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Byron Landham

Byron Christopher Landham (aka) "Wookie" was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 16th, 1969. He is the youngest of six children (four girls and two boys). His older brother Robert began studying clarinet and saxophone at the age of 12. Byron, being influenced by his brother and naturally being around all genres of music, took an interest in the drums at the of 7. At the age of 10 he enrolled at Settlement Music School where he studied classical percussion and jazz drumming. The freedom of creative expression in jazz was appealing to Byron, and became his main focus. By the time he graduated from high school, he was a top call on the Philly jazz scene

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Pat Bianchi: B3 Master

Read "Pat Bianchi: B3 Master" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

It may be that young Pat Bianchi had little choice but to follow a career in music. After all, his father and both his grandfathers played professionally in his hometown of Rochester, NY, an area that also produced the likes of the Mangione brothers (Chuck and Gap), pianist Frank Strazzeri, saxophonist Gerry Niewood and drum legend ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Terell Stafford/Dick Oatts/Bruce Barth/Tim Warfield/David Wong/Byron Landham: Family Feeling

Read "Family Feeling" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's not uncommon for a familial air to surround a band or a recording session. The bonds forged through the music, after all, play up trust and sympathies to a high degree. But some albums even go a step beyond that norm in their connective magnetism, and this is most certainly one of them.

NEWS: RECORDING

A Family Feeling: Temple University Jazz Faculty Record New Music By Bruce Barth

A Family Feeling: Temple University Jazz Faculty Record New Music  By Bruce Barth

In June, six members of Temple University’s noted jazz faculty gathered in Bunker Hill Studio in Brooklyn to record eight tracks of new music composed by Bruce Barth. Terell Stafford, director of Jazz Studies at Temple, lead the charge and the result, Family Feeling, is a reflection on the warm camaraderie between Terell Stafford (trumpet); Dick ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing

Read "Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Dan Monaghan is a working drummer who makes an indispensable contribution to the music by being the one who provides the swing and support that allows the other musicians to achieve their diverse objectives. He performs so often in the Philadelphia area that if you go to a jazz show, there's a fair chance he'll be ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Pat Martino: In the Moment

Read "Pat Martino: In the Moment" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Legendary guitarist Pat Martino is devoted to living in the Here and Now! -coincidentally the title of his autobiography (DaCapo, 2011). Taking each moment as it is and adding full measures of love and spirituality, Martino is now well into his sixth decade as one of the most revered and sought after jazz musicians on the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Tony Monaco: Taking Jazz Organ to the Summit

Read "Tony Monaco: Taking Jazz Organ to the Summit" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Columbus, Ohio native Tony Monaco is primed and ready to place jazz organ in a whole new spotlight. Although he has been a playing musician for most of his life, it has been during the past sixteen years that he has made the biggest strides as an artist. A gifted educator with a unique approach to ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Pianist James Collins With Steve Wilson, Victor Lewis & More - April 10 In Philadelphia - One Night Only - Free!

Pianist James Collins With Steve Wilson, Victor Lewis & More - April 10 In Philadelphia - One Night Only - Free!

Rising Star Pianist James Collins April 10, 3pm. FREE! Featuring: Steve Wilson Victor Lewis David Wong Noah Hocker First Presbyterian Church 35 West Chelten Ave. Philadelphia, PA 1914 (215) 843-8811 About James Collins James Collins is a young up-and-coming jazz ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

A Stable of Percussionists at the Barnes Foundation

Read "A Stable of Percussionists at the Barnes Foundation" reviewed by Gloria Krolak

Tony Miceli, A-list vibes player and creator of the online Vibes Workshop, is a generous man. He shared his recent First Friday gig at the Barnes Foundation on Ben Franklin Parkway in jny: Philadelphia with a round-up of the Malletech company's stable of mallet masters. After brainstorming with Leigh Howard Stevens, owner of Malletech, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Terry Klinefelter Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble: Philadelphia Songbook Vol. 2

Read "Terry Klinefelter Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble: Philadelphia Songbook Vol. 2" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Terry Klinefelter Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble Philadelphia Songbook Vol.2 American Philosophical Society Philadelphia, PA September 10, 2015 At the outset of a busy weekend of jazz events in Philadelphia, this concert directed by versatile pianist- composer-arranger Terry Klinefelter was an amalgam of two musical genres: straight-ahead mainstream jazz and rhythm-and-blues, ...


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