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Jay Azzolina

Jay grew up in Meriden, Connecticut in a family whose musical diet primarily consisted of Frank Sinatra, Jack Jones, The Beatles and every other British rock group. At age seven, Jay began taking trumpet lessons from his dad (along with a few years of piano). At around eleven, he got his hands on a harmony guitar from his dad's music store and gradually made the Jay's Guitarswitch from brass to strings. After high school, Jay spent a year at the Hartt School Of Music studying classical guitar with Alan Spriestersbach and Dick Provost before moving to Boston and attending the Berklee College Of Music

Hiding Out

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD 1: Jumble; Flow: Movement 1: Tear of the Clouds; Movement 2: Opalescence; Movement 3: Interlude; Movement 4: Harlem. CD 2: Hiding Out: Movement 1: Prelude; Movement 2: Compelled; Movement 3: Four Haiku; Movement 4: Interlude; Movement 5: It Was Just the Wind; Caminhos Cruzados; Caminhos Cruzados (Radio Edit).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Holober and the Gotham Jazz Orchestra: Hiding Out

Read "Hiding Out" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Mike Holober is a celebrated composer and arranger who has worked for ensembles like the Westchester Jazz Orchestra in New York and the WDR and HR Big Bands in Germany. He is also the leader and founder of the Gotham Jazz Orchestra which here makes its first appearance on record in ten years. Holober makes this ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Holober and the Gotham Jazz Orchestra: Hiding Out

Read "Hiding Out" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If musical polymath Mike Holober is hiding out, he's doing it in plain sight. Constantly in demand, his work as a pianist, conductor, arranger and composer has drawn plenty of attention. In the past 15 years alone he has served as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Westchester Jazz Orchestra (from 2007-2013), the Associate Guest ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon At The Old 76 House

Read "Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon At The Old 76 House" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon The Old 76 House Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon Tappan, NY January 24, 2018 A couple of minutes into “How Deep Is The Ocean," the first selection of an opening set, without uttering a word, the ad hoc group assembled by bassist Mark Hagan offered assurances that ...

Chance Meeting

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2016
Track listing: Problem Child; N.T.I.; Lament for Michael Brecker; 1 of 3; My Maia; Asha; Jimmy’s Blues; 14; Meatsauce; Insight, Enlight.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

AGNZ: Chance Meeting

Read "Chance Meeting" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Before proceeding, a word about the name of this admirable quartet: AGNZ (jazz from A to Z?) comprises the first letter in the last names of its four members--guitarist Jay Azzolina, tenor saxophonist Dino Govoni, drummer Adam Nussbaum and bassist Dave Zinno. It further denotes, presumably, a certain level of parity, a selflessness and camaraderie among ...

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Valentina Marino - "In The Name Of Love" - Jazzheads Release Date: August 12

Valentina Marino - "In The Name Of Love" - Jazzheads Release Date: August 12

New on Jazzheads Records VALENTINA MARINO In The Name Of Love Release Date: August 12th Featuring: Cameron Brown, Anthony Pinciotti, Alberto Pibiri and more! From Standards To David Bowie Vocalist, songwriter, arranger and lyricist Valentina Marino brings the sensitivity, sophistication and earthiness of her Mediterranean roots to cutting edge jazz. Marino is a musical gypsy, in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carol Welsman: Alone Together

Read "Alone Together" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Canadian jazz pianist and vocalist Carol Welsman unveils her eleventh album as leader with the audacious Alone Together where she's never alone and altogether very spicy and splendid on vocals as well as on the keys. The album contains a superb selection of time-honored standards like Sammy Cahn's “Day By Day," Rodgers & Hammerstein's oft-recorded “It ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ron Oswanski: December's Moon

Read "December's Moon" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Keyboardist Ron Oswanski is known primarily as an audacious organist. He does, however, also bring a unique agility to the accordion and is endowed with a lyrical touch on the piano as his debut album December's Moon amply demonstrates.The dozen tunes cover modern jazz compositions, Oswanski's originals and a Led Zeppelin anthem. The wide ...


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