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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Sonny Fortune at Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival, Philadelphia

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Sonny Fortune Quartet
Ninth Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival
Philadelphia, PA
July 18, 2015

It isn't often that you're going to hear a jazz legend like saxophonist Sonny Fortune at an inner city vest pocket park festival featuring mostly young lions and R&B groups, but in this case, at Saunders ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Cheryl Pyle

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Meet Cheryl Pyle:

The versatile flutist Cheryl Pyle received her BA in Music from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976, having received her Associates Degree from Mesa College in 1974. Her teachers included Merrill Jordan, Janet Maestre, Francis Watson, and Jayn Rosenfeld. She took Master classes with Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker, and James ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Anthony Branker: Jazz Dialogics

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Anthony Branker is a musician for all seasons. He began his career as a trumpeter, including a stint with the Spirit of Life Ensemble, which honored its African-American and Afro-Caribbean roots during a multi-year tenure as the Monday night band at the legendary Sweet Basil club in New York City. Over time, Branker developed an increasing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sonny Fortune: Last Night At Sweet Rhythm

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Jellyfish plumes of toxic smoke may no longer hover in the air, but clinking glasses, persistent waiters and the intermittent roaring of drink mixers still conspire to diminish a jazz lover's listening pleasure at a live nightclub performance. Yet, somehow, spontaneous improvisation--the lifeblood of jazz--and the intimate interactions among the musicians and the audience, combine in ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Jerry Tilitz

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Meet Jerry Tilitz: Jerry Tilitz is an American trombonist, composer and vocalist from New York City presently ensconced in Hamburg, Germany. In the course of his career Mr. Tilitz has performed and recorded with many exceptional artists including Gerry Mulligan, Horace Parlan, Hank Jones, Roy Eldridge, Herb Geller, Tommy Flanagan, Warren Vache, Adam Nussbaum, Benny Bailey, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sonny Fortune: Last Night at Sweet Rhythm

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A few months ago, in 2009, reedman Sonny Fortune brought his quartet into the late Greenwich Village club to cut his first live recording as a leader. The performance captured on Last Night at Sweet Rhythm shows, as Fortune moves into his seventies, that his playing is as innovative, daring and fiery as ever.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Cochrane Quartet: Cutting Edge

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His resume is an imposing one, marked by gigs with Sonny Fortune, Jack Walrath, Eddie Gomez, Clark Terry, Michael Brecker, Chip White, the Spirit of Life Ensemble, Nancy Monroe, and many more. Add to that beneficial training from the likes of Jaki Byard, Eleanor Hancock and the legendary Madame Chaloff. This gives you just a simple ...