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Cecil McBee

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World-acclaimed Bassist Cecil McBee was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a community of rich and varied musical roots. His musical career started in high school, where he first played the clarinet. He and his sister Shirley soon gained local notoriety performing clarinet duets at concerts around the state. By the age of 17, he began to experiment with the string bass and played steadily at local nightclubs with top Jazz and Rhythm and Blues groups. Because of the great promise he showed on the clarinet, Cecil was offered a full scholarship to attend Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and upon his arrival to college, he was immediately embraced as both a fine clarinetist and a promising young bassist

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News: Recording

Pianist/Composer Marcus Persiani 'The Proper Time' Features George Coleman, Wayne Escoffrey And More!

Pianist/Composer Marcus Persiani 'The Proper Time' Features George Coleman, Wayne Escoffrey And More!

Marcus Persiani is a pianist, composer and arranger who has performed and toured with many luminary musicians throughout his career. First influenced by the sound of Debussy's melodies echoing from the piano through his home, he was drawn to jazz greats like Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, and McCoy Tyner. His journey has taken him from jny: ...

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Article: Interview

Greg Byers: Take A Bow

Read "Greg Byers: Take A Bow" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Greg Byers does not like hearing that something is not possible. Or perhaps he does, for the cellist seems to thrive on challenges that others deem impossible or unrealistic. Taking a jazz major in cello? It just isn't done, he was told. Well, ticked that box. Learning Charlie Parker's solos on upright bass? ...

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Article: In Pictures

2023 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Read "2023 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival" reviewed by Richard Conde


The City Parks Foundation kicked off its 31st annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. The three day celebration of the life of the late saxophonist Charlie Parker took place in the neighborhood near where Charlie Parker worked and lived. Friday August 25th uptown Harlem at Marcus Garvey Park featured Orrin Evans, Lisa Fischer, and The Captain Black ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Color of Jazz: Part 2

Read "The Color of Jazz: Part 2" reviewed by Monk Rowe


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Article: Album Review

Keigo Hirakawa: Pixel

Read "Pixel" reviewed by Neil Duggan


Science and jazz do not come up too often in the same conversation. Even more unlikely is that spatio-spectral colour filter array design will feature. Unless you happen to be talking with the Ivy League-educated researcher and professor at the University of Dayton, Ohio, Keigo Hirakawa. His work in image processing is part of a major ...

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Article: Live Review

The Cookers at Jazz Alley

Read "The Cookers at Jazz Alley" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The Cookers Jazz Alley Seattle, Washington March 21, 2023 As the light rail on the One Line in jny: Seattle rumbled towards downtown, I saw my reflection in the window as I glanced outside. That image was one of an older man, one who had seen ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Reed Rapture With Liebman And More

Read "Reed Rapture With Liebman And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show we continue our exploration of Ivo Perelman's Reed Rapture In Brooklyn, this time focusing on his partnership with Dave Liebman. As well as further music from Liebman we also have excellent new releases from Blood Quartet, Mette Henriette, Sebastian Rochford & Kit Downes, Stephan Micus, Anders Jormin, and Maximiliano Kirszner.Playlist Show ...

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Article: Liner Notes

David Binney: Barefooted Town

Read "David Binney: Barefooted Town" reviewed by Josef Woodard


Continuing Saga of the Strong Seeker I remember distinctly during the 2007 Montreal Jazz Festival, sifting through and measuring up the usual blur of stimuli, seeking out the prizes among prizes in the program. In one corner, there was Wayne Shorter, in the finest of his performance I'd ever heard—playing up his suits as composer and ...

Album

Out and Out Jazz

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Cram ‘N Exam, White Caps, Fast Forward, Still Life, Airegin, Windsong, Pulp, Shadows and Light, James Eagle Eye, High Tea for Stephany, Encounter


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