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Dennis Irwin

Dennis Irwin was born on November 28, 1951 in Birmingham, Alabama but grew up in Atlanta and Knoxville. Early in life he discovered music"inspired by older brothers who coached him in jazz early on"and began playing clarinet. As a teenager, his family moved to Houston, where he played in R&B bands playing alto sax and handling lead vocals. He attended North Texas State University studying classical music focusing on his clarinet. Two friends in the program, drummer John Riley and bassist Marc Johnson turned him on to the upright bass at the age of 19: he thus found his true calling and joined the school’s acclaimed Two O’Clock Big Band. In nearby Dallas, he worked as a sub with pianist Red Garland, who suggested Irwin move to New York

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Michael Cox: Compassion

Read "Compassion" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Compassion by saxophonist Michael Cox evokes thoughts of sausages. Specifically, how they're made and for what purpose. Think about it, have you ever had an unforgettable hot dog? No. Even if you ate one at the World Series, you could never call it memorable. That wasn't its objective. So, let's talk of cured meats. The luxury ...

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U.S. Jazz From Denmark: Six Recent SteepleChase Releases

Read "U.S. Jazz From Denmark: Six Recent SteepleChase Releases" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The opportunity to listen to six recently released discs on the venerable SteepleChase label (and the SteepleChase LookOut branch) is a little like reading an anthology of short stories by distinguished authors from a particular year or period. You get a hearty helping of vital, mature voices, most of whom operate somewhere in the jazz mainstream, ...

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2016

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by John Kelman

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Ottawa, Canada June 22 -July 3, 2016 It's hard to believe, with seasons that move quickly from spring into summer, that it was time, once again, for the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. Now in its 36th year, the festival has grown from a weekend event into a full-blown, ...

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John Scofield: Past Present

Read "Past Present" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

John Scofield alterna ciclicamente immersioni nel rock e dintorni con altre jazzisticamente vivaci e ricche di blues feeling. Dopo la recente pubblicazione di un live del '99 con la rock band statunitense Gov't Mule (Sco-Mule, Evil Teen 2015) oggi rinnova una lontana collaborazione con il sassofonista Joe Lovano: era con lui nel quartetto che agli inizi ...

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John Scofield and Joe Lovano at the Regattabar

Read "John Scofield and Joe Lovano at the Regattabar" reviewed by Dave Dorkin

John Scofield and Joe Lovano Regattabar Cambridge, MA September 18, 2015 John Scofield has appeared in so many different musical settings, particularly in the past twenty years, that it is easy to forget that while he is capable of exquisite blues, funk, rock and fusion, it is in ...

Jeff Hirshfield on Rich Perry's SteepleChase Recordings

Read "Jeff Hirshfield on Rich Perry's SteepleChase Recordings" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

"Some drummers get carried away and stop listening, maybe because we are doing four or five things at the same time. You want to see if things will work out or not, but you're not paying enough attention...We think we need to make everything happen, but it's not true: Everything is already happening, all you need ...

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The Lalama Brothers: Erie Avenue

Read "Erie Avenue" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Lalama brothers have logged plenty of miles in the jazz world, but Erie Avenue, so named for the street where the brothers grew up in West Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, is the first record they've ever put out together. Pianist Dave Lalama has worked with everybody from drum titan Buddy Rich to vocal icon ...

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Steve Slagle: Evensong

Read "Evensong" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist Steve Slagle is a consummate leader often pegged as a sideman; with a résumé that includes stints with big band legends like Woody Herman and Lionel Hampton, left-of-center trailblazers like pianist Carla Bley, Latin giants like Ray Barretto and modern day marvels like tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, it's easy to see why some people may ...

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American Jazz Foundation: New York City, NY, April, 2012

American Jazz Foundation: New York City, NY, April, 2012

By Cynthia Karena American Jazz Foundation Dizzy's Club Coca Cola New York City April 2012 On a sunny day in New York, I'm listening to a talented saxophonist belting out incredible jazz standards in Central Park. I hang around for an hour, leave five dollars in his case and go ...


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