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Grant Stewart

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Born in Toronto, Canada on June 4, 1971, Grant Stewart was exposed to the music of Charlie Parker, Wardell Gray and Coleman Hawkins by his father, a high-school English teacher and semiprofessional guitarist. Father and son often played together for hours on end. It was through these early experiences and his father's encouragement that Stewart first developed a strong ear for melody, style, and improvisation. He began with the alto saxophone at age 10, and when he was 14 his first teacher, noted Toronto bandleader Pete Schofield, invited him to play professionally in Schofield's Big Band. At 17 he switched to the tenor saxophone and was soon playing with such master saxophonists as Pat Labarbara and Bob Mover

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John Lang

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Bassist John Lang has a diverse background in performance, arranging and composition. John has toured the United States, South America and Europe with dozens of exceptional performers. New York City audiences know John’s work on upright, backing such artists as Larry Ham, Tardo Hammer and Michael Moore in duo settings. In the fall of 2019 John was named House Bassist for the River Spirit Festival held in Hastings-On Hudson, playing for a wide range of artists. Mr. Lang is a founding and current member of the new American jazz powerhouse: The Kolotov Mocktails whose debut CD “Ivy Hall” is enjoying a warm review on radio stations across the United States

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With Roses

Label: Triangle7
Released: 2023
Track listing: It All Catches Up with You in the End; Be the One; The Maestro; Here in Rome; That Far Away Fella; Diamonds; That's When the Fun Starts; With Roses; Takes a Moment; On My Way.

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To Swing Is The Thing

Label: Cellar Music Group
Released: 2023
Track listing: You Said It; Big Red; A Bee Has Two Brains; Blue Key; Lush Life; Make Believe; Ruby My Dear; Straight Street; Three For Carson; Locke Bop.

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Article: Album Review

Mike Melito: To Swing Is The Thing

Read "To Swing Is The Thing" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


A sense of discovery, exhilaration, and depth are not qualities often induced by recent jazz recordings that showcase some of the once innovative, now commonplace styles from the mid-to-late twentieth century. There is no shortage of less-than-stellar releases that land squarely inside the bop/hard bop continuum. One notable exception to the abundance of mere competence is ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Ryan Kisor: Awakening

Read "Ryan Kisor: Awakening" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


A man of few words, Ryan Kisor chooses to let his horn do the speaking and obviously it has said volumes over the years when you consider that the trumpeter is one of a select few musicians who has managed to sustain a viable career past the heydays of the jazz renaissance of the '80s and ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Vocalist Angelina Kolobukhova

Read "Take Five with Vocalist Angelina Kolobukhova" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Angelina Kolobukhova Angelina Kolobukhova was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. She started playing classical piano when she was five and singing when she was nine. She was introduced to jazz music by her early mentor Veronika Yanovskaya and, under her guidance, she performed jazz and popular music in Minsk and in Europe at competitions, ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Melito: To Swing Is The Thing

Read "To Swing Is The Thing" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The leader of any group whose credo is To Swing Is the Thing had best enlist some hired hands whose propensity to swing is sure and steady, regardless of mood or tempo. Veteran drummer Mike Melito's talented quintet runs that course without breaking a sweat, lending Melito all the help he needs to keep his eighth ...

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Article: Album Review

MIke Melito: To Swing Is The Thing

Read "To Swing Is The Thing" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Rochester NY native Mike Melito is an fine drummer who has been active on the jazz scene for many years. His whose drumming style was inspired by Roy McCurdy, who was an integral part of the jazz groups fronted by both Nat Adderley and Julian “Cannonball" Adderley. With a wide-ride cymbal beat and fluid phrasing, Melito's ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Jimmy Greene: Gifts and Givers

Read "Jimmy Greene: Gifts and Givers" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


The two-tenor battle is not a new idea, with iconic pairings from the jazz pantheon running the gamut from Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray to Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin. In more recent times, Eric Alexander and Grant Stewart have fueled the fire with their own incendiary adventures as heard on the current albums Wailin' ...


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