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Angela on the Arts

Freely improvised chamber jazz for trumpet, viola and bass clarinet with special guests

Angela on the Arts is a trio convened by jazz trumpeter/composer John D’earth who has performed internationally, and appeared on over 100 recordings with Dave Matthews, Bruce Hornsby, John Abercrombie, Emily Remler, Kait Dunton, Pat Metheny, Lionel Hampton, Tito Puente, and Buddy Rich, among many others. D'earth has recorded as a leader for Vanguard Records, ENJA Records, DoubleTime Jazz and his own Cosmology label.

Within is Angela on the Arts' debut album. D’earth plays trumpet, flugelhorn, flutes and percussion, Bonnie Gordon plays viola, and Michelle Oliva plays bass clarinet and employs looping

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Mort Weiss

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Mort Weiss is a bebop-oriented clarinet player with ten albums as leader to date. After having taken 30-odd years off from playing, Weiss came to musical life as a leader in 2003 with The Mort Weiss Quartet (AKA Mort Wiess Meets Joey DeFrancesco) (SMS Jazz, 2003) following with B3 and Me (recorded in 2003 but not released until 2006). According to jazz writer Scott Yanow, "Clarinet-organ groups are far from common. In fact, prior to Mort Weiss' debut CD with organist Joey DeFrancesco, it is possible that combination had never been utilized before." Indeed, but this didn't stop Weiss and DeFrancesco from doing so.

Born in 1935 in Pennsylvania, Weiss began clarinet lessons when he was nine-years old

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Ryan Snow

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Ryan Snow is a trombonist, improviser, composer and teacher living in Charlottesville, VA. After graduating from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in 2005 with degrees in Jazz Studies and Politics, Ryan moved to Brooklyn, NY to continue his musical studies as part of NYC's vibrant improvised music community. Between 2005-2015 he performed as a leader and sideman in wide range of musical projects centered around free improvisation and avant-garde jazz. From 2008- 2011, Ryan produced an improvised music series in his East Williamsburg basement, presenting over 100 performances in a unique physical setting and community-generative context

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Stephanie Nakasian

Stephanie Nakasian is an exciting, well-seasoned vocalist and master of innovative jazz improvisation, completely authentic with a fresh and vibrant sound all her own. Bringing high energy to every performance, Stephanie enthralls listeners with her pure tones and a flawless delivery, engaging them on a personal level with a love for the music that is playful, electric and spontaneous in story and song. Then & Now: Stephanie came to international attention in the mid-80s when she sang and toured with the vocal jazz master Jon Hendricks and Company – what she considers her “vocal jazz apprenticeship.” She continues to tour and record as a vocal leader. Recordings: An active and prolific recording artist, Stephanie's debut CD “Comin’Alive” (V.S.O.P.) featuring legendary saxophonist Phil Woods received four stars from critic Leonard Feather

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John D'Earth

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John D'earth is the Director of Jazz Performance at the University of Virginia where he teaches improvisation, jazz trumpet, jazz composition, and directs the UVA Jazz Ensemble. Jazz trumpeter and composer John D'earth was born in Framingham, Massachusetts in 1950. He studied, as a teenager, with saxophonist Boots Mussulli, (Stan Kenton, Charlie Ventura, Teddy Wilson) with John Coffey, (principal trombonist in the Boston Symphony) and arranging with Thad Jones. He attended Harvard University and, later, moved to New York City where he studied with Carmine Caruso, Vince Penzarella and Richie Beirach. D'earth has performed and recorded internationally and appeared on over one hundred recordings spanning the analog and digital eras on vinyl, CDs, film, and video

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Article: Race and Jazz

Wynton Marsalis and Confederate Monuments: How a Jazz Musician Started a Political Movement

Read "Wynton Marsalis and Confederate Monuments: How a Jazz Musician Started a Political Movement" reviewed by Dustin Mallory


In the wake of the events that took place in Charlottesville, VA on August 11-12, the nation has been gripped by horrific violence and tragedy. Our screens have been filled with images of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the counter-protestors who clashed with them. The Unite the Right rally may have ended in chaos, but it began ...

News: Music Industry

Johnny Cash Family Condemns Neo-Nazi Use Of Father's Image

Johnny Cash Family Condemns Neo-Nazi Use Of Father's Image

The family of Johnny Cash have demanded that Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups not associate the image of their late father with the discriminatory ideas. In an open letter posted to Roseanne Cash's Facebook page, the family took issue with a protester during the confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend who appeared in a ...

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Charlottesville

Featuring the music of Sunna Gunnlaugs
Duration: 04:01

Icelandic pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs, performing "Charlottesville" at Songwire Studios in Richmond, VA, with drummer Scot McLemore, bassist Randall Pharr and saxophonist JC Kuhl.
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News: Recording

Alma Records' Sping/Summer Releases Are Indicative of Label's Eclectic Roster

Toronto-based Alma Records is kicking into high gear with a slate of spring and summer releases that particularly highlights the label's commitment to music that transcends geographic boundaries. Just as the sporting world is about to turn its focus to South Africa this summer for the World Cup, Alma will release the debut recording from the ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Violinist Alex Hargreaves Will Perform Across the U.S. This Summer

Shows Include Double Bills with Guitarist Grant Gordy, Performances with Sarah Jarosz and Mike Marshall's Big TrioBy the start of May, high school seniors all over the country have sent in their acceptance letters to the colleges of their choice and are ready to take a much deserved vacation before heading off towards their ...


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