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A saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator, Bobby Watson grew up in Kansas City, Kan. He trained formally at the University of Miami, a school with a distinguished and well-respected jazz program. After graduating, he proceeded to earn his "doctorate" – on the bandstand – as musical director of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. The group, created in 1955 by late legendary drummer who died in 1990, showcased a rotating cast of players, many who, like Watson, would go on to have substantial careers as bandleaders in their own right. The Jazz Messengers – frequently referred to as the "University of Blakey" – served as the ultimate "postgraduate school" for ambitious young players. After completing a four-year-plus Jazz Messengers tenure (1977-1981) that incorporated more than a dozen recordings – the most of any of the great Jazz Messengers, the gifted Watson became a much-sought after musician, working along the way with a potpourri of notable artists – peers, elder statesmen and colleagues all — including, but not limited to: drummers Max Roach and Louis Hayes, fellow saxophonists George Coleman and a younger Branford Marsalis, celebrated multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (who joined the Jazz Messengers at least in part at the suggestion of Watson)

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Article: Album Review

Stephen Martin: High Plains

Read "High Plains" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Every so often, Missouri-bred saxophonist Stephen Martin bears witness to his main man, the late John Coltrane. But, for the most part, he is his own man on his second album as a leader, blowing hot, cool and earnestly on the quartet date, High Plains. Martin's disposition is decidedly contemporary, as he shows whether playing alone ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Buddy Rich, Joe Zawinul and Shawnn Monteiro

Read "Buddy Rich, Joe Zawinul and Shawnn Monteiro" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Our 736th show starts with stellar vocalist Shawnn Monteiro and music off her 2021 release You Are There. We also hear what's new from Nick Finzer, Dino Govoni and Peter McEachern. Sadly we say goodbye to the powerful St. Louis-native, NYC jazz force Montez Coleman. Enjoy the jazz, my friends. Playlist Shawnn Monteiro “Never ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Sylwester Ostrowski: la musica come celebrazione della vita

Read "Sylwester Ostrowski: la musica come celebrazione della vita" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Il sassofonista polacco Sylwester Ostrowski non è solo un brillante musicista e produttore, ma anche un promotore culturale di grande successo. In particolare, è fondatore e organizzatore dello Szczecin Jazz Festival, un evento che si svolge nella sua città natale in Polonia. Nel momento in cui Ostrowski ha ripreso a suonare dal vivo in tutta Europa ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Sylwester Ostrowski: Music As A Celebration Of Life

Read "Sylwester Ostrowski: Music As A Celebration Of Life" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Polish saxophonist Sylwester Ostrowski is not only a brilliant musician and producer, but an equally successful cultural promoter. In particular, he is the founder and organizer of the Szczecin Jazz Festival, a celebrated festival he organizes in his native city. As soon as he hit the road after the hiatus forced by the pandemic, we had ...

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Article: Interview

Gary Bartz At 80: On Jazz Is Dead, Miles Davis And Why Improvisation Is A Dirty Word

Read "Gary Bartz At 80: On Jazz Is Dead, Miles Davis And Why Improvisation Is A Dirty Word" reviewed by Rob Garratt


It's hard to talk to Gary Bartz about music. Not because he's a difficult or reluctant interviewee—quite the opposite. In fact, the 80-year-old saxophonist is refreshingly unguarded and garrulous when looking back over his formidable six-decade musical career. It's just finding the right words that's the tricky part. Like many musicians, jazz isn't one ...

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Article: Album Review

Greg Skaff: Polaris

Read "Polaris" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


The pandemic year of 2020 brought with it very little in terms of artistic endeavors, thanks to lockdowns and stay home orders. Yet even under extreme conditions, guitarist Greg Skaff managed to commit to tape some genuinely sublime music that is sure to be remembered as one of 2021'a most memorable releases. Of course, Skaff has ...

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Article: Album Review

Edward Simon: 25 Years

Read "25 Years" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Al pubblico del jazz non piacciono molto le compilations ma questa del pianista Edward Simon è speciale. I diciassette brani del doppio CD sono stati scelti da lui--come bilancio e riflessione personale nel 25° anno della sua attività da leader--e forniscono una variopinta retrospettiva delle sue tappe musicali. «L'idea mi è venuta l'anno scorso (2019) quando ...

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Article: Interview

Logan Richardson: To Boldly Go Where No Jazz Has Gone Before

Read "Logan Richardson:  To Boldly Go Where No Jazz Has Gone Before" reviewed by Chris May


In a 2016 interview, jny: Kansas City-born alto saxophonist Logan Richardson said: “Jazz will constantly change because there's constantly a new us, new times. There will always be a fight from the conformists--but they don't represent where the tradition is coming from." Richardson was talking not long after the release of his adventurous Blue Note album, ...

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Jammin' With KC

Label: Agora Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Burnt Ends; Burnt Ends Welcome to Kansas City; Sketches of Missouri; Donna Lee; Chiefs Kingdom; Dog's Ducks; Once in Omaha; Confirmation; Burnt Ends Key.


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