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Bernie Williams

Any baseball fan knows how Bernie Williams plays. The superstar New York Yankees center fielder has consistently flashed grace, passion, disciplined focus and a remarkably fluid sense of rhythm in feats both at the plate and in the field that have made him truly the heir in his role to no less than Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle. Now music fans will know the same qualities. “The Journey Within,” Williams’ debut album, spotlights his impressive gifts as a guitarist and composer. Due July 15 from renowned GRP Records, it’s a set of shimmering instrumentals • seven original Williams compositions plus versions of Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes,” Kansas’ “Dust in the Wind” and Brazilian legend Baden Powell’s “Samba Novo.” The music taps his long love of salsa and blues as well as the classical training he received as a teen at the Escuela Libre de Musica High in his native San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the same time that he was drawing the attention of major league scouts as a local baseball sensation

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Article: New York @ Night

Jessie Lambiase Featuring Gil Parris

Read "Jessie Lambiase Featuring Gil Parris" reviewed by Peter Jurew


Jessie Lambiase Featuring Gil Parris IridiumNew York, NYMarch 10, 2017 Lovers of fine guitar playing are aware of the monstrous chops of Gil Parris, the jazz, blues and rock master who has been called “one of guitardom's unsung heroes." How can it be that a virtuoso who's been nominated for a ...

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Article: Album Review

Eric Vaughn: Minor Relocation

Read "Minor Relocation" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The “Rising Star" status usually goes to those of the youthful fresh faces, possessed of recent degrees from one of the major music schools. But, 58 year-old pianist Eric Vaughn, now San Francisco-based now after a dozen years in Seattle, could easily take that prize. With his major distribution debut, Minor Relocation, he could be called ...

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Article: In the Artist's Own Words

Steve Khan: The Making of "Parting Shot"

Read "Steve Khan: The Making of "Parting Shot"" reviewed by Steve Khan


The term, “parting shot" can certainly be interpreted in any number of ways. Perhaps for most of us, it would be best defined like this: “a threat, insult, condemnation, sarcastic retort, or, gesture delivered while departing." I choose to view it as the latter, thinking of a light punch to the shoulder as the final gesture! ...

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News: Festival

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Heads into Last Three Days!

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Heads into Last Three Days!

Rochester, NY -- The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) presented by M&T Bank, is heading into its last three days tonight, wrapping up June 19. The Festival's ninth edition started Friday June 11 featuring headliners Jeff Beck, Gladys Knight, Keb' Mo', Herbie Hancock, John Pizzarelli, and Bernie Williams. The Festival is delivering a wide range ...

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Article: Profile

Remembering Les Paul... with Lyrics!

Read "Remembering Les Paul... with Lyrics!" reviewed by Randee Mia Berman


They called him the Wizard of Waukesha, and we're not talking Harry Potter. I'd first heard about Les Paul from my parents. My Mom played mandolin; my Dad was a jazz pianist, who raised me on Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. I remember listening to the famous guitar/vocal duets between Les Paul & Mary ...

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The Journey Within

Label: GRP Records
Released: 2003


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