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Gerald Cannon

Born in Racine, Wisconsin, Gerald’s initial inspiration was his father Benjamin, a guitarist, who bought him his first electric bass at the ripe young age of 10. He began playing bass in his father’s group ‘The Gospel Expressions' and he never looked back. Gerald attended The University of Wisconsin at La Crosse where he met jazz great Milt Hinton. This meeting not only changed Gerald’s major in college from physical education to music, it also changed the rest of his life.

Gerald transferred to the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee, where he spent the next four years studying jazz bass, classical bass and piano. He also studied art at Marquette University, which nurtured a natural talent and love of painting. Outside of school, Gerald began working as musical director with singer and mentor Penny Goodwin. This experience led to the creation of his own quintet ‘Gerald Cannon’s Jazz Elements,’ which laid the foundation for a solid reputation as a leader and composer in his own right.

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Article: Album Review

Gerald Cannon: Live At Dizzy's Club: The Music of Elvin & McCoy

Read "Live At Dizzy's Club: The Music of Elvin & McCoy" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In June 2022, bassist Gerald Cannon assembled an all-star septet to perform compositions by his late friends and musical colleagues, drummer Elvin Jones and pianist McCoy Tyner, in concert at Dizzy's Club in New York City. It is a respectable blowing session, with capable solos by all hands, albeit a tad less than one might expect ...

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Article: Album Review

Eddie Henderson: Witness To History

Read "Witness To History" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Make no mistake: it is the hot buttered soul, “Shaft"-like theme of “Scorpio Rising" that first snags one's attention. But once snagged, the old cool sets in and Witness To History, trumpeter Eddie Henderson's self curated soundtrack, unwinds with a wicked fervor. A deep, wicked joy. Henderson--who has pretty much seen it all from ...

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Article: Album Review

Gerald Cannon: Live At Dizzy's Club: The Music of Elvin & McCoy

Read "Live At Dizzy's Club: The Music of Elvin & McCoy" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


In the heart of the jazz universe, bassist Gerald Cannon pays homage to a couple of legendary figures Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner with his album Live at Dizzy's Club: The Music of Elvin & McCoy. Not only is the recording an acknowledgement of the many years Cannon spent playing with Elvin and McCoy, but it ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

John Ellis, Donald Vega & Gerald Cannon

Read "John Ellis, Donald Vega & Gerald Cannon" reviewed by Joe Dimino


On the first episode of 2024, we begin with celebrated bassist Gerald Cannon live at Dizzy's Club in New York City. From there, we play releases from late 2023 and new music from 2024 including music from John Ellis, Kelly Jefferson, Mark Burnell and Christian Dillingham. Veteran musicians Donald Vega and Marius Van Den Brink also ...

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Witness To History

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Scorpio Rising; Why Not?; Sweet and Lovely; It Never Entered My Mind; Freedom Jazz Dance; I'm Gonna Miss You, My Darling; Totem Pole; Born to Be Blue.

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Article: Live Review

Eddie Henderson At Magy's Farm

Read "Eddie Henderson At Magy's Farm" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Eddie Henderson Magy's Farm Dromara, N. Ireland December 2, 2023 Ireland is not short of venerable music venues, any one of which should have been proud to host trumpeter Eddie Henderson. Think Dublin's National Concert Hall or Vicar Street, Galway's Róisín Dubh, The Everyman in Cork, The MAC or The ...

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Totem Pole

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Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 07:05

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Article: Album Review

Eddie Henderson: Witness To History

Read "Witness To History" reviewed by Dave Linn


Dr. Eddie Henderson, 82 years old at the time of writing in 2023, has one of the most interesting stories in modern jazz and is a true Renaissance man. His parents were entertainers; his mother was a dancer at the original Cotton Club while his father was a member of the popular singing group Billy Williams ...

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The Ways In

Label: JZAZ Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: 1, The Fruit - Dedicated to Barry Harris (Composed by Bud Powell, Arranged by James Zollar, Michael Rorby) 2, Peace / Blue Silver - Dedicated to Al Zollar (Composed by Horace Silver /Composed by Blue Mitchell, Arranged by Slide Hampton) 3, Reflectory (Composed by Pepper Adams) 4, The Single Pedal of A Rose - Dedicated to Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ, Joe Temperley (Composed by Duke Ellington, Arranged by Michael Rorby, James Zollar) 5, Jim Jim (Composed by James Zollar, Arranged by James Zollar, Michael Rorby) 6, Do Nothing till You Hear From Me - Dedicated to Cootie Williams, Barrie Lee Hall (Composed by Duke Ellington) 7, Swing Spring (Composed by Miles Davis, Arranged by James Zollar) 8, Pat - Dedicated to Pat Zollar (Composed by Nabuko Kiryu, Arranged by Michael Rorby) 9, Down Town Up (Composed by Michael Rorby) 10, Checkered Hat - Epilogue Dedicated to Mercer Ellington (Composed by Norris Turney)


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