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Jay Sawyer

Born in Grand Rapids, MI, Jay Sawyer has studied jazz drumming with several outstanding and well-respected jazz artists. Among them, the great Billy Hart, Tim Froncek, Keith Hall and Dana Hall. Each nurtured his passion and skill for the art of jazz percussion. As a student at Western Michigan University, Jay performed with the well-known WMU Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Nonet under the direction of Professors Trent Kynaston and Scott Cowan. These groups toured extensively and participated in several well-known jazz festivals that include the Notre Dame, Elmhurst and Detroit Jazz Festivals. Jay continued his studies as Graduate Assistant to Dana Hall while at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Urbanessence

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Momentum; Fire & Ice; Bliss Point; Urbanessence; Crazy, Stupid Fine (Bass Intro); Crazy, Stupid Fine; Poor to Rico; Up the Down Staircase; Justice & Mercy (for Bryan Stevenson); Fly by Night; Sublime (for Roy Hargrove).

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Falling

Label: Tiger Turn Productions
Released: 2022

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Tito Carrillo: Urbanessence

Read "Urbanessence" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Trumpeter Tito Carillo's second bite of the apple on Origin was more than a decade in the making, following up his outstanding first release, Opening Statement (Origin, 2011). With Urbanessence (Origin, 2022), the Chicago-based artist is truly up to the task, producing a work which is an homage to everyday life in the city. The narrative ...

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Tito Carrillo: Urbanessence

Read "Urbanessence" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Urbanessence, the second album as leader from Chicago-area trumpeter, composer and educator Tito Carrillo, is a rhythmic showcase for ten of his buoyant original compositions, all of which embody his love of BAM (Black American Music) and the lyric legacy of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Peru. Carrillo, a bold and burnished improviser ...

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Momentum

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 06:34

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Take Five with Matthew Muñeses

Read "Take Five with Matthew Muñeses" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Matthew Muñeses Matthew Muñeses is a saxophonist and educator residing in the northwest suburbs of jny: Chicago. In 2011, he received his B.M. in Saxophone Performance at Illinois State University and his M.M. in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. During this time, Matthew studied with Dana Hall, Chip McNeill, ...

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Orpheus

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Label: Tiger Turn Productions
Released: 2022
Duration: 03:48

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Sisyphus

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Label: Tiger Turn Productions
Released: 2022
Duration: 04:19

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Branches Vol. 2

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Come Firefly; Melancholy Of A Crane; To Ryan Se; Bow's Dance; Tomie's Blues; Urashima Suite.


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