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John Escreet, The Expansions and More

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To open this week's episode of Neon Jazz we feature the British pianist John Escreet and one of his heroes, Keith Jarrett. The show pays tribute to the talented jazz singer Kellye Gray and profiles The Standard Vocal Jazz Ensemble out of Kansas City Kansas Community College. Also spotlighted are jazz icons like Dexter Gordon and ...

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Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux & Hot Heros

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A pair of albums from Northern European artists demonstrate a similar approach in this episode--improvising upon the folk melodies of their countries--Poland's Irek Wojtczak and his Folk Five and Finland's Hot Heros. For Wojtczak, he's just happy to see his recording available: the radio station that was recording the live concert lost the tapes, but fortunately, ...

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Jonathan Finlayson, Master Oogway & More

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These days touring is maybe the most critical aspect of a jazz musician's ability to not only promote one's music but also to survive financially. Toronto drummer Ethan Ardelli is proof of that pudding. He's taken his fine quartet and hit the road across Canada for the month of November--23 events from coast to coast--and will ...

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Trios and Quartets In Abundance

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This episode is dominated by trios and quartets. Making her One Man's Jazz debut is English saxophonist Josephine Davies and her trio Satori with a pair of tracks from In the Corner of Clouds, while bassist Michael Formanek, no stranger to this show, debuts a new quartet with Kris Davis, Ches Smith and Tony Malaby. His ...

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Josephine Davies' Satori: In The Corners Of Clouds

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It's interesting to compare In The Corners Of Clouds with Josephine Davies' previous album simply entitled Satori (Whirlwind, 2017). That live album was recorded at a gig in London in 2016, whereas In The Corners Of Clouds was recorded at Buffalo Studios, London in February 2018. The line-up has changed slightly too with Paul Clarvis replaced ...

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Devin Gray, Jakob Bro Trio and More

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This episode of One Man's Jazz is in its usual global mode with new releases from Portugal's José Lencastre and his Nau Quartet, the Jakob Bro Trio, Medeski Martin & Wood, Devin Gray, France's Stéphane Kerecki Quartet and Bruno Tocanne, Norway's Anders Lønne Grønseth, Earthflow and the Gondwana Orchestra (with Dwight Trible) from England, and the ...

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Josephine Davies: Satori

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An alumnus of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Josephine Davies's follow-up to her 2010 Trio Records album Perspective. She is a member of the excellent London Jazz Orchestra which habitually stuns audiences with its collective virtuosity; she also composes for this big band too. She appeared on fellow LJO member Pete Hurt's landmark 2016 ...