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Bob Franceschini

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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

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Article: Album Review

Randy Bernsen: Heart Mind and Soul

Read "Heart Mind and Soul" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Randy Bernsen, a guitarist, and composer whose roots trace back to Needham, Massachusetts before embedding himself in the vibrant musical scene of South Florida, has long been a figure within the jazz and fusion communities. His journey began with early collaborations with Jaco Pastorius and has evolved into a rich solo career that spans over three ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Leni Stern: The Twenty Year Audition

Read "Leni Stern: The Twenty Year Audition" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Composer and musician Leni Stern has big news to share. She chose to do so quietly, with her usual cool, low-key and savoir-faire charm. In conversation with only my wife and I, recently at a jazz club in Los Angeles, she left us elated with the kind of news most other artists would be screaming from ...

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Influências

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: My Time (feat. George "Spanky" McCurdy); Surrender (feat. Tyrone Turner Jr.); My Love (feat. Timothy Ferguson); This Is Funk (feat. Nelson Triunfo); Five 4 (feat. Bob Franceschini & Michel Leme); Influências.

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Article: Live Review

Jazzkaar 2023

Read "Jazzkaar 2023" reviewed by Martin Longley


Jazzkaar Tallinn, Estonia April 23-30, 2023 Jazzkaar has now lost two days, this exceptional Estonian festival running at eight rather than ten, but still remaining epic when compared to most others. The opening Sunday might have only featured a single concert, but as the fresh week progressed, the scale incrementally increased, hitting ...

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Cinco 4

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Duration: 02:45

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

French Avant Prog Band Masal, Vital Information And Igor Wilcox Quartet-Live

Read "French Avant Prog Band Masal, Vital Information And Igor Wilcox Quartet-Live" reviewed by Len Davis


French band Masal with their latest Ahora , Aydin Esen with Miroslav Vitous and Vinnie Colaiuta. Finnish bassist Jukka Haavisto. Drummer Oiilie Usiskin with Bob Franceschini and a preview of the upcoming release from Steve Smith and Vital Information. The Igor Wilcox Quartet with their newest recorded live in Bulgaria, some classic Bob Berg and Australian ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

The Weckl/Kennedy Project: Live at The Catalina Jazz Club

Read "The Weckl/Kennedy Project: Live at The Catalina Jazz Club" reviewed by Jim Worsley


If you are a fan of fusion, you likely know that Tom Kennedy and Dave Weckl started playing together in their early teens. Recently, Weckl reminisced about that glorious time in their lives, while on stage at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Yes, it was the Weckl/Kennedy Project playing the finale of a three-night engagement. ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Matthew Alec

Read "Take Five with Matthew Alec" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Matthew Alec: Saxophonist, Executive Producer at Cleveland Time Records and bandleader for the jazz fusion group Matthew Alec and The Soul Electric. Nominated as 'Cleveland's Best Horn Player' by Cleveland Scene Magazine, Matthew earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music from Kent State University in 2007. While at KSU, he studied both 20th century classical music ...

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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 ...


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