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Rahsaan Barber

When you think of Nashville, jazz probably doesn’t come into your head any more than bluegrass does when you think of Detroit or polka does when you think of London. But if rising saxophonist and hometown product Rahsaan Barber has his way - and judging by the instant appeal of his terrific new album, Everyday Magic, don’t bet he won’t - a change is coming to the traditional image of Music City. “When I tell my New York friends there are all these fantastic jazz musicians in Nashville, they say, come on, really?” said Barber, at 31 an integral part of its music scene as a performer, studio musician, and educator

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Nashville Jazz Crusader Rahsaan Barber's 3rd CD As A Leader, "The Music In The Night," Due Nov. 3

Nashville Jazz Crusader Rahsaan Barber's 3rd CD As A Leader, "The Music In The Night," Due Nov. 3

Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Rahsaan Barber’s years of activity as a performer, producer, presenter, educator, and most recently DJ in his native Nashville have established him as an integral part of the city’s vibrant jazz scene. In fact, Barber named his record label and concert production company Jazz Music City to make the point that there’s ...

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Benny Bailey / Nashville Big Band: A Bird in the Hand

Read "A Bird in the Hand" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To accentuate the positive: A Bird in the Hand is Georgia-based drummer Ben Bailey's debut album as a big-band leader, and a splendid one it is, thanks to Bailey's ample talents and those of the Nashville Big Band. The recording arose from a chance meeting in 2011 when another well-known timekeeper, Duffy Jackson, traveled to from ...

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Imer Santiago: Hidden Journey

Read "Hidden Journey" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Nashville based trumpeter Imer Santiago's debut album Hidden Journey is an engaging, diverse set of nine originals and two standards, that maintains its momentum from the first note to the last. Santiago's compositions sometimes in collaboration with saxophonist and label founder Rahsaan Barber are primarily hard bop vehicles with a variety of flavors that allow the ...

Everyday Magic

Label: Jazz Music City
Released: 2011
Track listing: Jubilee; Lost And Found; Floodsong; Manhattan Grace; Why So Blue?; Innocence; Adagio; Memphis Soul; Redemption.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rahsaan Barber: Everyday Magic

Read "Everyday Magic" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

An album title like Everyday Magic implies that inspired artistry can be as consistent and routine as the rising and setting of the sun and, while that's rarely the case, that philosophy basically rings true on this album. Saxophonist Rahsaan Barber put together a program of nine originals that detail his diversified stylistic portfolio and skills ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Everyday Magic," New CD from Nashville Saxophonist/Composer Rahsaan Barber, Due for Release Aug. 30

"Everyday Magic," New CD from Nashville Saxophonist/Composer Rahsaan Barber, Due for Release Aug. 30

The dynamic saxophonist and flutist Rahsaan Barber has emerged as a musical force in his hometown of Nashville, and now he's reaching for a wider audience with his terrific new CD, Everyday Magic. The CD, his second as a leader, is set for August 30 release on Jazz Music City Records. Everyday Magic—which Barber produced, and ...


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