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A self-taught percussionist, George Jones has been a mainstay on the Pittsburgh music scene for more than 30 years and recognized as the finest conga player in the area. George's mother was a bass player with the famous “International Sweethearts of Rhythm”, traveling across the country until settling in Pittsburgh in the fifties She was the inspiration and motivation for George's interest and love of jazz, exposing him to “Jazz at the Philharmonic” at an early age. During a stint in the military in the sixties, George played on pots and pans - anything he could get his hands on - and developed his interest in African drums and rhythm

Natural Gifts

Label: Reid Hoyson Productions
Released: 2020
Track listing: Bottom Without a Top, Dinner at the Borgia's, Indigo, Do Nothing 'Til You Hear from Me, The Chalice, Natural Gifts, Tokens, Romance of Death, Not What Walt Would Have Wanted, You don't Know What Love Is, Ruby, My Dear.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Steve Dawson: Finding the Secret of a Song

Read "Steve Dawson: Finding the Secret of a Song" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It might be that singer/songwriter Steve Dawson was born in California and raised in Idaho, but he has become a son of the city he calls home: jny: Chicago. He is teaching at the acclaimed Old Town School of Folk Music and while preparing others for a life in music, he has also followed his own ...

Living for a Song: Country Singers and Songwriters on BGO

Read "Living for a Song: Country Singers and Songwriters on BGO" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In “Living for a Song," Hank Cochran, one of the most prominent and prolific songsmiths in country music, writes: “I have slept on life's highway / Muddy tears staining my face / A rhyme or two was a big payday / Living for a song." These lines get to the very essence of country music. Country ...

Perchance To Dream

Label: MCG Jazz
Released: 2015
Track listing: Change Partners; Poor Girl; Close Enough For Love; Pure Imagination; When I Close My Eyes; How Am I To Know; Save Your Love For Me; You Better Love Me; Sharing The Night With The Blues; Here's To Life.

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Hank Williams, Jaco Pastorius, Harry Dean Stanton Headline Record Store Day Titles from Omnivore Recordings

Hank Williams, Jaco Pastorius, Harry Dean Stanton Headline Record Store Day Titles from Omnivore Recordings

If only every day could be like Record Store Day. On a mid-April Saturday, the hearty breed of surviving disc emporiums teem with music fans and crate diggers — all hoping to get their hands on the many limited-edition vinyl records issued by the labels. Omnivore Recordings will contribute four titles to the Record Store Day ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Coco Montoya and JJ Grey & Mofro Headline Waukesha BluesFest August 10 & 11

The Waukesha Rotary Club has announced the headliners for the 2012 Waukesha BluesFest. Friday, August 10th will feature California blues guitarist Coco Montoya, and on Saturday, August 11th, JJ Grey & Mofro will bring their soul infused blues rock to the Waukesha BluesFest stage. Born into a family with generations-old roots in rural Florida, JJ Grey ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

JJ Grey & Mofro Celebrate New Release with Live Performance in Philadelphia

Down-home roots, rock and soul artist JJ Grey and his band Mofro will celebrate the release of his first-ever live DVD/CD two-disc set, Brighter Days, with a live performance at Union Transfer in Philadelphia on Friday, January 27, 2012. The 78-minute CD and 2-hour DVD were recorded at Atlanta's Variety Playhouse in January 2011. Both as ...

The State of Organ Jazz 2010 (Part 2): Stanton Moore and Organissimo

Read "The State of Organ Jazz 2010 (Part 2): Stanton Moore and Organissimo" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The State of Organ Jazz 2010, Part I: Wayne Escoffery, Dan Pratt and Matthew Kaminski dealt with some very fine organ-based jazz, that, for the most part, colored within the lines. This second installment focuses on the organ, guitar and drums trio and is devoted to two artists who definitely got their nuclear funk on: drummer ...


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