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Curtis Fowlkes

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Curtis Fowlkes is an American jazz trombonist. In 1987 he founded, together with saxophonist Roy Nathanson, The Jazz Passengers, an eclectic group dedicated to putting entertainment and humor back into jazz. The two had met performing in John Lurie's The Lounge Lizards, a group that shares a similar artistic outlook.

Fowlkes has also performed as a sideman on over 20 jazz and rock CDs. In addition to The Jazz Passengers and Lounge Lizards, he has performed with Charlie Haden's reunited Liberation Music Orchestra in 1996, and with the alumni Ellington Orchestra led by Louie Bellson. He has also performed or recorded with Bill Frisell's quartet, as well as with John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Henry Threadgill, Sheryl Crow, Andy Summers, Cibo Matto, Jeb Loy Nichols, and comedian Harry Shearer. He has also performed with the Kansas City All-Stars, appearing in Robert Altman's 1996 film Kansas City with this group.

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Article: What is Jazz?

2024 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2024 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Twenty years is a remarkable milestone for any activity, let alone one that comes with the wear and tear of a high-profile jazz festival that every year strives to up its own ante, like the Winter JazzFest. From January 11 to 18, 2024, fans, musicians, promoters and other industry people from around the world ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Curtis Fowlkes + Marike Van Dijk, Aline Homzy, Richard Baratta & More

Read "Curtis Fowlkes + Marike Van Dijk, Aline Homzy, Richard Baratta & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


A playlist featuring some deliciously new releases along with a celebration of trombonist Curtis Fowlkes who recently passed away at the age of 72. Mr. Fowlkes was universally admired and respected and was someone you always found in bands and projects that mattered. He was also a rare gentleman with a great sense of humor,

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Ron Miles: The Best Of The Denver Jazz Doyen

Read "Ron Miles: The Best Of The Denver Jazz Doyen" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Ron Miles left the planet all too soon, but the Denver cornetist and trumpeter has left a lasting mark, both in terms of the music he made and in the people whose lives he touched. This list, a guide to ten of Miles' most significant recordings as both leader and as a sideman, reflects his playing ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

André Minvielle, Jimetta Rose, Simone Prattico, Basher & Other New Releases

Read "André Minvielle, Jimetta Rose, Simone Prattico, Basher & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The life affirming power of the human voice, from the modern spirituality of Jimetta Rose & Voices of Creation to the irreverent and crazy eclecticism of André Minvielle, or the haunting elegance of Piers Faccini with Simone Prattico, opens a wide ranging set which is then closed with another tribute to Frank Kimbrough. Happy ...

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Article: We Travel the Spaceways

Heavy Rotation For A Pandemic Summer

Read "Heavy Rotation For A Pandemic Summer" reviewed by Mark Corroto


In the summer of 2020 one result of the COVID-19 isolation, and artists inability to tour and perform is that they have time to deal with projects halted by this pandemic. Musicians, producers, and engineers have mixed, mastered and released an abundance of music. Many of the titles have been, and will be covered by our ...

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Article: Album Review

Charlie Haden / Liberation Music Orchestra: Time/Life:Songs For The Whales And Other Beings

Read "Time/Life:Songs For The Whales And Other Beings" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Formed by bassist Charlie Haden in 1969 to protest America's war in Vietnam/Indochina, the Liberation Music Orchestra has reconvened roughly every ten years to record musical protest in the face of major injustices. Time/Life: Song for the Whales and Other Beings was inspired by concern at global ecological destruction, and to that end the music has ...

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Time/Life (Song for the Whales and Other Beings)

Label: Impulse!
Released: 2016
Track listing: Blue in Green; Time/Life; Silent Spring; Útviklingssang; Song for the Whales.

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Article: Live Review

Improvised Music Company@25, Various Artists At Sugar Club

Read "Improvised Music Company@25, Various Artists At Sugar Club" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Improvised Music Company@25 Sugar Club jny: Dublin, Ireland November 26, 2016 It was an appropriately festive atmosphere in the Sugar Club to mark Improvised Music Company's twenty fifth birthday celebrations. Older musicians, perhaps just starting out a quarter of a century ago, rubbed shoulders with the current generation of ...

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Article: Album Review

Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra: Time / Life

Read "Time / Life" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Due anni dopo la scomparsa di Charlie Haden si pubblica questo ultimo documento della sua Liberation Music Orchestra, un lavoro che il compianto contrabbassista progettò ma che non ebbe modo di portare a compiuta realizzazione. Vessillo del suo impegno civile e umano, l'orchestra era nata nel 1969 raccogliendo una pletora di musicisti straordinari, molti dei quali ...


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