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Cannonball: A Man of the People

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This interview was conducted at Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1971 and was originally published in an arts newspaper called Transition.

Julian Cannonball Adderley was only three when he began to dig jazz and his hunger for his music is yet to be satiated. The first music he remembers hearing was in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Greg Abate & The Tim Ray Trio: Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z

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If you are going to be a bebop purist, you have to resist the temptation to dress your music up to appeal to the masses. Greg Abate is one of those brave souls who worship at the altar of Charlie Parker, and depends on pure inspiration to capture his audience's attention.

Gratitude: Stage Door ...

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Richie Cole: Cannonball

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Richie Cole and Julian “Cannonball" Adderley. It's as natural as soap and water. In an interview on this site, Cole proclaimed that the famed jazz musician was his favorite altoist. Like Adderley, Cole can cover a wide range of music--from the hardest of hard bop to commercial ditties. And also like Adderley, for Cole the audience ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Robert Lewis Heads the Charleston's Jazz Orchestra

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He is the director of jazz studies at the College of Charleston, a full time (and long time) member of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) in Charleston, South Carolina, in great demand for private lessons by aspiring jazz musicians and, when the time is right, a performer who leads his own group. So obviously, what Robert ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Bernhardt: The Four Sidemen Of The Apocalypse

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On the surface, Eric Bernhardt is one of the many faceless, aspiring jazz musicians who hit the clubs on Frenchman Street in New Orleans, playing for tips and hoping to get noticed. What separates him from the rest is that he is a monster jazz musician.

Recently encountered in a desperate-looking club called the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish: Pardes

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Amos Hoffman and Noam Lemish are among a wave of jazz musicians that has emerged from Israel in the last ten years. The success of bassist Avishai Cohen and his sister, clarinetist Anat Cohen and guitarist Gilad Heckselman has caught the attention of jazz fans around the world.

Hoffman, now a resident of Columbia, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Nnenna Freelan With The Charleston Jazz Orchestra at Charleston Music Hall

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Nnenna Freelon with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra
Charleston Music Hall
Charleston, SC
January 18, 2018

If you were expecting fireworks and bombastic performances of favorite pop tunes, jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon might have disappointed you in her Charleston debut last Friday night at the Charleston Music Hall. But if your ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Richie Cole: Latin Lover

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Last year alto saxophonist/arranger Richie Cole released an album called the Many Minds of Richie Cole. Latin Lover could easily have carried the same title. There are indeed many minds in Cole's head-- often seemingly incompatible with each other. Several of them are in this CD.

Cole was grabbed out of Berklee School of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Herbie Hancock at the Gaillard Center Music Hall

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Herbie Hancock Quartet
Galliard Music Hall
Charleston, SC
October 18, 2017

Keyboardist and jazz legend, Herbie Hancock sat down at his synthesizer and immediately filled the Galliard Center Music Hall in Charleston, South Carolina on October 18th with a carpet of electronic sound, setting the stage for a panoply of ever ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Richie Cole: Blue Collar Bebopper

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Jazz alto saxophonist Richie Cole wants to reach out to you, whether you are the mayor of a highly popular tourist city or just a guy dropping over for a couple of beers.

“I play for people," says Cole. “People are all the same. If they understand or want to understand jazz, I welcome ...