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Jay Thomas

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Jay Thomas, a native of Seattle, is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, flugelhorn, alto, tenor, soprano and flutes). His music is eclectic, drawing on all musical situations in his life. His music could be described as lyrical without losing touch with the blues. Jay's musical talent was recognized early on. While still in high school he was the recipient of a Down Beat one-year scholarship to the Berklee School of Music in Boston. From Boston Jay moved to New York where he frequented Village jam sessions and worked one summer with Machito's Latin band. Three years later he had added flute and tenor to his repertoire

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It's Not Business, It's Personal

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Miami Vince; Afterthought; The Presence of Absence; Kumasi; Gray Skies; Forward Motion; Modal Horizon; Nerds of Steel.

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Article: Album Review

Jim Knapp Orchestra: It's Not Business, It's Personal

Read "It's Not Business, It's Personal" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Jim Knapp Orchestra's CD It's Not Business, It's Personal, recorded in February 2009, was set to be released on November 19, 2021—six days after Knapp died at age eighty-two in Kirkland, Washington. Apart from his role as bandleader, Knapp was a trumpeter, composer, arranger and longtime faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts in ...

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Gray Skies

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 07:10

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Article: What is Jazz?

Jazz Returns to Seattle's Central District: Two Evenings of Black Brilliance

Read "Jazz Returns to Seattle's Central District: Two Evenings of Black Brilliance" reviewed by Paul Rauch


There is a miracle on the corner of 12th Avenue and Jackson St. in what is now Seattle's “Little Saigon." In what was a traditional African American and Jewish community before the influx of Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian immigrants after the war in Southeast Asia in the early 1980's, this urban crossroads was the main pulse ...

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Tuesday Night Jams at the Owl: A 25 Year Legacy in Seattle

Read "Tuesday Night Jams at the Owl: A 25 Year Legacy in Seattle" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Traditionally, the jam session in jazz has provided an outlet for artistic growth and musical connections, for younger musicians to play with more established artists. The oral tradition that has allowed the music to evolve and grow generationally lives at the community jam session. It is a fertile meeting place and proving ground for both established ...

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Larry Fuller: It's a Dream to Play with Ray

Read "Larry Fuller: It's a Dream to Play with Ray" reviewed by Jason West


Born in Toledo, Ohio, Larry Fuller began playing the piano at the age of 11. The son of a factory worker, Fuller was the sole musician in his parents' blue-collar family. He earned his first big break in 1988 accompanying jazz vocalist Ernestine Anderson. Their musical partnership continued until 1994 when Fuller joined Jeff Hamilton's trio. ...

Album

Constellation

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: I Ain't Got Nothing but the Blues; Stormy Monday; Rich Man Blues; There Is Something on Your Mind; Your Love; Turn Me On; I Can't Make You Love Me; The Thrill Is Gone; This Bitter Earth; Path of the Mystic.

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Praise and Devotion:Inspirational Jazz

Label: Solid Groove Recordings
Released: 2020

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Upside

Label: McVouty Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Afternoon In Paris; Upside; Blues For McVouty; Summer Serenade; Sequoia; Darn That Dream; Dr. Scramble


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