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Billy Childs

Billy Childs has emerged as one of the foremost American composers of his era, perhaps the most distinctly American composer since Aaron Copland – for like Copland, he has successfully married the musical products of his heritage with the Western neoclassical traditions of the twentieth century in a powerful symbiosis of style, range, and dynamism. A native of Los Angeles, Childs grew up immersed in jazz, classical, and popular music influences. A prodigious talent at the piano earned him public performances by age six, and at sixteen he was admitted to the USC Community School of the Performing Arts, going on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition under the tutelage of Robert Linn and Morten Lauridsen. By the time of his graduation from USC, Childs was already an in-demand performer in the L.A

ARTICLE: RADIO

Maria Pia de Vito, Becca Stevens, Elan Mehler, Daniel Casimir & More New Releases

Read "Maria Pia de Vito, Becca Stevens, Elan Mehler, Daniel Casimir & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The year ended as it started, and as if COVID-19 never were, with a heart-warming slew of great new releases. Here's the last installment for 2020 acting as a great omen for an equally rewarding 2021 jazz year.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Various Artists ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Selections Of Some New Releases From 2020

Read "Selections Of Some New Releases From 2020" reviewed by Len Davis

Music from Aaron Parks, Dusan Jevtovic, Billy Childs and more. Playlist Aaron Parks “Attention Earthlings" from Little Big 2-Dreams of a Mechanical Man (Ropeadope) 00:00 Rymden “Terminal One" from Space Sailors (Jazzlandl) 06:21 Dusan Jevtovic “Si Pooro" from Now You See Me (Self Produced) 12:41 Bosque “Escape From Urumchi" from escape From Urumchi (Metropolisl) ...

Acceptance

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Dori; Acceptance; Leimert Park; Do You Know My Name?; It Never Entered My Mind; Quiet Girl; Twilight is Upon Us; Oceana.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Billy Childs: L.A. Contentment

Read "Billy Childs: L.A. Contentment" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Billy Childs says taking formal piano lessons as a young child “didn't register" at the time. He didn't recoil from the instrument by any means, but it wasn't yet exciting. But he had a neighbor who also played. Childs looked up to him. It was that neighbor who showed him stuff--taught him to play “ Cantaloupe ...

NEWS: ADVOCACY

'Say Their Names' Raising Awareness & Contributions for Stricken Families

'Say Their Names' Raising Awareness & Contributions for Stricken Families

Many musicians and music fans have felt the need to respond to specific events or situations in America’s 2020 sociopolitical climate by doing more than creating, sharing and listening to music. Ethan Sultry’s “Say Their Names” opens one opportunity: The protest track is available for free download on sirsultrymusic.com, connected through a web button to MyGood.org, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Born on the Cusp of Drama - Celebrating Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Troup and Laura Nyro

Read "Born on the Cusp of Drama - Celebrating Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Troup and Laura Nyro" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

In astrology, October 18 zodiac people are on the Libra-Scorpio cusp, referred to as the Cusp of Drama. Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Troup and Laura Nyro share that birthday, which would certainly make for a dramatic dinner party. Besides shoutouts to this dynamic trio, vocalist Lee Wiley and pianist Thelonious Monk are celebrated as well. The broadcast ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with AXIOM

Read "Take Five with AXIOM" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Axiom Founded and brought together by brothers Pete and Phil Templer, guitarist/composer and drummer/percussionist/composer respectively, the goal was to establish a creative and engaging environment to present a dynamic musical experience to audiences of all types. Pete and Phil both hail from the Midwest where they began their musical journey studying and playing ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Struttin With Some Barbeque - Celebrating July 4 with Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne and Friends

Read "Struttin With Some Barbeque - Celebrating July 4 with Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne and Friends" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Independence Day broadcast included new releases from Jimmy Heath featuring Cecile McLorin Salvant, vocalists Kathleen Grace, Melody Gardot and drummer Jake Reed with birthday shoutouts to Rhoda Scott, Lena Horne, Natalie Cressman and Louis Armstrong (yes we know, it's really in August but he claimed July 4 for his own and who are we to ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir

Read "Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir" reviewed by Jim Worsley

With so many talented jazz pianists over the years, it can be a challenge to make your own mark or carve out your own identity. Many fine musicians have simply blended into the scene, seemingly unnoticed, due to a lack of singularity that sets them apart. Tamir Hendelman crashes that barrier with a signature sound that ...


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