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Billy Hart

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His first steady gigs of note were with Shirley Horn and Buck Hill. In the 1960’s he toured with Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Eddie Harris, and Pharoah Sanders. In 1970 he joined Herbie Hancock’s Sextet, and after that band broke up in 1973 he joined first McCoy Tyner (two years) and then Stan Getz (four). In the 1980’s Hart was a regular with many bands and leaders: Gerry Mulligan, Billy Harper, Clark Terry, The New York Jazz Quartet, the Jazztet, Mingus Dynasty and most extensively with Quest (with David Liebman, Ritchie Beirach, and Ron McClure). In the 1990’s Hart was a member of the Charles Lloyd, Joe Lovano, and Tom Harrell groups, and in 1999 he began performing with the Three Tenors (Liebman, Lovano, and Michael Brecker). He is on about 500 hundred records as a sideman.

Album

Live In Montauk

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Do Nothing till You Hear from Me; Sparks; Moanin'; No Rhyme or Reason; One Finger Snap; Ripty Boom; Tip Toes.

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Bridges

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: 1. "Butterfly'" 2. "Capricorn" 3. "Song for Peace" 4. "With a Little Help From My Friends" 5. "Row Row Row" 6. "Throughout" 7. "Irah" 8. "Bridges (Travessia)"

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The Art of Intimacy, Vol. 2/His Muse

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: For Whom I Love So Much; Slow Hot Wind; If I Ruled the World; I Can’t Escape from You; There’ll Be Other Times; Don’t Love Me; Blues in Sophistication; Two Different Worlds; When She Makes Music; Two for the Road.

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With A Little Help From My Friends

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Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 04:34

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Article: In Pictures

2023 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Read "2023 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival" reviewed by Richard Conde


The City Parks Foundation kicked off its 31st annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. The three day celebration of the life of the late saxophonist Charlie Parker took place in the neighborhood near where Charlie Parker worked and lived. Friday August 25th uptown Harlem at Marcus Garvey Park featured Orrin Evans, Lisa Fischer, and The Captain Black ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Introducing Drummer Mecadon McCune

Read "Introducing Drummer Mecadon McCune" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Mecadon McCune has been immersed in music since he was born. His father is veteran jazz pianist Brandon McCune; his mother, Christine Clemmons-McCune, is an opera singer. “My dad made sure that I was learning piano since I was about four years old," he said, “but ...

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Article: Album Review

Eddie Henderson: Witness To History

Read "Witness To History" reviewed by Dave Linn


Dr. Eddie Henderson, 82 years old at the time of writing in 2023, has one of the most interesting stories in modern jazz and is a true Renaissance man. His parents were entertainers; his mother was a dancer at the original Cotton Club while his father was a member of the popular singing group Billy Williams ...

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Article: Album Review

Bill O'Connell: Live In Montauk

Read "Live In Montauk" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


A rhythm section which includes Santi Debriano and Billy Hart is nothing if not part of a potential dream band. In Craig Handy, one finds a post-bop saxophonist who played with virtually everyone worth hearing over the last third of the twentieth century. For a variety of reasons pianist Bill O'Connell may be a little less ...

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Article: Album Review

Bill O'Connell: Live In Montauk

Read "Live In Montauk" reviewed by Jack Bowers


After years of gigging in the New York City area, while honing his credentials as a first-call contemporary jazz pianist, Bill O'Connell and his family moved to Montauk, the easternmost point on Long Island, where he expressed his appreciation of the area's many wonders by recording this impressive album at the celebrated Gosman's Dock, during the ...


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