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James Mitchell


Mitchell started out on the trombone at age nine, move to tuba at ten, and discovered the piano at eleven. He continued his study of the lower brass instruments but focused primarily on piano. His progress was astounding. By age fifteen he began gigging up to three times a week with The Nick Webster Quartet. At sixteen he had weeky gigs at Brix, Piati, Lakeside Grill and Embassy Suites. After high school Mitchell started a new group, The West Side Trio, and began recording under his own name. He has performed at several jazz festivals including the Napa, Reno and San Jose Jazz Festivals, in London at Wimbly Hall and The Boar's Head, and dozens of wineries


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Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six: Such Sweet Thunder

Read "Such Sweet Thunder" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For the mathematically challenged, Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six equals eleven. In other words, it's Thompson's working quintet, the Marble City Five, amplified by half a dozen horns. On its debut recording, the Knoxville, TN-based ensemble performs music by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk and--brace yourself--country singer Dolly Parton. In fact, Parton's “Little Sparrow," the ...


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