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Billy Williams

Billy Williams, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, began playing drums at the age of ten at the Brotherly Love Church of God in Christ in Norfolk, VA under the leadership of his grandfather, Pastor Wilbert R. Miller. His mother, the church Minister of Music, watched him closely and nurtured his gift. The foundation of building a life that was Christ-centered shaped Billy’s outlook on the power of music. The life-long lessons of music MINISTRY, humility and professionalism learned during this time would also prove to be very vital to his career. Now, 27 and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Billy has had the opportunity to travel the world extensively as a performer and educator. Billy has worked professionally with many master musicians including: Larry Willis, Steve Davis, Cyrus Chestnut, Delfeayo Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Christian McBride, Benny Golson, Tim Warfield, Terell Stafford, Warren Wolf, RockJazz pianist ELEW, Jon Faddis, Nat Reeves, Steve Wilson and many others

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John Fedchock Quartet: Reminiscence

Read "Reminiscence" reviewed by Jack Bowers


After recording his quartet's splendid album Fluidity (Summit Records 2015), trombonist John Fedchock realized he had enough unused material in hand from that delightful concert date to consider releasing a second album. The more he listened to the music that hadn't made the cut on Fluidity, the more Fedchock was convinced that a second album not ...

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Justin Kauflin: Dedication

Read "Dedication" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Al debutto autoprodotto di quattro anni fa (Introducing Justin Kauflin) il pianista di Silver Spring fa seguire un nuovo album con poche variazioni stilistiche e d'organico. Ritroviamo il fresco ed elegante modern mainstream eseguito in piano trio e in quartetto con chitarra. Fanno il loro ingresso nuovi partner accanto ai consueti Billy Williams alla batteria ed ...

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Matt Criscuolo: Blippity Blat

Read "Blippity Blat" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Matt Criscuolo is a restaurateur in Connecticut, but also a veteran alto saxophonist and not just a hobbyist with spare finances to record albums. With his fourth outing as a leader, he once again aligns some of the finest jazz artisans such as, pianist Larry Willis and French horn maestro, John Clark. Criscuolo possess a unique ...

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Steve Davis: For Real

Read "For Real" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


For lovers of straight-ahead jazz the Posi-Tone record label is a pretty safe bet, a mark of quality. Label owner and producer Marc Free seems to possess a knack for combining excellent musicians and high quality studios (aided and abetted by engineer Nick O'Toole) to create fresh and rewarding music.Trombonist Steve Davis is one ...

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Steve Davis: Gettin' It Done

Read "Gettin' It Done" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Trombonist Steve Davis has never had a problem getting things done. He instantly joined the slide-wielding elite when he graduated from the Hartt School's Jackie McLean Institute in 1989 and joined up with drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. That gig jump-started his career and he's never looked back. Stints with McLean and pianist Chick Corea followed, ...

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Justin Kauflin: Introducing Justin Kauflin

Read "Introducing Justin Kauflin" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Sight and vision are not the same thing, and pianist Justin Kauflin is a testament to this fact. While a rare eye disease robbed Kauflin of his sight by the time he was eleven years old, his artistic vision and sense of purpose remain intact. Kauflin's classical training initially placed him on a certain path, but ...


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