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Benjamin Shepherd

Born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand, Benjamin J. Shepherd started playing bass when he was 7 years old. 11 years later he moved to Los Angeles to study at the California Institute of Arts (CalArts) under the watchful eye of Bass heavy weights Charlie Haden, Alphonso Johnson and Darek Oles. Since finishing up at Calarts Benjamin has become one of the busiest and most in demand Bassists in Los Angeles. He has worked on stage and in the studio with artists such as David Archuleta, Lee Ritenour, Mike Keneally, Mike Stern, Billy Childs, Patrice Rushen, Bob Sheppard, John Beasley, The Monk'estra, Virgil Donati, Hadrien Feraud, Chance The Rapper, School Boy Q, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Miguel Atwood Ferguson and many more

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MONK'estra Plays John Beasley

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Steve-O; Sam Rivers; Monk's Mood; Donna Lee; Song For Dub; Five Spot; Implication; Intermission; Masekela; Rhythm-A-Ning/Evidence; Off Minor; Be.YOU.tiful; Locomotive; Come Sunday.

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Reabsorb

Label: Orenda Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Hit It As Loudly As Possible; Loop of Light.

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Article: Album Review

Jon Armstrong Sextet: Reabsorb

Read "Reabsorb" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Saxophonist Jon Armstrong reminds us that life and death are two sides of the same coin. Although seemingly disparate, like two sides of an LP, they cannot be separated. His sextet recording Reabsorb models this contrasting device by presenting two contrasting compositions, one on each side of an LP (also available as a CD and download). ...

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Article: Live Review

Alicia Olatuja at Dazzle

Read "Alicia Olatuja at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson


Alicia Olatuja Dazzle Denver, CO July 25, 2019 If Alicia Olatuja wasn't a singer, she could probably be a counselor. As it is, she's a counselor to the songs she sings. She develops personal relationships with them. It seems that she spends hours with them on the couch intently listening to ...

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Article: Album Review

Bob Sheppard: The Fine Line

Read "The Fine Line" reviewed by Roger Farbey


Ironically, probably the only reason that Bob Sheppard isn't a household name (other than in jazz households) is because he's such an in-demand sideman. Splitting his time between Los Angeles, and New York he also teaches jazz at The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. But he's worked, amongst many others, with such jazz ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call, Part 1

Read "Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call, Part 1" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Part 1 | Part 2Peter Erskine is affable, engaging, and humorous. He, of course, is also one of the finest drummers of his generation. He has left his mark on the jazz and fusion world for nearly fifty years now. An icon, whose name is mentioned with the greats of all time, Erskine continues ...

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Article: In Pictures

Peter Erskine Group at the 2017 Ospedaletti Jazz Festival

Read "Peter Erskine Group at the 2017 Ospedaletti Jazz Festival" reviewed by Carlo Mogavero


The Peter Erskine Group was the highlight of the 2017 Ospedaletti Jazz Festival on August 4th in the Liguria region of Italy. Held at an amphitheater of a local park, the sold out show was attended by jazz fans from as far away as neighboring France. The band was comprised of Peter Erskine (drums), John Beasley ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

A Mixed Bag - Joonsam, Petros Klampanis, O.R.K., Peter Erskine, David Ambrosio/Russ Meissner

Read "A Mixed Bag - Joonsam, Petros Klampanis, O.R.K., Peter Erskine, David Ambrosio/Russ Meissner" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Joonsam A Door Origin Records 2016 South Korean bassist Joonsam Lee moved to jny: New York City in 2007 and began composing...composing and meeting other like-minded musicians with whom to share ideas. For his debut recording, Lee has assembled these compositions, choosing those which reflect his many musical interests and experiences. ...


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