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NEWS: EVENT

BRIC Announces Third Annual BRIC Jazzfest, A World-Class Jazz Festival In The Heart Of The Brooklyn Cultural District, October 14-21, 2017

BRIC Announces Third Annual BRIC Jazzfest, A World-Class Jazz Festival In The Heart Of The Brooklyn Cultural District, October 14-21, 2017

Acclaimed New Festival Brings Together Globe-Trotting Jazz Legends, Groundbreaking Emerging Jazz Artists From Brooklyn And Beyond, And Grows In Third Year To Include: A Full Week of Programming, Much of it Free, Featuring Performances By Maceo Parker, The Sun Ra Arkesta Directed by Marshall Allen, Vijay Iyer, The Terri Lyne Carrington Band, GoGo Penguin and More A Two-Night Jazz ...

Take Five With Billy Carrion Jr.

Read "Take Five With Billy Carrion Jr." reviewed by Billy Carrion Jr

Meet Billy Carrion Jr:
I've been around music since I was in my mother's womb. My dad-- singer, Billy Carrion Sr. --would play sounds of Batacumbele through headphones over my mom's belly. My first saxophone experience came at nine. After being taught to read and write, I started my musical journey. At 16, I was ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Papo Vazquez: San Francisco, CA, March 22, 2013

Read "Papo Vazquez: San Francisco, CA, March 22, 2013" reviewed by Ken Vermes

Papo Vazquez's Pirates and Troubadours
SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco, CA
March 22, 2013
On Friday, March 22, 2013, jazz lovers at the new SFJAZZ Center were in for a very special experience. As part of the series of concerts curated by a jazz artist, conguero John Santos unleashed what can ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Papo Vazquez: Oasis

Read "Oasis" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Trombonist/composer Papo Vazquez brings in his Mighty Pirates Troubadours for another musical adventure full of scintillating melodies, energetic rhythms and heady grooves all of which make for a wonderful album. Not content to stay within one genre, Vazquez blends and mixes them with the skill of a wizard. The styles slide into place easily and compactly, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Papo Vasquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours: Detroit, MI, September 1, 2012

Read "Papo Vasquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours: Detroit, MI, September 1, 2012" reviewed by Steve Bryant

Papo Vasquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours
Detroit Jazz Festival
Detroit, MI
September 1, 2012

When a musician decides to play Latin,, it is easy for him to get pigeonholed into the Salsa circuit with a little instrumental mambo disguised as Latin jazz thrown in. This isn't the case for trombonist Papo Vasquez who, for the last ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Clifton Anderson: Leading The Way

Read "Clifton Anderson: Leading The Way" reviewed by Mikayla Gilbreath



Not since the heyday of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey has the trombone enjoyed widespread acceptance as a band leader's instrument. With only a few exceptions, the last half century has seen trombonists slide from favor as leaders and become more commonly viewed as sidemen. Even genuinely notable artists like J.J. Johnson, Frank Rosolino, ...

May 2010

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Adam Lane

Brooklyn Lyceum

Brooklyn, NY April 14, 2010

While bassist Adam Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra is named to conjure up great size and bombast, at present it's a compact sextet whose sonic inventory includes passages of nuance and overall calm. With a Bay Area lineup, Lane has released No(w) Music (Cadence, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours at Brooklyn Public Library

Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours at Brooklyn Public Library

Jazz trombonist Papo Vazquez's Afro-Caribbean ensemble, Pirates Troubadours, will be hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture on Thursday, April 1 for a free concert from 7 to 8:30 PM. The Dweck Center's entrance is located at the Central Library on Eastern Parkway near Grand Army Plaza ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nick La Riviere: Too Much To Do

Read "Too Much To Do" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The warmth of the trombone as a brass instrument is astounding. Masters of the instrument such as Roswell Rudd, Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Ray Anderson and Papo Vazquez give this wondrous instrument a near-human voice using smears and growls, groans and sighs. Canada is suddenly becoming a breeding ground for fine young instrumentalists who are adding ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Billy Carrion, Jr.

Read "Take Five With Billy Carrion, Jr." reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Billy Carrion Jr:

Billy Carrion Jr started on the alto saxophone at 9 years old. Music of all kinds was always playing at Billy's home by his salsa singing father, who has an amazing career of his own. After being taught how to read, write, and make a sound out of the horn, ...