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Mike Kennedy: Landfall

Read "Landfall" reviewed by Doug Collette

The release of guitarist Mike Kennedy's Landfall is most appropriately-timed for those about to enter the sweet seasons of spring and summer. It is the ideal soundtrack for lolling in the sun.

With a quartet moving right in time with him, Kennedy utilizes electric and acoustic guitars, along with judiciously placed pedal steel, to ...

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Mike Kennedy

Mike Kennedy is a Philadelphia based guitarist, composer, and music educator. Over the last 20 years, Mike's performance schedule has covered much of the East Coast and parts of California,Texas, Florida and Ohio.He has performed with commercially known international pop artists, such as Lou Rawls, Michael Feinstein, Bernadette Peters, Peter Nero and The Philly Pops and The Midtown Men as well as a long list of Philadelphia artists. Mike’s current project, Landfall, has been described as a three-way between Ennio Morricone, Henry Mancini and Danny Gatton. Landfall is an anthology of instrumental songs inspired by the power, beauty and vastness of the American western and southwestern landscape

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing

Read "Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Dan Monaghan is a working drummer who makes an indispensable contribution to the music by being the one who provides the swing and support that allows the other musicians to achieve their diverse objectives. He performs so often in the Philadelphia area that if you go to a jazz show, there's a fair chance he'll be ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Kennedy: Insulation

Read "Insulation" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This unpretentious but edifying album consists of a series of guitar originals which flow into one another to form a unified whole. The music is relaxing, with a light swing that calls to mind guitarists like Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall, and might be called, to coin a phrase, “soft bop." Mike Kennedy, guitarist and leader, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Rick Lawn's Power of Ten at Chris' Jazz Cafe

Read "Rick Lawn's Power of Ten at Chris' Jazz Cafe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Power of Ten
Rick Lawn, Musical Director
Chris' Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA
February 4, 2014

The Power of Ten is a cracker-jack ensemble of some of the best Philadelphia-based musicians. Powered by its founder and leader, Rick Lawn, their first and only CD, Earth Tones (Self-produced, ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Bob Ross

Read "Take Five With Bob Ross" reviewed by Bob Ross

Meet Bob Ross:
My career in music began when I was 11 years old. I started playing trumpet and continued for seven years. At 14, I began playing guitar and have been doing so for 12 years. In 2008, I graduated from Morehead State University with a Bachelor of Music degree. In 2010 I earned ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Rick Lawn’s Power of Ten Little Big Band: Earth Tones

Read "Rick Lawn’s Power of Ten Little Big Band: Earth Tones" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Rick Lawn's Power of Ten Little Big Band

Earth Tones

Self Produced

2011

The “little" big band format, an ensemble that may range from seven to 11 instrumentalists, gives the leader/arranger/composer--in this case the multi-faceted reed player Rick Lawn--a chance to finely craft the music and bring in players who are equally ...

NEWS: EVENT

Philadelphia Charitable Concert Tribute to Billie Holiday: October 4, 2009

Philadelphia Charitable Concert Tribute to Billie Holiday: October 4, 2009

Fine and Mellow: Lady Day Remembered in Song. A Philadelphia Tribute to Billie Holiday

An Upcoming Musical and Charitable Event: Sunday evening, October 4, 2009, 7:00pm; at Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany; 13th and Pine Steet, Center City, Philadelphia. (An open reception with the musicians fill follow the concert.) This exciting jazz event will be ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Kennedy Quartet: Idle Afternoon

Read "Idle Afternoon" reviewed by Edward Zucker

Consisting of all original compositions, Mike Kennedy's self-produced Idle Afternoon stays firmly based in the pre-hard bop lexicon, interpreting swinging and straight-ahead tunes. A Philadelphia-based guitarist, Kennedy possesses a rich, thick, soulful sound. The opening “I'll Take Two features Kennedy laying down some harmonious and stimulating lines. The album's piece de resistance is the closing track, ...