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2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Oliver Mayman

An Ann Arbor, Michigan, native and current student at Philadelphia’s Temple University (as of 2020), Oliver Mayman is a vibraphonist, pianist, educator, and composer. Beginning drums at age 9 and piano at age 13, the vibraphone was an inevitable discovery as a teenager — the instrument essentially fusing the mechanics of drumming with the harmonic capabilities of the piano. By bringing his array of pianist influences such as Ethan Iverson, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, and McCoy Tyner and applying their concepts to the vibraphone, he truly treats the instrument as a piano, comfortable in every setting from solo to big band

Meet The JazzTwins, Arnold and Donald Stanley

Read "Meet The JazzTwins, Arnold and Donald Stanley" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

For our first two-for-one Super Fans column, we present the JazzTwins, Arnold Stanley and Donald Stanley, who got started pretty young (just wait till you see who played at their high school concerts). All jazz Super Fans are VIPs, but these two take things to another level. From invitations to musicians' family dinners to being the ...

Marion Hayden

HONOR THE TRADITION, EXPAND THE LEGACY

Born in Detroit, MI, a crucible of jazz, Marion Hayden is one of the nation’s finest proponents of the acoustic bass. Mentored by master trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, Hayden began performing jazz at the age of 15. She has performed with such diverse luminaries as Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, Geri Allen, Regina Carter, Steve Turre, Lester Bowie, David Allen Grier, James Carter, Dorothy Donegan, Joe Williams, Lionel Hampton, Frank Morgan, Jon Hendricks, Hank Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Larry Willis, Vanessa Rubin, Sheila Jordan, Mulgrew Miller, Annie Ross and many others. She is a co-founder of the touring jazz ensemble Straight Ahead- the first all woman jazz ensemble signed to Atlantic Records. She is a member of the Detroit International Jazz Festival All-Star Ambassadors touring ensemble.

BEARER OF THE CULTURE

Sencalar/Glassman Quintet

The Sencalar/Glassman Quintet is comprised of co-leaders Altin Sencalar and Chris Glassman. The two trombonists met during their graduate degree course work at Michigan State University. The Sencalar/Glassman Quintet has performed at Moriarty’s Pub and Grill as guest artists for “Jazz Tuesday’s,” Soggy Bottom bar as a part of their weekly jazz night, the Lansing Jazz Festival in 2018, their “Welcome Home” educational tour where they performed and taught students jazz at all East Lansing elementary schools. The tour was based on the Detroit jazz scene’s mantra "each one ,teach one.” This tour was generously sponsored by the East Lansing Cultural Arts Grant FY19 and Michigan State Universities Running Start Grant, and Michigan State University Jazz Studies program

Yao/Smith/Hughes Sextet

The Yao Smith Hughes Sextet brings a fresh, new set of original compositions following in the footsteps of the straight-ahead jazz tradition of Detroit. Hard-bopping melodies, tight 3-horn arrangements, colorful voicings, driving swing feel and soulful grooves are all trademarks of The Gates. Detroit trumpeter Jimmy Smith and saxophonist James Hughes are joined by New York trombonist, composer and arranger John Yao forming a co-lead ensemble. Besides being fresh and intriguing improvisers, all three are band leaders and formidable composers in their own right with ample portfolios. The collaboration between the three musicians started at a session in New York City a few years earlier where each one brought a few tunes to play

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Ammy Amorette

My name is Ammy. I am a Chilean musician from the Metropolis of Santiago de Chile. I have traded my urban existance for something much slower. I currently reside in rural Michigan. A stonethrow away from Lake Huron, close yet farther away from gigs in metro Detroit. On the Farm, my companion in Arts, my husband Joshua shares my love for music. My passion is Jazz, Bossa Nova, Boleros, Pop y experimental music such Latin Jazz Fusion. My personal quest is to progress as an individual, musician and as a composer. I have recorded two studio albums of my own compositions in Chile through generous suport of the Chilean Goverment's FONDART program

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Sky Covington

Sky Covington was the winner of the "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist" honor at the 2016 Detroit Music Awards. It is her 6th music award in the past 4 years. Sky's Jazzy sound takes audiences on an intriguing musical journey that provides fascination for the ears. Sky began her career performing in glee clubs from elementary to junior high school. Her music training came from noted saxophonist, Scott Reiter, and from Harold Bowles, who was a session musician for Motown. She also received private drama training. Sky was born in Detroit but relocated to Atlanta at the age of 16. While there she gazed upon the star lit sky overhead and was so inspired by it that she made a bold decision to drop her birth name, Nicole, in favor of “Sky” to symbolize her life philosophy: “No Limits”

The James Hughes - Jimmy Smith Quintet

The HSQ is a Detroit-based jazz quintet that performs original music with purpose. The group is spearheaded by Saxophonist James Hughes & trumpeter Jimmy Smith, the group features the rhythm section of Phil Kelly, Takashi Iio and Nate Winn. The quintet formed in the autumn of 2012 with the purpose of promoting their brand of Detroit be- bop. Fresh tunes, tight ensemble work, intriguing solos and music that swings are among the groups trademarks. Jimmy and James are both first-call freelancing musicians in Detroit and have performed with jazz giants like Jimmy Heath, Dave Liebman, Richie Cole, John Clayton, Jerry Bergonzi, Jim Rotondi, Michael Phillip Mossman, Steve Wilson, and Kenny G


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