. Nevertheless, Pepper is in good ...

Art Pepper: Smack Up

Read "Smack Up" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Art Pepper produced the greatest recordings of the so-called “first phase" of his career during periods of intense chaos. A case in point is Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section, where the altoist--rusty from inactivity, angry because of the surprise recording session set up by his then-wife Diane, and very, very strung out--expelled an acknowledged masterpiece. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Victor Feldman: Latinsville!

Read "Latinsville!" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In December 1958, Victor Feldman—pianist, percussionist, and vibes player—began work on a project as a leader for Contemporary Records. He continued work on this project for nearly a year, ultimately recording two different quintets plus a ten-piece unit with contributions from bassists Al McKibbon and Scott LaFaro, soloists Walter Benton (tenor sax), Conte Candoli (trumpet), and ...