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Cecil Brooks III

A contemporary drummer and aggressive, polyrhythmic stylist, Cecil Brooks, III has worked in the New York area with such musicians as Greg Osby, Geri Allen and Lonnie Plaxico. He recorded his debut album as a leader for Muse in 1989, subsequently releasing efforts including 1990's Hangin' with Smooth, 1993's Neck Peckin' Jammie and 2000's Our Mister Brooks in addition to session work in both a hard bop and bebop setting. The intimate setting of Live at Sweet Basil (2001). His father was a drummer and a grandfather a concert pianist, Brooks recalls that "music just flourished through the house

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Don Braden Organix Quartet: Luminosity

Read "Luminosity" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist Don Braden is all about positivity and sharing the joys of jazz. His ebullient music speaks to his intelligence yet he never falls prey to the jazz-as-intellectual-exercise trap that seems to snare younger musicians and a good amount of his peers. Over the course of his previous albums, Braden's managed to create accessible music built ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Jimmy Ponder: His Recorded Output

Read "Jimmy Ponder: His Recorded Output" reviewed by Colter Harper

Jazz history has been intimately tied to its recorded output. Styles and genres are defined by landmark records, which stand responsible for representing the diffuse activities and artistic visions of a given musical community or individual. However, recordings are not simply glimpses of past musical realities but rather images of those realities filtered through various “lenses." ...

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Jazz Connect Conference at APAP|NYC 2013 Schedule

Jazz Connect Conference at APAP|NYC 2013 Schedule

Jazz Connect 2013 is free to all attendees. Register here. LOCATION: Hilton New York 1335 Avenue of the Americas at 54th St. New York, NY 10019 THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 9:00 am Workshops 1. Full Stream Ahead: Music Streaming Rights & Issues As music makes continues to make its bumpy transition ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2012: The Year in Jazz

Read "2012: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The world of jazz officially went global in 2012, kicked the Grammy Awards in the shins, dealt with economic issues and Mother Nature, and found new ways to innovate in this social media and Internet-savvy age. There were ups and there were downs for both longstanding clubs and festivals, too. Here's a look at ...

Goodbye, Cecil's

Read "Goodbye, Cecil's" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

In the hallway around the corner from the bandstand at Cecil's Jazz Club, hangs a poster for Slugs' Saloon. Through most of the 1960s, until its end in 1972, Slugs' was one of the most important jazz clubs in New York City. Unlike many of the upscale establishments that appeared in its wake, it was a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Cecil’s Big Band with Mike Lee: West Orange, NJ, February 20, 2012

Read "Cecil’s Big Band with Mike Lee: West Orange, NJ, February 20, 2012" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Cecil's Big Band with Mike LeeCecil's Jazz ClubWest Orange, New JerseyFebruary 20, 2012A completely packed crowd at Cecil's Jazz Club on a Monday night--not a common scene--but this was the beginning of the club's final week of operation and the final show for Cecil's Big Band. Led by tenor saxophonist Mike ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Michael Arlt

Read "Take Five With Michael Arlt" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Michael Arlt:Appearing on numerous concert tours, festivals and CDs since 1986, guitarist Michael Arlt has been working with an expanding group of international musicians, including Red Holloway, Paquito D`Rivera, Houston Person, Dan Kostelnik & We Three, José Cortijo, Luciano Biondini, Tony Lakatos, Mathias Ruegg, Adrian Mears,Jon Sass, Portinho Trio: Klaus Mueller, Itaiguara Brandao, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gia Notte: Shades

Read "Shades" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Margie “Gia" Notte's debut recording, Just You, Just Me & Friends--Live at Cecil's, (GNote Records, 2009) was an exciting standards-based journey. Her follow-up, Shades, also finds her interpreting some well-worn songs but the delivery and the arrangements make this more than a run-of-the-mill recording. While the adrenaline-fueled excitement from her live recording is hard to match ...

Hot Dog

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Penn Relays; Sunny; Hey Joe; Don't Know Why; Tu Tu; Heaven; Theme from "Mannix;" They Long To Be Close To You; Cecil Brooks III Introducing The Band.


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