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Nate Birkey: Shortest Day

Read "Shortest Day" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Make way for Nate Birkey, a talented trumpeter/vocalist/composer who has been honing his talents in the Santa Barbara jazz scene and is now getting the national exposure he deserves. Birkey's latest release, Shortest Day , recorded live in 2004, showcases his considerable gifts and puts him front and center among jazz's most promising musicians.

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Nate Birkey: The Mennonite and Ballads

Read "The Mennonite and Ballads" reviewed by Jim Santella

Based in Southern California, trumpeter Nate Birkey has been affiliated with both the mainstream and avant-garde scenes since he finished his studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The leader, who released both albums this year, grew up in Colorado, where he began studying piano at an early age and “fell in love with" his ...