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Corcoran Holt

Corcoran Holt, a son of Washington, DC, began playing djembe and other West African percussion at the age of 4 as a member of Wo’se Dance Company under the tutelage of Baba Aidoo Holmes & Mahiri Edwards. As a keeper of the rhythm, Corcoran began his study of classical acoustic bass at age 10 with the renowned DC Youth Orchestra (DCYOP). Soon he learned that his great- grandfather, with whom he shared a birthday, was a bass player who grew up in High Point, NC with John Coltrane. Legend has it that he gave Trane lessons. Corcoran feels called to the bass and his work is about honoring the ancestors. Training Grounds While continuing classical training at DCYOP, Corcoran attended the prestigious Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC from 1996 to 2000 where he studied classical bass with Carolyn Kellock, and the jazz art form with teachers such as Davey Yarborough, the late Keter Betts and Steve Novasel

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Brooklyn Calling

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022

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Article: Album Review

Stan Killian: Brooklyn Calling

Read "Brooklyn Calling" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Years ago, a group of folks were having dinner at a Westside San Antonio, Texas, restaurant known as Los Barrios. Occasionally, some restaurants there would start a jazz policy. In a place better known for mariachis, this would be a pleasant surprise. One Friday evening, some kid was playing tenor sax, quite a bit of tenor ...

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Sounds From The Ancestors

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: It's Time To Come Home; Hargrove; When the Days Were Different; For Art's Sake; What Was That?; Soldiers of the Field/Soldats des Champs; Sounds from the Ancestors; It's Time To Come Home (original).

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Article: Album Review

Deelee Dube: Trying Times

Read "Trying Times" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Five years ago, the annual Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition named Deelee Dubé its first British winner and (2016) Sassy Award recipient, landing Dubé a spot at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and recording contract for this Concord Records debut. Trying Times marks a major label debut, but Deelee Dubé is no artistic novice. ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Italian Spirits, Dubé Debuts and Chasing (Mahogany) Frogs

Read "Italian Spirits, Dubé Debuts and Chasing (Mahogany) Frogs" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Paul Colombo Group Rio Crystal Vectordisc Records 2020 Rio Crystal is the perfect title for this bright and clear, warm and sunny set led by guitarist Paul Colombo. Its frontline pairs Colombo's nimble guitar with keyboardist Ron Thomas, supported by bassist Andy Alonso and drummer Chris ...

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The Poets Are Gathering

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: That's My Son There (feat. Patricia Smith); Marooning (feat. Patrick Sylvain); Against Silence (feat. Tyehimba Jess); Poem By Poem (feat. Juan Felipe Herrera); Deconstruction Of Idols (feat. Dustin Prestridge); Truths (feat. Lee Herrick); The Poets Are Gathering (feat. Juan Felipe Herrera); Song (feat. Edward Hirsch); Spiral (feat. Marisol Baca); The Sun One (Homage To Sun Ra) (feat. T.R. Hummer); Your Man (feat. Patricia Smith); Impervious Blue (feat. T.R. Hummer); Black Man (feat. Donald Brown, II); Ports Of Sorrow (feat. Patrick Sylvain); Branch Library (feat. Edward Hirsch);These Current Events (feat. Kimiko Hahn).

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Trying Times

Label: Concord Music Group
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Tryin' Times (05:15) 2. Still Trying (03:50) 3. On A Clear Day (04:14) 4. Ugly Beauty (Still We Dream) (04:16) 5. 500 Miles High (05:37) 6. Thou Swell (03:44) 7. Lazy Afternoon (03:38) 8. Joy (06:14) 9. Unity (06:38) 10. Still We Try (Spoken Word Tone Poem) (04:13)

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Against Silence

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 4:34

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Saxophonist Benjamin Boone Broadens His Explorations Of Poetry & Jazz With "The Poets Are Gathering," Due Oct. 16 From Origin Records

Saxophonist Benjamin Boone Broadens His Explorations Of Poetry & Jazz With "The Poets Are Gathering," Due Oct. 16 From Origin Records

Benjamin Boone takes his fascination with the merger of poetry and jazz to stunning new heights on The Poets Are Gathering, set for an October 16 release on Origin Records. True to its title, the album finds the saxophonist-composer assembling a large group of acclaimed American poets—11 in all, including Tyehimba Jess (Pulitzer Prize), Patricia Smith ...


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