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Bobby Timmons came out of Philadelphia at age 19, with a funky gospel tinged piano style, flavored with blues and hard bop. He would, in a recording career that would only span a short time frame, contribute to some of the best recordings on the legendary Blue Note sessions of the ’50’s , and be a member of two of the premier bands of that time, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. Robert Henry Timmons was born in Philadelphia in 1935, raised by his grandfather who was a minister in a church. The young Timmons began formal piano lessons at age six, and was the organist at his grandfathers’ church


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Chris Hazelton: After Dark

Read "After Dark" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Imagine walking down a street After Dark, with nothing important happening, when the sound of music nearby can be heard. Pausing for a moment to listen more closely, the thought occurs that “this is really rather good; I should hang around for a while." That is exactly the vibe that Kansas City-based organist Chris Hazelton and ...


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Dena DeRose: No More Detours Ahead

Read "Dena DeRose: No More Detours Ahead" reviewed by Mathew Bahl

A pianist by instinct, a jazz musician by choice and a singer by accident, Dena DeRose has emerged as one of the most captivating and distinctive new voices in mainstream jazz. Anyone who has not heard her music should not be misled by her status as a singer/pianist specializing in the Great American Songbook. DeRose is ...


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Bill O'Connell: Live In Montauk

Read "Live In Montauk" reviewed by Jack Bowers

After years of gigging in the New York City area, while honing his credentials as a first-call contemporary jazz pianist, Bill O'Connell and his family moved to Montauk, the easternmost point on Long Island, where he expressed his appreciation of the area's many wonders by recording this impressive album at the celebrated Gosman's Dock, during the ...


Article: Book Review

Philadelphia Jazz

Read "Philadelphia Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Philadelphia Jazz Suzanne Cloud and Diane Turner 127 pages ISBN 978-1-4671-0784-6 Images of America Arcadia Publishing 2022 Philadelphia longs to be known as a jazz town, a city distinguished by its major contribution to the jazz legacy. There is a good ...


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Live from the Village Vanguard

Read "Live from the Village Vanguard" reviewed by David Brown

I was at the Village Vanguard in NYC on Tuesday to hear Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana and her captivating quintet. With that experience in mind, tonight's lineup will showcase live recordings from this world-famous venue from Chucho Valdes to John Coltrane to The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra. Then, works from Arturo and Chico ...


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Mimi Fox: One for Wes

Read "One for Wes" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To mark the hundredth anniversary of the great Wes Montgomery's birth in March 1923, guitarist Mimi Fox has recorded One for Wes, an earnest tribute that consists of eight Montgomery-inspired tunes adeptly performed by Fox's San Francisco Bay-area organ trio with Brian Ho on Hammond B3 and Lorca Hart on drums. As one ...


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Mandatory Merriment

Read "Mandatory Merriment" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

It's that holiday season once again, and Santa Mike insists we cover a slate of season-appropriate releases. Are they jazz appropriate as well? Not really, but two are jazz adjacent and one at least features an ex-Messenger, so there's that. There's also, er, Swamp Dogg. Pop matters travels from Sufjan Stephens to late eighties England to ...

Article: Live Review

Mingus Big Band al Roma Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Mingus Big Band al Roma Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Mingus Big Band Roma Jazz Festival 2022 Auditorium Roma 13.11.2022 Nata pochi anni dopo la scomparsa di Charles Mingus, la Mingus Big Band è una delle tre tribute band (insieme a Mingus Dynasty, di cui rappresenta un allargamento, e la Mingus Orchestra) sorte per iniziativa della vedova del musicista ...


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The Real Philadelphia Book Provides An Anthology Of Compositions By Jazz And Blues Artists

The Real Philadelphia Book Provides An Anthology Of Compositions By Jazz And Blues Artists

Publication Date: October 24, 2022 344 pages, 9 x 12" Paper: 978-1-4399-1846-3 $24.95 An anthology of compositions by popular Philadelphia jazz and blues artists accessible for every musician The Real Philadelphia Book, 2nd Edition (Publication Date: October 24, 2022) compiled by Jazz Bridge and editors David Dzubinski and Suzanne Cloud, is a collection of more ...


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