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Dan Monaghan

Dan Monaghan is one of the busiest drummers in the Philadelphia area. After studying classical percussion for eight years he went on to earn a Bachelors of Music in jazz studies from Temple University. Since then he has performed with some of the top names in jazz, including Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, Joe Magnarelli, and Randy Brecker. In addition, he has recorded with Jimmy Bruno, Elio Villafranca, Joanna Pascale, Larry McKenna, Tom Tallitsch, Meg Clifton, Mike Kennedy, Norman David, Brian Woestehoff, Big Five Chord, John Vanore & Abstract Truth, and many others. Monaghan has performed at the Mellon Jazz Festival, the East Coast Jazz Festival, the Wilmington Latino Festival, the Cremona Jazz Festival, the Blue Note, Blues Alley, Smoke, Ortlieb's Jazzhaus, Zanzibar Blue, and Chris' Jazz Cafe, among other well-known venues

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Article: Album Review

The Dave Wilson Quartet: Stretching Supreme

Read "Stretching Supreme" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On Stretching Supreme, his seventh album as leader of his own ensembles, saxophonist Dave Wilson pays homage to a musical hero-- the legendary John Coltrane--performing a trio of Coltrane's classic themes from his late-career “transitional" period, “A Love Supreme," “Dear Lord" and “Naima," recorded in October 2017 at Chris' Jazz Café in Philadelphia; “A Love Supreme" ...

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Stretching Supreme

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: A Love Supreme: Intro to Part 1, Acknowledgement; Part 1, Acknowledgement; Part 2, Resolution; On the Prairie; Days of Wine and Roses; Dear Lord; Naima.

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I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. Orange Colored Sky [6:20] (Milton DeLugg & Wille Stein) 2. I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles [4:27] (John Kellette & Jaan Kenbrovin) 3. Give Me The Simple Life [4:11] (Rube Bloom & Harry Ruby) 4. Stardust [7:45] (Hoagy Carmichael & Mitchell Parish) 5. Easy to Love  [3:03] (Cole Porter) 6. What's The Use of Getting Sober [5:38] (Busby Meyers) 7. You Go to My Head [3:40] (J. Fred Coots & Haven Gillespie) 8. Show Me The Way to Go Home [4:23] (James Campbell & Reginald Connelly)

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Message

Label: TT Productions
Released: 2021
Track listing: Let's Go!; Message; Zipline; Bubble; Fearless; Dusk; Mablestates; In The Weeds; Moon.

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Article: Interview

Norman David: Forty-Year Wizard of The Eleventet

Read "Norman David: Forty-Year Wizard of The Eleventet" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


A few years ago, a musician friend suggested I go hear a band that was playing at a place in Bella Vista, Philadelphia, a neighborhood with a significant jazz history (violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang lived there and are honored with several plaques and a mural) -but not much current music to speak of. ...

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Article: Album Review

Tom Tallitsch: Message

Read "Message" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


There is hard bop DNA in tenor and soprano saxophonist Tom Tallitsch's twelfth record as a leader, the third consecutive release for his TT Productions imprint. While it is always tempting to start making comparisons to classic sides from the genre, or to simply dismiss recognizable sounds as old hat in a world bursting with new ...

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Zipline

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Label: TT Productions
Released: 2021
Duration: 06:50

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Article: Live Review

Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy 2020 Virtual Stream

Read "Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy 2020 Virtual Stream" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Mary Ellen Desmond Comfort and Joy: Virtual Stream Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany Philadelphia, PA December 13, 2020 In the course of two decades as a jazz reviewer in Philadelphia, it has often been my pleasure to hear Mary Ellen Desmond sing, and for ...

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Article: Album Review

Susie Meissner: I Wish I Knew

Read "I Wish I Knew" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Over the past decade and three previous recordings, Philadelphia-based vocalist Susie Meissner has crafted an intelligently conceived and thoughtfully paced survey of the Great American Songbook. Meissner's considerations of the standard jazz repertoire, in concert with pianist John Shaddy's sturdy arrangements and educated performance manner, have emerged, evolving from chaste and reverent beginnings, into rich and ...


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