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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.


Live at Sweet Basil

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: It's About Time; Art's Song; Shortcomings; When Love is New; A Theme in 3/4; My Funny Valentine.


Article: Album Review

Black Gold Orchestra: Genesis

Read "Genesis" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Two years after it was formed by drummer Larry Wilson in 2021, the impressive Atlanta, Georgia-based Black Gold Orchestra has released its debut album, Genesis, a handsome medley of original compositions by Wilson and saxophonist Frank Houston complementing others by Cedar Walton, Horace Silver, Charles Earland and OutKast (a.k.a. Andre Benjamin). Even though ...


Article: Live Review

Ron Carter & the Foursight Quartet at Barcelona Jazz Festival

Read "Ron Carter & the Foursight Quartet at Barcelona Jazz Festival" reviewed by Giulia Bianchi

Ron Carter and the Foursight Quartet Voll Damm Festival Jazz Barcelona at Paral-el 62 Barcelona November 9, 2023 Ron Carter and his ensemble, the Foursight Quartet, recently performed on November 9th at the prestigious Voll Damm Festival Jazz Barcelona, a global benchmark for jazz music. The festival offers various activities that ...


Article: Live Review

Jeremy Pelt Quintet at Jazz Alley

Read "Jeremy Pelt Quintet at Jazz Alley" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jeremy Pelt Quintet Jazz Alley Seattle, WA November 7, 2023 At forty seven years of age, trumpeter/composer Jeremy Pelt came of age as a musician in the mid-1990's as a young member of the Mingus Big Band. He benefited greatly during that time and in the years that followed, from the ...


Article: Album Review

Robert Edwards: Up Swing

Read "Up Swing" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran trombonist, educator and bandleader Robert Edwards is a fixture of New York City jazz scene, performing in many of the jazz venues in the city and, as of this writing, becoming the newest member of the famed Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Edwards fronts a marvelous quintet that has been performing regularly at Smalls Jazz Club for ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts To Foremothers Nellie Lutcher, Victoria Spivey & More

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts To Foremothers Nellie Lutcher, Victoria Spivey & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from Charu Suri, Ann Hampton Callaway, Sharon Sable, Michael Dease, Colette Michaan, Olivia Perez-Collellmir and Jennifer Wharton's Bonegasm, with birthday shoutouts to foremothers Nellie Lutcher (He's A Real Gone Guy, Hurry On Down) and Victoria Spivey (Black Snake Blues), vocalists Amy Cervini, Freddy Cole, Nancy Kelly, Amy London, Nona Hendryx, pianist ...


Article: Profile

The Jazz Education of Ian Shaw

Read "The Jazz Education of Ian Shaw" reviewed by Mathew Bahl

A few notable exceptions aside, great jazz musicians are not born; they are created. Most young musicians start by absorbing the work of important influences and then, through practice and live performance, decide what to keep, what to modify and what to discard. Ultimately, originality is less a byproduct of inspiration and more the end result ...


Article: Album Review

Kevin O'Connell Quartet: Hot New York Minutes

Read "Hot New York Minutes" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although Hot New York Minutes is Chicago-based pianist Kevin O'Connell's date, it could well be saxophonist Adam Brenner's, as the two share roughly equal time soloing and contribute their talents as writer and/or arranger on half a dozen of the album's ten numbers. In fact, the subtitle reads “Featuring Adam Brenner," and the album, O'Connell writes, ...


Article: Album Review

Joe Farnsworth: In What Direction Are You Headed?

Read "In What Direction Are You Headed?" reviewed by Dave Linn

Joe Farnsworth grew up in a musical family and began playing drums at a young age. He later attended and graduated from William Patterson College in New Jersey, where the staff included Harold Mabern and Cedar Walton, who would prove instrumental in kick-starting his career. He landed a gig with Benny Golson that lasted eight years ...


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