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Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys (born Alicia Augello-Cook; January 25, 1981) is an American R&B/soul singer-songwriter, composer, record producer, pianist, and actress. Keys is a renowned artist who has sold over 25 million albums and singles worldwide and won numerous awards, including eleven Grammys, ten Billboard Music Awards, and three American Music Awards. The road to success wasn’t an easy one. Of mixed parentage (Terri Augello and Craig Cook), she grew up in Harlem, New York City, New York. To cope with the street life, Keys turned to piano-playing at the age of seven. She attended the Professional Performing Arts High School and rehearsed with vocal coach Conrad Robinson at the Harlem Police Athletic League Community center until age 16

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Article: Album Review

Michael Dease: Give It All You Got

Read "Give It All You Got" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell once discussed his views on playing music by making a point that, “you are unique, be yourself, put out that thing that is you, then use your work ethic and produce great music." Trombonist Michael Dease embodies the spirit of Burrell's statement. Dease is a dedicated musician who is rapidly making a ...

Article: Album Review

Alicia Olatuja: Intuition: Songs From The Minds Of Women

Read "Intuition: Songs From The Minds Of Women" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


È un tributo alla creatività delle donne in generale e delle cantautrici in particolare, questo di Alicia Olatuja, che interpreta composizioni di Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell, Violeta Parra, Sade Adu, Kate Bush e altre. Alicia ne aggiunge di proprie e partecipa come arrangiatrice in un progetto fortemente sentito e condiviso col produttore Kamau Kenyatta, ...

Article: Album Review

Michael Leonhart: Suite Extracts Vol. 1

Read "Suite Extracts Vol. 1" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Credo proprio di non esagerare ma è dall'uscita di There Comes a Time di Gil Evans che non ascoltavo un album orchestrale così eclettico nella sintesi di materiali diversi. Il nuovo disco di Michael Leonhart segue il debutto di The Painted Lady Suite (Sunnyside 2018), il maestoso affresco musicale che evocava l'impressionismo del primo Evans, con ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Onaje Allan Gumbs: Dare To Dream

Read "Onaje Allan Gumbs: Dare To Dream" reviewed by La-Faithia White


Onaje Allan Gumbs is a New York based pianist, composer, lyricist, and bandleader. Gumbs' professional career began in 1971 when Leroy Kirkland introduced him to Kenny Burrell, by sharing a demo tape. The next day Gumbs received a phone call to play with Burrell at Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit. Onaje, (Gumbs) talks about the beginnings ...

Article: Album Review

Pyeng Threadgill: Head Full of Hair, Heart Full of Song

Read "Head Full of Hair, Heart Full of Song" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Pyeng Threadgill ha debuttato nel 2004 con un originale reinterpretazione del repertorio di Robert Johnson (Sweet Home: Pyeng Threadgill Sings Robert Johnson --Random Chance Records) e ha proseguito con un paio di dischi confermando l'accattivante sintesi di blues rurale, R&B, neo soul e sprazzi di rock. Era quasi un decennio che non incideva a suo nome ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Leonhart: The Painted Lady Suite

Read "The Painted Lady Suite" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


A trent'anni esatti dalla scomparsa di Gil Evans, la sua lezione orchestrale rivive e si alimenta di nuove suggestioni. Il sorprendente e straordinario debutto della Michael Leonhart Orchestra rinnova un'estetica che in questi decenni ha ispirato Maria Schneider, in parte Darcy James Argue e alimentato la ricerca filologica e la rielaborazione di Ryan Truesdell.

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News: Book / Magazine

Little Melanie: A New Musical Comedy Television And Children's Book Series Pays Tribute To Jazz Legend Hazel Scott

Little Melanie: A New Musical Comedy Television And Children's Book Series Pays Tribute To Jazz Legend Hazel Scott

London5 Studios' Little Melanie is a new brand of children’s entertainment representing diversity and inspiring kids with “the dream is everything" message by paying tribute to jazz pianist Hazel Scott. Little Melanie children’s books and musical comedy television series centres around the diverse family of our heroine. Melanie is a child prodigy who is passionate about ...

News: Event

Quincy Jones Presents Young Jazz Talent at The Broad Stage, Santa Monica

Quincy Jones Presents Young Jazz Talent at The Broad Stage, Santa Monica

As part of The Broad Stage’s Jazz Council Initiative, the Quincy Jones Presents series kicks off this fall with an astonishing array of musical talent. The series starts with a concert with Justin Kauflin on November 22nd. Kauflin, a talented young pianist who lost his sight due to a rare eye disease at 11, will be ...

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News: Interview

Profile: Violinist Marissa Licata - From Alicia Keys To Recording A New Album With Her Father

Q: When would you say triggered your passion for music? How old were you at the time? A: My passion for music probably started before I began playing at three. There was always music in the house because of my father. The age that I recognized a serious passion was probably around age six. I had ...


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