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John Dokes

John Dokes is an American vocalist who first came to prominence as a championship lindy hopper in New York. He uses his smooth baritone voice to perform in big band and jazz genres. Singing a mixture of blues, ballads, popular songs, and jazz standards, John is currently the featured vocalist with the popular big band George Gee’s Swing Jazz Orchestra. His musical influences include Nat King Cole, Joe Williams, Jimmy Rushing and Frank Sinatra.

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McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans & More

Read "McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Off a brand new album called 400 by veteran jazz bass cat Avery Sharpe, we charge straight on into a new episode of Neon Jazz. We continue the music with a look into the world of Matt Slocum, Curtis Nowosad and Brad Turner with new projects and revelations from their music minds. We also pepper in ...

Ten Artists: June 2019

Read "Ten Artists: June 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Polly Gibbons All I Can Do Resonance Records 2019 Polly Gibbons's 2017 Resonance release, Is It Me...? was positively received by All About Jazz and other outlets when it appeared. That recording featured a crack trio augmented with soloists, establishing Gibbons as a sensitive yet muscular interpreter of the American ...

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Hilary Gardner/Ehud Asherie: The Late Set

Read "The Late Set" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If you're looking for the definition of a class act, look no more. This is most certainly it. With The Late Set, kindred spirits Hilary Gardner and Ehud Asherie make us simultaneously pine for an era long gone and appreciate what's right in front of us. If you've followed either one of these ...

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George Gee Swing Orchestra: Swing Makes You Happy!

Read "Swing Makes You Happy!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Swing Makes You Happy! isn't just an album title: it's a mantra and belief system that guides the George Gee Swing Orchestra, a little big band intent on rekindling the ear's love affair with music associated with a bygone era. Gee has been in the big band business for more than three decades, ...

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George Gee: Swing Makes You Happy!

Read "Swing Makes You Happy!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The George Gee Swing Orchestra swings in the manner of Gee's friend and mentor, Count Basie, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale (Gee's group numbers only eleven, and that includes vocalists Hilary Gardner and John Dokes). Even so, the Basie spirit is ever-present, and if Swing Makes You Happy, Gee's eighth album as leader (and first ...


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