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Dann Zinn

As a world-class saxophonist/flutist, Dann Zinn is renowned for being a passionate soloist and composer/arranger. Hailed over the years as “inventive,” “distinctive,” and for “creating a stunning and emotional listening experience,” Dann has developed a unique style distinguishing him as a one of a kind artist with a tone unlike any other horn player on the jazz scene today. Zinn’s resume includes working with Allison Miller, Derrick Hodge, Geoffrey Keezer, Joe Henderson, Taylor Eigsti, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jeff Tain Watts, Freddie Hubbard, Chuck Findley, Mary Wells, Martha and the Vandellas, Barry Finnerty, Frank Martin, among many others

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mike Dillon, Chick Corea, Milt Jackson and More

Read "Mike Dillon, Chick Corea, Milt Jackson and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we start with the music of veteran vibraphonist Mike Dillon, who just returned to Kansas City, and has a released a new album Rosewood. We also spotlight new music from Nicholas Krolak, Bartosz Hadala, Dann Zinn and Joe Fiedler. We give a birthday shoutout to the legendary Terry Gibbs and say good-bye to Eddie ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

American Beauty: Musical Treasures on Tompkins Square

Read "American Beauty: Musical Treasures on Tompkins Square" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Back in 1952, Folkways Records released its groundbreaking Anthology of American Folk Music. It was a collection that gathered some of the best slices of American music, including gospel, blues and old-time music. It has since been followed by countless other compilations, but the ambition and the scope of the collection is still relevant. Tradition should ...

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Shangri La

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: Daydreams; Voodoo; Shangri La; Wanderlust; Rain; FLute Intro; Good Diddance (Time Of Your Life); The Bullfighter; Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90 - III. Poco Allegretto; Tic Tac Toe; Chi Bel Sogno Di Doretta.

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Article: Album Review

Dann Zinn: Shangri La

Read "Shangri La" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Maybe we've had it all wrong about Shangri-La. Instead of viewing it as a fictional utopian locale, as laid out by author James Hilton in his famed Lost Horizon (Macmillan, 1933), it can be alternately viewed as a wide-open musical state of being waiting to be explored. That's what saxophonist Dann Zinn seems to go for ...

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The Acoustic and the Electric: Hristo Vitchev and Joe DeRose

Read "The Acoustic and the Electric:  Hristo Vitchev and Joe DeRose" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Bay area guitarist Hristo Vitchev is a prolific and consummate musician. Capable of both deeply introspective lyricism and electrifyingly gregarious fervor, Vitchev, nevertheless, maintains his individuality and hi, easily recognizable, impressionistic style in all of his diverse engagements. Two records released in 2013 superbly showcase his adroitness in and adaptability to various musical situations.

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Grace's Song

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013
Track listing: Live and Learn; Western Skies; Grace's Song; Jumpstep; King of Pain; Corazon; Red Rover; Stardust.

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Article: Album Review

Dann Zinn 4: Grace's Song

Read "Grace's Song" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Saxophonist Dann Zinn's third release as a leader, Grace's Song, is an intriguing and charismatic album. Interestingly, however, the very feature that makes it consistently engaging also results in a lack of thematic unity. This unevenness can simultaneously delight and frustrate, depending on circumstances.Zinn is a virtuoso tenor saxophonist inspired by saxophone master Sonny ...


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