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Ari Roland (bass) was born and raised in New York City. He began playing bass at the age of 12 and was working professionally by age 16. He studied at The Juilliard School and has played in the bands of jazz legends such as Lou Donaldson, Barry Harris and Betty Carter. Sketches From a Bassist's Album, his recent CD on Smalls Records, has received widespread critical acclaim.

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Article: Interview

Samara Joy: Ascension Into Jazz

Read "Samara Joy: Ascension Into Jazz" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


When Samara Joy performs, she takes her place, stands confidently and sings. Immediately the strength and richness of her voice—which is natural—grabs the attention of the listener. There are no gyrations. It's refreshing that a young artist doesn't see the need for unnecessary vocal gymnastics. Too often, those can miss the mark. Her style ...

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Article: Live Review

New York Nights At Birdland Theater And Mezzrow

Read "New York Nights At Birdland Theater And Mezzrow" reviewed by Martin McFie


On West 44th street in midtown Manhattan, Johnny Valenti recently inaugurated the new Birdland Theater, which has been built downstairs, below his Birdland club. The seating is arranged with two chairs at each round table, the rearmost of which are high tops, ensuring a clear view of the well lit stage from every table in the ...

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Article: Album Review

Salvo Losappio: Long Story Short

Read "Long Story Short" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although Long Story Short is an entirely appropriate title for Italian-born tenor saxophonist Salvo Losappio's debut CD as leader, as its playing time is a lean LP-like thirty-eight minutes, Rush Job might have been an even better one. Losappio's name and face adorn the front cover of the album, which names his four sidemen but does ...

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News: Recording

Sun Ra Tribute "Message From Saturn" by Eli Yamin - Available on October 10th

Sun Ra Tribute "Message From Saturn" by Eli Yamin - Available on October 10th

"Saxophonist Knoel Scott told me Sun Ra came into rehearsal and said, 'I just got a message from Saturn. We are not playing enough blues!' I thought about this for ten years, then joined up with Clifford Carlson to write this story." —Eli Yamin Liner notes from Message From Saturn A Space Odyssey of three young ...

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News: Opinion

Jazz: For all, or the few?

Let's face it... Jazz as a musical force is not what was back in it's heyday. Yes, Jazz continues to evolve with it's never ending strive for innovation. Jazz radio stations remain very popular, and as I hear from Voice of America's Jazz America program every Saturday morning (Kuwait local time), the amount of new Jazz ...

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News: Recording

Ari Roland - New Music (Smalls)

Bassist Ari Roland doesn't mince words with the title of his latest disc. The summarizing phrase is succinct just like his preferred style of soloing on his instrument. While the seven compositions are indeed fresh creations, they still align quite closely with the extant occupants in his songbook. That familiarity extends to his sidemen as well, ...

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And so I lived in old New York

Label: Smalls Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: For O.M.; Paerja; Perry Plov; Under the Salt of Stars; Byars-A-Carpet; Smile of the Swamp Thing; Blue Madi.

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Article: Album Review

Ari Roland: And so I lived in old New York

Read "And so I lived in old New York" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes


The great thing about listening to Ari Roland's And So I Lived in Old New York... is that it provides insight into the creative process and the way that simpatico among artists helps to form the final result. There are seven tunes on the disc, four of which are improvisations. Atypical titles like “Smile of the ...

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Sketches from a Bassist's Album

Label: Smalls Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: The Lion of Yerevan; Most's Paradise; Replaceable Me; Swamp Thing Goes to the Indy 500; Mensch Blues; Ah, Transcarpathicus; Thou Swell; Byars-a-Maki; Mo's On; I'll Walk Alone.


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