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Alexander Claffy

19 year old Claffy hails from the greater Philadelphia area, starting first with Electric and then Upright Bass. His father being a bandleader, and his mother a singer, he was exposed to music early on. Claffy continues to study under the legendary Mike Boone, and bassists Gregg August, Peter Paulsen, and soon with bassist Dwayne Burno. Now attending the New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music, he has played around the NYC/Philly area with the likes of Pianists Orrin Evans and George Burton, drummers Justin Faulkner, Wayne Smith Jr., and horn players such as Duane Eubanks and Ben Flocks.

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You've Got a Friend - Happy Birthday to Carole King!

Read "You've Got a Friend - Happy Birthday to Carole King!" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast fell on the day of the Grammy awards and included new releases from vocalists Catherine Russell and Tierney Sutton respectively, composer Miho Hazama, pianist Beegie Adair and trombonist Jennifer Wharton, with birthday shout outs to Natalie Cole, Anne Marie Moss, plus a few jazz treatments of songs by Carole King in the fourth hour ...

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Big Noise New York

Read "Big Noise New York" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The first broadcast of 2019 included a preview of some of the many artists performing in New York at the Winter Jazzfest and APAP annual convention, with new releases by Simone Kopmajer, Something Blue and Stacy Sullivan, plus birthday shout outs to Myra Melford, Carol Sudhalter, James Shipp, and vocalist Christine Tobin, among others.

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Bobby Broom, Adi Meyerson & More

Read "Bobby Broom, Adi Meyerson & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The great New York-born, Chicago-based jazz guitarist Bobby Broom starts this week's episode of Neon Jazz with a tasty cut off his new CD Soul Fingers. As the hour moves forward, we focus on a musician that has played a great influence on Bobby, Walter Bishop Jr., and music from modern bassist Alexander Claffy.

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Joni Mitchell Turns 75; Remembering Roy Hargrove

Read "Joni Mitchell Turns 75; Remembering Roy Hargrove" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This post-election broadcast celebrates the new wave of women in the House and Senate -also remembering Roy Hargrove (1969-2018) in the second hour plus a special 75th birthday tribute to Joni Mitchell in the third hour. Playlist Roxy Coss “Nevertheless She Persisted" from The Future Is Female (Posi-Tone) 00:00 Ethel Ennis “If Women Ruled ...

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November New Releases and Revisiting Alice in Wonderland

Read "November New Releases and Revisiting Alice in Wonderland" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy November! Time to bundle up, run a Marathon, vote and enjoy the last weeks of Fall. In this broadcast, there are birthday celebrations for Roger Kellaway, Clifford Brown and singer Ethel Waters, among others. Also exciting new releases from pianists Myra Melford, Larry McDonough and bassist Alexander Claffy. Playlist Carol Robbins “The ...

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David Gibson: Inner Agent

Read "Inner Agent" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The idea of creating a safe space to allow for disregarding safety may be paradoxical in nature, but it makes perfect sense when contextualized or couched in jazz terms. There can be no resolution of faith in one's surroundings and colleagues without taking the trust fall, there can be no reward without risk, and there can ...


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