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Fred Wesley

Through his ventures as a trombonist, arranger, and composer, Fred Wesley has established himself as one of the preeminent funk musicians. Wesley has performed with artists such as James Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Maceo Parker. He has arranged music for groups such as Parliament and Bootsy's Rubber Band, and has led his own groups, including Fred Wesley and the Horny Horns. Wesley has also performed jazz with the Count Basie Orchestra and other groups. Currently, Wesley continues to tour, perform, write, and educate. His most recent CD is Full Circle from Be Bop to Hip Hop

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Enrico Rava Special Edition at Teatro Nuovo

Read "Enrico Rava Special Edition at Teatro Nuovo" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

Enrico Rava Special Edition Pisa Jazz Teatro Nuovo Pisa, Italy Sept. 25 2019 Enrico Rava, the musician who almost single-handedly gave Italian jazz an international profile in the '70s with his recordings, turns 80 this year and celebrates the milestone in the way he knows best: in music. He's ...

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July Jazz Birthdays

Read "July Jazz Birthdays" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Celebrate and give thanks for these jazz voices—honored in this month of their births. Playlist Junior Cook “Illusion of Grandeur" from Somethin's Cookin' (Muse) 00:00 Cal Tjader “Mood For Milt" from Latin Concert (Fantasy) 09:25 Cal Tjader “Cubano Chant" from Latin Concert (Fantasy) 13:49 Don Patterson “S'Bout Time" from The Exciting New Organ ...

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Smooth Jazz Saxophonist Kenney Polson On Tour In Hawaii July-August 2019 With New Album

Smooth Jazz Saxophonist Kenney Polson On Tour In Hawaii July-August 2019 With New Album

Sailing high on the success of his latest album, For Lovers Only, jny: Portland-based smooth jazz saxophonist Kenney Polson returns to Hawaii in July. His new sound merges the best of jazz and rhythm and blues into one cool and captivating blend. The 2019 release includes leading players such as guitarist Bruce Conte and keyboardist Roger ...

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Take Five with Black Tie Brass

Read "Take Five with Black Tie Brass" reviewed by Ryan McNulty

About Black Tie Brass: Black Tie Brass is a horn driven jazz funk band. Lead by Ryan McNulty, most of the band met at college in New York and have been playing together since 2008 and formed BTB is 2013. We released our first self-titled album after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014. We ...

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Rob Dixon: Coast to Crossroads

Read "Coast to Crossroads" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

"The album is called Coast to Crossroads because I'm based in Indiana, the Crossroads state, but I also work a lot on the West Coast and East Coast," explains saxophonist Rob Dixon, who leads this trio session with drummer Mike Clark and seven-string funk guitar maven Charlie Hunter (who also served as producer), plus occasional guest ...

One Day in Brazil, 50 Years in Germany

Read "One Day in Brazil, 50 Years in Germany" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Tony Adamo Was Out Jazz Zone Mad Ropeadope 2018 Some African cultures preserved their history not by the written but by the spoken word, kept by oral cultural historians known as griots. On Was Out Jazz Zone Mad, vocalist Tony Adamo aspires to serve in this same role, ...

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Dexter Payne Quintet: Jazz for All (Jazz Forró)

Read "Jazz for All (Jazz Forró)" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Dexter Payne plays clarinet with an easy, warm and conversational style. It never sounds like he's pushing or stretching toward the next note, but more like he kind of just lets the next note flow out from this one. On Jazz For All, Payne and his quintet flow through Brazilian choro from a unique, multi-cultured and ...

From Choro to Chaos

Read "From Choro to Chaos" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Berkeley Choro Ensemble The View from Here Self-Produced 2017 Like its organic natural wonders, the music of Brazil seems to flourish in different forms and styles of beauty. But much of its music has grown from the root of choro: Born in the mid-to late-1800s from the joining ...

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Foundation of Funk at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

Read "Foundation of Funk at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Foundation of Funk Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Denver February 11, 2017 Foundation: the base upon which something is built. From houses to skyscrapers, foundations are essential. They must be solid, strong and most of all, immovable. A funk foundation? That, too, must be solid and strong. But immovable? No, quite the ...


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