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Renee Manning

Born and bred in Brooklyn, N.Y., Renee Manning stands out from the crowd. Her robust voice, rich tones and impeccable time make her truly a musicians vocalist. Her debut in the jazz world as the singer with the Mel Lewis Orchestra (from 1983-1989) was the longest tenure of any vocalist associated with that organization . By chance, Mr. Lewis heard Renée performing at Mikells . He invited her to sit in with his band at the Village Vanguard and after a standing ovation hired her as his vocalist on the spot. Since then she has proven to be an incredibly versatile singer. Many, however associate her with big bands and the blues

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YOHAM ORTIZ

YOHAM ORTIZ is a composer, guitarist and vocalist having a conversation about environmental awareness and personal growth. A musician with an open ear to the world, Yoham’s compositions share stories about caring for our planet and each other. Yoham’s performances are driven by his emotive vocals and energetic finger-style guitar playing. His virtuosic guitar technique fuses Classical, Jazz, Caribbean and South American styles including the little known Dominican Carabine. He sings in English and in Spanish. “To perform solo acoustic guitar is a bold statement in a time when audiences expect big, multi- dimensional sounds

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Cortex: Live In New York

Read "Live In New York" reviewed by John Sharpe

Live In New York constitutes the fourth outing by young Norwegian outfit Cortex. It's one of a stream of top notch dates emerging on the Portuguese Clean Feed label by a welter of interconnected bands from the burgeoning Scandinavian scene. All four members share a common background in jazz studies from Trondheim, but are now active ...

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Cortex: Live in New York

Read "Live in New York" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Do you remember when you first heard Ornette Coleman's The Shape Of Jazz To Come (Atlantic, 1959)? It could have been fifty years ago or five, but its life force remains. Its music was/is nearly impossible to ignore. The same can be said of the Norwegian quartet Cortex's Live In New York. It sizzles with a ...

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Michael Bates: Live In New York

Read "Live In New York" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Prevalent in the musical ethic of Michael Bates is a masterful balance of instrumental and compositional elements. Live in New York is Bates' group Outside Sources--Russ Johnson (trumpet), Quinsin Nachoff (saxophone and clarinet) and drummer Jeff Davis --documented at a Fall 2008 Cornelia Street Café gig.

The initial snap of the snare on the ...

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The Uptown Quintet: Live in New York

Read "Live in New York" reviewed by Samuel Chell

This 2006 release of an on-location recording features a non-working band of five musicians who live above 96th Street and have studied at the New School or the Manhattan School of Music. The sounds are less suggestive of the conservatory, however, than Rudy Van Gelder's Blue Note recording studio from the late '50s and early '60s, ...

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Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio: Live in New York

Read "Live in New York" reviewed by Matt Cibula

Damn, these bastards can play. Mark O'Connor, who was playing duets onstage with Stephane Grappelli every night when he was seventeen years old, has a truly formidable range of skills on jazz violin. He has assembled a crack band--Frank Vignola is mercurial and scary-fast on guitar, Jon Burr is everywhere he needs to be on bass. ...

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The Uptown Quintet: Live in New York

Read "Live in New York" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Let's start off with the meat of the matter: Live in New York is hard bop of the highest order; it drives straight ahead with a crackling energy. If Art Blakey can hear this disc up in jazz heaven, he surely has a big grin on his face.

And now a tangent. You've got to ...

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Barry Harris: Live in New York

Read "Live in New York" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Maestro Barry Harris, who's never at a loss for an appropriate note or phrase, leads a well-coordinated quintet through its paces on this smooth-as-velvet but no less invigorating date, recorded 'on location' (we're not told where) in New York City.

Harris, one of the leading bop pianists of the past forty years and now ...

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Barry Harris: Live in New York

Read "Live in New York" reviewed by Riel Lazarus

Live jazz recordings are a curious sort of creature. Sometimes they capture the energy of spontaneous creation so fundamental to the jazz idiom, while at other times they unwittingly detach the music from the atmosphere which inspired it. In the case of legendary pianist Barry Harris' recent release, Live in New York, jazz fans will be ...