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Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Robbins

They were the last act of the two night 35th Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival held July 14 and 15 at Town Point Park. Because of inclement weather the festival had to be moved inside to the 46 year old Scope Arena. The star studded smooth jazz festival featured Russ Freeman with the Rippingtons, Najee, Pieces ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophone Maestra Fostina Dixon Blends Contemporary Jazz, Gospel, Funk And R&B On "Here We Go Again"

Saxophone Maestra Fostina Dixon Blends Contemporary Jazz, Gospel, Funk And R&B On "Here We Go Again"

First Single “Prayer of Jabez” is a Tribute To Marvin Gaye, Whom She Toured with for 4 Years Wilmington, DE: As a highly-regarded, in-demand composer, vocalist and jazz soloist who plays soprano, alto and baritone saxophones, flute, and clarinet, Fostina Dixon has been honing her craft for decades as a guest soloist with Abbey Lincoln, Barry Harris, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist Sam Rucker’s Messages Being True And Getting Through

Saxophonist Sam Rucker’s Messages Being True And Getting Through

“Tell You Something” earns praise as the single “Be True 2 Who U R” gains radio play Williamsburg, VA: Hip hop producer turned contemporary jazz sax evangelist Sam Rucker stands out from the bunch by preaching melodic messages of hope and inspiration on “Tell You Something,” his sophomore set that was released today by Favor Productions featuring ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Inspired Sax With A Hip-Hop Lean

Inspired Sax With A Hip-Hop Lean

Sam Rucker urges “Be True 2 Who U R” ahead of the June 3 release of “Tell You Something” Williamsburg, Virginia: Hip-hop producer turned contemporary jazz saxophonist Sam Rucker has something to say. Blending jazz, hip-hop, soul and gospel, he communicates through inspirational instrumentals that meaningfully resonate with listeners. Nearly three years in the making, his sophomore ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Delving Into the Deep Blue

Read "Delving Into the Deep Blue" reviewed by Trish Richardson

"Blood may be thicker than water, but you can't live without water." class="f-right"> --Novelist Jane Porter



While the members of Deep Blue Organ Trio were not brought together by shared parentage, guitarist Bobby Broom, drummer Chris Rockingham and organist Chris Foreman share a closeness, mutual respect, and loyalty that many families would envy. Their ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bobby Broom: Building a Legacy

Read "Bobby Broom: Building a Legacy" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Guitarist Bobby Broom had a feel for music at a very young age. He was exposed first to clarinet and violin as a child, but they didn't have an impact on him. Eventually, an old guitar came through the household. It had four strings across an instrument with a small neck.

“I didn't know it ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Tom Browne-Ronnie Laws Play Ronnie Scotts, London

Tom Browne-Ronnie Laws Play Ronnie Scotts, London

Jazz has always drawn nourishment from dance rhythms, yet needs to be careful it doesn't drown in them. The fusion of waspish keyboards and funkadelic bass that saxophonist Ronnie Laws surfed to crossover success came close to that dangerous point, but on his best recordings and especially in live performance he could conjure soulful licks and ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With John Tatum

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Meet John Tatum: Went though tutoring at North Texas State University, with Vaughn Roberts, and had a few lessons with JQ Whitcomb of Shanghai. I'm mostly self-taught and using the goal note theory of Shelly Berg. It works!



Instrument(s):

Trumpet, flueglehorn, guitar, drums.

Teachers and/or influences?

Vaughn and JQ. ...