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Marc Mommaas

Marc Mommaas, tenor saxophonist and composer was born in Tegelen, Netherlands on Sept. 12th, 1969. He grew up in Amsterdam and since 1997 made NYC his home. His father Henk Mommaas, was a well-known painter/artist in the Netherlands and developed his career in Amsterdam. His mother Carolien Collette is a pianist, opera singer and educator. His grandfather on his mother’s side was a professional multi instrumentalist playing flute, viola da gamba, recorder, organ, spinet and harpsichord and taught at the conservatory of Maastricht. His grandmother on his mothers side was an opera singer and his great grandfather an organ player. Although always surrounded by music and playing accordion and chromatic harmonica he first became an athlete (swimming)

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Jazz Improvisation Workshop In Italy 2020 - Register Now

Jazz Improvisation Workshop In Italy 2020 - Register Now

The Jazz Improvisation workshop in Italy combines a week of rigorous jazz studies with an exploration of the foods, wines, and sights that Italy has to offer. The workshop is perfect for instrumentalists and vocalists with different backgrounds who want to learn and become better musicians. You won't want to miss out on this spectacular 6-day ...

The Art of the Quintet: Voro Garcia and Magnus Thuelund

Read "The Art of the Quintet: Voro Garcia and Magnus Thuelund" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

A good form is hard to find, but the quintet offers plenty of variety in terms of musical texture and yet has the intimacy that a larger band often misses. Here are two artists who both take full advantage of the format of the quintet. Both are leaders who write their own tunes, and both are ...

Ballads & Standards

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: The Peacocks; Ask Me Now; The Shadow Of Your Smile; In A Sentimental Mood; Somewhere Over The Rainbow; Never Let Me Go; Body And Soul.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Of the seventy or so albums I was fortunate to review this year (with many still waiting in the wings), the releases below (in chronological order) are those that moved me the most and hence that I remember the clearest, even after a year. The quality of the music is uniformly high, and leaving something off ...

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Tony Moreno: Short Stories

Read "Short Stories" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Manhattan-native drummer Tony Moreno was born into and for music, his mother, Nina Dunkel Moreno, a noted harpist, pianist and educator. Oh, and he received his first drum kit at ten-years old from... Elvin Jones who became his early mentor and teacher. Moreno has had a long and storied career, filled with memories and mementos, many ...

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Ron Thomas / Paul Klinefelter: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Budd Kopman

One of the wonderful things about jazz is that it can be appreciated from more than one angle, oftentimes simultaneously: pure entertainment, art as entertainment, art as beauty and art as intellect among others. Some of this, of course, relates to music in general, but jazz as a genre has moved beyond any stylistic boundaries to ...

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Sebastian Noelle: Shelter

Read "Shelter" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Guitarist Sebastian Noelle is a very busy player, but just does not make many records, which seem to come about every five years: Across The River (2006), Koan (2011) and now the marvelous Shelter. Assembling a first rate band consisting of Marc Mommaas on tenor saxophone (heard most recently on Ballads And Standards), pianist ...

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The Best 2016 Jazz Summer Program: 12 Workshops + 24 Teachers + 120 Musicians + 42 Days Of Music; It's All Happening At The New York Jazz Workshop

The Best 2016 Jazz Summer Program: 12 Workshops + 24 Teachers + 120 Musicians + 42 Days Of Music; It's All Happening At The New York Jazz Workshop

From July 18th to August 28th, in the heart of Times Square, the New York Jazz Workshop's 8th summer series will feature the whos who of jazz music with Alan Ferber , Amina Figarova, Ari Hoenig, Chris Washburne, Dan Weiss, Dave Liebman, Dave Scott, Fay Victor, Frank Kimbrough, Jacob Sacks, Jocelyn Medina, John O’Gallagher, Kenny Wessel, ...

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Marc Mommaas / Nikolaj Hess: Ballads & Standards

Read "Ballads & Standards" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Many, if not most, of today's jazz players end up, sooner or later, becoming composers. Hence, on top of searching for and hopefully finding their personal means of expression when performing (composing in real-time), they now must also develop a personal compositional style which fits their aesthetic outlook, and which is accessible enough by other players ...


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