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Ten on Cellar Live

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That crafty Canadian Cory Weeds was onto something with the creation of his Cellar Live and now Cellar Music label. He reveals himself as a man for all seasons in being a confident saxophonist, music historian, and archivist with his new label Reel to Real (in cooperation with that maestro of the catalog, Zev Feldman. With ...


John Beasley: Master of All Trades

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In today's busy world, sometimes you just can't do it all. Apparently, John Beasley never received that memo. The pianist, composer, arranger, producer, music director, and film and TV composer is in high demand, and has an enormity of projects that would seem to belie the twenty-four hour day reality. It is perhaps the variance in ...

Ten Men

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My unscientific estimate contends that there are three female vocalists for every male vocalist. This does not mean that there are no male vocalists out there as evidenced by these ten examples. They just take a little longer to accumulate.

Jay Leonhart and Tomoko Ohno
Don't You Wish
Chancellor Music


A Vintage Year For Jessica Felix And The Healdsburg Jazz Festival

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It's a 20th anniversary vintage year for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, pouring over the first ten days of this coming June, in the Sonoma County “wine country" 70 miles north of jny:San Francisco. That there is a festival at all is due to the tenacity of its artistic director Jessica Felix, who planted jazz in Healdsburg ...


Rob Schneiderman: Tone Twister

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Pianist and composer Rob Schneiderman has returned after a hiatus of over a decade, released in September on Tone Twister, we find him leading a swinging quintet. The lineup is; tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore, bassist Gerald Cannon, drummer Pete Van Nostrand, and trumpeter Brian Lynch, who produced the album. The album consists of eight original Schneiderman ...


EastWest JazzScene Concert: Carl Allen, John Beasley, Eric Revis, Ralph Moore and Marquis Hill at Blue Whale

EastWest JazzScene Concert: Carl Allen, John Beasley,  Eric Revis, Ralph Moore and Marquis Hill at Blue Whale

Sunday, February 22, 9:00pm and 10:30pm sets. $20. New York drummer Carl Allen brings his scene to jny: Los Angeles to join pianist John Beasley to lead a quintent for some east-west action. Joining this prospect are east/west coasters bassist Eric Revis, saxophonist Ralph Moore and trumpeter Marquis Hill. Carl Allen’s profound and propulsive percolations provided soulful and syncopated playing with ...


3 Generations Of Freddie Hubbard Alumni at Blue Whale on October 11-12

3 Generations Of Freddie Hubbard Alumni at Blue Whale on  October 11-12

A spontaneous Hub reunion of Freddie Hubbard’s band members. From the 70s, Henry Franklin on bass. Carrying the rhythm section in the 80s and 90s, Carl Allen on drums with John Beasley on keyboards, and standing out front on sax was Bob Sheppard. Joining the band in the 90s was Ralph Moore on sax. On the reunion stage, Ambrose Akinmusire join ...


Take Five With Josh Nelson

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Meet Josh Nelson:
Josh Nelson, born and raised in Southern California, maintains an active and creative schedule as a jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and recording artist. At 33 years old, he has already performed with some of the most respected names in jazz, including Natalie Cole, Anthony Wilson, Robert Hurst, Jeff Hamilton, Ralph Moore, ...


Remembering William Marcel "Buddy" Collette

Remembering William Marcel "Buddy" Collette

By Ed Hamilton Saxophonist and flautist Buddy Collette brought color to white TV game show orchestras, before Martin Luther King fought for civil rights in the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott. He paved the way for the hiring of musicians of color into all-white TV and film orchestras: Clark Terry, J.J. Johnson, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Benny Golson, ...


Take Five With Erik Applegate

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Meet Erik Applegate: Erik Applegate has been called “a top-notch acoustic bass performer" (, and he has appeared with the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Nnenna Freelon, Milt Jackson, Jeff Coffin, Eddie Daniels, Ingrid Jensen, George Garzone, Tom Harrell, Marlena Shaw, and others. He toured with James Williams and in a trio with Harold Mabern and Ed ...