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Chicago Soul Jazz Collective

John Fournier is a saxophonist, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger and educator. As a performing sideman, some of the artists he has had the honor of working with include Bernadette Peters, Jerry Butler, Raul Midon, Robbie Fulks, Jon Langford, Prince, The Bee Gees, Bobby Rydell, Luis Enrique, Bob Newhart, The Mighty Blue Kings and Leslie Gore. He co-leads the jazz ensemble, CHICAGO SOUL JAZZ COLLECTIVE, and is an active participant in the Chicago jazz and blues scene as a saxophonist and arranger. As a songwriter, John co-wrote a song on Raul Midon’s debut recording State of Mind (Manhattan Records) produced by Arif Mardin

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Orbits in Sound + Soulful Sides

Read "New Orbits in Sound + Soulful Sides" reviewed by David Brown


Today, we have a variety show of sounds for your enjoyment. First, a bit of a brew of mild avant-garde meets lounge music with Lyle Murphy (inventor of his own 12-tone system) and Gil Mellé (Modern Primitive Music). Things get serious with works from George Russell and the MJQ, before we change it up with a ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Kenneth Cobb

Read "Meet Kenneth Cobb" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


We suppose it makes sense that our latest Super Fan, a high-level mathematician—a contractor for NASA, no less—would keep meticulous records about, well, everything, from his massive CD and LP collection, to his personal road trip “mix tapes," to every concert he's attended. But applying his mathematical genius to fitting an entire week's worth of music ...

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It Takes a Spark to Start a Fire

Label: JMARQ
Released: 2020
Track listing: Detroit will rise again; Down and out in Buffalo; It takes a spar to start a fire; Her eyes are blue and sometimes gray; God bless the patient; Where do you go when you dream; Nora calls from the moon

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Article: Album Review

Chicago Soul Jazz Collective: It Takes a Spark to Start a Fire

Read "It Takes a Spark to Start a Fire" reviewed by John Pietaro


Solace. Listening to classic 1960s soul-jazz as an escape from today's stresses united the musicians who founded the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective. Many of us know of that comfort, the one carried by a cursory view of nostalgia. But don't look too close. Tenor saxophonist John Fournier and trumpet player Marques Carroll built a band on ...


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