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ARTICLE: RADIO

September Birthday Salutes

Read "September Birthday Salutes" reviewed by Marc Cohn

September birthdays this week on G&M! Pianists: Gene Harris, Horace Silver, Onaje Allan Gumbs & Bud Powell; organists Jack McDuff & Akiko Tsuruga; guitarist Peter Bernstein; reeds (lots of 'em!) Art Pepper, Tony Dagradi, Julian “Cannonball" Adderley, Bob Reynolds, Gary Bartz, Ken Vandermark, Oliver Lake & John Coltrane; drummers Matt Wilson & Elvin Jones; trumpeter Fats ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Onaje Allan Gumbs: Dare To Dream

Read "Onaje Allan Gumbs: Dare To Dream" reviewed by La-Faithia White

Onaje Allan Gumbs is a New York based pianist, composer, lyricist, and bandleader. Gumbs' professional career began in 1971 when Leroy Kirkland introduced him to Kenny Burrell, by sharing a demo tape. The next day Gumbs received a phone call to play with Burrell at Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit. Onaje, (Gumbs) talks about the beginnings ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lou Volpe: Remembering Ol' Blue Eyes

Read "Remembering Ol' Blue Eyes" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Ol' Blue Eyes, of course, is the late Frank Sinatra, arguably the greatest interpreter of popular American music who ever lived. Guitarist Lou Volpe (who doesn't sing) remembers Sinatra on this entertaining assortment of thirteen tunes associated with the Chairman of the Board (and leader of the Rat Pack) plus a special tribute, “Europa," which closes ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joseph Daley: Portraits: Wind, Thunder and Love

Read "Portraits: Wind, Thunder and Love" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

A veteran of the adventurous music scene for over four decades, tubaist and composer Joseph Daley has rarely sought the spotlight for himself, but he has left his indelible mark on all projects with which he was involved. Daley, who spent most of his professional life as an educator, is the consummate artist as he balances ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Onaje Allan Gumbs: Bloodlife: Solo Piano Improvisations Based on the Melodies of Ronald Shannon Jackson

Read "Bloodlife: Solo Piano Improvisations Based on the Melodies of Ronald Shannon Jackson" reviewed by John Kelman

Best known for his mainstream work with Woody Shaw on classic albums like The Moontrane (Muse, 1975) and Stepping Stones (Columbia, 1978), it may come as a surprise to learn that pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs was not just a friend and mentor to Ronald Shannon Jackson, but that he also played on the drummer's Decode Yourself ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Woody Shaw: The Complete Muse Sessions

Read "Woody Shaw: The Complete Muse Sessions" reviewed by John Kelman

The past couple years have been banner ones for reviving the legacy of Woody Shaw, a trumpeter and composer who--emerging in the early '60s on albums by extant jazz stars like Eric Dolphy, Andrew Hill, McCoy Tyner and Horace Silver, and contributing to on-the-rise names including Larry Young and Chick Corea--has all-too-often been overlooked. Still, with ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Bridge Presents Mimi Jones In Society Hill On Thursday, May 17th!

Jazz Bridge Presents Mimi Jones In Society Hill On Thursday, May 17th!

Appearing at Jazz at the Playhouse for the last concert of this season is bassist/vocalist Mimi Jones and her band featuring Shirazetti Tinnin on drums and pianist Rachel Eckroth at the Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th Street in Philadelphia on May 17th. One Show: 7:30-9 p.m. Admission: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. For info: ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lou Volpe: Here and Now

Read "Here and Now" reviewed by Nic Jones

Lou Volpe is a guitarist who, in the mold of George Benson and Pat Martino has the groove down pat, but with the harmonic and melodic sensibilities to put a personal stamp on all his flights. He's worked with the likes of Chet Baker, Herbie Hancock and Roberta Flack, bringing all of that experience to Here ...

Avery Sharpe: Running Man

Read "Running Man" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Avery Sharpe has an extensive history as a bandleader, a composer and a first-call bassist with musicians such as Yusef Lateef, and Pat Metheny. He was also McCoy Tyner's bassist for almost 20 years. No surprise, then, that Running Man is a rhythmically strong album of straight-ahead jazz tunes.

The bassist's compositions move ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lou Volpe: Hear And Now

Read "Hear And Now" reviewed by Jack Huntley

Lou Volpe is a seasoned session and touring guitarist who has backed a litany of music luminaries. On Hear And Now, he steps out into the spotlight and fills center stage with his melodic, infection playing. Backed by a superb cast of musicians, Volpe's playing straddles the line between classic jazz guitar and a more exuberant, ...