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Born into a musical family in Schenectady, New York, Gregg August was drawn to the drums at an early age, but was persuaded by his father to first learn the piano. His aunt, noted jazz pianist, Peg Delaney was his first teacher. Her husband Bill played upright bass and Gregg's father, Ed, also played the piano professionally. The very first jam sessions August ever experienced were at family functions. When he was ten, Gregg was finally allowed to study drums. He then picked up the electric bass in high school because the school band was lacking a bass player. At SUNY Albany, August studied percussion with Richard Albagli, while also beginning the double bass

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2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

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JD Allen: Love Stone

Read "Love Stone" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Beneath this tough tenor's exterior rests the most tender of spirits. If you need evidence, just spend some time with Love Stone. After carving out his rightful place at the apex with a series of brilliant piano-less trio outings focused on pithy originals, saxophonist JD Allen recently felt the winds of change in ...

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Elio Villafranca at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on April 16-17 & More!

Elio Villafranca at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on April 16-17 & More!

ELIO VILLAFRANCA UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Cuban Pianist Presents Cinqué-Suite of the Caribbean April 16 & April 17 (LIVE WEBCAST) Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Cinqué-Suite of the Caribbean debuted in The Appel Room in 2015 and was one of the top concerts of the 2014-15 season. Cuban pianist and composer Elio Villafranca ...

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JD Allen Trio al Verona Jazz Winter 2016

Read "JD Allen Trio al Verona Jazz Winter 2016" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Verona Jazz Winter Teatro Ristori 03.02.2016 Sulla scia dei numerosi riconoscimenti ricevuti (il più importante è stato quello di Sonny Rollins) e delle superlative accoglienze per l'ultimo disco, JD Allen ha toccato Verona nell'ambito del suo tour europeo. Era uno degli appuntamenti più attesi di Verona Jazz Winter, assieme al concerto ...

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JD Allen: Graffiti

Read "Graffiti" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

La carriera di JD Allen è sempre stata segnata dalle stigmate di appartenenza alla famiglia dei cosiddetti giovani leoni del mainstream, benché nel celebrato album di debutto per Red Record datato 1999--In Search of JD Allen--i segnali di una vivace curiosità e attenzione verso forme meno canoniche di jazz fossero ben presenti. In seguito al trasferimento ...

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Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Cuba: The Conversation Continues

Read "Cuba: The Conversation Continues" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

“I believe that there is no country in the world including any and all the countries under colonial domination, where economic colonization, humiliation and exploitation were worse than in Cuba...in part owing to my country's policies..." --President John F. Kennedy, October 1963 Revolution and musical genres share the characteristic of having an embryonic state. ...

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Jazz at Lincoln Center: The Search for Original African Music

Read "Jazz at Lincoln Center: The Search for Original African Music" reviewed by Nick Catalano

Although jazz emerged as an art form around the turn of the Twentieth century in the southern United States, its roots extend backward over several centuries. The music largely developed from a synthesis of many African and European forms that was achieved through the institution of slavery. Blacks were captured or purchased from specific “factory" areas ...

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Elio Villafranca's "Cinqué - Music Of The Caribbean" at Jazz At Lincoln Center, Feb. 20-21

Elio Villafranca's "Cinqué - Music Of The Caribbean" at Jazz At Lincoln Center,  Feb. 20-21

With Special Guest Jon Faddis Elio Villafranca brings an all-star band with special guest Jon Faddis into The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on February 20-21 for the world premiere of “Cinqué - Music of the Caribbean." The Appel Room Jazz at Lincoln Center Broadway at 60th St., 5th floor ...

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Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators at the Caramoor Jazz Festival on July 28

Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators at the Caramoor Jazz Festival on July 28

Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators with Lewis Nash, Steve Turre, Vincent Herring July 28 - 2pm - Caramoor Jazz Festival Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators headline this Sunday at 2pm at the 20th Anniversary Caramoor Jazz Festival in Katonah, NY. Enjoy a pleasant drive to Westchester County for a relaxing outdoor afternoon ...


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