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For over 25 years, pianist Cedar Walton has enjoyed an uptempo career, which never seems to slow down. Maintaining a non-stop itinerary, Walton has accompanied a litany of Jazz greats while also fronting his own successful groups. Born January 17, 1934 in Dallas, Texas, Walton set his sights on a career in music at an early age. An after- hours gig at the Denver Club introduced him to notable musicians like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane, who would sit in with Walton's group when they passed through town.

From there, Walton ventured to New York and began to work locally with Lou Donaldson, Gigi Gryce, Sonny Rollins and Kenny Dorham before landing his first touring job with J.J. Johnson. Soon after, the pianist made his recording debut backing Kenny Dorham on the Riverside album Kenny Dorham Sings. He also made two records with J.J. Johnson' s group on Columbia Records before joining the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet, a group he toured and recorded with for two years. Walton's next major musical association was with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. During his three years tenure with Blakey, Walton stepped forward a composer, contributing originals like Mosaic and The Promised Land to the group's recordings for the Blue Note and Riverside labels.


Article: Live Review

Joel Frahm at Jazz At The Joint

Read "Joel Frahm at Jazz At The Joint" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Joel Frahm Jazz At The Joint North Little Rock, AR July 11, 2022 Synergy. The word was first used in 1600, derived from the Greek συνεργός ("synergos"), which means “to work together" or “to cooperate," with the corollary that the results of this “cooperation" afford an output greater than the sum ...


Article: Album Review

Cory Weeds Quartet: Just Coolin'

Read "Just Coolin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although Cory Weeds spends much of his time promoting and recording other jazz artists, he does manage to place those tasks on the back burner every once in a while to blow his own horn, so to speak—which he does about as well as anyone else on today's scene. While the Canadian-based saxophonist is especially engaging ...


Article: Album Review

Steve Kaldestad: Live at Frankie's Jazz Club

Read "Live at Frankie's Jazz Club" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On his fourth album for Cellar Music, western Canada-based tenor saxophonist Steve Kaldestad plays “Con Alma." He also plays con alma--in English, “with soul"—not only on Dizzy Gillespie's paean to human life's animating principle but throughout a more than hour-long concert at Frankie's Jazz Club in Vancouver, wherein he leads an exemplary quartet whose members are ...


Article: Album Review

Steve Kaldestad: Live at Frankie's Jazz Club

Read "Live at Frankie's Jazz Club" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A Port Moody, British Columbia-based tenor saxophonist and educator at Capilano University, Steve Kaldestad is one of the most in-demand musicians in the Canadian jazz scene and Live at Frankie's Jazz Club is his fourth album on the Cellar Live label. Like most musicians affected by the pandemic, working during these trying times has been limited ...


Article: Rising Stars

Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens

Read "Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens" reviewed by Sanford Josephson

This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine Clay Hudson grew up in a family “surrounded by music, and it rubbed off on me." Henry Spencer remembers that in the second grade at St. Luke's School in the West Village, “every student took drum lessons. I was the only one who stuck with it." ...


Article: Book Review

The Jazz Masters: Setting the Record Straight

Read "The Jazz Masters: Setting the Record Straight" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

The Jazz Masters. Setting the Record Straight. Peter C. Zimmerman 324 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-4697-3743-1 University Press of Mississippi 2020 There is nothing quite like an interview for immediacy and intimacy. While some people are willing to talk endlessly about themselves, you sometimes find they have nothing to ...


Article: Album Review

Artie Zaitz & Mark Kavuma featuring William Cleasby: Back To Back

Read "Back To Back" reviewed by Chris May

Trumpeter Mark Kavuma and his band The Banger Factory have released three of the most enjoyable and well-crafted albums to come out of London in recent years: Kavuma (Ubuntu, 2018), with The Banger Factory there in all but name, The Banger Factory (Ubuntu, 2019), made by the fully formed band, and Arashi No Ato (Banger Factory ...


Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Jack Sirica

Read "Meet Jack Sirica" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Self-raised on rock and roll, Jack Sirica's connection to music always comes back to rhythm. Sure, there was that teenage flirtation with a Fender Mustang electric guitar (which ended when his dad, worried about slipping grades, intervened), but Sirica credits Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts' swing feel on the ride cymbal for opening up his ears ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases from Rhoda Scott, Cecilia Sanchietti Plus Remembering Lyricist Marilyn Bergman

Read "New Releases from Rhoda Scott, Cecilia Sanchietti Plus Remembering Lyricist Marilyn Bergman" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast presents new releases from organist Rhoda Scott, drummer Cecilia Sanchietti, guitarist Dave Stryker, vocalists Cecil L. Recchia, Christiane Karam, and the Roddy Ellias Free Spirit Ensemble, as well as songs with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, in honor of her recent passing. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by ...


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