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Ron Jackson: Standards and Other Songs

Read "Standards and Other Songs" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

Ron Jackson may have the bluesiest seven-string guitar in New York City. He peppers a carefully deliberate swing throughout every track on Standards And Other Songs, joined by Nathan Brown on acoustic bass and Darrell Green at the drum kit. As suggested by its simple title, the album is a collection covering a broad range of ...

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Ron Jackson

Versatile and sophisticated jazz guitarist Ron Jackson has performed, recorded and taught music in over 30 countries. With a varied career as a performer, composer and arranger, Highlights include shows and tours with artists such as Taj Mahal, Jimmy McGriff, Larry Coryell, Benny Golson, Oliver Lake, Russell Malone and Mulgrew Miller. Ron has been featured as a leader in jazz festivals all over the world, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festivals and Winter Jazzfest, NYC. Born in the Philippines, lived in many states as a kid, then settled in Harvard, Massachusetts, west of Boston, Ron was initially influenced by rock guitar greats like Jimmy Page, before falling under the spell of jazz and following the style and career of jazz guitar luminaries like Pat Metheny and George Benson

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Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite

Read "Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Gregory Lewis aka Organ Monk, is an organ player with a uniquely grandiose and dramatic style that owes as much to a prog rock icon like Keith Emerson as to a Jimmy Smith. That was clear enough on his previous recording, American Standard where he played a selection of familiar pop standards. It's even more evident ...

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Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite

Read "Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Gregory Lewis has been fairly obsessed with the music of Thelonius Monk from a young age when he first started out performing Monk's repertoire on piano. So the adopted moniker Organ Monk seems appropriate. His move to the Hammond B3 was significant because the style he evinced is remarkably close to that of the late Larry ...

Ron Jackson: Akustik InventYours

Read "Akustik InventYours" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Guitarist Ron Jackson, known as a composer, performer, and educator in a wide range of contexts in his present headquarters of New York City, has enjoyed an adventurous life. Born in the Philippines to a military family, he moved many times as a child, music being his constant companion. Though now known for his work as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

T.K. Blue: A Warm Embrace

Read "A Warm Embrace" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist and flutist T.K Blue's tenth album A Warm Embrace is an enchanting and elegant work with richly textured harmonies and captivating melodies. Even though not all of the tracks are strictly speaking ballads there is a sublime sense of poetry that runs throughout the record and is its prevailing and cohesive motif.

The solemn ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Bluesy Brunch Starring Eileen Howard: Date Change, New Dates

Bluesy Brunch Starring Eileen Howard:  Date Change, New Dates

Critically acclaimed blues and jazz singer Eileen Howard and The West End Lounge announce the addition of more performance dates and a change of date for their popular Bluesy Brunch. The previously announced Saturday, May 31 date has been replaced with Sunday June 1, 3:30-5:30. In addition, the success of the concerty has prompted additional bookings: All shows: 3:30 – 5:30 pm. At ...

NEWS: EVENT

New "Bluesy Brunch" At The West End Lounge Starring Eileen Howard

The newly renamed and refurbished The West End will kick off a monthly ‘Bluesy Brunch’ series on Sunday, March 23rd from 3:30- 5:30 starring the critically acclaimed blues and jazz vocalist Eileen Howard and her rockin’ band. Located at 955 West End Avenue (107th & Broadway), The West End was formerly The Underground Lounge. For this kickoff event, and for the ...

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Daniel Smith: Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues

Read "Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

It is rare that a jazz album comes with laugh out loud moments but bassoonist Daniel Smith's Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues is full of them. Unfortunately these do not appear to be intentional humorous attempts merely risibly poor performances.

This is a shame as Smith is both an accomplished musician and a jazz connoisseur ...

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Daniel Smith: Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues

Read "Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues" reviewed by Jack Bowers

All those who can resist reviewing--or reading a review about--a jazz / blues quartet led by a bassoonist, please raise your hands. No one? Very well, then, let us proceed. The bassoonist in question is Daniel Smith, and while his name may be unassuming, it would be good to report that there is nothing ordinary about ...