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Jed Levy

Saxophonist Jed Levy has been a mainstay on the New York jazz scene for over 20 years. In addition to performing and recording as a leader, he has had long standing working relationships with such jazz luminaries as Jaki Byard (a musical mentor, 3 recordings and countless performances), Don Patterson, Jack McDuff (valuable road experience), Ron McClure (2 CDs and ongoing performances), and Headhunters drummer Mike Clark (2 CD's and new projects in the works.) He has also been fortunate to have worked with, Junior Mance, Eddie Henderson, Jack Walrath,The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Shirley Scott, Kevin Mahogany, Gene Bertoncini,Don Friedman,Cedar Walton, Curtis Fuller, Chico O'Farrill, Attilla Zollar, Groove Holmes, Tom Harrell, and many others. Levy has toured Japan as a leader and appeared at several international jazz festivals as well as leading bands at such New York venues as Sweet Basil, Blue Note, Birdland, Visiones and Zinno. Diversity has been the key to Levy's success on the New York scene

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New Life

Label: Jazz House
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc 1—Mood for Max (for Dr. Maxim Kreditor); Portrait of Sylvia; Sorta, Kinda; Monk’s Circle; Round Midnight; Penumbra; Brilliant Blue, Twilight Blue; Fulton Street Suite. Disc 2—Exhilaration; Elevanses; Clifford Jordan; Ballad for Charles Davis; The Minister’s Son; Spring Is Here; Back Story; Tutwiler 2001; The Long Walk Home.

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Article: Album Review

The Peter Leitch New Jazz Orchestra: New Life

Read "New Life" reviewed by Jack Bowers


After what Canadian-born guitarist Peter Leitch has been through in the last eight years, it's little wonder he named the ensemble he now leads the New Life Jazz Orchestra. Diagnosed in 2012 with stage 4 lung cancer, Leitch faced the choice of throwing in the proverbial towel or undergoing career-ending cancer treatment. He chose the latter, ...

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Article: Album Review

Fabrizio Sciacca: Gettin' It There

Read "Gettin' It There" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Make no mistake about it, Fabrizio Sciacca isn't merely “gettin' it there." He's already got it here. This debut from the Berklee- and Manhattan School of Music-trained bassist presents an artist with solid intonation, impeccable time, a warm and enveloping tone, and an ear for melody. In short, he has it all. Leading ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Francesca "Cha Cha" Miano

Read "Meet Francesca "Cha Cha" Miano" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


A Newport Jazz Festival-New York concert at Carnegie Hall in the early 1970s got Queens native Francesca “Cha Cha" Miano hooked on hearing live jazz--even though, she says, some of the music she heard on the mixed bill that night was way ahead of her at the time. Little did she know that her magnificent obsession ...

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Article: Interview

Mike Clark: East Bay Funk

Read "Mike Clark: East Bay Funk" reviewed by George Colligan


[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]I remember the first time I heard the classic Herbie Hancock album Thrust (Columbia, 1974). It was on the radio, if you can believe it. The song “Actual Proof" burned into my brain: I had been a fan of Herbie's, especially of ...

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Article: Album Review

Arturo O'Farrill and the Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra: Final Night at Birdland

Read "Final Night at Birdland" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On June 26, 2011, Arturo O'Farrill and the Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra ended a fifteen-year run at New York City's Birdland, and--to our good fortune--had the foresight to record that very special event for everyone to hear and appreciate. The orchestra's scion, the great Chico O'Farrill, was still living when the ensemble made its ...

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Blueprints of Jazz Vol.1

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Released: 2011
Track listing: 01. In the House (Jed Levy) - 6:01; 02. Like That (Jed Levy) - 6:35; 03. 10th Ave. 1957 (Tim Ouimette) - 6:43; 04. Past Lives (Lindy Rexnolds) - 7:03; 05. Thanks Len (Jed Levy) - 4:45; 06. Loft Funk (Mike Clarck/Jed Levy) - 7:47; 07. Clarck Kent (Christian Scott) - 9:08; 08. Conchita's Dance (Mike Clarck) - 7:54; 09. Morning Became Elettra (Mike Clarck/Towner Galaher) - 7:05; 10. I Want to Talk About You (Billy Eckstine) - 10:32.

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Article: Album Review

Hendrik Meurkens: Live at Bird's Eye

Read "Live at Bird's Eye" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Considered, by many, to be the most important jazz harmonicist since Toots Thielmans, German-born/New York-based Hendrik Meurkens has long been a connoisseur of Brazilian jazz, with an impressive discography of bossa nova and samba-infused music. Live at Bird's Eye is an assemblage of Brazilian, American and Italian jazz standards recorded live on several sessions from 2008 ...

Article: Album Review

Mike Clark: Blueprints of Jazz Vol.1

Read "Blueprints of Jazz Vol.1" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Ne è passata di acqua sotto i ponti da quando Herbie Hancock lanciava un giovane batterista, Mike Clarck, su Thrust, il famoso disco degli Heandhunters. Dopo l'inaspettata notorietà (e un assolo, quello contenuto in “Actual Proof," da cui tanti batteristi e DJ hanno attinto) Mike Clarck ha continuato ad incidere fusion (anche con il bassista di ...


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