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Billy Thornton

Raised to a pack of wild musicians in the rural Tifton, GA, our young William rebelled in ways only a conformist could. At 15 he picked up the double bass and began to learn the great American art form, Jazz. The end.

The Awakening (Sounds For Sculpture)

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Awakening; Between Appointments; A Thought to Consider; Crack the Whip; Exotica Tropicalls; Hiding in the Light (Stainless Girl); Double Check: 9/11 Survivor; Day Dream; Jazz Dreams; Embracing Peace.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Christian Tamburr: The Awakening (Sounds For Sculpture)

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For vibraphonist Christian Tamburr, a walk through the Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey offered a world of sonic possibilities reflected in the bounties of natures and the wonders of Seward Johnson's craftsmanship. Creating physical splendor and a touch of the unexpected in statuary, Johnson, world-renowned for his bronze sculptures, aimed for his work to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Chuck Redd With the Kevin Bales Trio At The Jazz Corner

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Chuck Redd with the Kevin Bales Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC January 3-4, 2020 Masterful musicians make excellence look easy. It's not always immediately obvious, the quality becomes evident through its sustained presence, like a spreading smile. The band opened with “Tricotism" written by early bebop ...

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Wycliffe Gordon & Vincent Gardner At The Jazz Corner

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Wycliffe Gordon & Vincent Gardner The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC November 8-9, 2019 Wycliffe “Pinecone" Gordon is an Armstrong-styled horn player and has won a Louie award to prove it. He displayed that same laid-back behind the beat timing as Louis Armstrong, which belied the clarity of phrasing ...

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Jane Monheit & Clint Holmes At Jazz For All Ages

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Jane Monheit & Clint Holmes with the Christian Tamburr Quartet Sonesta Oceanfront Resort Jazz for all ages Hilton Head Island, SC October 30-31, 2019 In this centennial Nat “King" Cole year, The Junior Jazz Foundation invited Christian Tamburr to arrange and direct the first night of music. In addition to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Noel Freidline Quintet At The Jazz Corner's 20th Anniversary Party

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Noel Freidline Quintet The Jazz Corner 20th Anniversary Party Hilton Head Island March 31, 2019 The All About Jazz worldwide poll to find member's favourite jazz clubs had closed (view results), and The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island reached the top 20 clubs in the world. At that same ...

NEWS: RECORDING

EJ Hughes And His Emotional Vampire Sessions on Blue Canoe Records

EJ Hughes And His Emotional Vampire Sessions on Blue Canoe Records

EJ Hughes is back in the light with his riveting Blue Canoe Records release The Emotional Vampire Sessions, a followup to his 2005 release on Blue Canoe Something to Say. The Saxophonist has traveled extensively performing in many genres with a passion and deep-rooted training in jazz, classical, and contemporary music. Mr. Hughes has taught, performed, ...

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Kevin Bales With Chuck Redd At The Jazz Corner

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Kevin Bales with Chuck Redd The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC January 4th & 5th, 2019 Whenever pianist Kevin Bales comes in from Atlanta to play The Jazz Corner he brings with him a great band and an inventive theme. Whether it's a centennial celebration of the blues or the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Joshua Bowlus Trio at The Jazz Corner

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Joshua Bowlus Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC November 30 to December 1, 2018 As an introduction to his version of “For All We Know," Joshua Bowlus read out the lyrics while clicking his fingers loudly to lead the trio into a slow version of the 1934 ...


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