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Howard Wiley

Howard Wiley is the type of person who exemplifies the word “character” from both sides of the spectrum…by having it, and by being one. Always willing to take the music or the conversation to the next level, it’s rare to end the music, or the conversation, without a smile on your face. Born in Berkeley, California, Howard Wiley displayed the seeds of his musical talent at a very young age. Wiley found himself playing in the most nurturing of all environments for young African American musicians; the church. Throughout the history of jazz, the church has been root and center of the community, giving musicians, worshipers, and preachers alike the freedom and comfort to express themselves in the celebration of life

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Jerome Jennings: The Beast

Read "The Beast" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Jerome Jennings has occupied the drum throne on plenty of high profile gigs since arriving in New York just over a decade ago, working with everybody from vocalist Paula West to bassist Christian McBride and trumpeter Bria Skonberg to saxophonist Craig Handy. But his is a name that still may not be familiar to many jazz ...

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Tiffany Austin: Nothing But Soul

Read "Nothing But Soul" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While countless artists have covered the music of Hoagy Carmichael, album-length tributes from a single artist saluting his work aren't all that common; Carmichael salutes that reshape some of his most beloved compositions are, understandably, even more scarce, as there are heavy risks involved in toying with the nature of his treasured songs. Tiffany Austin, however, ...

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Cafe Stritch Presents: "A Rahsaan Roland Kirk Tribute Week”

Cafe Stritch Presents: "A Rahsaan Roland Kirk Tribute Week”

San Jose, CA: Cafe Stritch, formerly Eulipia Restaurant in San Jose, continues its heritage of presenting first-rate jazz by presenting a five-day tribute to the great Rahsaan Roland Kirk. In addition to three nights of performances by trombonist Steve Turre, the week’s activities include a number of diverse activities revolving around Rahsaan’s life and work. Betty ...

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Marcus Shelby Orchestra: Soul Of The Movement: Meditations On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Read "Soul Of The Movement: Meditations On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Soul Of The Movement: Meditations On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is a beautiful album. Bassist, composer and arranger Marcus Shelby was inspired to put the album together by his study of the Civil Rights Movement and, in the combining of his own original compositions with spirituals and tunes associated with the movement, he has created ...

12 Gates to the City

Label: CCn'C Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: 01. After Prayer; 02. Three Days; 03. Come Forth – To the House; 04. Old Highway 66; 05. Captain Donna Demoss; 06. Endless Fields; 07. The Walk; 08. John Taylor; 09. Song for a Hot Summer Night; 10. Rise; 11. In His Name; 12. Threnody; 13. My God (featuring Robert King).

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Howard Wiley and the Angola Project: 12 Gates to the City

Read "12 Gates to the City" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il penitenziario dello Stato della Louisiana lo chiamano l'Alcatraz del Sud o meglio ancora Angola. È il più grande carcere statunitense. Là, prima il libro “Dead Man Walking," poi il film omonimo hanno descritto in modo crudo e puro la pena di morte. Quelle inferriate controllate da sistemi di massima sicurezza hanno ospitato migliaia di prigionieri ...

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The Jazz Session #203: Howard Wiley

The Jazz Session #203: Howard Wiley

Saxophonist Howard Wiley explores the music and conditions at Angola prison in Louisiana on 12 Gates to the City. This CD is the follow up to The Angola Project, which was based on Wiley's research on the prison. The new album was inspired by Wiley's visit to Angola. In this interview, Wiley talks about conditions at ...

The Angola Project

Label: H.N.I.C. Music
Released: 2007
Track listing: Twelve Gates to the City; Angola; The Conversation; Trouble of the World; Peace; Rosie; No More My Lord; Rise & Fly; Amazing Grace; Second Line.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Howard Wiley: The Angola Project

Read "The Angola Project" reviewed by Troy Collins

Music has often been used to commemorate the indefatigable resolve of the human spirit in the face of great suffering. Countless interpretations of field hollers, slave chants and spirituals have been re-envisioned by trained musicians, only to have the raw, unrefined soulfulness of the originals smothered by academic excess. Bay Area saxophonist Howard Wiley's ...


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