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Hendrik Meurkens

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Hendrik Meurkens, a virtuoso on both the chromatic harmonica and the vibraphone, is the most important jazz harmonica player since Toots Thielemans. German-born but now based in New York, Meurkens' recordings and performances garner worldwide acclaim because the transcendent beauty of his music has universal appeal. A two-mallet player in the tradition of Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson, Hendrik Meurkens was en-route to being an instantly recognizable vibraphonist when he heard Toots Thielemans. Inspired by the sound of Thielemans' harmonica, he taught himself the difficult-to-master instrument. Hendrik Meurkens' other life-changing musical experience was his introduction to samba and bossa nova

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Samba Jazz Odyssey

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: A Night in Jakarta; Manhattan Samba; Prague in March; Sambatropolis; Mountain Drive; You Again; Bolero Para Paquito; Samba Tonto; Choro.

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Dedicated to You

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Minority; This One’s for Richie; With You Always; Over the Rainbow; You Fascinate Me So; S’Wonderful; Dedicated to You.

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Article: Album Review

Hendrik Meurkens: Samba Jazz Odyssey

Read "Samba Jazz Odyssey" reviewed by Edward Blanco


One of the leading proponents of bossa nova and samba in the jazz world, New York-based chromatic harmonica virtuoso Hendrik Meurkens continues his love affair with Brazilian music with the big band sound of Samba Jazz Odyssey, his seventh release on the ZOHO record label. This time Meurkens is joined by the world-renown WDR Big Band ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm - Celebrating Foremother Valaida Snow Plus New Releases From Tuba Skinny, Esthesis Quartet & More

Read "High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm - Celebrating Foremother Valaida Snow Plus New Releases From Tuba Skinny, Esthesis Quartet & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Tuba Skinny, Esthesis Quartet (featuring Elsa Nilsson, Tina Raymond, Dawn Clement and Emma Dayhuff , Randy Napoleon and As Is with birthday shoutouts to trumpeter Valaida Snow, guitarist Memphis Minnie, saxophonist Alexa Tarantino, vocalists Dakota Staton, Ann Hampton Callaway, Ian Shaw, and Amanda Eckery, among others. Thanks for listening and ...

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Article: Album Review

Jorge Garcia: Dedicated to You

Read "Dedicated to You" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Gigi Gryce's turbo-charged “Minority," which opens Cuban-born guitarist Jorge Garcia's Dedicated to You, serves as a reminder of how much talent the world lost when alto saxophonist Richie Cole died in May 2020. And if that weren't enough to persuade any doubters, the vibrant “This One's for Richie" (based, appropriately, on the standard “There Will Never ...

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Manhattan Samba

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Clear of Clouds; Manhattan Samba; One for Manfredo; Dona Palmeira; The Fropple; Bonita; Frenzelosa (Choro No. 2); Aquelas Coisas Todas.

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Back to the Garden

Label: Jewel City Jazz
Released: 2021
Track listing: Get Together; Up on the Roof; American Tune; Big Yellow Taxi; The Times They Are A- Changin'; Since You Asked; For What It's Worth; Everybody's Talkin'; Forever Young; Who Knows Where the Time Goes.

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Strollin'

Label: Reid Hoyson Productions
Released: 2021
Track listing: Yardbird Suite; A Room Above; Strollin'; You Don't Know What Love Is; Mundell's Mood; Happy Sergio; A Child Is Born; Aglio e Olio; Slidin'; Roz Da Cat; Mean Dog Blues.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Carl Saunders & Pepper Adams

Read "Carl Saunders & Pepper Adams" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From a veteran musician that represents a bridge between the old and new worlds of music, we start the 724th Episode of Neon Jazz with Carl Saunders. We also look into some stellar artists that are making 2021 a memorable year. The great Nate Smith is on top of that list with his new material, along ...


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