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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


After the Storm

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2024

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After The Storm

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2024
Duration: 5:18


Article: Liner Notes

Tim Warfield: One For Shirley

Read "Tim Warfield: One For Shirley" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Jimmy Smith and Larry Young have continually set the benchmark for creative endeavors involving jazz and the Hammond B-3 organ, Smith being acknowledged for bringing the technical virtuosity of be-bop to the instrument and Young for expanding the vernacular based on the forward-thinking implications of John Coltrane. Somewhere in between these two, a colorful range of ...


Article: Liner Notes

John Swana: Philly Gumbo Vol.2

Read "John Swana: Philly Gumbo Vol.2" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

It seems like a lot of up and coming trumpeters these days go for the bop stylings of Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw as their main influence. Far fewer look to players like Art Farmer or Kenny Wheeler for inspiration. That's what has made watching the development of Philadelphia trumpet man John Swana so fascinating over ...


Article: Liner Notes

John Swana: Philly Gumbo

Read "John Swana: Philly Gumbo" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

It seems like a case of the big fish swimming in a small pond. So while Philadelphia native John Swana currently chooses to make his home in the city of Brotherly Love, it's clearly evident that this world-class musician could succeed easily in the Big Apple, the undisputed center of jazz activity in America. Taking up ...


The Proper Time

Label: Persiani Music
Released: 2023
Track listing: 1. Little House Mouse 5:07 2. Blue Dress Rehearsal 4:54 3. Tropic Rain 5:42 4. Forecast Blues 6:29 ft. George Coleman 5. Walking N Talking 7:24 6. Before You Go 4:44 7. Voodoo Call 3:52 8. Mirage 2:59 9. Round House 5:17



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: High Wire; Firm Roots; Love Me For Who I am; Little Bird; Complicated; The Nearness of You; I Can't Wait; Strange is the Night; Feel The Music.


Are We There Yet?

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Jean Pauline; Ding Dong; Green Jeans; Holy Land; Japanese Folk Song; Are We There Yet; Spring Is Here; Mr Walker; Lawns; Tres Palabras.


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