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Alan Blackman

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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

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

February 2022: While I'm Still Here

Read "February 2022: While I'm Still Here" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Bob Levy While I'm Still Here SRM Records 2021 Bob Levy is the Lord Byron of songwriters: he has the ability to throw off verse and melodies at will. His contribution to the COVID pandemic is the aptly named, While I'm Still Here. Levy has a stable of talent singing ...

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Dawn

Label: Antidote Sounds
Released: 2021
Track listing: Beautiful Love; That's How the Story Goes; Let It Be; Alma Desnuda; How Deep Is the Ocean; Carinhoso; Moon and Sun; You and the Night and the Music; Walking in the Air; Dawn

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Fools For Yule

Label: HouseKat Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm; Fool For Yule; Christmas Time is Here; Winter Wonderland; Whisper; L'Amour Nous Entoure Ce Soir; The Christmas Song; Santa Dear Where's Mine; St. Ita's Vision; It Doesn't Feel Like Christmas; Silent Night.

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Article: Extended Analysis

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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Article: Album Review

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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Song of the Day

Free Improvisation #2 with Vardan Ovsepian

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 0
Duration: 5:52

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Article: Take Five With...

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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News: Recording

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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