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Jeremy Siskind

Pianist, composer, and educator Jeremy Siskind is “a remarkable pianist” and “a rising star on the jazz scene” according to legendary pianist Marian McPartland. Siskind, from Irvine, California, began playing the piano at a very young age. By his early teens, he was performing original compositions all over the country through Yamaha’s Junior Original Concert program; twice, Siskind was even flown to Tokyo, Japan to represent the United States in front of Japanese audiences. Both his playing and composing quickly thrived upon beginning to study jazz with pianists Linda Martinez and Tamir Hendelman: he won first place in the soloist competition at the Fullerton College Jazz Festival, “Most Outstanding Rhythm Section Player” in the Reno Jazz Festival, and received scholarships from the “Friends of Jazz,” “O.C

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Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble: Atwood Suites

Read "Atwood Suites" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Andrew Rathbun is a Canadian saxophonist who has made a major musical statement here with this collection of suites, two of which are based on the poetry of author Margaret Atwood. Rathbun's writing shows the influence of another Canadian, Kenny Wheeler, in its lush sonority, the frequent gorgeous flugelhorn solos by Tim Hagans and the role ...

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Andrew Rathbun: Atwood Suites

Read "Atwood Suites" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The mingling of jazz music and poetry is not a new concept. It has always been an amiable, yet at times, uncomfortable fit. From a verse standpoint, it is in many ways liberating. While most vocalized lyrics and spoken word forms rely on rhyme to speak to cadence and rhythm, free verse poetry liberates the narrative ...

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Andrew Rathbun: Atwood Suites

Read "Atwood Suites" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

In a way, the Atwood Suites have been in the works for almost two decades. When Kenny Wheeler approached Toronto native Andrew Rathbun in search for a band in 2001, the former furthermore inquired if the latter would like a composition of his own penning to be performed beside Wheeler's “Suite Time Suite." Consequently, the “Power ...

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Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble: Atwood Suites

Read "Atwood Suites" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The marriage between jazz and poetry is having a true moment in the present artistic sphere. The two have long mixed and mingled, oft proving sympathetic and symbiotic in their multidirectional moves, unique cadences, and improvisational capacities. But never before has the connection been so strong and centralized. With drummer Matt Wilson's triumphant encounter with the ...

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Gilmore Keyboard Festival

Read "Gilmore Keyboard Festival" reviewed by John Ephland

Gilmore Keyboard Festival Kalamazoo, Michigan April 25 to May 12, 2018 Thursday night is always the second night of the biennial Gilmore Keyboard Festival. Thursday night is also the first night for jazz, the festival putatively a classical music rollout with jazz confections, albeit well-considered, strewn throughout this 22-day cultural jewel based ...

Housewarming

Label: Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Whispering Grass; Light; When He Loved You; Moonlight In Vermont; Decrement; Housewarming; Ghost Story; New Old West Theme; Hymn of Thanks; Lighter Than Air; Arise; Everything You Need; I Could've Danced All Night.

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Jeremy Siskind: Housewarming

Read "Housewarming" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Si apre con un'incantevole versione di “Whispering Grass" -una ballad degli anni '40 di Fred e Doris Fisher ripescata dal magazzino dei ricordi -il nuovo disco di Jeremy Siskind in trio con la cantante Nancy Harms e il talentoso multistrumentista Lucas Pino. Non potrebbe esserci migliore introduzione per questa formazione, che ha già dato più di ...

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Basak Yavuz, David Liebman, Peter Eldridge: Things...

Read "Things..." reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Una giovane professionista turca -architetto di successo--appassionata di Norma Winstone ed Helen Merrill, va negli stati Uniti, si diploma alla Manhattan School Of Music e conquista la stima dei suoi docenti che accettano di sostenerla nel debutto discografico. Questa è, in breve, la genesi del disco di Basak Yavuz, un'originale vocalist e autrice che ...

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Brooklyn Jazz Underground: A Trio of Hits

Read "Brooklyn Jazz Underground: A Trio of Hits" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Modern jazz has a problem. And Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records' recent slate of releases illustrates the growing dilemma: a surfeit of excellence. Across the spectrum, artists are innovating at such a high level and plumbing the depths of musical expression with such regularity that it's hard to keep pace (or avoid hyperbole). Jazz's aperture ...


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