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Cecil Bridgewater

Cecil Bridgewater's 30 plus years of experience includes roles as performer, composer, arranger, record producer and educator. He has been a member of the groups of Max Roach, Horace Silver and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra to name a few. He has also shared the stage and/or studio with the Count Basie Orchestra, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Heath, Sir Roland Hanna, Wynton Marsalis and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers among others. Cecil Bridgewater is a trumpeter who realizes the lineage of the trumpet and has an appreciation for its place in contemporary music, Cecil explores his artistic depth on his latest CD, Mean What You Say (March, 1998) - Brownstone Recordings

Lift Every Voice And Sing: Twenty #BlackLives Albums That Matter

Read "Lift Every Voice And Sing: Twenty #BlackLives Albums That Matter" reviewed by Chris May

Jazz has been inextricably linked with social and political protest since at least the late 1930s, when Billie Holiday made famous the leftist songwriter and poet Abel Meeropol's “Strange Fruit." The song, which has a power to move that is undiminished by familiarity, likens the bodies of lynched African Americans to fruit hanging in trees.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Matt Davis: Big Family, Big Picture

Read "Matt Davis: Big Family, Big Picture" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If there's a defining trait to be found in the value system guiding guitarist Matt Davis and his music, it's most definitely a healthy respect and admiration for kith and kin. A love of community and belonging drives nearly every aspect of this artist's life, including his flagship ensemble, Matt Davis' Aerial Photograph, and it speaks ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: Innerpeace: Rare Spiritual Funk And Jazz Gems

Read "Innerpeace: Rare Spiritual Funk And Jazz Gems" reviewed by Chris May

It took a few years for producer Bob Shad's newly formed Mainstream Records to nail its direction in the 1960s. A less than auspicious start was releasing the first singles by the latter-day Trump-boosting halfwit Ted Nugent. A better move, given hindsight, was releasing the debut album by Janis Joplin's Big Brother & The Holding Company. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Buddy Terry: Awareness

Read "Awareness" reviewed by Chris May

Strictly niche in 2018, and on the margins even during his early 1970s heyday, New Jersey's Buddy Terry was among the cohort of soul-jazz musicians who, inspired by the rise of the black consciousness movement in the late 1960s, elected to recalibrate and repurpose their music. The new aesthetic became known as freedom jazz (and, later, ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Sonny Rollins To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From The Jazz Foundation Of America

Sonny Rollins To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From The Jazz Foundation Of America

Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins will be presented with the Jazz Foundation of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, October 22, at the Apollo Theater during the foundation’s 14th Annual “A Great Night in Harlem” gala concert. The concert segment honoring Rollins will feature performances by Donald Fagen (of Steely Dan), Jimmy Heath, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Bartz, ...

Trio Con Tromba's Treasure Trove of Previously Unreleased Recordings

Read "Trio Con Tromba's Treasure Trove of Previously Unreleased Recordings" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

The term lagom is essential to the Swedish soul. There's no direct translation into English or any other language, but positive connotations of the word include “in balance" and “just the right amount," with the Swedish proverb Lagom är bäst translated as “Enough is as good as a feast." An aural equivalent of lagom can be ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Barry Altschul, William Hooker, Bobby Previte & Andrew Cyrille

Read "Barry Altschul, William Hooker, Bobby Previte & Andrew Cyrille" reviewed by Martin Longley

Barry Altschul Roulette January 8, 2013 Another 70th birthday to celebrate, another musician who commands the appearance and vitality of a much younger player. New York drummer Barry Altschul actually hit 70 two days before this celebratory gig at Roulette. The long-established experimental music venue is now settling in ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Bridge presents special Jazz Appreciation Month celebration @ the Collingswood Community Center Thurs. April 5th!

Appearing at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 E. Collings Ave. in Collingswood, NJ (08108) on Thursday, April 5th will be a special edition of “Miller Time" to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, featuring saxophonist Mike Pracher, guitarist Brian Betz, organist Chris Simonini and drummer Jim Miller. One Show: 7:30-9 p.m. Admission: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. ...

NEWS: EVENT

Jazz Bridge presents Miller Time special Jazz Appreciation Month celebration @ the Collingswood Community Center Thurs. April 5th!

Jazz Bridge presents Miller Time special Jazz Appreciation Month celebration @ the Collingswood Community Center Thurs. April 5th!

Appearing at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 E. Collings Ave. in Collingswood, NJ (08108) on Thursday, April 5th will be a special edition of Miller Time to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, featuring saxophonist Mike Pracher, guitarist Brian Betz, organist Chris Simonini and drummer Jim Miller. One Show: 7:30-9 p.m. Admission: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. ...


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