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Godwin Louis, alto saxophonist, was born in Harlem, New York and began playing saxophone at age nine. Godwin grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut and Port au Prince, Haiti. Godwin was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Saxophone Competition. He has performed around the globe including: Mali, Senegal, Togo, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, Azerbaijan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Venezuela, Colombia, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia. Godwin is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute for Jazz Performance. Godwin has studied and performed with Herbie Hancock, Clark Terry, Roger Dickerson, Ron Carter, Al Foster, Jack Dejohnette, Jimmy Heath, Billy Preston, Patti Labelle, Toni Braxton, Babyface, Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Barry Harris, Howard Shore, David Baker, Mulatu Astakte, Mahmoud Ahmed, Wynton Marsalis, and Terence Blanchard just to name a few. In addition, Godwin has performed as a sideman, guest soloist and has conducted clinics and master classes worldwide

Legacy Holder

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Call; Find My Way; Legacy Holder; Haikus; Major; Seconds & Seasons; Son of Hartford; 29.

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Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead: Legacy Holder

Read "Legacy Holder" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Jonathan Barber's Legacy Holder is a musical missive acknowledging the history that flows before and beyond his time, the ethos of the present, and a need to bind these streams into a single/singular statement or groundwork for himself and those who will follow. It is an album built on intellect, understanding, intuition and, perhaps most ...

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Laila Biali: Out Of Dust

Read "Out Of Dust" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's no boxing Laila Biali in. A sharp-minded songwriter, respected pianist and celebrated vocalist who straddles jazz and pop with unusual ease and strength of vision, Biali is truly beyond category. Possessing clear eyes, a perceptive mien and a sharpshooters's gifts in regard to emotional aim, she often expresses more in a single breath than others ...

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Experience Ayiti Joins With The Mingus Big Band At New York’s Jazz Standard This October To Support Music Initiatives In Haiti

Experience Ayiti Joins With The Mingus Big Band At New York’s Jazz Standard This October To Support Music Initiatives In Haiti

The New York-based Mingus Big Band will host the non-profit charity Experience Ayiti (XA) during October, to bring awareness and raise funds for XA’s mission in Haiti. The residency will take place at New York’s Jazz Standard on Mondays beginning October 7, followed by each consecutive Monday that month; October 14, 21, and 28. Sets are ...

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Leon Redbone and Lawrence Leathers

Read "Leon Redbone and Lawrence Leathers" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From the veteran vibes Chuck Redd we rocket into this week's episode of Neon Jazz. From there, we peer into the influences into Chuck's life with cats like Charlie Byrd and Count Basie. We take a good look into the life and music of Paul Serrato and Ashley Pezzotti and pay respects to a couple of ...

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A Conversation with Drummer Jonathan Barber

Read "A Conversation with Drummer Jonathan Barber" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

On his debut album, Vision Ahead , Jonathan Barber delivers some very well executed original compositions. These songs have introspective origins and help shape the current path of his music group also called Vision Ahead. The album features pianist Taber Gable, guitarist Andrew Renfroe, saxophonist Godwin Louis, bassist Matt Dwonszyk, and vocalists Denise Renee and Sasha ...

Ármame

Label: Brontosaurus Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: The Great City, To Wisdom the Prize, Love Is a Losing Game, Let Me Love You, Tanto Amor, The Old Country, Inside a Silent Tear, El Ritmo, Better Days, Ármame, Open Your Eyes, We're Still Friends, Todo Tiene Su Final

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Experience Ayiti Gears Up For Their Second Annual Mission Trip To Haiti This December With A Special Benefit Concert In New York City On November 19th

Experience Ayiti Gears Up For Their Second Annual Mission Trip To Haiti This December With A Special Benefit Concert In New York City On November 19th

Humanitarian arts and educational organization Experience Ayiti will hold a special benefit concert on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at DROM in New York City, for the organization's second annual mission trip to Haiti. The show will present an All-Star ensemble featuring saxophonist and Experience Ayiti's founder Godwin Louis, vocalist Pauline Jean, along with Billy Buss (trumpet), ...

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Emmet Cohen Featuring Jimmy Cobb: Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1

Read "Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Young pianist Emmet Cohen has a reverence for the history of jazz and a deep abiding yearning to preserve the music of the masters and to this end, Cohen developed the concept of a Masters Legacy Series intended to be a collection of recordings and interviews with various living jazz icons who began their careers fifty ...


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