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Essiet Essiet

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Considered one of the top bassists in jazz today, Essiet Essiet first received critical acclaim over a decade ago in Bobby Watson's group Horizon. Born in Nebraska to Nigerian parents, he began studying violin at age10 and switched to bass viol at 14. As a child, he traveled widely with his family and that early exposure to many cultures, folk- ways, languages, and religions fostered his world view of strength through diversity.  Some musicians are purists, says Essiet, but I like to mix styles. Essiet was Art Blakey's last bassist, playing with him for 2 years and on 3 CDs. He's also performed with Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Benny Golson, and the Blue Note All-Stars, to name a few

Album

Sing To The World

Label: Rainy Days Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Sounds of Freedom; Views of the Blues; Father; Offering; Visionary; Smile; Sing to the World; 412; Flatbush Avenue; Colors.

Album

Work

Label: Jazzheads
Released: 2020
Track listing: Work; Lift Every Voice and Sing; My Friend and I Took a Walk; Sweet Emma; That's All; Mellow Mood; Amsterdam After Dark; Teach Me Tonight; Don't know Why; Our Day Will Come; Everything Happens to Me; Attitude; That's All (Duo).

Album

Onward & Upward

Label: Onyx Music Label
Released: 2020
Track listing: Forth and Back; Sonora; Onward & Upward; Waltz For Etienne and Ebony; Red Black and Green Blues; Un Poco Haina; Sudan Blue; Portrait of Lord Willis; Tricks of the Trade; El Grito; Along Came Benny.

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Article: Profile

20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Thomas Marriott

Read "20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Thomas Marriott" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The city of Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and 1930's. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in the ...

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Article: Album Review

Thomas Marriott: Trumpet Ship

Read "Trumpet Ship" reviewed by Paul Rauch


In a day and age when social and personal narratives pervade the jazz recording medium, it is a welcoming feeling to experience a recording of superb jazz musicians playing music in the moment the way it's supposed to be played—for the people. For his spring 2020 quartet release Trumpet Ship (Origin, 2020), Seattle-based trumpeter ...

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Article: Album Review

George Cables: I'm All Smiles

Read "I'm All Smiles" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes


At a time when jazz is being pulled in every direction at once in search of a future some fear may not exist, musicians such as George Cables, Essiet Essiet and Victor Lewis are proving that, for those who listen, there is no place quite like the present. Essiet became the trio's bassist for its 2012 ...

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Article: Live Review

New York Japanese Jazz Festival 2019

Read "New York Japanese Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Peter Jurew


New York Japanese Jazz Festival Smoke Jazz & Supper Club New York, NY June 25-27, 2019 The Japanese people's love for jazz, rock, blues and other forms of music with African-American roots has been well established for decades. Working bands and musicians at all levels of fame regularly make the Land ...

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Article: Album Review

George Cables: I'm All Smiles

Read "I'm All Smiles" reviewed by Jack Bowers


George Cables, whose elegant piano has graced the jazz scene in New York City and elsewhere for more than five decades, has every reason to be All Smiles; at age seventy-four he is back at the keyboard, as sharp and inspired as ever, following surgery for ulcers that removed one leg above the knee. To mark ...

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Article: Live Review

Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy At The Blue LLama

Read "Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy At The Blue LLama" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Ralph Peterson & The Messsenger Legacy The Blue LLama Ann Arbor, Michigan May 25, 2019 Driving distance from both jny: Detroit and jny: Lansing, jny: Ann Arbor has always had a healthy music scene which is further bolstered by the presence of the University of Michigan. Live jazz was on the ...


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