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Harry Appelman

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Jazz pianist and educator Harry Appelman has performed on concert stages on five continents. He has been chosen three times to participate in U.S. State Department music tours overseas — to South and Central America, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Cyprus, and South Asia. He performed in Egypt in February 2008 with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and has performed at the Festival Gnaouas et Musiques du Monde in Essaouira, Morocco and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Mr. Appelman is a member of Afro Bop Alliance, winners of a 2008 Latin Grammy, and has contributed several arrangements to the group's recordings

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Article: Album Review

Afro Bop Alliance Big Band: Revelation

Read "Revelation" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Revelation is the sixth recording by drummer Joe McCarthy's sixteen-year-old Afro Bop Alliance (the last three by the big band after three by smaller incarnations), the first that has come this way for review. As McCarthy's stalwart ensemble is based in the Washington, D.C. area, the supposition is that a number of topnotch armed services musicians ...

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Article: Album Review

Afro Bop Alliance: Angel Eyes

Read "Angel Eyes" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Latin Grammy Award-winning group Afro Bop Alliance lend their infectious hard-driving and percussive Latin-tinged sound to Angel Eyes, the group's fifth album staking one more claim for yet another future Latin Grammy nod. Known for their percolating percussion as well as dipping into straight ahead jazz, this Washington D.C. based octet lets the rumba rumble, the ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own

Read "Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own" reviewed by Jack Bowers


One of the channels that came with my Dish Network package is Classic Arts Showcase, which is a treasure trove of film clips documenting classical, ballet, folk, pop and other forms of music that one is unlikely to see anywhere else (although some footage is presumably available on YouTube, which more and more seems to encompass ...

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News: Recording

Pianist Alan Blackman Releases "Alone Together - The 2 Piano Project"

Pianist Alan Blackman Releases "Alone Together - The 2 Piano Project"

Announcing the release of exciting new album from Baltimore pianist Alan Blackman. Four years ago he started a two piano series at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland as a way to bring in some of his favorite pianists and explore this unique format. This recording features two tracks by four different piano players; Vardan Ovsepian, ...


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