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Ed Cherry


"An expressive instrumentalist, Cherry has a hip, melodic approach that is a refreshing contrast to guitarists who frequently resort to playing 'finger music', the execution of rapid streams of notes that serve no musical purpose other than to fill space"- Jim Ferguson: Jazztimes - 06/02

Born in New Haven,Connecticut, Ed moved to New York in 1978 to play guitar with Dizzy Gillespie from 1978 to 1992 performing in Gillespie's quartet, big band and with The United Nation Orchestra which recorded the Grammy Award-winning Live at Royal Festival Hall (Enja). Gillespie died in 1993, and Cherry released his first recording as a leader, 'First Take' (Groovin' High). That same year, Ed recorded with Paquito D'Riveras' small group which recorded "Havana Cafe" (Chesky Records). Ed also worked with composer/saxophonist Henry Threadgill for two years and recorded  three cds with Henry's 'Very Very Circus' group.


The Jazz Meurkengers

Label: Cellar Music Group
Released: 2024
Track listing: A Slow One; Belgian Beer At Dawn; A Lullaby For Benny; Silver's Serenade; Meurks' Mood; Dreamsville; If I Were A Bell; A Tear For Toots; Smada.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Homage To Artists Lost, Favorite 2023 Recordings Part I, Birthday Shoutouts To Toshiko Akiyoshi, Una Mae Carlisle, Rebecca Parris, Edith Piaf & More

Read "Homage To Artists Lost, Favorite 2023 Recordings Part I, Birthday Shoutouts To Toshiko Akiyoshi, Una Mae Carlisle, Rebecca Parris, Edith Piaf & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The final broadcast of 2023 includes two new singles from Kayle Brecher and Carol McCann, Part I of my favorite recordings of 2023 with birthday shoutouts to Toshiko Akiyoshi, Kayle Brecher, Una Mae Carlisle, Rebecca Parris, Kerry Politzer, and Edith Piaf, among others plus a nod to some of the artists that left the planet this ...


Are We There Yet?

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Jean Pauline; Ding Dong; Green Jeans; Holy Land; Japanese Folk Song; Are We There Yet; Spring Is Here; Mr Walker; Lawns; Tres Palabras.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Interview With Al Chesis Of The Delta Sonics

Read "Interview With Al Chesis Of The Delta Sonics" reviewed by Steven Roby

This episode features an interview with Al Chesis from The Delta Sonics. Chesis has played in Colorado since the mid-1980s after moving to Denver from Washington, D.C. He played in the Mojo-Matics for five years, opening shows for Albert Collins, Elvin Bishop, Taj Mahal, Canned Heat, and others.The Delta Sonics music takes a Chicago ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases from Claire Daly, Grace McLean, Angie Wells & More

Read "New Releases from Claire Daly, Grace McLean, Angie Wells & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from Claire Daly & George Garzone, Douyé, Kait Dunton, Hazel Mitchell-Bell, Angie Wells, with singles from Grace McLean and Jessy J, plus birthday shoutouts to Della Reese, Maureen Kennedy, Caroline Davis, Rhoda Scott, Lezlie Harrison, Natalie Cressman and Brianna Thomas, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...


Article: Album Review

Steve Turre: Generations

Read "Generations" reviewed by Dave Linn

Generations is a wonderful exploration of the bop and post-bop era. Steve Turre both looks back to his roots while encouraging the next generation of musicians to find their voice. It's a position he's eminently qualified for, considering the artists he has played with and his tenure as a long-time jazz educator. Trombone players ...


Article: Interview

Ed Cherry: Always Groovin’

Read "Ed Cherry: Always Groovin’" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I liked the look of it--I like the sound--the feel," says renowned guitarist Ed Cherry about the guitar, an instrument he has been playing for more than half a century. He long ago became a first-rate player with a warm sound and joyous approach. He is also diverse. He's played a myriad of styles ...


Article: Liner Notes

Ed Cherry: Are We There Yet?

Read "Ed Cherry: Are We There Yet?" reviewed by Andrew Scott

In debates between Kenneth Miller, Richard Dawkins, and the late Stephen Jay Gould, the “stay in your lane" boundaries that separate science from theology/philosophy become particularly porous, revealing the frequency with which individuals intellectually “drift" in order to hold onto seemingly contradictory opinions of truth (empirical, scientific) and belief. Jazz, no less an ideology, ...


Article: Album Review

Ed Cherry: Are We There Yet?

Read "Are We There Yet?" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

February is appropriately recognized in the United States as Black History Month. The Cellar Music Group has been in the forefront of acknowledging the importance of Black musicians to jazz in America. With the release of Are We There Yet? by guitarist Ed Cherry, Cellar Music Group presents another release that is led by a Black ...


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