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Andrew Beals joined legendary jazz organist, "Brother" Jack McDuff and the "Heatin' System" in 1986. Beals became the latest in a long line of Jazz Saxophone greats, including Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Red Holloway, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Harold Vick, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk to work with Jack McDuff's band. It was marked by a busy performance schedule, which included lengthy tours of North America and Europe. Andrew Beals has appeared as a leader of his own band and as a featured soloist with Jack McDuff, and others, at many renowned Jazz clubs and festivals. Beals was a semifinalist at the 1993 Thelonious Monk Jazz Saxophone Competition; and in 1998 he was awarded the prestigious NYU Jazz Orchestra Scholarship for graduate studies in jazz performance and composition

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Mauricio de Souza: Five Roads

Read "Five Roads" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

If your idea of a great drummer's album is an album full of sonic bombast, do not pick up Five Roads by drummer Maurício de Souza and his ensemble Bossa Brasil. If you love showy drum fills, histrionic drum solos, or volume masquerading as intensity, you'll find none here. Instead, the drummer leads Bossa Brasil down ...

Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines

Read "Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Randy Brecker & NDR Bigband Rocks Piloo Records & Productions LLC 2019 The easiest answer isn't always the best answer, but sometimes it is. So it's both easy and proper to point out that trumpet and flugelhorn master, composer, and bandleader Randy Brecker was kind enough ...

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Bill Mobley, Andrew Beals, Jeff Pittson, Mark Hagan, Jimmy Madison At The Old '76 House

Read "Bill Mobley, Andrew Beals, Jeff Pittson, Mark Hagan, Jimmy Madison At The Old '76 House" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Bill Mobley, Andrew Beals, Jeff Pittson, Mark Hagan, Jimmy Madison The Old 76 House Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon Tappan, NY January 21, 2015 Jimmy Madison, the first of the band to arrive, wheeled his cymbal case in on a portable carrier and surveyed the array of drums, cymbals and ...

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Mauricio De Souza: Here. There...

Read "Here. There..." reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Drummer Mauricio De Souza has roots in both Brazilian music and jazz. It follows that he would issue Here. There ..., a recording that presents both. De Souza was born in Brasilia, Brazil. Among his inspirations are Buddy Rich, Airto Moreira and Dave Weckl. His two ensembles--Bossa Brazil and Mauricio De Souza Group--are employed ...

Andrew Beals: Gravy Train

Read "Andrew Beals: Gravy Train" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Andrew Beals Gravy Train NASMusic 2008 For half a century, saxophonists have gravitated toward Hammond B3-led bands to hone their chops. The demands of the “chitlin' circuit" combined with those burnin' B3 lines create the perfect musical training ground. Consequently, some of the sagest advice for an aspiring ...


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