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North-American jazz pianist, composer and educator Frank Kimbrough was born November 2, 1956 in Roxboro, North Carolina and has been playing piano since before he can remember, and received influential piano instruction from an early age. His foundation in classical music studies grounded him in strong technique and profoundly influenced his open musical tastes. After leaving college, he formed his first trio and set out in pursuit of real world musical opportunities, first in Chapel Hill, and then in Washington, D.C. In Washington he met Shirley Horn, who became an enthusiastic supporter and mentor

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Article: Album Review

Duo Libertaire: Hint Of Monk

Read "Hint Of Monk" reviewed by Mark Corroto


At the dawn of the second century of Thelonious Monk's (1917-1982) music, one must wonder just what the great man would think of Duo Libertaire's homage recording Hint Of Monk. During his lifetime, actually before his music was included in the jazz canon, the only tributes available were Steve Lacy's solo soprano saxophone recordings and School ...

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Article: Radio

Giancarlo Schiaffini & Sergio Armaroli and Kopasetic artists

Read "Giancarlo Schiaffini & Sergio Armaroli and Kopasetic artists" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Deconstructing one of the original deconstructers of jazz, Thelonious Monk, is no easy task, but the Italian duo of trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini and percussionist Sergio Armaroli do exactly that on their new album Deconstructing Monk In Africa. It's one of the more unusual releases of late; you'll hear an excerpt from their extended work. Monk is ...

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Article: Radio

Tributes to Monk, Part 1

Read "Tributes to Monk, Part 1" reviewed by Russell Perry


Although he has been gone for nearly 40 years, and it has been much longer since he stopped writing, no composer of modern jazz has garnered more attention from his fellow musicians than Thelonious Monk, whose work is the subject of a continuous stream of tribute recordings. Groups as diverse as the Bobby Broom Trio, the ...

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Article: Radio

Frank Kimbrough: A Musical Portrait, Part 2

Read "Frank Kimbrough: A Musical Portrait, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We continue our exploration of the musical world of Frank Kimbrough through his works as leader, co-leader, sideman in groups of long-time collaborators and in live unreleased recordings. For the part 1, click here. PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Frank Kimbrough, Lucas Pino “The Spins" Live at ...

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Article: Radio

Frank Kimbrough: A Musical Portrait, Part 1

Read "Frank Kimbrough: A Musical Portrait, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Frank Kimbrough carved out a unique place on the jazz scene—he was admired and respected by his peers for his capacity to inhabit the moment and in this way embodied the spirit of jazz itself. This week we'll highlight music from his discography as a leader, sideman, composer, producer and mentor of a new generation of ...

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Article: Interview

Frank Kimbrough: Changing the Contexts, Keeping It Fresh

Read "Frank Kimbrough: Changing the Contexts, Keeping It Fresh" reviewed by Wayne Zade


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in September 2002. Frank Kimbrough is one of the most versatile and innovative pianists in jazz on the New York and national scenes. He has been the pianist in the Maria Schneider jazz orchestra and has recorded seven albums under his own ...

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Article: Interview

Frank Kimbrough of the Jazz Composers Collective

Read "Frank Kimbrough of the Jazz Composers Collective" reviewed by AAJ Staff


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in November 1999. Frank Kimbrough (pianist/composer) was born on November 2, 1956 in Roxboro, NC and currently resides in New York. As a founding member and composer-in-residence of the Jazz Composers Collective, Mr. Kimbrough's works have been prominently featured in ...

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Article: Interview

Jazz Composers Collective: The Herbie Nichols Project

Read "Jazz Composers Collective: The Herbie Nichols Project" reviewed by AAJ Staff


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in November 1999. The Herbie Nichols Project is a working, researching, and performing entity--co-led by pianist Frank Kimbrough and bassist Ben Allison. Operating within that fertile creative aggregate known as the Jazz Composers Collective (of which Mr. Kimbrough and Mr. Allison are ...

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Article: Profile

Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever - A Remembrance

Read "Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever - A Remembrance" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


On December 30, 2020, pianist Frank Kimbrough passed away at the age of 64. True to form, 2020 wreaked havoc until the end. The cause of death was not Covid-19, but the shock at the untimely loss of a revered artist was not any less powerful. Frank Kimbrough had the rare gift of touching ...


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