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Craig Handy

Born in Oakland, CA, as a music-hungry youngster, Craig Handy experimented on guitar, trombone, and piano before settling on his first true love, the saxophone. At the age of 11 while listening to the radio, Handy fell under the spell of the transcendent saxophone playing of jazz legend Dexter Gordon. Berkeley High School’s (CA) reputable Jazz Program soon beckoned, and Handy joined the ranks of graduating stellar saxophone talent including David Murray, Peter Apfelbaum, and Joshua Redman, to name a few. He attended North Texas State University and won the coveted Charlie Parker Scholarship which enabled his early college experience as a psychology major and frontrunner in the school’s exceptional One O’ Clock Jazz Ensemble. His distinctive sound and authentic instrumental prowess were redoubtable traits immediately noticed by artists of stature, especially those committed to nurturing new talent on the bandstand and road

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill O'Connell and The Afro Caribbean Ensemble: Wind Off The Hudson

Read "Wind Off The Hudson" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bill O'Connell has had plenty to say with his piano in recent times, basically knocking out a session a year for the Savant imprint. And with an exploration within the solo format, a trip with an augmented trio, and ventures promoting a medium-sized conglomerate of heavy-hitters, he's certainly traversed quite an expanse there. But, as Wind ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill O'Connell: Jazz Latin

Read "Jazz Latin" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

I tre protagonisti del disco--il pianista Bill O'Connell, il bassista Lincoln Goines e il batterista Robby Ameen--sono stati a lungo partner del flautista Dave Valentin, scomparso nel marzo 2017 a cui hanno già dedicato tributi. Sono musicisti di valore che si conoscono bene e ribadiscono un'appartenenza stilistica influenzata dalle musiche latine ma prettamente jazzistica. Il taglio ...

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In Touch Entertainment Announces Its Spring Jazz Series Lineup

In Touch Entertainment Announces Its Spring Jazz Series Lineup

In Touch Entertainment is announcing the spring lineup of its highly successful jazz series produced by New York-based concert promoter, Charles Carlini of In Touch Entertainment. The programs consist of Piano Jazz, Guitar Masters, Trumpet Masters, Percussion Masters, Boss Tenors, and Vocal Mania. The latter is also running concurrently on the West Coast, with performances held ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Neil Slater: Legacy: Neil Slater at North Texas

Read "Legacy: Neil Slater at North Texas" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In 1942, a University of North Texas graduate music student, M. E. Hall, was asked to teach dance band arranging to two students, an activity that led to his thesis on a closely related topic. That thesis developed into the foundation of the school's jazz curriculum. Years later, Hall helped launch the jazz program which included ...

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Just Announced! The Dean Brown Band ROLAJAFUFU Fall Tour 2017

Just Announced! The Dean Brown Band ROLAJAFUFU Fall Tour 2017

TOUR DATES Nov 02: Bemowskie Centrum Kultury Warsaw, Poland Nov 03: Jazz w muzeum Festival Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland Nov 04: Vier Peh Stuttgart, Germany Nov 05: Ronnie Scott’s London, United Kingdom Nov 07: Master Class. University of Music Mannheim Mannheim, Germany Nov 08 New Morning Paris, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dave Holland: Consummate Bassist

Read "Dave Holland: Consummate Bassist" reviewed by Lazaro Vega

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in May 1999 and is part of our ongoing effort to archive pre-database material. Bassist Dave Holland brings the flexible structures and varied instrumental colors of his Grammy nominated Quintet to several Michigan locations in the second week of April. On the 7th the group ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jerome Jennings: The Beast

Read "The Beast" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Jerome Jennings has occupied the drum throne on plenty of high profile gigs since arriving in New York just over a decade ago, working with everybody from vocalist Paula West to bassist Christian McBride and trumpeter Bria Skonberg to saxophonist Craig Handy. But his is a name that still may not be familiar to many jazz ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Proposte pluridirezionali al Bologna Jazz Festival

Read "Proposte pluridirezionali al Bologna Jazz Festival" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Bologna Jazz Festival Bologna, Modena e Ferrara, varie sedi 27.10-20.11.2016 Oltre a costituire il logo del festival e a illustrare i programmi di sala, le immagini di Gianluigi Toccafondo, virate in bianco, nero e arancione, hanno invaso alcune parti della città, dagli autobus ai pilastri dei portici di Via Indipendenza. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

For Your Grammy Consideration - Dean Brown's "ROLAJAFUFU"

For Your Grammy Consideration - Dean Brown's "ROLAJAFUFU"

Contemporary Instrumental Album: ROLAJAFUFU Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “PHILLY MAN" Best Instrumental Arrangement: “AND SO IT GOES" Best Instrumental Composition: “OLD SOLDIERS" Guitarist and composer Dean Brown has always done things his way. Nowhere is that in greater evidence than on ROLAJAFUFU, his fifth album as a leader. The title ...


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