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The Ben Paterson Trio At The Jazz Corner

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Ben Paterson Trio
The Jazz Corner
Hilton Head Island, SC
May 10-11, 2019

The Ben Paterson Trio set off with the lilting Ray Brown tune “FSR" (For Sonny Rollins). By the time they had finished the very first piece the audience was fully engaged in the performance.

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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ron Brendle Quartet: A Tribute to the Bassists of Jazz

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Ron Brendle pays his own tribute to the music of the greatest bass players, bringing the heartbeat bass line of jazz out onto the front line in his new album A Tribute to the Bassists of Jazz. Brendle continues his mission to reveal and revere the great jazz compositions by bass players by bringing them together, ...

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Al Sergel: Alfred Sergel IVtet

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The first recording of new material made by any group of musicians is always an adventure. The journey this EP made was tempered organically, over time. It started two years ago with a collection of short memo recordings on composer Al Sergel's iPhone in late night places after gigs, which were enthusiastically received by friends.

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Beethoven, Barber and Vivaldi at The Jazz Corner

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Beethoven, Barber and Vivaldi
The Jazz Corner
Hiltonhead Island, SC
September 9, 2018

For half a year, this writer has been working with Mrs Lois Masteller, owner of the Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island SC, and Noel Freidline searching out a way to present classical music fully ...

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Scott Sawyer: Dreamers

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Creative musicians are dreamers by their very nature, but not the garden variety type; plain old dreamers simply imagine possibilities while musical dreamers imagine and realize them. They follow thoughts, concepts and ideas from inception through completion, ushering in life with their hands, hearts and minds. They sow the seeds of harmony, melody, rhythm, nuance and ...

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Scott Sawyer: Dreamers

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With a warm and inviting sound, guitarist Scott Sawyer offers an intriguing and engaging collection of songs in Dreamers, his latest release on Doll Records. Sawyer's style of playing is complex yet tastefully restrained and nuanced, reminiscent of guitar legends Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery. By doing so, he allows the song itself to ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Ron Brendle and Mike Holstein New CD "Rhizome"

Ron Brendle and Mike Holstein New CD "Rhizome"

Jazz bassists Mike Holstein and Ron Brendle have released a new album as a duo. The album, entitled Rhizome, was released this month by Brendle's LoNote Records. Brendle, who studied with Charlie Haden at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Smyrna, Florida, has performed along side jazz greats such as Charlie Byrd, Clark Terry, Frank Kimbrough, ...

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Ron Brendle Trio: Photograph

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Ron Brendle may not be a household word in New York, Chicago, or West Coast jazz clubs, but he is regarded as the leading bassist in the vicinity of Charlotte, North Carolina. Brendle has been the recipient of several awards in this regard and has collaborated with pianist Frank Kimbrough, another North Carolina native, on several ...

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Ron Brendle/Frank Kimbrough: Autumn

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There is a definite North Carolina flavor to this release. Bassist Ron Brendle has been a resident of the Charlotte area since 1981 and pianist Frank Kimbrough was born in the State. In addition, one of the tunes on the play list is the product of the recently departed North Carolinian, Loonis McGlohon, erstwhile pianist and ...