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Kenny Carr: Departure

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Guitarist Kenny Carr attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. In his final year he got the call to audition for Ray Charles. Carr toured worldwide with Charles for ten years and played lead guitar for Charles' recordings Just Between Us (Sony, 1990) and Live at Montreux (Eagle Rock, 1997).

Carr has enjoyed a ...

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Jeff Rupert & Richard Drexler: R&D

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Rupert and Drexler are at it again, on the heels of their successful release Imagination (Rupe Media, 2017), now with the second unreleased selection of cuts captured from a portion of two nights by saxophonist Jeff Rupert and pianist Richard Drexler at the Timucua Arts White House in Orlando in June of 2015. The tracks have ...

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Sarah Reich: New Change

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Sarah Reich is among the new generation of jazz makers--breaking barriers, but also keeping one foot in the historical richness of the genre. Reich is a musician not in the traditional sense, but a tap dancer who uses her feet as a percussion instrument, and one that is highly skilled and masterful. Tap dancing is not ...

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Jack Kilby: Love is a Song Anyone Can Sing

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Jack Kilby and the Front Line is a collaborative effort formed in 2014 in New York City. The ensemble includes members from New York, Washington DC, and Virginia. What is most striking is the span of generations, ranging from twenty-six to forty-six. The album has been released in separate volumes but is now available as one ...

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James Austin, Jr: Songs in the Key of Wonder

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Hailing from the windy city of Chicago, James Austin, Jr. has established himself as an accomplished pianist and bandleader. He honed his craft under the tutelage of a number of legendary musicians, including extensive study with renowned jazz educator Barry Harris, receiving numerous accolades and awards along the way, including the honor of being selected as ...

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Acute Inflections: The Brave

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There has been a rise in the popularity of performing and recording duos in jazz in the late 2010s. One of the most sought-after partnerships in NYC for high-end parties is that of bassist Sadiki Pierre and vocalist Elasea Douglas.

Though Pierre and Douglas' backgrounds are quite diverse, a connective tissue is a love ...

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Kevin Quinn: Paramedic

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Kevin Quinn may not be a name you are familiar with on the jazz scene yet, but behind the scenes his work as a sound engineer at the ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY, has afforded him the opportunity to work with top jazz musicians such as: Aaron Parks, David Savitsky, Rachel Therrien, Dean Sharp, Sean Wayland, ...

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Michael Dease: Bonafide

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Trombonist Michael Dease was born in Augusta, Georgia. His propensity for the arts landed him at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School, where he studied saxophone, voice and trumpet. During his senior year, after sage advice from another Augusta, Georgia jazz mainstay, Wycliffe Gordon, Dease pointed his ambition towards the trombone, what would ultimately ...

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OKB Trio: The Ing...

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There is something intoxicating about the sound of a jazz trio. The comradery, the symbiosis of group interreacting and communicating on a higher level of language through music. Such is the case with the OKB Trio. Each player is an esteemed player in many outside projects under other leaders' names, but on this recording Brian Woodruff ...

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Jacqueline D. Tabor: The Lady In the Gown

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The Pacific Northwest is ripe with talent from creative talents that lean towards the avant-garde, to rock-based jazz enterprises, to straight-ahead aficionados, to bluesy chanteuses. Vocalist Jacqueline Tabor, fits squarely in the latter category. A native of Bellevue, Washington, Tabor graduated from Sammamish High School where she studied music under Jack Halm, a great jazz professor ...