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Gerry Niewood

Gerry Niewood is an instrumentalist (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone saxophones; flute, alto flute, bass flute, piccolo, clarinet) who has lent his melodic invention to artists as diverse as:{{Chuck Mangione = 9031}}, {{Peggy Lee = 8659}}, Simon and Garfunkel, Sinead O'Connor, Anne Murray, {{Thad Jones = 8200}}, {{Mel Lewis = 8733}}, {{Mark Murphy = 9692}}, {{Gil Evans = 6596}}, {{Astrid Gilbeto}}, Judy Collins, {{Frank Sinatra = 4364}} and {{Gerry Mulligan = 9681}} to name only a few. Gerry is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. Following graduation, he embarked on a recording and concertizing schedule with the Chuck Mangione Quartet with which he performed for a total of nearly fourteen years. Six years after graduation, Gerry relocated to the highly fertile music scene of New York City and began freelancing

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Benjamin Boone with the Ghana Jazz Collective: Joy

Read "Joy" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When saxophonist Benjamin Boone took a sabbatical from his teaching position at California State University Fresno to travel to Ghana as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, he envisioned a yearlong educational immersion in the music, arts and broader culture of the region. What he couldn't have imagined, which became reality, was connecting with a set of Accra-based ...

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Pat Bianchi: B3 Master

Read "Pat Bianchi: B3 Master" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

It may be that young Pat Bianchi had little choice but to follow a career in music. After all, his father and both his grandfathers played professionally in his hometown of Rochester, NY, an area that also produced the likes of the Mangione brothers (Chuck and Gap), pianist Frank Strazzeri, saxophonist Gerry Niewood and drum legend ...

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Pat Martino Quintet at Chris' Jazz Cafe

Read "Pat Martino Quintet at Chris' Jazz Cafe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pat Martino Quintet Chris' Jazz Cafe Philadelphia, PA November 24, 2017 This first set of legendary Pat Martino's yearly two night Thanksgiving engagement at Chris' Jazz Café celebrated the release of his Quintet's CD Formidable (HighNote, 2017). The guys were really prepared for some hefty music-making, deserving the word “formidable," ...

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Pat Martino: Formidable

Read "Formidable" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The title “Formidable" and the striking cover photo of Pat Martino in profile in front of a statue of a lion suggests that the great guitarist is going to unleash awesome powers. However, the proper meaning of formidable in this context is more to be taken as the presence of the master. Here and now, in ...

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Triocity: I Believe In You

Read "I Believe In You" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Here's a formula we've all seen before: take three musicians and let them loose on a program of standards and Great American Songbook chestnuts. It sounds all too simple and pedestrian, right? Guess again. When you're talking about the combined creative forces of multi-reedist Charles Pillow, bassist Jeff Campbell, and drummer Rich Thompson, the potential of ...

L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy

Read "L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Non trovate accenni a Mark Murphy nelle più recenti storie del jazz, neanche il nome. Una lacuna che appare inspiegabile (a differenza di Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormè e Tony Bennett) che si giustifica solo col ritardo a collocare il cantante di Syracuse in una prospettiva storica. Eppure già prima della sua scomparsa -il ...

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Steve Gadd: Consummate Drummer

Read "Steve Gadd: Consummate Drummer" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

It might be easier to list who drummer Steve Gadd hasn't played with since he got a pair of drum sticks at the age of three at his home near jny: Rochester, NY, right up to the age of 70, where this year his tour of duty includes Eric Clapton, James Taylor and his own band. ...

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Rick Lawn's Power of Ten at Chris' Jazz Cafe

Read "Rick Lawn's Power of Ten at Chris' Jazz Cafe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Power of Ten Rick Lawn, Musical Director Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA February 4, 2014 The Power of Ten is a cracker-jack ensemble of some of the best Philadelphia-based musicians. Powered by its founder and leader, Rick Lawn, their first and only CD, Earth Tones (Self-produced, ...

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Ted Nash: The Goal Is Creativity

Read "Ted Nash: The Goal Is Creativity" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

A New York City morning often starts early, sometimes 6 a.m., for this musician who is trying to elongate the hours available in a day. There's a lot to get to. Practicing the saxophone or flute. Sitting down to go through the elusive and demanding task of writing music worthy of the plateau, which these days ...


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