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Benjamin Drazen

Benjamin Drazen is a native New Yorker, and grew up in Roslyn, NY. He got his frist great jazz saxophone education from the late great Dave Burns. (Dave was a master trumpeter with the Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington Orchestras as well as leading his own groups) A graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, Mr. Drazen studied with such legends as Jimmy Jiuffre, George Garzone, John McNeil, and Celil McBee. He also studied with the great Dave Liebman just before returning to NYC. From these influences Benjamin has crafted his own jazz style coming out of the traditions of Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. Since being back in NYC in 1995, Benjamin has performed alongside some of jazz's best including, Rashied Ali(John Coltrane's Drummer 1965-67) George Garzone, Gene Jackson, Ron McClure, Lew Soloff, Santi Debriano, Marvin "Bugalu" Smith and Ron Affif

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Massey & The NJP: Whosoever

Read "Whosoever" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Chris Massey's debut--Vibrainium (Self Produced, 2011)--was an Art Blakey-influenced quintet date that put a modern slant on the hard bop tradition; this follow-up follows the same guidelines, but puts a greater emphasis on the modern. Massey tips his cap to those who came before him by including an always-in-style standard ("Old Devil ...

Inner Flights

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Mr. Twilight; Monkish; Prayer For Brothers Gone; Jazz Heaven; Inner Flights; Neeney's Waltz; This Is New; Kickin' Up Dirt; Polka Dots And Moonbeams.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

David A. Orthmann's Best Releases of 2011

Read "David A. Orthmann's Best Releases of 2011" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

2011 was another banner year for newly recorded jazz. My favorites in no particular order... New Tricks Alternate Side (New Tricks Records) Jeff Williams Another Time (Whirlwind Recordings) Vinnie Cutro The Music of Duke Ellington ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Saxophonist Benjamin Drazen Performs at the 55 Bar, September 8, 2011

Saxophonist Benjamin Drazen Performs at the 55 Bar, September 8, 2011

Saxophonist Benjamin Drazen brings his ensemble—including pianist Roy Assaf, bassist Francois Mouton, and drummer Tony Moreno—to the 55 Bar for a performance on Thursday, September 8, at 7:00 p.m. Praised by Jazz Times as a “potent alto saxophonist" who plays “with soulful authority," Benjamin Drazen has performed alongside some of jazz's luminaries, including Rashied Ali, George ...

Take Five With Benjamin Drazen

Read "Take Five With Benjamin Drazen" reviewed by Benjamin Drazen

Meet Benjamin Drazen: Benjamin Drazen is a native New Yorker, and grew up in Roslyn, NY. He got his frist great jazz saxophone education from the late great Dave Burns. (Dave was a master trumpeter with the Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington Orchestras as well as leading his own groups) A graduate of the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Benjamin Drazen: Inner Flights

Read "Inner Flights" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Alto and soprano saxophonist Benjamin Drazen's smashing debut recording as a leader contains all of the essential ingredients for a meaningful mainstream jazz record. The leader's seven original compositions are a diverse, substantial, and pleasantly familiar lot. Drazen and pianist Jon Davis, the disc's primary soloists, play in the moment and think their way through improvisations ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Benjamin Drazen: Inner Flights

Read "Inner Flights" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Inside Benjamin Drazen is an old soul, nestling cheek-by-jowl in a fertile mind, brimful with new ideas that undulate and flow beautifully from his alto saxophone. That he is able to take control of this force, and harness its power to open a virtual door to the temple of his muses--running the gamut of saxophonists from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Benjamin Drazen: Inner Flights

Read "Inner Flights" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Benjamin Drazen has been on the New York scene for over 15 years, working with established players including Lew Soloff, George Garzone and Rashied Ali. The saxophonist cannot be accused of being in a hurry to get his name on a CD cover: a 15-year wait to release a debut is a lifetime in today's scene, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Benjamin Drazen: Inner Flights

Read "Inner Flights" reviewed by A. Lienhard

Alto saxophonist Benjamin Drazen has been plying his trade around Manhattan's network of small jazz bars--places like 55 Bar, Smalls, and The Garage--for over a decade. At long last, the New York native unveils his debut outing, Inner Flights. In a program of mostly original music, Drazen consistently delivers strong post-Coltrane fire, with a sound that ...


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