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Devin Phillips - soprano, tenor saxophone There are many musician stories that have surfaced in the wake of Katrina, but the one concerning saxophonist Devin Phillips seems to be wrapped in the proverbial silver lining. He is a positive example of the benefits and consequences of staying focused and keeping unwavering faith in your own talent and ability. Born and reared in New Orleans, Devin Phillips’ intense affair with the saxophone began at the age of eight. At 14, he was accepted into the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, whose alumni include Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr

The Way We Love

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Close Enough, Faith, Stand By Me, Butterfly Heart, The Way We Love, The Slow Life, The Mystery, Humanity, Calling Me Home

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ezra Weiss Sextet: Before You Know It [Live In Portland]

Read "Before You Know It [Live In Portland]" reviewed by Dave Wayne

On Before You Know It, pianist / composer Ezra Weiss provides convincing evidence for the continued health and well-being of good old, straight ahead, gimmick-free modern acoustic jazz. The archetype for Weiss' beefy band and punchy charts would include Art Blakey's expanded Jazz Messenger lineups, some of McCoy Tyner's larger groups from the early-to-late 1970s, or ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ezra Weiss Sextet: Before You Know It [Live In Portland]

Read "Before You Know It [Live In Portland]" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Portland State University professor Ezra Weiss is a prominent pianist and composer in his own right who has several recordings to his credit and is a three-time winner of the prestigious ASCAP Young Composer Award. A traditionalist who prefers the straight ahead and modern jazz styles, Weiss delivers another gem on Before You Know It [Live ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ezra Weiss Sextet: Before You Know It [Live In Portland]

Read "Before You Know It [Live In Portland]" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Recorded over two nights in Portland's Ivories Jazz Lounge during late-2013, Before You Know It [Live In Portland] is pianist and composer Ezra Weiss' seventh album and his first live recording. Weiss' previous releases have featured big bands (Our Path To This Moment [Roark Records, 2012]) and trios (The Shirley Horn Suite [Roark Records, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

2010 Portland Jazz Festival

Read "2010 Portland Jazz Festival" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

The Portland Jazz Festival is now in its 7th year under the artistic direction of Bill Royston. And at this point, it's pretty safe to say that this is a festival that has earned it's due as one of the most creative festivals that has not only survived the current economic downturn but has done so ...


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