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MUSICIAN Born:

Shirley Crabbe

Native New Yorker and 2019 New York Bistro Award winner, Shirley Crabbe has been hailed as possessing a voice that “must surely appeal to all who love good jazz singing.” Her “almost Ella Fitzgerald–like vibe glows…” says Downbeat Magazine's John Ephland on her 2011 debut recording HOME featuring the legendary saxophonist Houston Person. Her 2018 Top 50 album BRIDGES (2018) has received rave reviews and spotlights her collaborations with renowned pianists Donald Vega, and David Budway. Shirley has been a guest on syndicated radio programs such as “Jazz Inspired” hosted by Judy Carmichael, and Steve Cuden's "StoryBeat" to name a few, and currently performs at jazz clubs, festivals and concert series in the US

MUSICIAN Born:

Billy Prim

Billy Prim was born in Larisa , Greece in 1997. He started playing drums at the age of 15. His musical studies include 6 years of classical piano lesson. Billy he finished his basic education in Greece but after all that the music placed him somewhere else. He moved to Hungary and there he studied the drums. During and after his studies Billy was joining several musical projects, recordings and tours with different ensembles of different genres of music. Billy keeps going on with his musical journey, improvement, looks forward to new challenges, experiments for a better and newer experience

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Dan Montgomery: Storyteller

Read "Storyteller" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Young bassist Dan Montgomery makes a splashy entrance onto the landscape of recorded jazz with Storyteller, a brash, audacious offering of classic modern jazz featuring nine original compositions performed by a core quintet of fellow classmates from the University of Miami's (UM) Frost School of Music. A bassist/vocalist and educator from Rochester, NY, Montgomery is currently ...

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Angelo Hart: Storyteller

Read "Storyteller" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On his second release as a leader, the impressionistic and introspective Storyteller, pianist Angelo Hart impressively balances his instrumental virtuosity with his compositional ingenuity. Hart expresses a range of overlapping emotions as he draws on various influences while creating his intricate and engaging pieces.

The melancholic “Daybreak" is filled with a deep and stirring ...

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Marilyn Crispell Trio: Storyteller

Read "Storyteller" reviewed by John Kelman

Improvised music is often described as a conversation. Consider album titles like Conversations with Myself , Interconnection , and Duologues. Pianist Marilyn Crispell's last two recordings for ECM, Nothing Ever Was, Anyway and the quietly dramatic Amaryllis , placed her in discussion with two artists who have proven to be brilliant communicators over lengthy careers, bassist ...

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Marilyn Crispell Trio: Storyteller

Read "Storyteller" reviewed by AAJ Staff

At the same time Marilyn Crispell's music is flowing and lyrical, it's also wrapped in mystery and darkness. That combination served the pianist well on her two recent ECM trio records, Amaryllis (2001) and Nothing Ever Was, Anyway (1997), alongside bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Paul Motian. Mark Helias steps in as bassist this time around, ...