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Bobby Porcelli

New York native Bobby Porcelli (b. 12/16/37) is one of Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz¥s most accomplished flautists and alto saxophonists. An exciting soloist influenced heavily by Charlie Parker and Sonny Still, Porcelli's alto has soared gracefully above the legendary percussive ensembles of Machito ('65-'66), Mongo Santmaria ('87-'90), and Tito Puente ('66-'00). Since the early '80s, Porcelli has toured Europe as a single, playing with local rhythm sections across the continent and performing at many festivals. An original member of T.S. Monk's sextet as well as the Monk on Monk Tentet, Porcelli has demonstrated his ability to creatively interpret the idiosyncratic pianist's quirky compositions.

Four Questions

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Baby Jack; Jazz Twins; Four Questions; Clump, Unclump; A Still, Small Voice: Elijah – 1 Kings 19:13; Amidst the Fire and the Whirlwind; Cacophonus; A Still, Small Voice.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Alexa Tarantino: Passion For Playing And Teaching

Read "Alexa Tarantino: Passion For Playing And Teaching" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Alexa Tarantino was bitten by the jazz bug at a young age. She was fortunate to grow up in a community where jazz is an important part of the musical fabric—rare these days. She swiftly grabbed hold of the music and has developed into an in-demand alto saxophonist, earning a series of high-profile gigs that slowed ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alexa Tarantino: Clarity

Read "Clarity" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Saxophonist Alexa Tarantino has as impressive resume in jazz as any artist could hope for at this stage of a career. As a performer, she has contributed notably to The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Cecile McLorin Salvant Quintet and Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, to note a few. ...

Five Women 2017 III: – Rose Ellis, Rozina Patkai, Nicole Herzog, Sharon Paige, and Kathy Ingraham

Read "Five Women 2017 III: – Rose Ellis, Rozina Patkai, Nicole Herzog, Sharon Paige, and Kathy Ingraham" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Rose Ellis Like Songs Like Moons Self Produced 2017 On her debut recording, Like Songs Like Moons, New York City by-way-of-the Netherlands vocalist and composer Rose Ellis, brings to jazz a voice as clear as a bell and unafraid to take chances. Her tone is diamond hard and easy on the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Thomas Marriott: Balance in Life and Music

Read "Thomas Marriott: Balance in Life and Music" reviewed by Paul Rauch

If one should by chance be curious of what is happening with jazz in the city of Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest, one would do well to check out what trumpeter Thomas Marriott is up to. Thomas has established himself as one the most exciting artists to emerge on the national jazz scene in the past ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carlos Jimenez / Mambo Dulcet: Red Tailed Hawk

Read "Red Tailed Hawk" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Latin jazz flute players aren't exactly commonplace, but artists like Dave Valentin, Nestor Torres, Bobby Porcelli and, more recently, Mark Weinstein have helped to widen this avenue of instrumental exploration. They've paved the way and opened up a world of possibilities for fine and feisty flautists of the present and future to flourish in danceable domains. ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Cecilia Coleman Big Band / Phil Norman Tentet / UNT One O'Clock Lab Band

Read "Cecilia Coleman Big Band / Phil Norman Tentet / UNT One O'Clock Lab Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Cecilia Coleman Big BandOh Boy!PandaKat Records2011 Among the many pleasant surprises on Oh Boy!, pianist Cecilia Coleman's maiden voyage as leader of her own big band, perhaps the most eye-opening is that the band had been together for only eight months when the album was recorded by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cecilia Coleman Big Band: Oh Boy!

Read "Oh Boy!" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The phrase “Oh boy," can be a statement of excitement, an expression of an event that grabs your attention or, in this case, an appropriate reaction to the swinging orchestrations from the Cecilia Coleman Big Band. Oh Boy! is a powerful draw and the debut album from pianist/composer Coleman's new group, presenting thundering big band music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Arturo O'Farrill: 40 Acres And A Burro

Read "40 Acres And A Burro" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Founded in 2002 by Artistic Director Arturo O'Farrill, The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra of New York's Lincoln Center was created to perform compositions from Latin music masters including the pianist's father Chico O'Farrill, as well as Machito, Tito Puente, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and others. The group separated from Lincoln Center on 2007, becoming part of the new ...


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