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Christos Rafalides

Born in Kozani, Greece, Christos Rafalides can't remember a time when he wasn't surrounded by music. The influence of his older brother led him to the piano at the age of seven. He began his studies in classical percussion at the age of fourteen, and by the time he was twenty he was working in some of the best Orchestras in Greece. He believed he would continue his career as a classical percussionist, until one evening when he heard pianist George Cables with the group of Billy Cobham 'here was this guy, playing with his shoes off, conveying so much feeling through his instrument... I knew I wanted to be able to express myself like that." From that moment, Christos knew he would be a jazz musician. Upon receiving a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, he moved to Boston, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree, studying with Ed Saindon

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Nuove vocalist all’orizzonte

Read "Nuove vocalist all’orizzonte" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nuove vocalist crescono. Da qualche anno, sia nel jazz che nella black popular music, sono emerse vocalist di talento, prossime a imporsi negli anni a venire. In questa fase storica di globalizzazione spinta anche il canto jazz è entrato in una dimensione globale. Aumentano le possibilità per tutti di apprendere le forme espressive delle musiche afroamericane ...

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Thana Alexa: Ode to Heroes

Read "Ode to Heroes" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Che abbia talento è evidente. Con Ode to Heroes Thana Alexa impone la sua presenza nel panorama internazionale del canto jazz, presentando un album significativo per livello di partner coinvolti e qualità artistica. Non accade tutti i giorni che una giovane vocalist proveniente dall'Europa (la Croazia in questo caso) debutti con un lavoro presentato da Joe ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Joe Locke's Love Affair with Language

Read "Joe Locke's Love Affair with Language" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

On the surface it's not so easy to spot the common thread unifying the greater fabric of Joe Locke's work. Since arriving in New York City in 1981, and emerging as a notable leader on record in the early '90s, this much-vaunted vibraphonist has developed into a protean performer and composer. Duo sessions with pianists Frank ...

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Thana Alexa: Singer And Instrument

Read "Thana Alexa: Singer And Instrument" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Music started tugging at the sleeve at the age of three for Thana Alexa, a New York based singer who began making music there as a violinist, moved to Croatia where she discovered jazz, and returned as a singer poised to sweep into a successful career. It started with the piano--kind of. Her tinkering ...

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Vocalist Thana Alexa Immortalizes Personal and Musical Influences on Path to Self-Discovery with Debut Album, "Ode To Heroes"

Vocalist Thana Alexa Immortalizes Personal and Musical Influences on Path to Self-Discovery with Debut Album, "Ode To Heroes"

Available March 10 via Jazz Village Album Features Collaborations with Antonio Sanchez, Donny McCaslin, and Scott Colley “Ode To Heroes is an impressive collection of ambitious music beautifully pulled together by the powerful vocals of Thana Alexa that gives it all continuity. Alexa's music is challenging, but her use of the musicians and her voice makes ...

Henry Mancini: Music for Peter Gunn

Read "Henry Mancini: Music for Peter Gunn" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Who could ever forget the assertive, pulse-quickening theme from Peter Gunn, the urbane TV detective series that ran from 1958-61, with its jazz-centered score by the incomparable Henry Mancini. In case you are one of those who has (forgotten the theme, that is), you can now savor it anew (with much more music from the show), ...

Blue November

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013
Track listing: 718; Blue November; Sorayia; Red And Black; Love Is A Many Splendored Thing; Days Of Silence; Unrequited; Smile; Samba Wa; Whisper Magic.

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Good Vibes To Take Place At First Annual Vibraphone Congress In Asbury Park, NJ

Good Vibes To Take Place At First Annual Vibraphone Congress In Asbury Park, NJ

Vibraphonist Tony Miceli has been making a big splash with his recent international gigs, recordings, master classes, workshops, and internet vibes website, and on-line classes with many of the great contemporary vibes players. A dedicated musician, he seems intent on bringing to the vibraphone the kind of visibility and instructional opportunities that are more common for ...

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Old Lyme Inn / New Destination For Jazz --The Side Door Jazz Club

By Reed Hadley Take the A train to Harlem, then take Metro North to Connecticut Here's a question...What is the perfect jazz weekend plan in NY/CT? Let's start by checking out the happenings in the normal haunts in midtown and then head uptown and jam at the hot jazz spots. Then, let's pop over to the ...


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