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Barry Harris

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Harris is an Internationally renowned Jazz Pianist, Composer and Teacher. Dr. Harris is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Northwestern University. He has received the Living Jazz Legacy award from the Mid- Atlantic Arts Association, and an American Jazz Masters Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, Dr. Harris received the Manhattan Borough President Award for Excellence. This award was given for recognition of his devoted public service and in honor of excellence in the field of music. He received the 1999 Mentor award for his work with youngsters at the Manhattan Country School in NYC. Dr

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Article: Radio

Derrick Gardner, Logan Richardson & Barry Harris

Read "Derrick Gardner, Logan Richardson & Barry Harris" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start with a track off of big band director's Derrick Gardner 2020 album Still I Rise. We add some Kansas City spice with Charlie Parker and stellar saxophonist Logan Richardson with music from his Afrofuturism (Whirlwind Recordings, 2021) release. We also take a look at the new work from Matt Moran, Adam Shulman and Grant ...

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Article: Album Review

@-Quartet: ¡En Seguida!

Read "¡En Seguida!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On ¡En Seguida!, its third album as a unit, French guitarist Didier Verna's astutely-named @-Quartet is lyrically clever and charming, rhythmically sharp and strong, and never banal or boring. One reason for this is the many bright and pleasing sounds Verna coaxes from his guitars (regular and fretless), guitar synth and sitar; a second is his ...

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Article: Interview

Clifton Anderson: Knowing the Road

Read "Clifton Anderson: Knowing the Road" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz


New York trombonist Clifton Anderson has mastered his instrument from the 1970s on in jazz programs of his home town outside the conservatory (which he also attended), that were initiated by leading spirits of the music such as Barry Harris, Sam Rivers, and Reggie Workman; these informal, professional jazz circles gave him information, insights and inspiration ...

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Article: Year in Review

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

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Tomas Jochmann

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Ever since his studies at the conservatory in Prague, Tomáš Jochmann has been a regular at prestigious international jazz workshops in Italy, such as Tuscia in Jazz Workshop, Barry Harris Workshop, or Ronciglione Jazz Spring. Thus, many jazz superstars rank among his teachers: Kenny Barron, Barry Harris, Aaron Parks, Dave Kikoski, Dado Moroni, or Antonio Ciacca. Throughout his musical career in the Czech Republic, Tomáš Jochmann has become one of the most distinguished and sought-after accompanists for singers in jazz as well as other genres. He has also performed in Switzerland, Germany, Egypt, Taiwan, and Vietnam

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Article: Album Review

Joachim Mencel: Brooklyn Eye

Read "Brooklyn Eye" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Growing up under the weight of communism in Poland in the late '60s and early '70s, Joachim Mencel dreamed of the freedoms and wonders of America. Stateside relatives sent food parcels, offering him his first tastes of Hershey's chocolate and the inviting aromas of Maxwell House coffee; and Polish public radio station Trójka filled his ears ...

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Article: Interview

Meet Kenny Barron

Read "Meet Kenny Barron" reviewed by Craig Jolley


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in March 2001. Jazz Education I recently retired from Rutgers University. Right now I teach piano one day a week at Manhattan School of Music. In September I'll be teaching at the new jazz program at Julliard. I've taught David Sanchez and ...

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Article: Interview

Charles McPherson: The Art Of Teaching

Read "Charles McPherson: The Art Of Teaching" reviewed by Jim Trageser


Charles McPherson will always be known for his alto sax playing. A favorite of Hollywood director Clint Eastwood, McPherson first gained a national reputation playing in Charles Mingus' combo in the late 1950s. By 1964 he was recording as a leader (although he'd continue to perform with Mingus for another half-decade), and later re-created Charlie Parker's ...


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