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Alvester Garnett

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Alvester Garnett is an American jazz drummer who, among many other productions, has appeared on Great Performances on PBS in a tribute to Kurt Weill. Garnett has played with Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Regina Carter, Clark Terry, Pharoah Sanders, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Teddy Edwards, James Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Charenee Wade, Lou Donaldson, Benny Golson, Al Grey, Rodney Jones, and Sherman Irby, among others.

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News: Education

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center Opens Registration For The Annual Geri Allen Jazz Summer Camp Led By Regina Carter

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center Opens Registration For The Annual Geri Allen Jazz Summer Camp Led By Regina Carter

Four workshops take place July 11 & 14 and August 18 & 22 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. EST. How: Via Zoom (link provided upon registration) Students ages 14-26 who identify as female or non-binary Register: $200 per workshop or $600 for all four workshops. Registration is required and financial aid is available. Registration closes July 11. For ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens

Read "Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine Clay Hudson grew up in a family “surrounded by music, and it rubbed off on me." Henry Spencer remembers that in the second grade at St. Luke's School in the West Village, “every student took drum lessons. I was the only one who stuck with it." ...

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Sing a Song of Bird

Label: Skyline Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: People Chase; The Scatter; Bird's Song; Parker's Mood; Grapple With The Apple; Audubon's New Bluebird; Sheila, Jazz Child; Quasimodo; Now's The Time; Yardbird Suite; Koko/Cherokee; These Foolish Things.

Album

Early Blue Evening

Label: ArtistShare
Released: 2021
Track listing: Don’t Tell Me What to Do; Feet and Frames; The Holidaymakers; Aircheck; Early Blue Evening; Fanfare on Fairfax; Cork Grease and Valve Oil; Portrait of Joe Temperley; Symphony for Doctor “T”; Theme from The Odd Couple; How Am I to Know?

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Article: Album Review

Roseanna Vitro: Sing a Song of Bird

Read "Sing a Song of Bird" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Roseanne Vitro is one of those jazz singers who falls into the category of “I recognize the voice, but I just can't seem to place her." She has more than a respectable discography which stretches back to 1982, when she released her debut album Listen Here for the Texas Rose label. Her fall 2021 album, Sing ...

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Article: In Pictures

Montclair Jazz Festival 2021

Read "Montclair Jazz Festival 2021" reviewed by Mark Robbins


In 2002 Melissa Walker founded the Jazz House Kids and, with her husband Christian McBride, started a program “to help students embark on a journey of musical creativity and learn about jazz's cultural and international legacy." Over the years the program has continued to grow and has become one of the leading music programs in the ...

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Article: Album Review

Andy Farber and His Orchestra: Early Blue Evening

Read "Early Blue Evening" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Saxophonist Andy Farber's New York-based orchestra came together and cut its teeth as the onstage band for three hundred performances of After Midnight, a Broadway revue that paid tribute to Jazz Age nightclub luminaries from Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford and Count Basie to Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh. As one might presume from the ...

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News: Recording

Famed Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Releases 'Sing A Song Of Bird Feat. Sheila Jordan, Bob Dorough, Marion Cowings

Famed Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Releases 'Sing A Song Of Bird Feat. Sheila Jordan, Bob Dorough, Marion Cowings

Vocalist Roseanna Vitro is a favorite among jazz aficionados and musicians alike. That’s why Cedar Walton has said, “Roseanna Vitro, one of my favorite vocalists, sings with a great feeling for jazz. Her readings on major compositions are monumental.” Her outsized talents and passion for the music are matched only by the generosity of her spirit, ...

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Article: Live Review

Charleston Jazz Festival 2020

Read "Charleston Jazz Festival 2020" reviewed by Martin McFie


Various Venues Charleston Jazz Festival Charleston, SC January 23-26, 2020 Jazz Festivals are like people, six years old is still in infancy, but everything has to start somewhere. Historically, the city which gave birth to the Charleston dance craze and was the inspiration for Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, deserves The Charleston ...


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