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John Watkins

John Watkins, p.k.a. “J Saxx”, was born in Cleveland Ohio. He developed his love for music at the early age of 8 by listening to his father Rev. John C. Watkins and his uncle Lamar Gaines. Having the opportunity to enroll into the Cleveland School of Arts, allowed J Saxx to expand his knowledge of wind instruments as well as music theory and music production. Some of J Saxx earlier influences stemmed from local sensations like Russell Thompson, Kenny Legrand and Eddie Baccus, Jr. to National recording artist Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Grover Washington Jr., Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Everett Harp, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Cecil Rucker, Eric Gould, Michael Becker, Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett, David Sandborn, Kenny G, and Thelonius Monk

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Still Dreaming and Dr. Lonnie Smith at Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

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Still Dreaming/Dr. Lonnie Smith
Playhouse Square
Tri-C JazzFest
Cleveland, Ohio
June 29, 2018

Now in its 39th year, Cleveland's Tri-C JazzFest has evolved over the years having started as an educational springtime event. Most recently, the action has shifted from the Cuyahoga Community College campus to downtown Cleveland's Playhouse Square ...

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Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan at Blossom Music Center

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The Doobie Brothers & Steely Dan-The Summer of Living Dangerously Tour
Blossom Music Center
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
June 23, 2018

If there is one tried and true adage that is applicable to the arts, it is the one that goes “everything old is new again." Be it a need for monetary ...

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Bob James Trio at Nighttown

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Bob James Trio
Nighttown
Cleveland, Ohio
June 22, 2018

Although we keep hearing all the time that by sheer numbers the jazz audience is a small and select crowd, the fact remains that select musicians have crafted the type of following that guarantees crowd interest in all their latest endeavors. This ...

NEWS: EVENT

Legendary Jazz Artist Bob James To Play Three-night Stand In Cleveland At Nighttown

Legendary Jazz Artist Bob James To Play Three-night Stand In Cleveland At Nighttown

Legendary contemporary jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Bob James and his trio featuring bassist Michael Palazzalo and drummer Billy Kilson are set to perform June 22 and 23 at Nighttown in jny: Cleveland. Sets will be at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and tickets are $40. On Sunday June 24, James will be featured with an Ohio ...

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Kurrent Duo at The Bop Stop

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Kurrent Duo with Brian Charette and Jordan Young
The Bop Stop
Cleveland, Ohio
October 26, 2017

Taking the tried and true organ trio format and turning it on its side, Brian Charette's latest self-produced release is a mind-bending mélange of colors that is certainly one of the best recordings of ...

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Bob Niederriter Trio At The Bop Stop

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Bob Niederriter Trio featuring Tony Monaco
The Bop Stop
Cleveland, Ohio
September 29, 2017

Booking live jazz on a nightly basis anywhere other than jny: New York City is a risky proposition to be sure. Just ask former Cleveland club owners Ron Busch and Anita Nonneman about this and surely they ...

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Ronnie Foster Trio at Nighttown

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Although he came along at the end of an era in terms of the popularity of jazz organ, Ronnie Foster has led a varied and colorful career having studied with the iconic Jimmy Smith and worked with a wide variety of artists including George Benson, David Sanborn, Stevie Wonder, Stanley Turrentine, and Djavan. Currently leading his ...

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2017 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

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2017 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Playhouse Square
Cleveland, Ohio
June 22-22, 2017

Although the Newport and Reno festivals have had a longer track record, there are many intriguing connections between the jny: Detroit and Tri-C jazz festivals, both of which are celebrating their 38th birthdays this season. Fostering a strong educational component, ...

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Jeff Lorber Fusion at Nighttown

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Jeff Lorber Fusion
Nighttown
Cleveland, Ohio
May 26, 2017

One of the pioneers of the fusion movement of the early '80s that ultimately morphed into the smooth jazz craze, keyboard man Jeff Lorber made his initial mark with the five albums he cut between 1977 and 1981. Leading an ensemble ...