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Jax Jazz Collective

BIO BY SCOTT YANOW - The Jax Jazz Collective, which consists of some of the finest jazz musicians based in Jacksonville, Florida, first came together in 2012. Pianist Joshua Bowlus remembers: “Most of us had played together previously and we wanted to create a group that we felt was representative of our diverse musical experiences and of jazz in Jacksonville in general. Our goal is to perform unique arrangements of standards, paying respect to the tradition while also playing the music in a different and modern way.” The collective is influenced and inspired by such well-respected straight ahead jazz groups as Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the SF Jazz Collective and the Roy Hargrove Quintet as well as modern groove-based fusion groups such as Snarky Puppy and Kneebody

All the Things You Are: The Music of Jerome Kern

Label: J-Bo Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: I'm Old Fashioned; Long Ago and Far Away; Make Believe; Smoke Gets In Your Eyes; Yesterdays; Nobody Else But Me; I've Told Ev'ry Little Star; All The Things You Are.

Jax Jazz Collective: All the Things You Are: The Music of Jerome Kern

Read "All the Things You Are: The Music of Jerome Kern" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

This is a marvelous approach to making jazz recordings: picking one Great American Songbook composer at time and exploring a set of his tunes, with a personal touch. Pianist Oscar Peterson released a series of tributes to the Standards tune-smith's on Verve Record back in the 1950s, tagged “Songbooks," celebrating George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, ...

Lotus Blossom: The Music of Billy Strayhorn

Label: J-Bo Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Take the 'A' Train' Isfahan; Raincheck; A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing; Johnny Come Lately; Upper Manhattan Medical Group; The Intimacy Of The Blues; Lotus Blossom.

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Jax Jazz Collective: Lotus Blossom: The Music of Billy Strayhorn

Read "Lotus Blossom: The Music of Billy Strayhorn" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Duke Ellington (1899-1974)--Americas's finest bandleader, America's finest composer--released his own tribute to Billy Strayhorn, his partner in music and tune smithing. It was called ...And His Mother Called Him Bill (RCA, 1967). Ellington and Strayhorn's music was so intertwined that the Duke's less that fanatic fans might think that “Lush Life," “Take the A Train" and ...


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