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Geoff Stradling


Composer and pianist Geoff Stradling started piano lessons at age six - his mother being his first teacher. By 13 had run through the piano instructors in his hometown - Bellingham Washington, and began a biweekly trip to Seattle to study at The Cornish School, where coincidentally his maternal grandmother had taught years before. Passionate about music Geoff founded a big band as a freshman in high school and wrote for it for 4 years. By the time he was a sophomore in college he had won a national composition contest sponsored by the National (now International) Association of Jazz Educators. At age twenty he moved to Europe, and soaked in the European experience - food, wine, melody


Nimble Digits

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Blue Note; Brecker Sketch (in memoriam Michael Brecker); Poinciana; Nimble Digits; Baton Noir; Here in Spirit; Don’t Shoot the Messenger; Iguaçu; Wrap Party; Habanero.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Conrad Herwig, Something Else, Etienne Charles, Josh Lawrence and more

Read "Conrad Herwig, Something Else, Etienne Charles, Josh Lawrence and more" reviewed by Benjamin Boddie

It's All About the Music ... Fantastic music by Conrad Herwig, Something Else, Etienne Charles, EYM Trio, Alexander Claffy, Fernando Huergo, Lauren Henderson, Zaccai Curtis, Josh Lawrence, Eric Alexander, Bobby Broom, Amina Figarova, Bill Frisell, Ray Obiedo, Troy Roberts, Karrin Allyson, Nick Finzer, Jeremy Pelt, Nicole Glover, Behn Gillece and more. Playlist Conrad Herwig ...


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Bobby Broom, Eric Alexander, Amina Figarova, Jeremy Pelt and more

Read "Bobby Broom, Eric Alexander, Amina Figarova, Jeremy Pelt and more" reviewed by Benjamin Boddie

It's All About the Music ... Fantastic music by Bobby Broom, Eric Alexander, Zaccai Curtis, Amina Figarova, Ray Obiedo, Gabriel Genest, Jon Gordon, Ben Sidran, Stuart Mack, Queen Esther, Allen Dennard, Rachel Z, Radam Schwartz, Tony Monaco, Dayna Stephens, The Jazz Defenders, Dave Bass, Nicole Glover, Jeremy Pelt and more. Playlist Bobby Broom “Superstition" ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

David Sanborn, Eric Alexander & Anthony D'Alessandro

Read "David Sanborn, Eric Alexander & Anthony D'Alessandro" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From a rising star on the piano, we begin the 857th Episode of Neon Jazz with Anthony D'Alessandro and music from his album Searchin.' From there we pay homage to the late David Sanborn and his incredible contribution to jazz. We also get some music from Moby and Jose James along with new music from Eric ...


Article: Album Review

Geoff Stradling: Nimble Digits

Read "Nimble Digits" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Remember the good old days when bandleaders would give a downbeat and their bands would start swinging and keep on doing so until their audiences literally begged for more? Welcome to the past--present tense--courtesy of pianist Geoff Stradling's superb Los Angeles-based StradBand, which swings heartily and with seldom a pause on its radiant and power-laden introductory ...


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Blue Note

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2024
Duration: 06:13


Article: Album Review

The Phil Norman Tentet: Then and Now

Read "Then and Now" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There comes a time, usually during the fifth or sixth rendition of a “franchise" movie (think “Rocky" or “Star Trek"), when the phrase “enough is enough" inevitably springs to mind. While Then and Now, the seventh album by saxophonist Phil Norman's L.A.-based all-star Tentet, lands somewhere this side of overkill, its premise--to update and reintroduce classic ...


Article: Big Band Report

Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?

Read "Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On May 18, Betty and I flew to Los Angeles to attend Time Check: A Buddy Rich Alumni Reunion, a four-day panorama sponsored by the L.A. Jazz Institute and held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, about a stone's throw or two from the LAX airport. We arrived early afternoon so we could also be present for ...


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Take Five with Eddie Reyes

Read "Take Five with Eddie Reyes" reviewed by Eddie Reyes

Meet Eddie Reyes: Eddie Reyes has evolved a unique and personal style on the guitar. Although for much of his playing career he has focused on electric jazz guitar, he now turns mostly to the acoustic. He has evolved his style from, first, a fascination with Brazilian Jazz to his present passion, Flamenco. In the ...


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