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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

Album

Left Turn at Tradition

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: The One That Got Away; These Foolish Things; Jimtown Blues; On the Sunny Side of theStreet; Super Bass; My Foolish Heart; Peaches en Regalia; Sorta Blues; Autumn in New York; The Girl from Ipanema; Young at Heart.

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Joy

Label: Amfi Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Joy; October Phantasy; Green Blues; Morning Dew; Ruby at Play; Suddenly Stars are Falling from the Sky; Road Ahead; Only Peace Liberates; Getting There; Muse.

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The Pan American Nutcracker Suite

Label: Angel Face Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Overture; March; Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy; Trepak; Arabian Dance; Chinese Dance; Dance of the Reed Flutes; Waltz of the Flowers.

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Article: Live Review

Pat Martino: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy @ Jazz at the Point Festival

Read "Pat Martino: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy @ Jazz at the Point Festival" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


A Celebration of the Life and the Legacy of Pat Martino 35+ Musicians [email protected] Festival Gateway Playhouse Somers Point, NJ November 3-5, 2022 NOTE: A complete listing of the Celebration events and musicians provided by the South Jersey Jazz Society can be found here. ...

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Article: Interview

Joe Donofrio: Remembering Pat Martino

Read "Joe Donofrio: Remembering Pat Martino" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Guitarist Pat Martino passed away on November 1, 2021 after an extended bout of respiratory illness. As we approach the first anniversary of his passing, his long-time manager and dear friend Joe Donofrio and the South Jersey Jazz Society are putting together an exciting four days in the New Jersey coastal town of Somers Point, consisting ...

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Article: Album Review

Nelson Montana: Left Turn at Tradition

Read "Left Turn at Tradition" reviewed by Jack Bowers


As a showcase for the New York-based multi-instrumentalist Nelson Montana, Left Turn at Tradition works quite well. As a jazz album, rather less so. Montana, who plays bass, guitar, drums, piano and midi keyboards, uses all manner of special effects (and special guests) to achieve his musical purpose. And, as icing on the inclusive cake, he ...

Album

Daring Mind

Label: Motéma Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Relentless Mind; Unshakeable Mind; Suji; I Dare You; Revived Mind; Struggle Gives You Strength; Why Is That; Dissatisfied Mind; GB.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gerry Gibbs, Billy Test & John Armato

Read "Gerry Gibbs, Billy Test & John Armato" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From a musician whose album is making waves, we kick of this episode with Kansas City drummer John Armato and a track from his 2021 release The Drummer Loves Ballads. From there, it's Brother Malcom via Christian McBride from his album Relief, Gerry Gibbs and a song from his Songs From My Father (with Chick Corea). ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music and Archive Classics

Read "New Music and Archive Classics" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show we'll feature brand new releases plus some classic Blue Note sounds from 1957 and British Jazz from 1966. You'll hear Jon Gordon, Lisa Hilton, Marc Johnson, Neil Ardley & The New Jazz Orchestra, Caroline Davis, Curtis Fuller, Kazemde George, Roy Campbell, Strange Winds and Alex Norris.Playlist Alex Pope Norris “Fleet ...


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