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Bill Wysaske

Drummer—composer—arranger—educator, Bill’s list of credits include Michael Bublé, David Foster, Count Basie Orchestra, Christian McBride, Steve Tyrell, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, John Clayton, The Tonight Show, Ellen Degeneres, Randy Brecker, John Beasley and many more. He spent his youth in Seattle Washington and later finished his education at The University of North Texas in Denton. Soon after, he was accepted into the prestigious Henry Mancini Institute prompting his move to Southern California and it was in Los Angeles where his career blossomed. With his broad Jazz pedigree, Bill made his name working with both large and small ensembles locally and abroad

Album

Iron Starlet

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Iron Starlet; Nova; Mr. Dominator; For the O.G.; Hello to the Wind; Detour Ahead; Captain's Song; Boy Toy; The Forsaken; Dark Chambers.

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Article: Album Review

Connie Han: Iron Starlet

Read "Iron Starlet" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


At the 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival, pianist Connie Han dazzled the crowd with a superb and well-paced set which was one of the best performances of the weekend. Although her Mack Avenue debut, Crime Zone, had hit the streets in 2018, Han's musical acumen was still hovering below the radar of most jazz listeners. The key ...

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Connie Han: Iron Starlet

Read "Iron Starlet" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


A decisively brazen talent, pianist Connie Han rushes into the fire touched off by her 2018 Mack Avenue debut Crime Zone, bringing more accelerant to bear on Iron Starlet.With an exhilarating control of her skills and vision and an intimate clairvoyance into all that has come before her, Han bids trumpeter Jeremy Pelt the ...

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Article: Live Review

2019 Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan August 30-September 2, 2019 According to the official count, the 40th edition of the largest free jazz festival in North America drew a record crowd numbering some 325,000. Boasting four stages as part of the festival footprint, there seemed to be a reduction in ...

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Connie Han Trio at Smoke Jazz Club

Read "Connie Han Trio at Smoke Jazz Club" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Connie Han Trio Smoke Jazz Club New York, NY October 4, 2018 Combustible is the first word that sprung to mind as pianist Connie Han opened her first set by spring loading her wily rhythm-mates, bassist Edwin Livingston and drummer/musical director Bill Wysaske through a twisty, bop energy ...

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Connie Han: Crime Zone

Read "Crime Zone" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Twenty-two year old pianist Connie Han comes at you flashy, fast, and furious on her Mack Avenue debut Crime Zone. But it's flashy and fast with more than enough sense of history and creative curiosity to keep your ear pinned to whatever device you're listening on. “Another Kind of Right" jumps from the start ...

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Article: Genius Guide to Jazz

Rising Stars: The Beginning of the Han Dynasty

Read "Rising Stars: The Beginning of the Han Dynasty" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius


As I write this, there is a government shutdown in effect due to a budget impasse. What that means to you, kids, is that I am free to do whatever the hell I want without the constrictive Federal Jazz Commission telling me what is and isn't appropriate material for this column. If I wanted to write ...


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