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Godwin Louis, alto saxophonist, was born in Harlem, New York and began playing saxophone at age nine. Godwin grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut and Port au Prince, Haiti. Godwin was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Saxophone Competition. He has performed around the globe including: Mali, Senegal, Togo, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, Azerbaijan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Venezuela, Colombia, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia. Godwin is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute for Jazz Performance. Godwin has studied and performed with Herbie Hancock, Clark Terry, Roger Dickerson, Ron Carter, Al Foster, Jack Dejohnette, Jimmy Heath, Billy Preston, Patti Labelle, Toni Braxton, Babyface, Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Barry Harris, Howard Shore, David Baker, Mulatu Astakte, Mahmoud Ahmed, Wynton Marsalis, and Terence Blanchard just to name a few. In addition, Godwin has performed as a sideman, guest soloist and has conducted clinics and master classes worldwide

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Experience Ayiti Joins With The Mingus Big Band At New York’s Jazz Standard This October To Support Music Initiatives In Haiti

Experience Ayiti Joins With The Mingus Big Band At New York’s Jazz Standard This October To Support Music Initiatives In Haiti

The New York-based Mingus Big Band will host the non-profit charity Experience Ayiti (XA) during October, to bring awareness and raise funds for XA’s mission in Haiti. The residency will take place at New York’s Jazz Standard on Mondays beginning October 7, followed by each consecutive Monday that month; October 14, 21, and 28. Sets are ...

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Leon Redbone and Lawrence Leathers

Read "Leon Redbone and Lawrence Leathers" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From the veteran vibes Chuck Redd we rocket into this week's episode of Neon Jazz. From there, we peer into the influences into Chuck's life with cats like Charlie Byrd and Count Basie. We take a good look into the life and music of Paul Serrato and Ashley Pezzotti and pay respects to a couple of ...

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A Conversation with Drummer Jonathan Barber

Read "A Conversation with Drummer Jonathan Barber" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

On his debut album, Vision Ahead , Jonathan Barber delivers some very well executed original compositions. These songs have introspective origins and help shape the current path of his music group also called Vision Ahead. The album features pianist Taber Gable, guitarist Andrew Renfroe, saxophonist Godwin Louis, bassist Matt Dwonszyk, and vocalists Denise Renee and Sasha ...

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Experience Ayiti Gears Up For Their Second Annual Mission Trip To Haiti This December With A Special Benefit Concert In New York City On November 19th

Experience Ayiti Gears Up For Their Second Annual Mission Trip To Haiti This December With A Special Benefit Concert In New York City On November 19th

Humanitarian arts and educational organization Experience Ayiti will hold a special benefit concert on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at DROM in New York City, for the organization's second annual mission trip to Haiti. The show will present an All-Star ensemble featuring saxophonist and Experience Ayiti's founder Godwin Louis, vocalist Pauline Jean, along with Billy Buss (trumpet), ...

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Emmet Cohen Featuring Jimmy Cobb: Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1

Read "Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Young pianist Emmet Cohen has a reverence for the history of jazz and a deep abiding yearning to preserve the music of the masters and to this end, Cohen developed the concept of a Masters Legacy Series intended to be a collection of recordings and interviews with various living jazz icons who began their careers fifty ...

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Emmet Cohen Featuring Jimmy Cobb: Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1

Read "Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Emmet Cohen aims to honor the jazz masters. He starts with drummer Jimmy Cobb, on the Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1, a mostly piano trio affair featuring Cobb himself in the the drummer's chair. Cobb is best known for his participation in one of the jazz world's most famous recording, Miles Davis' Kind ...

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2016 Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "2016 Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

2016 Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan September 2-4, 2016 The staging of North America's largest free jazz festival must indeed be some kind of massive undertaking. In the years since artistic director Chris Collins has taken the reins of the festival, there have been many changes, some for the ...

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Francisco Pais' Lotus Project: Verde

Read "Verde" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Despite this album's title, it's not a monochromatic musical affair. In fact, it's one of the most kaleidoscopic offerings to touchdown in 2016. Guitarist Francisco Pais pulls together a collection of New York's finest young-ish guns to breathe life into his variegated works--pieces that alternately touch on everything from indie rock to modern ...

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Pauline Jean: Nwayo

Read "Nwayo" reviewed by James Nadal

One cannot properly realize the music of vocalist Pauline Jean without delving into the history of Haiti, as they are intrinsically intertwined. She has the innate ability to seamlessly flow within her ancestral culture while very much being the modern artist living the creative life. Her sophomore release Nwayo--Haitian Kreyol for core or center--is an amalgam ...


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