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Byron Landham

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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

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Article: Live Review

Pat Martino: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy @ Jazz at the Point Festival

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A Celebration of the Life and the Legacy of Pat Martino 35+ Musicians [email protected] Festival Gateway Playhouse Somers Point, NJ November 3-5, 2022 NOTE: A complete listing of the Celebration events and musicians provided by the South Jersey Jazz Society can be found here. ...

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Article: Interview

Joe Donofrio: Remembering Pat Martino

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Guitarist Pat Martino passed away on November 1, 2021 after an extended bout of respiratory illness. As we approach the first anniversary of his passing, his long-time manager and dear friend Joe Donofrio and the South Jersey Jazz Society are putting together an exciting four days in the New Jersey coastal town of Somers Point, consisting ...

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Article: Interview

Pianist Joe Block: At the Start of His Big Bang

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According to cosmologists, our universe started as a tiny speck and within a fraction of a second exploded into a huge ever-expanding space with all the galaxies, stars, and planets condensing out of the dispersed matter within it. This picture of the origins of the cosmos provides an apt metaphor for the way in which some ...

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Article: Live Review

Matthew Parrish's Philly Express Band: Jazz at Cherry Street Pier

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Matthew Parrish Philly Express Band Cherry Street Pier Philadelphia, PA April 16, 2022 This “Jazz Appreciation Month" concert, sponsored by Jazz Philadelphia and the city's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, unveiled a jazz quintet of highest caliber. The group was assembled by bassist Matthew Parrish ...

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Article: Album Review

Pat Bianchi: Something to Say: The Music of Stevie Wonder

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This album is a tribute to Stevie Wonder, who beyond his popularity and fame has always been a an exceptional musician. It features four superb musicians, an organ trio consisting of Pat Bianchi on Hammond B-3 organ, Paul Bollenback on guitar, and Byron Landham on drums, with Wayne Escoffery as guest tenor saxophonist that honors Wonder's ...

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Horizons Quartet

Label: PM Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Sprialing; The Blade's Proposition; Marionettes; Benediction of the Moon; Billows; Get the Point; Gaia's Blessing; Kindling of the Phoenix.

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Something to Say: The Music of Stevie Wonder

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Go Home; Until You Come Back to Me; Superstition; Moon Blue; Isn’t She Lovely; If It’s Magic; Something to Say; Just Callin’; Ribbon in the Sky.

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Jazz Up Down and Straight Ahead

Label: Swinginback
Released: 2021
Track listing: Back Then True Blood Segment In a New Place Dark Tunnel Bare Bones For Him for Her Switch Up Fort Green Brooklyn Sweet Lorraine Color of Thanks

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Article: Album Review

Pat Bianchi: Something to Say: The Music of Stevie Wonder

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When considering pop artists whose music might readily lend itself to a jazz milieu, Stevie Wonder's name isn't one that springs readily to mind. Organist Pat Bianchi, however, felt that Wonder had Something to Say in a jazz context, so he set about canvassing Wonder's art and reimagining it in terms of an organ trio, accentuating ...


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