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Bassist David Wong was born and raised in New York City, and is a graduate of the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, where he developed his passion for music under the tutelage of tuba master Bob Stewart. He graduated from the Juilliard School in classical music in 2004 and has studied with Orin O’Brien (New York Philharmonic), Ron Carter, Ben Wolfe, and John Clayton. From 2003 to 2004, as part of the Eric Reed Trio, Wong performed in Switzerland, Scotland, the Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles), the Algonquin Hotel (New York City), and with Jazz at Lincoln Center, as well as at many other venues worldwide

Love Letter

Label: Verve Music Group
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ballad From Upper Neighbor’s Suite; Left Alone; Inside Your Heart; Fashion Or Passion; Con Alma; Don’t Misunderstand; La Mesha; Don’t Explain.

Featuring Jimmy Cobb

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Two For One; Hot And Cold; Blues For You; Rhythm In F; Autumn In New York; Pick Your Spot; Someday My Prince Will Come; Jeanine; Polka Dots & Moonbeams; I'll Tell You Later.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jimmy Heath: Love Letter

Read "Love Letter" reviewed by Thomas Fletcher

Often nicknamed “Little Bird," Jimmy Heath began on the alto saxophone acquiring this informal title by dedicating his studies to Charlie Parker and his wee stature. Although not a familiar name to many outside of the devoted jazz community, Heath would go on to pursue a remarkable 76-year career sadly passing away in January, 2020. A ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jimmy Heath: Love Letter

Read "Love Letter" reviewed by Chris May

Love Letter is the final album to be made by saxophonist Jimmy Heath, who passed in January 2020 aged 93. It was completeted just a month earlier. The title is well chosen: the album is a love letter to jazz, a love letter to ballads, and a love letter to Heath's surviving family members, friends and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter And Will Anderson: Featuring Jimmy Cobb

Read "Featuring Jimmy Cobb" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Grammy Award-winning saxophonists and identical twins, Peter and Will Anderson document another burner of a recording on their Featuring Jimmy Cobb album, released within days of the passing of the legendary drummer in May 2020. The last surviving member of the Miles Davis band that recorded the ground-breaking jazz album Kind of Blue ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Naama Gheber: Dearly Beloved

Read "Dearly Beloved" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's much to admire in this debut from New York-based Israeli vocalist Naama Gheber. With a highly developed sense of phrasing built on pitch-perfect delivery and some tasteful back-end vibrato, an eye and ear for fine golden-age material, sharp navigational skills, and a knack for picking the perfect sidemen, her first flight garners attention in all ...

Immigration Nation

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Immigration Nation; Contradictions Within; Divergent Paths; Flight; Second Chance; The Unexpected; The Privileged Few; A New Vernacular; Survival of the Fittest; A Deepening Sense; Belonging; Chant.

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call, Part 2

Read "Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call, Part 2" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Part 1 | Part 2 This past February Peter Erskine greeted me at his studio with a warm smile and welcoming handshake. Nearly two hours later we had discussed many aspects of his long and storied career. We talked at length about his experiences with Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul in Weather ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sam Dillon: Force Field

Read "Force Field" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It doesn't take long to realize that Sam Dillon is on to something here. With drummer Anwar Marshall and bassist David Wong laying a grooving foundation on the opening title track, the tenor saxophonist sets off on a mighty chromatic quest. The lines, and what rumbles beneath them, set up an open playing field where pianist ...


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