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We Four at Dazzle

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We Four
Dazzle
Denver, CO
October 21, 2017

The majority of Twentieth Century jazz was represented on stage at Dazzle Saturday night. Either the players were there, in person, or they were merely one degree of separation from the key action and the dominant personalities. History lessons can be nice, but ...

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Smokin' at The Nash

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Jazz cognoscenti may not think of jny: Phoenix as a hotbed of great jazz. However, a confluence of factors contributes to a remarkably vibrant jazz scene. The city boasts a wealth of excellent jazz education programs spread across universities and community colleges. This has attracted great musicians and educators from around the country who play the ...

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Miles From India at SFJAZZ

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Miles From India
SFJAZZ, Miner Auditorium
A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis
San Francisco, CA
April 1, 2017

San Francisco's SFJAZZ supporters were treated to a special one time performance of Miles From India: A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis based on the album of the ...

Take Five with Mike Casey

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About Mike Casey
Saxophonist, songwriter, and teaching artist Mike Casey has been a fixture on the jny: Hartford jazz scene and beyond since 2011, when he began attending the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford's Hartt School. In 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz composers worldwide chosen ...

Javon Jackson: Pleasant Valley – 1999

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If the iconic sound of Blue Note Records could be summed up in just one band, it would surely be Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. For 35 years--1955 to 1990--the Messengers were the heart and soul of hard bop, on Blue Note and other labels.

But what happened when Blakey died in 1990? ...

Steve Turre: Colors for the Masters

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When it comes to the contemporary trombone artists, there are two schools of exploration. Steve Turre is an advocate of the more melodic school of which elder champions include Curtis Fuller and J.J. Johnson. The more ebullient and bop-inflected side of things has its greatest proponent in Conrad Herwig. No one method should be considered the ...

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Dave Stryker: Soulful Sound

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Guitarist Dave Stryker carries a soulful sound that took root in his early years in Nebraska, where he played the blues before finding his way into the world of Grant Green, Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino. More was added to the recipe when, after moving to jny: New York City, he earned his way into the ...

Dave Stryker: Messin' with Mister T

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Tenor saxophone legend Stanley Turrentine has been gone for some time now but not forgotten and certainly, not by those he performed with for many years. Guitarist Dave Stryker toured with Turrentine for over a decade and has always intended to pay proper respect to the jazz icon who meant so much to him personally. Messin' ...

Dave Stryker: Messin’ with Mister T

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Veteran jazz guitarist Dave Stryker's history includes playing and recording with the inimitable Stanley Turrentine from 1986 to 1995.His Messin' With Mister T (Strikezone Records), showcasing Turrentine classics, is a timely testimonial to the accomplished tenor's long career and extensive legacy. The legacy begins in the 50's for Turrentine while performing with adept musicians like Lowell ...

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The Jazz Message: Celebrating the Legacy of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers at The Nash

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The Jazz Message
The Nash
Phoenix, Arizona
March 29, 2015

The complexity, the power and the musicianship of Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers were celebrated by five band alumni in a sextet anchored by drummer Lewis Nash. Performing in two concerts at the Phoenix-born drummer's namesake jazz club were tenor ...