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Bob Franceschini

BOB FRANCESCHINI Tenor saxophone, soprano, alto and baritone. Flute, alto flute and ethnic flutes. Clarinet, bass clarinet. Keyboards, Composer, arranger, producer and contractor. Bob Franceschini was born and grew up in New York City. His first professional gigs were just after graduating from Music and Art High School . For two summers Bob played at a club in Harlem, called the "Breezin’ Lounge" owned by jazz super star George Benson. The band also featured Marcus Miller, Omar Hakim, Bobby Broom on guitar. ( “It was awesome. We were just kids and were getting paid to play jazz and R&B standards, four night a week. Occasionally Benson would sit-in with us“) They became the nucleus of the band for trumpeter Tom Browne ( of "Jamaica Funk" fame) with whom they recorded and toured

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass

Read "Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Tom Kennedy has never considered himself a prospector, but surely has tapped into a goldmine. As if releasing a hotshot new record wasn't enough, the world class jazz and fusion bassist is in compositional bliss with a bevy of new material yet to be recorded. Kennedy and I talk at length about his new writing technique ...

Love's Way Back

Label: Autumn Hill Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Learning How to Fly; Love You Inside Out; Let's Stay Together; Grandma's Hands; The Smiling Hour.

Diluvio

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Fast Eye; Cremant; Tempest Dance; Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott, BWV 127: Aria; The Drifter's Plan; Mixology; Into the Clear; Line for Lyons; Impressions.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Fahir Atakoglu: For Love

Read "For Love" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran international recording artist Fahir Atakoglu delivers his eighteenth album as leader with the audacious For Love, an album which he proclaims: “ ... Is all about love." And he believes “Everything depends on love." A native of Turkey, this Turkish-American artist is an award-winning composer and pianist whose long and distinguished career has included writing ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part 2

Read "Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part 2" reviewed by Jim Worsley

In case you missed it, Part One of my conversation with Jimmy Haslip covered a lot of ground and had a few good laughs along the way. Although we talked about the Yellowjackets, we delved more deeply into why and how he parted ways with the band some eight years ago. Haslip has been producing records ...

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Fahir Atakoğlu: The 'Music Of Hope Tour' At Merkin Hall - March 12 - All-Star Band And String Section!

Fahir Atakoğlu: The 'Music Of Hope Tour' At Merkin Hall - March 12 - All-Star Band And String Section!

Fahir Atakoğlu: The Music of Hope Tour 2020. The Music of Hope Tour is dedicated to all of the refugees in the world. Personnel Fahir Atakoğlu: piano Horacio “El Negro" Hernandez: drums Armando Gola; bass Bob Franceschini: saxophone Letizia Gambi: vocalist Estrella Acosta: vocalist ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Mike Stern: Half Crazy

Read "Mike Stern: Half Crazy" reviewed by Jim Worsley

SoCal Jazz is back from safari to the auspicious Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. A follow-up with guitarist Mike Stern was the primary itinerary for this trip. Trip is the name of Stern's new record, just in case you missed the play on words. Unfortunately, Stern had a trip of another kind in 2016. How ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Stern: Trip

Read "Trip" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

In the blink of an eye an accident can happen and when it does it can be a life-altering event. Think of a brain surgeon or a pro quarterback. Think of what it would mean it they suffered some sort of injury which made it impossible to grasp a scalpel or throw a football with the ...

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The Victor Wooten Trio at The Ardmore Music Hall

Read "The Victor Wooten Trio at The Ardmore Music Hall" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

The Victor Wooten Trio The Ardmore Music Hall Ardmore PA March 4, 2017 Bass innovator Victor Wooten may not quite be a household name, but he's pretty well known as instrumentalists go. This is attributable to his talents, yes, but also to the many different types of projects ...


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