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E.S.P. "Live In The Midwest" Tour Announced

E.S.P. "Live In The Midwest" Tour Announced

E.S.P. is brewing an exciting concoction of original modern jazz infused with spicy Latin beats and seasoned with funky grooves. Originating from central New York, this quartet has passionately pursued creating new music for decades collecting three consecutive “Best Jazz Album of the Year” awards along the way. Always searching for a new challenge, E.S.P. performs ...

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Brad Myers

Playing music since the age of 6, the remarkable composer/guitarist Brad Myers decided to pursue transcendence through jazz expression at the age of 13. A highly eclectic musician, Brad has continued to perform in a wide variety of contexts, but his primary commitment to jazz is vividly demonstrated by the 2015 release of his album Prime Numbers, the first album released on his own label, Colloquy Records, and a stunning showcase for his brilliant talents as both composer and guitarist. Prime Numbers earned worldwide praise from critics and jazz radio alike, including “4 Stars” from Downbeat Magazine and rotation on PRI's Jazz After Hours program

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Brandon Coleman

Cincinnati-based Brandon Coleman is one of the Midwest's most acclaimed and rising jazz guitarists, dedicating his vision to expansive texture and energetic performances. CriticalJazz.com said of Coleman, “While New York City is widely considered the home for modern jazz guitar, Brandon Coleman is based out of Cincinnati and has the skills to jump into the jazz mecca of the universe with both feet. I have reviewed over three hundred guitarists in three years, Brandon Coleman leaps to the head of the class with his latest release ‘Decisions’…Coleman is special because he sounds like no one else

Mike Sharfe

Michael Sharfe is one of the top working jazz bassists in the midwest. He is the bass player for the legendary Blue Wisp Big Band. His versatility on both upright and electric bass put him in demand for a wide variety artists such as Jamie Aebersold, Bobby Broom, the Psycho Acoustic Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

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Frank Foster

Born September 23, 1928 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Frank Benjamin Foster III began his long musical career at age eleven, when he took up the clarinet. Two years later he began playing alto saxophone, advancing technically to the point of performing with local dance bands at age 14. He began to compose and arrange at 15, and led his own 12- piece band while still only a senior in high school. Foster attended Wilberforce University, then left for Detroit in 1949 (with trumpeter Snooky Young) where he played with such local musicians as Wardell Gray. Upon finishing his military service in 1953, Foster joined Count Basie's big band (replacing Eddie Lockjaw Davis) on the recommendation of Ernie Wilkins

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Bob Roetker

Bob has been playing guitar for more than thirty years, performing all across the United States. He has played with such musical celebrities as Cal Collins, Gary Thomas, Chris Vadalia, Bobby Shew, Rich Mattison, Delbert Felix, Billy Drummond, Howard Curtis, and the Johnny Trudeau Orchestra. Bob also toured and recorded with the 'Jazz Ambassadors', the Army's official touring jazz ensemble, for five years - appearing on television and radio shows nationwide, and at some of the major educational conferences including the National Association of Jazz Educators (NAJE) convention in 1980, now known as the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE). Bob has also authored an instructional jazz guitar chord book entitled 'Jazz Chords and Progressions' which carries with it an endorsement by legendary jazz great Joe Pass and has been featured in a guitar clinic given by Jack Peterson at the International Association of Jazz Educators. He also was primarily responsible for the organization and musical arrangements of the group 'Great Guitars of Tidewater' which was featured on National Public Radio in 1988

Spherical Agenda

SPHERICAL AGENDA is a jazz-rock fusion band consisting of some of the region's top musicians. Hailing from Cincinnati, OH, their sound not only draws from the cutting edge of today's fusion, but also honors the reckless abandon and pure energy of groups like Tony Williams Lifetime, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Return To Forever. Their original compositions and arrangements feature inventive and exploratory melodies over intricate grooves and a rich harmonic background. Featuring Matt Wiles on bass, Brandon Coleman on guitar, Ben Tweedt on keyboards and Devon Leigh on drums, Spherical Agenda is a powerhouse band bringing serious grooves, intense solos and immense energy. SPHERICAL AGENDA is currently releasing singles on all major online platforms throughout 2019 and 2020

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Jeff Folkens

Jeff Folkens studied trumpet with Bill Adam, Carmine Caruso, and Frank Brown. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College—Conservatory of Music and holds a Master of Arts in Education from the College of Mount Saint Joseph. For three decades he taught many beginning band students in the New Richmond, Ohio, Exempted Village School District. Jeff has performed with many entertainers, including Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, and Natalie Cole. He was part of numerous musical theater productions in Cincinnati, Dayton, and New York City

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dawg Yawp: Doubles, Vol. 1

Read "Doubles, Vol. 1" reviewed by Jim Trageser

jny: Cincinnati's folk-rock duo Dawg Yawp is rolling out their new music in a series of two-song singles that they are calling “Doubles." (And why did nobody think of that bit of marketing genius in the heyday of the 45?) Their first such set shows a nice progression from their 2016 self-titled full-length release, ...


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