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Take Five with Enayet Hossain

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Meet Enayet Hossain Enayet Hossain is an accomplished tabla player from a renowned Indian musical family whose careers span three generations. Born in Bangladesh to an Indian father and Bangladeshi mother, he moved to the U.S. as a child. He received musical training from his father, Hamid Hossain, an esteemed Indian musician renowned for teaching and ...


Article: Liner Notes

Ravita Jazz: Oriana

Read "Ravita Jazz: Oriana" reviewed by Bill Milkowski

On his second outing as a leader, bassist-composer Phil Ravita recruited a close-knit crew of musicians that he's worked with in the Mid-Atlantic region since their time together in grad school at the University of Maryland, College Park. “We've known each other since 2007," he said of bandmates Greg Small on piano and Nucleo Vega on ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Christian Ventimiglia of Wide-Eyed Lounge Cats

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Meet Christian Ventimiglia is the keyboardist, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for Wide-Eyed Lounge Cats. Once known as your friendly neighborhood jam band, the Cats are a celebrated jazz & jam band known for their unique arrangements, unorthodox compositions and dynamic live shows. The Cats' first two albums, Le Cirque (2020) and Cats in a Coal Mine ...


News: Recording

Ravita Jazz with bassist Phil Ravita Release 'Oriana'

Ravita Jazz with bassist  Phil Ravita Release 'Oriana'

Ravita Jazz releases Oriana in April 2023. Writing in the liner notes, jazz journalist and author Bill Milkowski says: “Together with his like-minded colleagues, bassist-composer-bandleader Ravita takes listeners on a kinetic, contemplative and ultimately expansive ride on Oriana.” Ten tracks feature originals by Ravita and other band members with creative takes on “Black Coffee” and “Caravan.” ...

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Enayet Hossain

Enayet is a tabla player born into an Indian musical family and am a third-generation musician.  His father is from India and mother from Bangladesh and Enayet was born in Bangladesh before his family migrated to the United States when he was 6 years old. He learned from his father, Hamid Hossain who is a very well-known Indian music teacher based in the United States, who has taught at UMBC and has trained thousands of students in tabla, sitar and Indian classical vocal music. Enayet is versatile in accompanying North Indian classical music, instrumental, light, and semi-classical music, including thumri, ghazal, and world fusion music, as well as giving solo performances. Enayet started his work in fusion music much later, after felt he had established himself as an Indian classical musician first.

News: Music Industry

Sonny Stitt, Shirley Scott and Walter Bishop Jr.

Sonny Stitt, Shirley Scott and Walter Bishop Jr.

Baltimore's Left Bank Jazz Society was formed in 1964. It's claim to fame was promoting more than 800 jazz concerts at the city's Famous Ballroom at 1717 North Charles Street. Nearly every major jazz artist who came through the city was booked by the Society into the Ballroom, its interior modeled after New York's Roseland Ballroom. ...

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Wide-Eyed Lounge Cats

Wide-Eyed Lounge Cats ("WELC") are a jazz fusion and jam band bringing elements of both into their unique live performance style, original compositions and unorthodox arrangements. Born out of the basements and dive-bars of Fells Point (Baltimore, MD), the Cats have evolved into an independent recording and live act with a fast growing following in the local mid-Atlantic music scene while also gaining international recognition since their debut studio release in 2020. They have released three studio albums and maintain regular residencies at local jazz and blues venues. 

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Erin Connelly


Erin Connelly is a Baltimore-based trumpet player, improviser, and teacher. 

At an early age, Erin was inspired by the beauty, vulnerability, and romance in the music of trumpeter, Chet Baker. The poignant lyricism in his trumpet playing compelled her to pursue trumpet as a vehicle for her self-expression. 

As an improviser, Erin embodies a warm, lyrical, and sensitive approach to the trumpet. With a sound that is dark, round, and nuanced, her compassionate sensibilities cultivate space in which layers of music may unfold around her. This ensemble-oriented approach allows Erin to create and deliver stories through her music, encompassing the sonic forces around her into her narrative tapestry.

Article: Album Review

Lars Scherzberg: Top Floor Encounter

Read "Top Floor Encounter" reviewed by John Chacona

The first phase of jazz was characterized by melodic improvisation. In its second phase improvisers dealt with harmony and, in the current phase, density is the improviser's concern. So says Anthony Braxton—if I understand him correctly (if anyone does). If so, then Top Floor Encounter may be as characteristic of our time as Armstrong's “Weatherbird" was ...


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