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George Duke: Dream Weaver

Read "George Duke: Dream Weaver" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

The end comes eventually for us all with only the time and method to be determined. Dream Weaver is an album constructed around death, loss, healing and moving on. George Duke lost his wife, Corine, in 2011 as well as guitarist Jef Lee Johnson, and vocalist Teena Marie who passed away in 2010 as she was ...


Jef Lee Johnson: It's Been So Long Since I've Seen with My Eyes

Read "Jef Lee Johnson: It's Been So Long Since I've Seen with My Eyes" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

[ Editor's Note: This 2002 article was republished in memory of Jef Lee Johnson who died at age 54 on January 28, 2013. ]

Jef Lee Johnson is a true American original and a true American gift to the musical world. Guys like Jef are the embodiment of every reason to use the phrase, “He's ...


An Interview With Rashell

Q: When did you decide to become a singer? A: When I was a little girl I was often exposed to music of many genres. I had music all around me; a lot of my family members are musically inclined. One summer I went on an overnight camp to help my grandfather. He was a preacher and was dedicated to ...


Jazz Bridge Presents Jef Lee Johnson In Collingswood On Thurs. May 3rd!

Jazz Bridge Presents Jef Lee Johnson In Collingswood On Thurs. May 3rd!

Appearing at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 E. Collings Ave, in Collingswood NJ, on May 3rd for the last Jazz Bridge concert of the season will be guitarist Jef Lee Johnson, bassist Chico Huff, and drummer Charles Pateirno. One Show: 7:30-9 p.m. Admission: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free Buffet! For info, call 856-858-8914. Jazz Bridge, a 501C3 ...


Jazz Bridge Presents Saxophonist Lynn Riley at the Collingswood Community Center on March 3rd

Appearing at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 W. Collings Ave, in Collingswood, NJ, on March 3rd, 2011 will be saxophonist and flutist Lynn Riley with her band, featuring pianist Aaron Graves, bassist Rubin Edwards, and Butch Reed on drums. Born in Washington, D.C., Lynn Riley has been called the “Superwoman of the Sax" more than once since ...


Oasis Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame Awards Announced

Oasis Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame Awards Announced

Keyboardist George Duke will be given a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards in San Diego. Posthumous awards will also be handed out to Saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. and Bassist Wayman Tisdale for its Hall of Fame. A multi-talented musician, Duke has worked with numerous acclaimed artists, spanning numerous genres as a recording ...


George Duke: Facing the Music

Read "George Duke: Facing the Music" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

In jazz, there are two seminal figures called “Duke." For Edward Kennedy Ellington, “Duke" was a nickname. For George Duke, it is his surname, but the similarities with Duke Ellington don't end there. As a pianist, arranger, songwriter, bandleader and composer, George Duke has solidified his reputation as one of jazz's most important figures. Also a ...


Bologna Jazz Festival - The Italian Autumn Jazz Event

Bologna has been loving jazz since 1958. All the greatest musicians played at its Jazz Festival, the most ancient one in Italy: Chet Baker, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Keith Jarrett, Miles Davis... After a few occasional editions, the Bologna Jazz Festival (previously Festival Internazionale del Jazz) was born again for good in 2006, keeping the ...


Rachelle Ferrell: Live in Montreux 91-97

Read "Live in Montreux 91-97" reviewed by Dave Nathan

The title of this album is somewhat misleading. This is not a collection of songs covering appearances by Rachelle Ferrell during the period 1991-1997. They are from just two visits to Montreux, mostly in 1991. If you didn't know that Ferrell is supposedly possessed of a range of more than six octaves...which exceeds the four or ...


Rachelle Ferrell: Individually (Can I Be Me?)

Read "Individually (Can I Be Me?)" reviewed by Jim Santella

While her album entertains with a pleasant groove and a variety of electronic textures, Rachelle Ferrell shares only about half her true talent with the audience. Preferring instead to cover the session with background vocals, droning hip-hop rhythms and movie soundtrack effects, she weaves an acrobatic voice around originals that offer stories of romance and other ...