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Brian Trainor

A melodic pianist/composer who was born and raised in Trenton, NJ, Brian Trainor has loved both jazz and classical since childhood. Trainor's interest in music was greatly encouraged by his father, Francis Trainor, Sr., a singer who had a "day gig" as a meat cuttter and saw to it that his son was studying classical piano as early as kindergarten. Trainor (whose influences range from Bill Evans to Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell) was still a child when he studied jazz piano with Trenton pianist Alan Bosley, and he also had many conversations about jazz with his his close friend and neighbor, alto saxman Richie Cole

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Take Five With Steve Myerson

Read "Take Five With Steve Myerson" reviewed by Steve Myerson

Meet Steve Myerson: Steve Myerson has performed, recorded, and/or toured with The Stylistics, Christian McBride, Frank Lacy of The Jazz Messengers, Gianni Russo, Grover Washington, Jr. Sony Grosso, and worked as a Program Manager for Jazz House Kids. Myerson's film credits including arranging music and performing for the film Brooklyn Lobster, which stars Danny Aiello ...

Take Five With Jim Miller

Read "Take Five With Jim Miller" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Jim Miller:Administrator of ElectroJazz Music (BMI, 1980); founded Encounter Records in 1986 and Dreambox Media in 1995, resulting in Philadelphia Magazine's choice award for 1999 Best of Philly Jazz Record Label; Produced Evelyn Simms' On My Own, awarded Best Jazz Recording of 1989 by the Philadelphia Music Foundation.Currently working and recording ...

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Song For Island Girl

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Label: Summit Records
Released: 2006
Duration: 6:29

Tangled Roots

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2003
Track listing: The Bike; The Wait (Prelude); The Dance Commences; It Has Always Been Her Eyes; As She Sleeps; The Move; Scars of Ironwood and Ash; Tangled Roots; The Meeting 5/6; As the Weightless Cloud Grows Some Flowers Must Die; The Dance Commences.

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Brian Trainor: Tangled Roots

Read "Tangled Roots" reviewed by Jim Santella

For the sake of love and genuine friendship, Brian Trainor composed this suite of mellow tunes. Each depicts one special aspect of a specific personal relationship. At the same time, Trainor’s impressionism allows the listener to share in those themes. Dancing a tango, riding bicycles together, sharing quiet moments, discussing world affairs and personal thoughts: these ...

Monk And Me

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Released: 2000
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Monk & Me

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Released: 2000

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Brian Trainor: Monk & Me

Read "Monk & Me" reviewed by Mark Corroto

For a few years in the early 90s I ran a coffeehouse that weekly (some say weakly) presented local jazz acts. From fusion to solo piano, I had but one requirement of any musician. Play at least one Thelonious Monk tune per night and the gig was yours. Deviously simple, Monk’s music always separates the talented ...


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