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Bill Easley

Bill Easley has had a diversified career, as a professional musician, spanning more than forty -five years. Bill represents the fourth generation of a family dedicated to music. Over the years he has played in bands led by such notables as Ruth Brown, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Bobby Short, Louie Bellson, Nicholas Payton, Charles McPhearson, James Williams, Roland Hanna, Earl May, Illinois Jaquett, Ron Carter, Frank Foster, Mercer Ellington, Warren Vache',Panama Fransis and Grady Tate among many others. In addition to his extensive discography as a sideman, he also has four recordings as a leader; Wind Inventions, First Call, Easley Said and Business Man's Bounce His arsenal of woodwind instruments includes; Tenor, Alto and Soprano Saxophones, Clarinet, and Bass Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute and piccolo. Bill Easley started playing professionally in 1959 with his parents at the age of thirteen

Bluesville

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Late Late Show; I Love the Life I Live; Harlem Nocturne; Mary Ann; What’s Your Story, Morning Glory; Parchman Farm; Lonely Avenue; El Blues Esa Mujer; I Don’t Know; Riff’n on McGriff’n; Fool’s Paradise; TheMooche; You’re Humbuggin’ Me; The Late Late Show.

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Pt. 3: The International Women in Jazz Organization

Read "Women in Jazz, Pt. 3: The International Women in Jazz Organization" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In part 1 and part 2 of the Women in Jazz series, we looked at the historical marginalization of women in jazz from Lil Hardin Armstrong and Blanch Calloway in the 1920s to Tia Fuller in 2019. Part 2 focused on several prominent pioneering artists including the all-female International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Marian McPartland, and Melba ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Swingadelic: Bluesville

Read "Bluesville" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If you're partial to music that is sunny and freewheeling and almost commands a smile, you should have no trouble warming to Bluesville, the eighth recording by New Jersey-based Swingadelic, now twenty-two years old and counting. As its name implies, the orchestra (more often than not a mini-big band a dozen or so strong) re-creates an ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

37th Paradise Valley Jazz Party at Scottsdale Hilton Resort

Read "37th Paradise Valley Jazz Party at Scottsdale Hilton Resort" reviewed by Patricia Myers

37th Paradise Valley Jazz Party Scottsdale Hilton Resort Scottsdale, Arizona March 22-23, 2014 An A-team of East Coast, West Coast and Arizona musicians played a mix of swing and bebop sounds in 14 jam-session-style sets at the 37th annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party. A special element at this party ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Christmas IV: Jazz Instrumental - Duke Ellington, Tim Warfield, Manhattan Brass and Ted Rosenthal Trio

Read "Christmas IV:  Jazz Instrumental - Duke Ellington, Tim Warfield, Manhattan Brass and Ted Rosenthal Trio" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

This holiday season has turned out better than the past several when considering quality seasonal music releases. The jazz instrumental contingent has provided several fine recordings for consideration. Harmonie Ensemble / New York, Steven Richman Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn / Piotr Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suites Harmonia Mundi ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

February Forays

Read "February Forays" reviewed by Nick Catalano

February is one of those months when this New York Beat column could expand into a full periodical because of the plethora of jazz activity occurring in Gotham. I began my trek early in the month, when the city was buried in crystal mounds of snow from winter storms that had pounded the ...

Take Five With Antoinette Montague

Read "Take Five With Antoinette Montague" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Antoinette Montague:Antoinette Montague likes to say she simply sings “people music." Make no mistake about it, she is a jazz singer through and through, but one who pushes the genre's boundaries. On her new recording, Behind the Smile, Montague sings classic jazz standards (new and old), resurrects lovely-but-obscure melodies, blends in blues and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Antoinette Montague: Behind The Smile

Read "Behind The Smile" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

Antoinette Montague shows what is Behind the Smile--eclectic taste and strong delivery. She is joined by choice company on this outing: Mulgrew Miller (piano), Bill Easley (saxophone, clarinet and flute), Peter Washington (bass) and drummer Kenny Washington, who doubles as producer. Montague's programmatic choices are a varied mix, including blues, soul, the Great ...

NEWS: RADIO

JazzWeek Radio Chart: April 5, 2010

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 1 Ahmad Jamal A Quiet Time (Dreyfus) 173 204 -31 0 50 1 11 2 3 8 Rufus Reid Out Front (Motema) 172 168 +4 4 54 2 5 3 8 7 Joe Locke For The Love Of You (E1 Entertainment) 169 140 ...


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