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Allyn Johnson

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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Beatin' the Odds

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2024
Track listing: SKCC; Lin; Waterkress; The Platinum Taxi; Beatin’ the Odds; And Then It Stopped; Last Year, Lost Year; How Much Longer; Where Will We Go?

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Article: Album Review

Leigh Pilzer: Beatin' the Odds

Read "Beatin' the Odds" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Beatin' the Odds. To baritone saxophonist Leigh Pilzer, that is far more than a catchphrase: it is a grim yet ultimately happy reality. In 2017, Pilzer was diagnosed with cancer. After extensive treatments, her odds of surviving more than five years were reckoned as around thirty percent. But six years have gone by, and not only ...

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Journey In Black

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Ancestral Folk Song, Grief, How It Ends, Anyone Who Had a Heart, Always Stay, Influence, The Things You Do (feat. Marquis Hill), Invitation, Brother Sister,

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Walk Spirit Talk Spirit

Label: Your Majesty Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: 1. Knarrative Will Set Us Free (Spirit Talk Spirit) McCoy Tyner | GVJ Lyrics 2. All Aboard The Gravy Train (Gravy Train) Lou Donaldson | GVJ lyrics 3. Square Stay Out (No Room For Squares) Hank Mobley | GVJ lyrics 4. Music Around the World (Road Song) West Montgomery | GVJ lyrics 5. Come Fly Away With Me (Fly With The Wind) McCoy Tyner | GVJ lyrics 6. Canteloupe Island Herbie Hancock | Mark Murphy 7. Go Moose The Mooche (Moose The Mooche) Charlie Parker | GVJ lyrics 8. Do the Samba (Jive Samba) Nat Adderly | GVJ lyrics

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Take Five with Kristin Callahan

Read "Take Five with Kristin Callahan" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Kristin Callahan Kristin has been singing and performing since she was eight years old. She began studying jazz and piano in 2009 and performs at festivals and venues such as the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival, SOUTH, Montpelier Arts Center, Wine in the Woods, Woodmere Art Museum, Rockwood Music Hall, Twins Jazz, and Rams Head On ...

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Healing

Label: CD Baby
Released: 2020

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Article: Live Review

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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