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ARTICLE: RADIO

Alicia Olatuja talks about her "Intuition"

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As an artist, Alicia Olatuja is distinguished by her graceful presence and her fine-tuned and soulful vocals. Her latest album, Intuition: Songs from the Minds of Women, is a collection of classic songs written by female composers. The album features David Rosenthal on guitar, Billy Childs on piano, Ulysses Owens Jr. on drums, Dayna Stephens on ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ulysses Owens Jr. At The Jazz Corner

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Ulysses Owens Jr.
The Jazz Corner
Songs of Love
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
February 15-16, 2019

It was a pleasure to hear a group of skillful, energetic, and highly-educated young musicians at Hilton Head Island's Jazz Corner, led by master musician and two-time Grammy winner (including one for his work with ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Performance And Visual Artist Diane Hoffman To Release Third Album Do I Love You Produced By Ulysses Owens, Jr. Featuring A Dynamic Ensemble

Performance And Visual Artist Diane Hoffman To Release Third Album Do I Love You Produced By Ulysses Owens, Jr. Featuring A Dynamic Ensemble

Vocalist and visual artist Diane Hoffman will release her third album entitled Do I Love You on October 9, 2018. On the recording, Hoffman once again chose to feature drummer/percussionist Ulysses Owens, Jr. with whom she previously worked and, who for this project, produced and assembled a formidable ensemble that includes Billy Test, piano; Jacob Kelberman, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Justin Varnes & Ulysses Owens Jr at The Jazz Corner

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Justin Varnes / Ulysses Owens Jr.
The Jazz Corner
Hilton Head Island, SC
September 21-22, 2018

The special relationship between jazz drummers and bass players could never have been more obvious than on two consecutive weekends at The Jazz Corner in September 2018. Holding down the rhythm and bass line together, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Umbria Jazz 2016

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Umbria Jazz 2016
Perugia, varie sedi
8-17.07.2016

Sul numero di maggio di Downbeat vengono riportati in sintesi i calendari dei più importanti jazz festival estivi dell'intero globo. È facile constatare che i programmi degli appuntamenti europei di maggior richiamo sono spesso analoghi a quello di Umbria Jazz, basandosi su una serie ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Elio Villafranca at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on April 16-17 & More!

Elio Villafranca at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on April 16-17 & More!

ELIO VILLAFRANCA UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Cuban Pianist Presents
Cinqué-Suite of the Caribbean
April 16 & April 17 (LIVE WEBCAST)
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Cinqué-Suite of the Caribbean debuted in The Appel Room in 2015 and was one of the top concerts of the 2014-15 season. Cuban pianist and composer Elio Villafranca now brings ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brianna Thomas: You Must Believe In Love

Read "You Must Believe In Love" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Brianna Thomas is the complete package. Through this music she exhibits emotional depth, to-die-for scat skills, incredible pitch control and shading, strong songwriting skills, intuitively elastic phrasing, soulful bearing, and great range. And all this on a debut album.

You Must Believe In Love finds the Illinois-born, New York-based Thomas spreading her wings ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Ulysses Owens Jr.: Of Odysseys And Evolution

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The back panel of drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.'s Onward & Upward is adorned with a telling quote from spiritual teacher/writer Ernest Holmes. His statement, that “evolution is proof of an irresistible urge which pushes everything onward and upward," could be applied to myriad topics, but it truly captures the essence of jazz drumming through time; it ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Adam Rongo: Tell Your Story

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Young saxophonist Adam Rongo introduces himself to a national audience on the appropriately-titled Tell Your Story, delivering a sparkling debut of straight ahead post-bop material featuring a seasoned cast of players superbly interpreting a selection of new and exciting cover tunes--all telling a musical story that is unfolding quite nicely. Originally from Essexville, Michigan, and coming ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Diego Rivera: The Contender

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Like the famous muralist from whom he got his name, Michigan tenor saxophonist Diego Rivera covers a lot of stylistic ground while adhering to a workmanlike theme on his new CD, The Contender.

Rivera leads a powerful sextet through an 11-song set of brawny, orthodox post-bop that carries on the blowing session tradition in ...