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Alvin Batiste

A music master, composer, arranger, educator and performer - Alvin Batiste defies description. He is a Renaissance Man for the 21st Century. He is a Music Pioneer who has contributed to every genre. He is simply "Batiste" - one of the most distinctive and virtuosic of modern jazz clarinetists, and his name alone has become synonymous with taking the music to the next level and the next generation. Although sometimes called a "New Orleans clarinetist" (his Columbia album even billed him as a "Legendary Pioneer of Jazz"), in reality Alvin Batiste is an avant-garde player who does not fit easily into any classification

ARTICLE: RADIO

November Birthday Salutes

Read "November Birthday Salutes" reviewed by Marc Cohn

It's time to celebrate November birthdays! Among the worthies, we also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Phil Woods recording Alive and Well in Paris, which was slated for release on Impulse! in the States, but never released here; there must be a story about this, but I'm in the dark. It is an absolutely stunning ...

Take Five with Maurice Brown

Read "Take Five with Maurice Brown" reviewed by Maurice Brown

About Maurice Brown Maurice “Mobetta" Brown's talent orbits him simultaneously through three worlds: contemporary jazz, blues-rock and cutting edge hip hop. He's a mastermind as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and producer. When Maurice picks up his horn, his soulful melodies soar into a rarefied space that uniquely marries be-bop to hip-hop and rock, producing ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Three New Releases from Peter Kuhn

Read "Three New Releases from Peter Kuhn" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Clarinetist Peter Kuhn came up in the 1970s. In those days, one could count the number of modern jazz clarinet specialists on one hand: John Carter, Perry Robinson, Theo Jorgensmann, Alvin Batiste and—if you include the bass clarinet—Michel Pilz. So, one hand and a finger. Still associated with Benny Goodman, Dixieland and Swing, the clarinet was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Donald Edwards: Evolution of An Influenced Mind

Read "Evolution of An Influenced Mind" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

With Evolution of An Influenced Mind , drummer Donald Edwards makes a piercing statement about his percussiveness and musicality. Having gained attention for his craftsmanship on a number of noteworthy Criss Cross dates-- Introducing Opus 5 (2011) and Orrin Evans's excellent It was Beauty (2013)--Edwards's debut on the prolific Dutch jazz label is a cohesive work ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Don Byron: Music Wikipedia

Read "Don Byron: Music Wikipedia" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth ]I got my Bachelor's in Music Ed and Trumpet from Peabody Conservatory. I got my Master's in Jazz from Queens College. But I did my real graduate work playing with clarinetist Don Byron. My first gigs with Byron were playing Stravinsky ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Michael Carvin: The Making of a Master

Read "Michael Carvin: The Making of a Master" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

With a career that spans half a century, master drummer Michael Carvin has plenty to look back on, although he's mostly a forward-looking man. To say he's been prolific puts it mildly. By his own count, he's made some 250 recordings and toured the world five times. He has worked with such major jazz luminaries as ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, Jonathan Batiste: New York, May 11, 2012

Read "Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, Jonathan Batiste:  New York, May 11, 2012" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, Jonathan BatisteNew Orleans Piano KingsJazz at Lincoln Center: Allen RoomNew York, NYMay 11, 2012“A young lion, a seasoned veteran, and an elder statesman"--that's how drummer Herlin Riley introduced the three stellar pianists featured in Jazz at Lincoln Center's “New Orleans Piano Kings": Jonathan Batiste, Henry ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Lenny Marcus

Read "Take Five With Lenny Marcus" reviewed by Lenny Marcus

Meet Lenny Marcus: Lenny Marcus hails from Washington, DC, but studied, performed and recorded for many years in New Orleans, LA, before relocating to Roanoke, VA. He is leader on 18 albums, and has studied and recorded with many jazz legends, including David “Fathead" Newman, Brian Lynch, Sonny Fortune, Frank Foster, Charlie Byrd, Herb ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Anatomy of a Unique Jazz Camp

Last July I had the distinct pleasure of traveling down to New Orleans on a JazzTimes assignment for their annual jazz education issue (published October 2011). The occasion was the Louis “Satchmo" Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp, held typically the first 3 weeks of July on the campus of Loyola University. For those not familiar with the ...


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