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Bobby Watson at the Attucks Jazz Club

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From 1977 to 1981, Bobby Watson was a student at the “University of Blakey," otherwise known as the Jazz Messengers led by drummer Art Blakey. After “graduation," Watson went on to become an acclaimed alto saxophonist, sought out by instrumentalist and vocalists alike while he led his own band, Horizon. Now, in addition to a fulltime ...

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Jane Monheit at The American Theatre

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Vocalist Jane Monheit surprised both the audience and the management at The American Theatre in Hampton, Virginia with her first holiday show of the season on November 30. Though her interpretations of the Great American Songbook and torch songs were missed, Monheit and her trio— pianist Michael Kanan, bassist Neal Miner, and drummer Joe Strasser—still moved ...

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Houston Person with the John Toomey Trio at Old Dominion University

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Dizzy Gillespie said of Houston Person, “He's one of the best... He's got bull chops!" Those “bull chops" got quite a workout when Person visited Old Dominion University as the guest performer of the F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series. The tenor saxophonist arrived early in the week to preside over a series of master classes as ...

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Nate Najar with the John Toomey Trio at Attucks Theatre

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In 1961, under the sponsorship of the U.S. State Department, jazz/classical guitarist Charlie Byrd toured South America. This trip proved to be fortuitous for both Byrd and North America for it introduced Byrd to the Brazilian Bossa Nova. Back in the states Byrd played Bossa Nova tapes for Stan Getz who then convinced producer Creed Taylor ...

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Billy Drummond at Attucks Jazz Club

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Billy Drummond grew up in Newport News, VA listening to his father's jazz record collection and eventually playing drums in his own and other's bands across the water in Norfolk. In the late '80s Drummond knew if he wanted to make it as a jazz drummer he would have to leave this area and, encouraged by ...

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Sharon Clark with the John Toomey Trio at the Historic Attucks Theater

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Washington, D.C. vocalist Sharon Clark wowed a sold out Attucks Theater audience with the voice and phrasing of Sarah Vaughan at her best. With John Toomey on piano, Jimmy Masters on base and Brian Jones on drums Ms. Clark covered the gamut from pop to jazz, from Miles Davis to the Beatles. The audience jumped to ...

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2018

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Yes, Virginia, there is jazz at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. From it's inception in 1970, George Wein, mastermind of the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, created a festival that was indigenous with New Orleans. Whether it was the music, food, arts and crafts everything was New Orleans. That first year ...

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Maria Schneider: On the Road Again

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Five time Grammy Award winner Maria Schneider and her eighteen-piece collective, some of the finest musicians on the jazz scene today, is on the road in 2018. All About Jazz spoke to the composer/arranger about her work, her love of music and her involvement and commitment to improve on the Music Modernization Act during a stop-over ...

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Tommy Igoe and the Birdland All Stars at the Sandler Center for the Arts

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In 2014 Tommy Igoe was voted the Worlds #1 Jazz Drummer in a Modern Drummers Readers Poll. Once you see him in action, you'll know why. Backed by his nine piece Birdland All-Star Band Igoe more than lives up to his reputation. Think of Buddy Rich on steroids. Steely Dan, the Beatles, Snarky Puppy, Latin, David ...

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Charlie Young with the John Toomey Trio at the Attucks Theater

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Native son Charlie Young returned home to teach a master class to a group of eager Old Dominion University jazz students then perform to a sold out audience at the Attucks Theater. Young's journey began in one of Norfolk's housing projects and has led him to being the Professor of Jazz saxophone at Howard University for ...


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