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Chris Anderson was born in Chicago on February 26, 1926. He passed away just before his 82nd birthday two years after suffering a stroke. His lifelong fascination with harmony, sparked by movie scores, began well before the age of 10. He was already teaching himself to play on the family piano, so well indeed that he never took lessons -- a clue to the startling originality of his harmonic ideas. Before Chris finished high school, he was playing blues gigs in South Side bars. An after-high school job in a record store exposed him to Nat King Cole, Art Tatum and Duke Ellington; from then on, jazz was his music. After those first three great mentors, Chris rarely listened to pianists

Off Brand

Label: New Focus Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: For Manny; Free #2; Inner Androids; Free #5; Adaptation Dance; Free #8; Open Glimpse; Hard Boiled Donut; Quartet for Bela (I-IV).

Shark NATO on a Plane

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Shark NATO on a Plane; July Groove / September Funk; What Barney? (the Barney Miller theme); Summertime; Into the Fourth Dimension; Professional Development; Rock Bottom; Blue Jay Way; I Feel Free; Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Collage Project: Off Brand

Read "Off Brand" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Listeners who crave a bit of classical rigor with their jazz--or, conversely, those who enjoy improvisational freedom within a classical chamber setting--should investigate the work of the Collage Project. Built around the trio of guitarists Dan Bruce and Daniel Lippel and bassist Aidan Plank, and complemented by drummer Nathan Douds, saxophonist Noa Even and trombonist Chris ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Funk Shui NYC: Shark NATO on a Plane

Read "Shark NATO on a Plane" reviewed by Jack Bowers

While some older listeners (and younger ones as well) may be thrown slightly off-kilter and find it hard to apprehend exactly what Funk Shui NYC is about, it must be conceded that the New York-based ensemble in all likelihood represents the future of big-band jazz, or at least a sizeable and assertive chunk of it. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Morgan: Blue Is More Than a Color

Read "Blue Is More Than a Color" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If nothing else, bassist-composer Dave Morgan's album, Blue Is More Than a Color, affirms that big-band jazz is alive and well in the Akron, Ohio, area. Perhaps more than coincidentally, Morgan's large and well-drilled ensemble plies its trade on a regular basis at Akron's Blu Jazz Club whose patrons may presumably hear previews of the seven ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

2013 Tri-C JazzFest: Cleveland, OH, April 19 - 27, 2013

Read "2013 Tri-C JazzFest: Cleveland, OH, April 19 - 27, 2013" reviewed by Matt Marshall

34th Annual Tri-C JazzFest ClevelandCleveland, OHApril 19-April 27, 2013There was a determined effort by Tri-C JazzFest Managing Director Terri Pontremoli to give this year's event more of a festival atmosphere than it has perhaps enjoyed in years past. For starters, many of the outlying venues, such as the East Cleveland library, a regular ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland 2012: Days 6-12

Read "Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland 2012: Days 6-12" reviewed by Matt Marshall

Days 1-5 | Days 6-12 33rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest ClevelandCleveland, OhioApril 16-29, 2012 Chapter Index April 24: Ernie Krivda's Thunder From the Heartland April 25: Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts April 26: The Jack DeJohnette Group April 27: David Sanborn Trio / Trombone Shorty April 28: Diana Krall April ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Dave Morgan & Friends: Kirtland, OH, February 24, 2012

Read "Dave Morgan & Friends: Kirtland, OH, February 24, 2012" reviewed by Matt Marshall

Dave Morgan & Friends40th Annual Lakeland Jazz FestivalKirtland, OHFebruary 24, 2012On the opening night of the 40th Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival, bassist Dave Morgan gathered a host of friends and treated Northeast Ohioans to a rare performance of his The Way of the Sly Man (Being Time, 2010). The piece, based ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland 2011: Days 8-10

Read "Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland 2011: Days 8-10" reviewed by Matt Marshall

Days 1-3 | Days 4-6 | Days 8-10 32th Annual Tri-C JazzFest ClevelandCleveland, OhioApril 28-May 8, 2011 Chapter Index May 4: Robert Glasper Trio May 5: TCJF SoundWorks with Benny Golson and Ndugu Chancler May 6: Will Bernard / Dr. Lonnie Smith / Medeski Martin & Wood


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