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George Coleman


No tenor saxophonist better epitomizes the robust muscularity of that heavyweight instrument of jazz expression than George Coleman. With brilliant technique and a deeply soulful tone firmly rooted in his hometown of Memphis, George has performed with many of jazz’ most legendary figures and influenced countless saxophonists during his half century in music. Growing up in Memphis’ rich musical environment of the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, alongside such notables as Booker Little, Harold Mabern, Frank Strozier, Jamil Nasser, Hank Crawford, Phineas Newborn Jr., and blues immortal B.B. King, Coleman began to teach himself to play the alto saxophone in 1950, upon being profoundly affected by the music of Charlie Parker. So prodigious was his talent that George was soon performing locally and in 1952, at the age of 17, was invited to tour with B.B


Queen Talk: Live At The Left Bank

Label: Reel to Real records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Side A: Impressions; Never Can Say Goodbye; Side B: Like Someone In Love; Witchcraft; Side C: Blues By Five; By The Time I Get To Phoenix; Smile Side D:You Don't Mess Around With Jim; Girl Talk; Blues


Live At Smalls Jazz Club

Label: Cellar Music group
Released: 2023
Track listing: Four; At Last; My Funny Valentine; Meditation; Blues For Smalls; Nearness Of You; New York, New York; When Sunny Gets Blue.


Article: Album Review

Chris Hazelton: After Dark

Read "After Dark" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Imagine walking down a street After Dark, with nothing important happening, when the sound of music nearby can be heard. Pausing for a moment to listen more closely, the thought occurs that “this is really rather good; I should hang around for a while." That is exactly the vibe that Kansas City-based organist Chris Hazelton and ...


Article: Album Review

Chris Hazelton: After Dark

Read "After Dark" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

After Dark from Chris Hazelton is a mesmerizing journey into the world of nighttime musings and atmospheric melodies. Jazz musicians are creatures of the wee small hours of the morning and dimly lit streets. Accordingly, Hazelton crafts a nostalgic and contemporary experience that sets the ambience for introspection and contemplation. Joining Hazelton's ...


Article: Album Review

Kevin O'Connell Quartet: Hot New York Minutes

Read "Hot New York Minutes" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although Hot New York Minutes is Chicago-based pianist Kevin O'Connell's date, it could well be saxophonist Adam Brenner's, as the two share roughly equal time soloing and contribute their talents as writer and/or arranger on half a dozen of the album's ten numbers. In fact, the subtitle reads “Featuring Adam Brenner," and the album, O'Connell writes, ...


Article: Interview

A Conversation with Don Braden

Read "A Conversation with Don Braden" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This interview was first published in two parts at All About Jazz on May 1999. In this interview, we chat with Don Braden about his views on MP3 files, his relationship with Bill Cosby, the impact Kenny Kirkland had on his latest album for RCA Victor, Fire Within, and a host of other related ...


Article: Album Review

Joe Farnsworth: In What Direction Are You Headed?

Read "In What Direction Are You Headed?" reviewed by Dave Linn

Joe Farnsworth grew up in a musical family and began playing drums at a young age. He later attended and graduated from William Patterson College in New Jersey, where the staff included Harold Mabern and Cedar Walton, who would prove instrumental in kick-starting his career. He landed a gig with Benny Golson that lasted eight years ...


Article: Album Review

George Coleman: Live At Smalls Jazz Club

Read "Live At Smalls Jazz Club" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Tenor saxophonist George Coleman, one week past his eighty-seventh birthday when Live at Smalls Jazz Club was recorded in March 2022, has not yielded an inch to Father Time, skating up and down his horn with the awareness and agility of someone many years his junior. It is entirely appropriate that this album should be a ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Emi Makabe, Eric Hofbauer, George Coleman, and More

Read "Emi Makabe, Eric Hofbauer, George Coleman, and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There is a broad cross-section of artists from many parts of the jazz and blues world on this show, including Emi Makabe, Eric Hofbauer, George Coleman, Charlie Musselwhite, and Bob Dorough. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air ...


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