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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


Live In Montauk

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Do Nothing till You Hear from Me; Sparks; Moanin'; No Rhyme or Reason; One Finger Snap; Ripty Boom; Tip Toes.


Article: Profile

Autumn Jazz Weathers Well in San Francisco

Read "Autumn Jazz Weathers Well in San Francisco" reviewed by Arthur R George

Autumn is a special season for jazz in jny: San Francisco. The weather at other times of the year variously drives one indoors for warmth, a good enough reason to seek shelter in jazz. But in the autumn, mostly gone is the bone-chilling summer fog that pours into the city from the cold Pacific Ocean. Not ...


Article: Album Review

Bill O'Connell: Live In Montauk

Read "Live In Montauk" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

A rhythm section which includes Santi Debriano and Billy Hart is nothing if not part of a potential dream band. In Craig Handy, one finds a post-bop saxophonist who played with virtually everyone worth hearing over the last third of the twentieth century. For a variety of reasons pianist Bill O'Connell may be a little less ...


Article: Album Review

Bill O'Connell: Live In Montauk

Read "Live In Montauk" reviewed by Jack Bowers

After years of gigging in the New York City area, while honing his credentials as a first-call contemporary jazz pianist, Bill O'Connell and his family moved to Montauk, the easternmost point on Long Island, where he expressed his appreciation of the area's many wonders by recording this impressive album at the celebrated Gosman's Dock, during the ...


Article: First Time I Saw

Freddie Hubbard at the Jazz Cafe in London

Read "Freddie Hubbard at the Jazz Cafe in London" reviewed by Rob Hancock

I love the sound of the trumpet and flugelhorn, above all else in jazz. Hey day players like Miles, Morgan, Dorham and Gillespie are some of my favourites, but no one has left a bigger mark on my ears than Freddie Hubbard. Whether it be his firing early 60's works with the Messengers, his countless Blue ...


Article: Interview

A Conversation with Don Braden

Read "A Conversation with Don Braden" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This interview was first published in two parts at All About Jazz on May 1999. In this interview, we chat with Don Braden about his views on MP3 files, his relationship with Bill Cosby, the impact Kenny Kirkland had on his latest album for RCA Victor, Fire Within, and a host of other related ...


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Do Nothing till You Hear From Me

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 6:20


Article: Liner Notes

Joe Chambers: Moving Pictures Orchestra: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Read "Joe Chambers: Moving Pictures Orchestra: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola" reviewed by John Kelman

It's one thing to have an established `place in the jazz pantheon, another to continue redefining that position, long after others might be content to rest on their laurels. Joe Chambers' work behind the drum kit with artists including Andrew Hill, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Charles Mingus, and McCoy Tyner has already ensured a ...


The Latin Side of Mingus

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Gunslinging Bird" (Originally titled "If Charlie Parker Were a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats") Boogie Stop Shuffle; No Dejes Que Pase Aqui Goodbye Pork Pie Hat; Hora Decubitus; Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love; All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud’s Wife Was Your Mother; Better Get Hit In Your Soul.


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