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Native Washingtonian, ALLYN JOHNSON, is a multi-talented musician, composer, arranger and producer whose trademark sound gives brilliance and fortitude to the art of jazz improvisation. Allyn, a prodigy who began playing piano at the tender age of five, got his start playing piano for the youth choir in his uncle's church. There he honed his inner musical gift. While a student at the University of the District of Columbia, Allyn was mentored by the late great jazz legend Calvin Jones, a venerable figure in the international jazz community. At UDC, Allyn was the first recipient of the Felix. E Grant Scholarship Award in jazz performance

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Ben Williams at Hamilton Live

Read "Ben Williams at Hamilton Live" reviewed by Wendy Ross

Ben Williams Hamilton Live Ben Williams Birthday BashWashington D.C. December 27, 2018 Hamilton Live is a trendy performance venue located below The Hamilton restaurant in Washington, DC, mere blocks from the White House. It was the holiday season between Christmas and the New Year, an appropriately festive ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jack Kilby: Love is a Song Anyone Can Sing

Read "Love is a Song Anyone Can Sing" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Jack Kilby and the Front Line is a collaborative effort formed in 2014 in New York City. The ensemble includes members from New York, Washington DC, and Virginia. What is most striking is the span of generations, ranging from twenty-six to forty-six. The album has been released in separate volumes but is now available as one ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Jazz from the US Virgin Islands' new breed

Read "Jazz from the US Virgin Islands' new breed" reviewed by Nigel Campbell

September 2017 was a horrible month for the US Virgin Islands (USVI). As the New York Times wrote, “In the Virgin Islands, Hurricane Maria Drowned What Irma Didn't Destroy." We should not forget that from these isles, a pool of talent has created music that has endured, survived, and influenced. Music writers and researchers have investigated ...

NEWS: EVENT

Maryland Events Highlight Women Jazz Artists: Concerts And Panel Discussion Celebrate Women's History Month

Maryland Events Highlight Women Jazz Artists: Concerts And Panel Discussion Celebrate Women's History Month

From its earliest days, women have played key roles in jazz. Vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday are legendary singers who exhibited a high level of musicianship. They mastered the technique of their instrument (the voice), learned their music thoroughly and were skilled improvisers like any other band member. Many more talented women have ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Christian Winther: Refuge In Sound

Read "Refuge In Sound" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Danish-born saxophonist and composer Christian Winther moved to the New Orleans area in 1997, attended the University of New Orleans and performed regularly with some of the legends of jazz including pianist Ellis Marsalis and the late saxophonist great, Frank Morgan among many others becoming a much in-demand fixture in the city's rich and vibrant jazz ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist Christian Winther Releases "Refuge In Sound" on Sound Perspective Music

Saxophonist Christian Winther Releases "Refuge In Sound" on Sound Perspective Music

Christian Winther: Refuge In Sound (Sound Perspective Music). Release Date: March 7, 2016 Featuring: Christian Winther (saxophone) Allyn Johnson (piano) Mike Moreno (guitar) Reuben Rogers (bass) Billy Williams Jr. (drums) Christie Dashiell (vocals on track 3) Saxophonist Christian Winther's new release Refuge In Sound ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Reginald Cyntje: Elements of Life

Read "Elements of Life" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Born on the island of Dominica and raised on St. Thomas, USVI, trombonist Reginald Cyntje has been mixing cultural heritage with black American music from the beginning. Growing up in the US Virgin Islands (USVI), Cyntje was immersed in the rich cultural music known as Quelbe (the official music of the USVI), which is based primarily ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Maiden Voyage - The Music Of Herbie Hancock - At Twins Jazz

Maiden Voyage - The Music Of Herbie Hancock - At Twins Jazz

Concerts Friday Nov. 15th and Saturday Nov. 16th, 2013, will feature the music from Herbie Hancock's 1965 Blue Note Album, Maiden Voyage Performances are at Twins Jazz (1344 U Street NW Washington, D.C 20009) Shows are at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Admission is $20. Make reservations from twinsjazz.com A concept album relating to the sea ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Indepth Jazz Clinic - The Music Of Herbie Hancock

Indepth Jazz Clinic - The Music Of Herbie Hancock

An “In-Depth Jazz Clinic" for adults and older teens will be held on Saturday November 16th from 1pm to 5pm at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD 20852. The clinic will focus on Herbie Hancock's 1965 Blue Note Album, Maiden Voyage. It will cover the five tunes: “Maiden Voyage," “Dolphin Dance," ...


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