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The 2013 Jazz Bridge Calendar: A Great Day In Philadelphia!

The 2013 Jazz Bridge Calendar: A Great Day In Philadelphia!

Author/jazz historian Nat Hentoff describes the Jazz Bridge Calendar as a treasure and collector’s item. And indeed it is. Beautifully designed by bassist/graphic artist Kathy Ridl, the brand-new 2013 edition honors saxophonists Ken Ulansey, Bobby Zankel, John Coltrane and Tim Warfield; vocalists Joanna Pascale and Ella Gahnt; bassists Jimmy Garrison and Henry Grimes; drummer Billy James; ...

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Take Five With Larry Tamanini

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Meet Larry Tamanini:
Larry Tamanini is a professional musician with lots of experience in various high-level musical settings.

Instrument(s):
Guitar.

Teachers and/or influences?
My primary teachers for learning guitar have been Pat Martino, Dennis Sandole and Tom Giacabetti. Like most musicians, I have many influences. My ...

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Don Williams' Tribute to Billy James

Read "Don Williams' Tribute to Billy James" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Don Williams' Tribute to Billy James
Trumpets Jazz Club
Montclair, NJ
February 18, 2010

Revered by Hammond B-3 organ and soul-jazz aficionados, drummer Billy James, who died last November at the age of 73, is best known for his role in the bands of organist Don Patterson. James' galvanizing ride ...

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Jazz Drummer Billy James Dies at 73

Jazz Drummer Billy James Dies at 73

Legendary jazz drummer Billy James has died in Philadelphia at the age of 73. James died Friday night at Mercy Hospital after struggling with complications from asthma. That's according to his longtime girlfriend, Danita Lyburn. James was originally from Pittsburgh and played with jazz greats including Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis, Sonny Stitt, Don Patterson, Pat Martino, Bootsie Barnes, Eddie ...

Billy James

Read "Billy James" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Despite the fact that he never clamors for attention and seldom takes a solo, Billy James has a distinctive style of drumming that flourishes in the confines of the soul jazz idiom. His discography largely consists of recordings in the company of the legendary organist Don Patterson, along with other expansive, go-for-broke players like Sonny Stitt ...