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Adam Shulman

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Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco Jazz scene since he moved to the city in 2002. Before the move, Adam was a student at UC Santa Cruz where he studied with the great Smith Dobson and the trumpeter/arranger Ray Brown. He received his degree in classical performance under the tutelage of the Russian pianist Maria Ezerova. Currently, Adam plays regularly with Marcus Shelby in large and small group contexts and with Anton Schwartz mostly in a trio setting. He can also be seen as a sideman with countless bay area musicians and vocalists such as John Wittala, Vince Lateano, Kitty Margolis, Andrew Speight, Dayna Stephens, Ian Cary, and Mike Zilber. Adam has played as a sideman with internationally renowned artists Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Miguel Zenon, Luciana Souza, Paula West, Bobby Hutcherson and with the Glen Miller Orchestra.

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Just The Contrafacts

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Spare Change; More Please; What Did You Did To Me? Corpus And Spirit; Lover?I Hardly Know Her; What Is This Thing Called?;Not So Easy To Love

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Marcus Roberts, Bill Evans & Matthew Kaminski

Read "Marcus Roberts, Bill Evans & Matthew Kaminski" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Major League Baseball's All-Star game marks mid-season and we celebrate America's pastime with Atlanta Braves organist and Hammond B-3 groover Matthew Kaminski with a song from his LA Connection album featuring Jeff Hamilton and Bruce Forman. We also hear new music from Manel Fortia, Ester Wiesernova and Adam Shulman. In between, hear classics by Pete Daily's ...

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Article: Album Review

Adam Shulman: Just The Contrafacts

Read "Just The Contrafacts" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


For those who may be scratching their heads about the word contrafact, in the jazz medium it designates a musical composition in which a new melody is overlaid on a familiar harmonic structure. This form really became prominent in the bebop era, where the artists (who were generally short of financial resources) could create new compositions ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas Sauce: Adding Spice to Charlie Brown Vanilla

Read "Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas Sauce: Adding Spice to Charlie Brown Vanilla" reviewed by Arthur R George


It's not simply that pianist Vince Guaraldi slipped jazz past the unsuspecting in composing A Charlie Brown Christmas, the evergreen “Peanuts" animation and soundtrack that has become inescapably part of the holiday. First broadcast in 1965, going on to six decades ago, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a tradition unto itself. It returns to television through ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Derrick Gardner, Logan Richardson & Barry Harris

Read "Derrick Gardner, Logan Richardson & Barry Harris" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start with a track off of big band director's Derrick Gardner 2020 album Still I Rise. We add some Kansas City spice with Charlie Parker and stellar saxophonist Logan Richardson with music from his Afrofuturism (Whirlwind Recordings, 2021) release. We also take a look at the new work from Matt Moran, Adam Shulman and Grant ...

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West Meets East

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Nickel and Dimed; Manne-Splainin’; Lean and Mean; Mingus Dreams of Billy Strayhorn; Whose Blues; Jack’s Basket; Heart of Winter; Central Avenue Rundown.

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Going My Way

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Lover; So in Love; Weird Nightmare; Amado Mio; The Peacocks; Joy Spring; O Cantador; Nica’s Dream; Infant Eyes; It Might as Well Be Spring; Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered; I’m Just a Lucky So and So.

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Fire in My Head: The Anxiety Suite

Label: Slow & Steady
Released: 2020
Track listing: I. Signs & Symptoms; II. This Is Fine; III. Thought Spirals; IV. Internal Exile; V. Resistance.

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Article: Album Review

Frank Basile / Sam Dillon Quintet: 2 Part Solution

Read "2 Part Solution" reviewed by Jack Bowers


If recent albums serve as an accurate guidepost, hard bop is making a broad and most welcome comeback. In the wake of high-octane albums by Adam Shulman, Gary Dudzienski, Cory Weeds (who doubles as producer-in-chief at Cellar Records), Marshal Herridge, the TNEK Jazz Quintet, Jerry Bergonzi, Keith Oxman, John Sneider and others comes 2 Part Solution, ...


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