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GRAMMY® award-winner Casey Benjamin is one of the original members of the Robert Glasper Experiment. Through his melodic ingenuity on the vocoder, textual mastery on the keytar, and spiky virtuosity on the alto and soprano saxophones, Benjamin gives the Experiment some of its most defining sounds. This has enabled the group to gain international acclaim in the jazz, R&B, and hip-hop scenes on such trailblazing records as Black Radio (Blue Note Records, 2012) and Black Radio 2 (Blue Note Records, 2013). Born in 1978, Benjamin grew up listening to music in his South Jamaica Queens, New York home

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Most Read Articles: 2019

Read "Most Read Articles: 2019" reviewed by Michael Ricci


All About Jazz tracks how often an article is read, and the articles listed below represent our most popular in 2019. The number to the right of the date published represents the article's read count as of December 30th. Live Reviews Documenting Jazz 2019 by Ian Patterson ...

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Atlanta Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Atlanta Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Atlanta Jazz Festival Atlanta, GA May 25-26, 2019 Last year the festival operated under the threat of rain all weekend. This year's 42nd edition saw record-tying high temperatures: 93 and 94 degrees Fahrenheit (ten degrees above the historical averages). No doubt it is a coincidence that the programming was cooler than last ...

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Article: Album Review

Stefon Harris: Sonic Creed

Read "Sonic Creed" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


A distanza di un decennio dalla pubblicazione di Urbanus -l'ultimo disco di Stefon Harris con l'ensemble Blackout -sono cambiate molte cose nel mondo del vibrafono jazz: nel 2016 è scomparso Bobby Hutcherson, l'anno successivo Gary Burton s'è ritirato dalla scena attiva e Mike Mainieri, che ha superato gli ottant'anni, ha ridotto l'attività. Lo scettro del miglior ...

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Article: Interview

Casey Benjamin: EclectRic Expressionism

Read "Casey Benjamin: EclectRic Expressionism" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz


Casey Benjamin aka Stutzmcgee--all-through New Yorker with Caribbean roots, born in 1978--grew up in the borough of Queens in a musical household. Despite economically rough conditions that his mother, a single parent, heroically managed, he started with piano around six, added the alto saxophone around ten, and the vocoder and talk-box around fifteen. At sixteen, he ...

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Article: Album Review

Stefon Harris & Blackout: Sonic Creed

Read "Sonic Creed" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


In its most basic function, the music that makes up Sonic Creed serves as a mirror to African American life in the here and now. It explores the history, legacy, struggles, and joys of the Black community, speaking to all of it at once through sound and sentiment. Sonic Creed arrives almost a ...

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Article: Album Review

Meeco: Souvenirs Of Love

Read "Souvenirs Of Love" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Meeco doesn't skimp on star power when he puts a record together. The personnel listings from his previous projects--Amargo Mel (Connector Records, 2009), Perfume E Caricias (Connector Records, 2010), and Beauty Of The Night (Connector Records, 2012)--read like the invite list for the NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony: Jazz elders--bassists Ron Carter and Buster Williams, flautist ...

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Save The Date - Novembre 2014

Read "Save The Date - Novembre 2014" reviewed by Luca Canini


È un novembre ricco quello che attende appassionati e girovaghi del jazz. Tra festival, eventi, strani incontri e rassegne, c'è di che cavarsi la voglia. Ma prima dei consigli qualche notizia. La più interessante arriva da Siena, città che pochi giorni fa ha ospitato la prima assemblea nazionale dell'associazione italiana musicisti di jazz (MIDJ). Alla quale ...

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Article: Interview

Kris Bowers: A Deeper Look into Heroes + Misfits

Read "Kris Bowers: A Deeper Look into Heroes + Misfits" reviewed by K. Shackelford


Kris Bowers is a pristine example of what the term prodigy embodies. In 2011, at the tender age of 22, he became the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Bowers also received an astute musical education at Julliard School of Music in New York--receiving a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Film ...

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Article: Album Review

Kris Bowers: Heroes + Misfits

Read "Heroes + Misfits" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


Expectations can lead to unexpected directions. Kris Bowers, the compelling young pianist who took first place in 2011's Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, wowed judges that included the likes of Ellis Marsalis, Herbie Hancock and Jason Moran. A prodigy whose encyclopedic knowledge of jazz matches an adroit freedom that can't just be taught in the classroom, ...


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