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Alex Norris

Alex Norris grew up in Columbia, Md. where he began studying music at the age of 9. After graduating high school he received a scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory of Music to study trumpet. He graduated from the Conservatory in 1990. In 1992, Norris moved to New York City to pursue a career as a jazz trumpeter.. Here, he found work with the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi's Jazz Orchestra, and Maria Schneider's Band. From 1994-1998, Norris was a member of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead, becoming musical director in 1998; the final year of Carter's life. Norris has also performed and recorded extensively in the bands of Lonnie Plaxico, Jason Lindner, and with Ralph Irizarry's Timbalaye. Norris has worked with many noted jazz musicians such as Slide Hampton, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Chris Potter, Carl Allen, John Patitucci, Mulgrew Miller, and Brian Blade

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Vessel

Label: Criss Cross
Released: 2023
Track listing: Blues For Kenny K; First Day; Pablo; Sunset; Garzonian; Alma; Crisis; Remembrance; Chance; Mr Henderson.

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Bridges

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Intro; Constellation; Drum and Berries; For Those We Love; Blue; Hope Through Sadness; Bridges; 68th Street; Finale.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Notable Releases from Christian Dillingham and Others

Read "Notable Releases from Christian Dillingham and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Here is a look at some notable albums released in the latter half of 2023. Ilya Dynov Bridges Self-Produced 2023 Drummer Ilya Dynov leads a small group session of straight-ahead jazz played with an edge and swinging deftness. The music runs the gamut from the rolling urgency ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music From Wiening, Jukič, Roberts, And More

Read "New Music From Wiening, Jukič, Roberts, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show we feature new releases from Mareike Wiening, Robert Jukič, Gastón de la Cruz Quartet, Mac Gollehon & the Hispanic Mechanics, Matana Roberts, Trio, Alex Norris, Tam Thi Pham with Fiona Xue Ju & Camila Nebbia, Joel Styzens, Trombone Ensemble Nabou Claerhout, Allison Au and the Migrations Ensemble, Dave Young Quartet, Rob Clearfield, John ...

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Article: Album Review

Manuel Valera Quintet: Vessel

Read "Vessel" reviewed by Chris May


Cuban born and raised, pianist and composer Manuel Valera moved to the US in 1994, attending high school in Florida before moving to New York City in 2000 to study at the New School. His classmates included Robert Glasper, Mike Moreno, Michael Rodriguez, Marcus Strickland and E.J. Strickland. Fast company. Valera's career as ...

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Article: Album Review

Ilya Dynov: Bridges

Read "Bridges" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Russian-born composer and drummer Ilya Dynov, a New York-based internationally recognized jazz musician, presents his debut recording on Bridges, a nine-piece repertoire of all original material capturing a neo-bop style of blistering up-tempo jazz with an adventurous slant. After immigrating to Belgium and obtaining his citizenship, where he pursued an advanced musical education, Dynov moved to ...

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Article: Album Review

Ilya Dynov: Bridges

Read "Bridges" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Is there a distinctive NewYork post-bop sound? If there is, does it owe its existence to some common ancestry? To the revolving cast of players who have populated a number of clubs and bands on a rotating basis since the 1990s? To licks, formulaic harmonies, or just a kind of jazz version of the median voter ...

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Article: Live Review

Mingus Big Band at the Newman Center

Read "Mingus Big Band at the Newman Center" reviewed by Geoff Anderson


Mingus Big Band Newman Center Denver, Colorado April 6, 2023 The Mingus Big Band is serious business. Charles Mingus was a serious composer and musician. The band itself is serious about presenting Mingus' music. And the lineup of musicians is just as serious as all of the above. (See ...


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