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Andrew Bemkey (piano, bass clarinet)is a musician who honors the tradition, knows and loves the music of the masters, and doesn't sound like anyone ever heard before. Andrew was born in 1974 in Libertyville, a little town outside of Chicago, and grew up in Indiana. After finishing high school, he moved to New York City and was fortunate to be schooled and inspired by three great musical mentors: Jaki Byard, Makanda Ken McIntyre, and Reggie Workman. During this time Andrew also began his own band, KinShip, which he maintained for three years, composing original music for the group, playing piano, keyboards, wooden flutes, and small percussion instruments, and sometimes singing

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News: Festival

Vision Festival 19 Concludes With Pianos And A Voice.

Vision Festival 19 Concludes With Pianos And A Voice.

Along with the celebrations of Amiri Baraka and Roy Campbell on the final day of Vision Festival 19 are several ensemble situations for piano from a duet fir Angelica Sanchez, a trio for Connie Crothers and the venerable Dave Burrell in striking quartet with Kidd Jordan, William Parker and Hamid Drake. And the voice of Fay ...

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News: Festival

Vision Festival 19: Roy Campbell, Tributes To A Giant

Vision Festival 19: Roy Campbell, Tributes To A Giant

VISION 19 - Studies In Freedom. Wednesday June 11 thru Sunday June 15, 2014 Roy Campbell was deeply grounded in the jazz tradition, and exhibited a working musician’s flexibility, with experiences ranging from R. & B. bands to off-Broadway shows, to reggae to electronics. Like Don Cherry, one of his heroes, Campbell was an omnivorous collaborator, ...

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Article: Album Review

Billy Bang: Da Bang!

Read "Da Bang!" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


The final recording of the late violinist Billy Bang from February 2011, days before his final performance in the TUMfest 11 in Helsinki, is a celebration of his life as musician. Bang chose for this recording compositions of innovative musicians in the history of jazz--Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins-- that were part ...

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Article: Album Review

Billy Bang: Da Bang!

Read "Da Bang!" reviewed by John Sharpe


Even were one not viewing Da Bang! through the lens of this being violinist Billy Bang's last album, recorded just two short months before he succumbed to cancer in April 2011, there is still a detectable elegiac air which pervades even the brightest tracks. That's not the fault of the cast, although trombonist Dick Griffin comes ...

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Article: Album Review

Billy Bang: Da Bang!

Read "Da Bang!" reviewed by Troy Collins


Da Bang! is the last studio album recorded by violinist Billy Bang, made just two months before he passed away on April 11, 2011. Diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, Bang spoke about the healing power of music during these sessions and how he wanted to give something back to those who inspired and supported him. ...

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Article: Album Review

Billy Bang: Da Bang!

Read "Da Bang!" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The list of prominent jazz violinists is not a long one. Start with Stéphane Grappelli and his legendary Hot Club de France swing recordings with gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. Then there's Stuff Smith and his innovative electrolyzing of the instrument; Joe Venuti; the late Polish firebrand Zbigniew Seifert; and the still-active, post-bop/fusion player Jean-Luc Ponty.

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Article: Album Review

Billy Bang: Da Bang!

Read "Da Bang!" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


On April 10, 2011, the music world lost one of the foremost innovators of the violin, Billy Bang. In addition to boldly pushing the instrument's boundaries, he is one of the rare jazz players who left an indelible mark on it. The Finnish TUM label posthumously released Bang's swan song, recorded a mere two months before ...

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Article: Live Review

Vision Festival: Day 7 Finale, New York, NY, June 11, 2011

Read "Vision Festival: Day 7 Finale, New York, NY, June 11, 2011" reviewed by John Sharpe


Day 1 | Days 2-3 | Day 4 | Days 5-6 | Day 7 Vision FestivalAbrons Arts CenterNew York CityJune 11, 2011 Reut Regev R*Time Special Edition Trombonist Reut Regev's R*Time began the final night of the Vision Festival in exuberant style. Since ...

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Article: Live Review

Vision Festival 2010: Day 5, June 27, 2010

Read "Vision Festival 2010: Day 5, June 27, 2010" reviewed by John Sharpe


Prologue | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7Perry Robinson, Guillermo E Brown, Billy Bang, David S. Ware, Dave BurrellVision FestivalAbrons Arts CenterNew York CityJune 27, 2010 Sunday June 27 was another big day ...


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