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NEWS: RECORDING

Performance And Visual Artist Diane Hoffman To Release Third Album Do I Love You Produced By Ulysses Owens, Jr. Featuring A Dynamic Ensemble

Performance And Visual Artist Diane Hoffman To Release Third Album Do I Love You Produced By Ulysses Owens, Jr. Featuring A Dynamic Ensemble

Vocalist and visual artist Diane Hoffman will release her third album entitled Do I Love You on October 9, 2018. On the recording, Hoffman once again chose to feature drummer/percussionist Ulysses Owens, Jr. with whom she previously worked and, who for this project, produced and assembled a formidable ensemble that includes Billy Test, piano; Jacob Kelberman, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mica Bethea: Suite Theory

Read "Suite Theory" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If nothing else is known about Mica Bethea, it should be clearly understood that he has never been one to brush aside or turn away from a challenge. When Bethea was twenty-one years old and a student / musician at the University of North Florida, a horrendous auto accident left him a quadriplegic. For most people, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Mica Bethea Big Band: Suite Theory

Read "Suite Theory" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

In 2005 Mica Bethea was studying music at the University of Northern Florida when he was involved in a serious traffic accident that left him a quadriplegic. That ended his being able to play any musical instruments so instead he threw his energies into learning composition and arrangement. He has released two previous albums of music ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Upcoming Appearances From Pianist Ryan Slatko To Feature Music From His Debut Album "First Impressions"

Upcoming Appearances From Pianist Ryan Slatko To Feature Music From His Debut Album "First Impressions"

Following his performance and musical direction in the world premiere of LIGHTS OUT: Nat King Cole! that debuted in Pennsylvania late last year, pianist Ryan Slatko is beginning the New Year with a series of shows in support of his latest release, First Impressions. Slatko, who is a native of Florida and recent graduate of New York ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Daniel Dickinson: A Gathering Foretold

Read "A Gathering Foretold" reviewed by Geannine Reid

It's hard to picture Dickinson as a debut artist, with a cast of characters that range from; Christian Sands, Michael Dease, Ulysses Owens, Jr., featured on A Gathering Foretold. Altoist Daniel Dickinson should not be overlooked as another side player ponying up for the known players, on whatever recording of the moment that seems to be ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mica Bethea: Stage 'N Studio

Read "Stage 'N Studio" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When listening to the Mica Bethea Big Band's generally admirable two-CD set, Stage 'n Studio, the first thought is, “Why hasn't anyone done this before?" That query is immediately replaced by a second thought: “Perhaps someone has and we simply overlooked it." In either case, Bethea's decision to perform (basically) the same material in a recording ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Mica Bethea Big Band: Stage 'N Studio

Read "Stage 'N Studio" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

A young composer from Jacksonville, Florida, Mica Bethea shows an impressive command of big band writing and arranging on this set. Traces of all the usual modern large ensemble influences can be heard in his work, but he also brings his own ideas to the table and creates something fresh and energetic.

This is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Larry Wilson: No Secrets No Lies

Read "No Secrets No Lies" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Larry Wilson is a native of Cleveland, Ohio but was raised Jacksonville, Florida. He began his love affair with music at the tender age of three playing the drums in church. Unless you are fortunate enough to already know about Wilson, you'd never guess he is a young man that has just released his debut album, ...