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John Lamkin: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Dr. John R. Lamkin, II has dedicated much of his career to bringing music to students and the community while recording little, so his many Mid-Atlantic fans will welcome Transitions, his first release in decades. His only prior album was Hot (Self-Produced, 1984), where the trumpeter wrote all but one composition. As Director of Bands and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Kris Funn: Bass Player, Story Teller

Read "Kris Funn: Bass Player, Story Teller" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Kris Funn didn't start out on bass but, coming from a musical family, there was little chance he wouldn't at least test the water and see what music was all about. In time, the bass reached out and grabbed him.

He's since had a career that has had him playing his immense bass skills ...

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Detroit Jazz Festival: Detroit, MI September 2-5, 2011

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival: Detroit, MI September 2-5, 2011" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

32nd Annual Detroit Jazz Festival
Detroit, MI
September 2-5, 2011
As chance would have it, over the past 20 years or so attending the Labor Day festivities at the Detroit Jazz Festival, there have only been a handful of weekends marked by less than optimum weather conditions. On average, the gods have largely smiled down ...

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Cape May Jazz Festival, April 8-10, 2011

Read "Cape May Jazz Festival, April 8-10, 2011" reviewed by Sandy Ingham

Cape May Jazz Festival
Cape May, NJ
April 8-10, 2011
Poncho Sanchez never fails to ignite his audience, and his Latin jazz band came out blazing as the Saturday night opening act/headliner at the semiannual Cape May (N.J.) Jazz Festival, April 8-10.
Sanchez, the hammer-handed conga player and leather-lunged lead singer for ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Akua Allrich

Read "Take Five With Akua Allrich" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Akua Allrich: Jazz vocalist Akua Allrich is a musician of extraordinary talent and crowd-moving passion. For the past two years she has been electrifying audiences in and around the nation's capital with sold-out performances.

With the 2010 launch of her independently produced album, A Peace of Mine, the young artist's music and concerts ...

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Donald Harrison: Real Life Stories

Read "Real Life Stories" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Nouveau Swing...

Alto saxophonist Donald Harrison is all about dance. It is danceable rhythms that fuel his nouveau swing vision of jazz. Not necessarily Latin in texture, the rhythm is at once angular and smooth—a musical dichotomy. The 42-year-old New Orleans native has been recording since the mid 1980s and has produced a solid track record ...

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Meet Duane Eubanks

Read "Meet Duane Eubanks" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Duane Eubanks is the youngest practicing member of yet another one of jazz's famous families, the Eubanks.

In fact, the Eubanks family's immersion in music began with Duane's maternal grandmother, who passed on the tradition to Duane's mother, Vera, and to Duane's uncles, Ray and Tommy Bryant. Vera still performs in jny: Philadelphia, and ...