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Take Five With Ferit Odman

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About Ferit Odman:
Ferit Odman is an on demand and busy jazz drummer based in jny: Istanbul. He started his music studies in Sweden as an AFS exchange student (1999), got a full scholarship to get his B.A. in Music at Istanbul Bilgi University (2001), attended the School For Improvisation workshops in NYC (2004), ...

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Albert "Tootie" Heath: Class Personified

Read "Albert "Tootie" Heath: Class Personified" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Albert “Tootie" Heath is among the drummers who lived--and thrived--during what many call the golden age of jazz, the '40s, '50, early '60s. He's enjoyed the fruits of a varied and historic career, but never stayed put. Just kept working. He admires the musicians of today and the direction of jazz. The jny: Philadelphia native extols ...

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Adam Cruz: Making Some Room

Read "Adam Cruz: Making Some Room" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Playing drums with some of the finest musicians around, touring the globe with them, and teaching music can be a lot on the plate of a person fortunate enough--and talented enough--to find themselves in that situation. In fact, that's a solid career.

But for Adam Cruz--a much sought-after drummer on the New York City scene ...

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Jeff Lofton: Jazz to the People

Read "Jeff Lofton: Jazz to the People" reviewed by Josep Pedro

Born in Germany and raised in South Carolina, Jeff Lofton's trumpet sound has become a striking force in Austin's music scene since moved there about four years ago. Friendly and bright in his reasoning, Lofton has proved to be a versatile, mature musician overtly combining straight-ahead jazz with fusion. His appealing, laidback character and soulful playing ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Rusty Scott Organ Group: Cambridge, February 9, 2011

Read "Rusty Scott Organ Group: Cambridge, February 9, 2011" reviewed by Timothy J. O'Keefe

Rusty Scott Organ Group
Regattabar
Cambridge, MA
February 9, 2011

The cold February night, part of a long winter that dropped 60 inches of snow on Boston, didn't prevent a crowd from gathering as Rusty Scott celebrated his release of The Thrill is Gone (CD Baby, 2010). Scott, a Boston area pianist, slid away ...

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Mickey Roker: You Never Lose the Blues

Read "Mickey Roker: You Never Lose the Blues" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Drummer Mickey Roker is a mainstay and icon of the jazz world, having a played with Dizzy Gillespie, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Lee Morgan, and many of the other signature groups of modern jazz.

Yet he has always maintained his Philadelphia roots, and is and has been a regular at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus in that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Erica Lindsay / Sumi Tonooka: Initiation

Read "Initiation" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Sumi Tonooka and tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay are the leaders on Initiation, having contributed five compositions each. It's the chemistry and the collective organic spontaneity of the whole quartet, however, that moves the sound into the level of top-tier excellence. Bassist Rufus Reid constructs solid, big-sound foundations, and drummer Bob Braye --who, sadly, passed away ...

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Take Five With Luca Santaniello

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Meet Luca Santaniello: Originally from Italy and a graduate of the Conservatory Of Music 'Lorenzo Perosi' in Campobasso, drummer Luca Santaniello has been living in New York City since 2001, performing as a freelance jazz musician and collaborating with musicians from the international jazz scene. He has performed in the finest New York City jazz clubs ...

Ken Vandermark: The Passion and Ascension of a Brilliant Mind

Read "Ken Vandermark: The Passion and Ascension of a Brilliant Mind" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

This interview was originally published in 2006.

In a world that has difficulty and attitude toward unfamiliar and creative thought, Ken Vandermark is a visionary exploring possibilities with improvisational and compositional forms.

A recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, he has used the funding to support his interest in bringing together some of today's ...