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Aaron Johnson

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Aaron Johnson is a Saxophonist, Clarinetist and Flutist based in New York City where he leads his quartet and freelances as a jazz musician and commercial woodwind doubler. In addition to leading his own group in nearly every New York jazz establishment, from Smalls to Jazz at Lincoln Center, he has worked with notable jazz musicians such as Jon Batiste, Dick Hyman, Chuck Israels, Ken Peplowski, Connie Crothers, Slide Hampton, John Colianni, Ed Palermo, Pete Barbutti, Joey "G Clef" Cavaseno, Jon-Erik Kellso, Dwayne Clemons, Sacha Perry, Veronica Swift, Benny Benack III, and many more

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This Bitter Earth

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: This Bitter Earth; How Lovely to Be a Woman; You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught; Getting to Know You; The Man I Love; You’re the Dangerous Type; Trust in Me; He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss); As Long as He Needs Me; Everybody Has the Right to Be Wrong; Prisoner of Love; The Sports Page; Sing.

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A Love Supine: Ascension into the Maelstrom

Label: ESP Disk
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD1: Blood of the Lamb/Opening Theme: Blue Dirge; Exit My Mind; Enclosure; Name Her; In the Midst/Roswell’s Dream; Play That Ladnier; In a Lonely Place. CD2: Tar Roof Blues; Vachel, Vachel; Tiger Rage; I Licked Bird’s Blood; Holy Roller Shout; March of the Vipers (the sequel); Monk and the Evangelist; Pee Russell Enters Into Heaven; Ellington’s; Postscript: Blues for Roswell.

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Article: Album Review

Veronica Swift: This Bitter Earth

Read "This Bitter Earth" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


It seems jazz vocalist Veronica Swift has been in the music business all of her life, and for good reason: There is the well documented fact that she is the daughter of jazz pianist Hod O'Brien and singer Stephanie Nakasian, and she debuted on record at nine years old with Veronica's House of Jazz (SNOB, 2004). ...

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Article: Opinion

Will Budget Cuts Hurt Jazz Education's Swing in the USA?

Read "Will Budget Cuts Hurt Jazz Education's Swing in the USA?" reviewed by Joan Gaylord


Though economic indicators suggest we are slowly emerging from the Great Recession here in the United States, repercussions could echo through the jazz world for a generation. The past five or so years of extreme cuts to public school budgets--especially the arts programs-- could mean a dearth of well-trained, young musicians.“I am seeing students ...


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