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"I remember when I first read the words hanging in a frame on my grandma Rosa's wall. The serenity prayer was something I couldn't understand until almost thirty years later, but now after experiencing some peaks and valleys of life, those words ring in my ears with clarity." Brian Blade has set those words to music for his first recording as a singer, guitarist and songwriter: Mama Rosa is a revealing journey through thirteen songs about family, loved ones, travels and a sense that these things that shape and inspire us have to be shared with others to complete a circle

Album

The Territory

Label: PJCE Records
Released: 2014

Album

Mulberry Street Symphony

Label: Cowbell Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Stranded in the Strange City; Minding the Baby; Tommy The Shoeshine Boy; Blind Man; The Last Mulberry; Bandits' Roost; The New House; Encore: Puerto Rican Rumble.

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Brian Blade

Jazz Musician of the Day: Brian Blade

All About Jazz is celebrating Brian Blade's birthday today! “I remember when I first read the words hanging in a frame on my grandma Rosa's wall. The serenity prayer was something I couldn't understand until almost thirty years later, but now after experiencing some peaks and valleys of life, those words ring in my ears with ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Stryker: As We Are

Read "As We Are" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


One of the few good things about coming late to a party is that you don't have to start the conversation. The guests are there, drinks have been served, and one way or another, a tone—or several—has been set. All you have to do is blend in. Sometimes it is easy. Other times it is not.

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Article: Album Review

Darrell Grant: The New Black

Read "The New Black" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Pianist Darrell Grant's debut album Black Art (Criss Cross) was released in 1994, and became acclaimed as one of the definitive statements of New York jazz in the 1990s. It featured bassist Christian McBride, drummer Brian Blade, and the late, great Wallace Roney on trumpet—all of whom would go on to make major statements of their ...

Article: Album Review

Dopolarians: The Bond

Read "The Bond" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Rispetto alla formazione che diede alle stampe l'ottimo Garden Party, ci sono due avvicendamenti: Brian Blade sostituisce Alvin Fielder, storico batterista membro dell'AACM, deceduto pochi mesi dopo quell'incisione e il trombettista Mark Franklin al posto del veterano sassofonista Kidd Jordan. Ma lo spirito e l'approccio rimangono gli stessi, un dialogo aperto tra musicisti di generazioni differenti ...

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Article: Live Review

Joshua Redman: A MoodSwing Reunion at Hill Auditorium

Read "Joshua Redman: A MoodSwing Reunion at Hill Auditorium" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


A MoodSwing Reunion Hill Auditorium University Musical Society's Jazz Series Ann Arbor, Michigan April 21, 2022 Back in the '80s and '90s, all the big record labels were pouring boat loads of cash into a younger generation of jazz wannabes that eventually became known as the Young Lions. In hindsight, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Stravisnky, Satie, Purcell for Jazzheads + Symphonic jazz

Read "Stravisnky, Satie, Purcell for Jazzheads + Symphonic jazz" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Spurred by a number of recent albums, this week's edition of Mondo Jazz focuses on projects that blur the lines between jazz music and classical music. This segment's playlist features inspired and open interpretations of works by Igor Stravinsky, Erik Satie, Henry Purcell as well as recent jazz compositions that are rooted in the classical canon. ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens

Read "Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine Clay Hudson grew up in a family “surrounded by music, and it rubbed off on me." Henry Spencer remembers that in the second grade at St. Luke's School in the West Village, “every student took drum lessons. I was the only one who stuck with it." ...


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