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Akira Tana

Born and raised in California, Akira Tana earned degrees from Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music. Tana has worked with SONNY ROLLINS, SONNY STITT, ZOOT SIMS, HUBERT LAWS, MILT JACKSON, JIM HALL, ART FARMER, THE PAUL WINTER CONSORT, PAQUITO D'RIVERA, JAMES MOODY, J.J. JOHNSON, LENA HORNE, THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER, RUTH BROWN, CHARLES AZNAVOUR, MAURICE HINES, AND VAN DYKE PARKS. He has appeared on over 150 recordings. Tana co-led a quintet with the bassist, Rufus Reid called TanaReid, has five releases, "Yours and Mine" and "Passing Thoughts," on Concord Records and "Blue Motion" and "Looking Forward,"and “Back to Front,” on Evidence Music

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Tenor Titans: Branford Marsalis

Read "Tenor Titans: Branford Marsalis" reviewed by Russell Perry

Branford Marsalis, tenor and soprano saxophone maestro and member of the important musical clan, emerged forty years ago in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and as a sideman in his brother Wynton's early endeavors. For thirty years, the primary vehicle for his own releases has been predominantly the sax-piano-bass-drums quartet but recently he has produced work in ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Greg Tardy, Sammy Nestico & Elvin Jones

Read "Greg Tardy, Sammy Nestico & Elvin Jones" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From modern day saxophonist Greg Tardy, we swing into the 685th Episode of Neon Jazz. This show features a host of songs from artists who released music during 2020. We also talked to quite a few musicians during that pandemic year for their wisdom and insights into survival during an era of no live music. They ...

Ai San San: Love's Radiance

Label: Vega Music USA
Released: 2019
Track listing: Antagata Dokosa; Ai San San: Hinokuni Ryojo; Habu No minatu; Mura Matsui; Hamabe No Uta; Natsu; Taiyo Ni Hoero; Tsunagareta Tairyo-bata; Kando; Peace.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Akira Tana & Otonowa: Ai San San: Love's Radiance

Read "Ai San San: Love's Radiance" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Ai San San: Love's Radiance is musical transformation of the highest caliber. It employs traditional and contemporary Japanese melodies and molds them into a marvelously arranged and performed jazz album. Traditional Japanese instruments enhance textural dimension. The opener, “Antagata Dakosa," is vaguely reminiscent of Mongo Santamaria's “Afro Blue" and is a terrific straight-ahead ...

JAZZaNOVA

Label: Vega
Released: 2018
Track listing: 1. Áquas de Marco 4:16 2. Love Dance 5:54 3. Chega de Suadade 4:54 4. Bilhete 4:14 5. Corcovado 5:46 6. Condéname a Callar 3:29 7. Waiting for Angels 3:52 8. Jangada 5:33 9. Caminhos Cruzados 4:53 10. Aquele Frevo Axe 3:47 11. Por Causa de Você 3:47 12. Diride 4:28 13. La Gloria Eres Tu 4:21

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Pete Malinverni: Heaven

Read "Heaven" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il titolo di questo disco allude al cielo non in senso atmosferico. Il pianista Pete Malinverni ha passato 18 anni a suonare alle funzioni della Devoe Street Baptist Church in Brooklyn e dopo essere stato colpito dalla morte della moglie e dal sospetto di una grave malattia, ha pensato di realizzare un album a contenuto spirituale. ...

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Drum Maestro Akira Tana Puts A Gorgeous Spin On The Brazilian Songbook With JAZZaNOVA

Drum Maestro Akira Tana  Puts A Gorgeous Spin On The Brazilian Songbook With JAZZaNOVA

AKIRA TANA didn’t have to go looking for Brazilian music as a young musician. An elite jazz drummer since the mid-1970s, he’s been immersed in the verdant hothouse of Brazil’s surging rhythms and sensuous melodies his entire career. His new album JAZZaNOVA, which is slated for release by Vega on March 1, 2018, reflects an abiding ...

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Mark Morganelli: Adds Club Owner To His Resume

Read "Mark Morganelli: Adds Club Owner To His Resume" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Mark Morganelli has long been known as a fine trumpet player and a promoter with years of experience in the jny: New York City area dating back to a jazz loft 39 years ago, through booking at the Village Gate, Birdland, morphing into his nonprofit Jazz Forum Arts organization known for the summer concert series he ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Zilber: Originals For the Originals

Read "Originals For the Originals" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Saxophonist/composer Michael Zilber is better known by fellow musicians than by the jazz public, this is an unfortunate truth. The Vancouver, B.C., native moved to Boston in his late teens, then to New York City to begin his musical odyssey. Musicians there recognized his prodigious talent, resulting in recordings with jazz royalty such as Dizzy Gillespie, ...


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