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Alan Blackman

Pianist and composer, Alan Blackman, has been a mainstay in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore area for nearly a decade. He has performed at Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and nearly all of the area’s Jazz Festivals both as a freelancer and with his group the Blackman/Barke Quartet. This group was runner-up in the DCJazz.com international competition and the Takoma Park Jazz Brawl. Alan has taught the jazz combos at Towson University as well accompanied the Jazz Vocal Master Class. In addition he has given private lessons through Maryland Conservatory, Maryland Piano, and Howard Community College. Alan received a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Music and Jazz performance from the University of Miami and a Masters in jazz piano performance from Towson University. Alan has worked for The Platters, soul artist Darlene Love, and toured South America as Latin pop singer Milton Cortez’s keyboardist in 1993

Mike Pope: Cold Truth Warm Heart

Read "Mike Pope: Cold Truth Warm Heart" reviewed by John Kelman

Cold Truth Warm Heart isn't Mike Pope's first album as a leader (it's his third), but in the 12 years since The Lay of the Land (Whaling City Sound, 2002), the bassist has, in addition to some serious life-changers, forged a relationship with two musicians of unequivocal significance. First appearing on Joe Locke's State of Soul ...

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Mike Pope: Cold Truth, Warm Heart

Read "Cold Truth, Warm Heart" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

More than a decade separates Cold Truth, Warm Heart and bassist Mike Pope's previous album, but he hasn't exactly been sitting by idly and twiddling his thumbs in the intervening years. His professional life has been filled with high profile work, as he's held down the fort for everybody from vibraphonist Joe Locke to guitarist Chuck ...

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Take Five With Alan Blackman

Read "Take Five With Alan Blackman" reviewed by Alan Blackman

Meet Alan Blackman: Baltimore-based pianist and award-winning composer Alan Blackman and his ensembles have performed at Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center, and many festivals and venues from San Francisco to New York. Recent performances have been with Donny McCaslin, Vardan Ovsepian, Ferenc Nemeth, Mike Pope, Warren Wolf, Tim Green, Alex Norris, and Sunna Gunnlaugs, ...

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Pianist Alan Blackman Releases "Alone Together - The 2 Piano Project"

Pianist Alan Blackman Releases "Alone Together - The 2 Piano Project"

Announcing the release of exciting new album from Baltimore pianist Alan Blackman. Four years ago he started a two piano series at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland as a way to bring in some of his favorite pianists and explore this unique format. This recording features two tracks by four different piano players; Vardan Ovsepian, ...


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