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Jerome Jennings

Jerome Jennings is an internationally travelled artist whose distinct sound reflects a fierce connection to the swing tradition, soul music, and hip hop. One of his current projects is playing alongside Christian McBride and Christian Sands as part of the Christian McBride’s trio. As a performer Jerome Jennings has played every major Jazz club in New York City from The Village Vanguard, Birdland, The Blue Note, to Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. Internationally he’s traveled to and performed in over 30 countries. As always, Jerome has remained a pertinent performer. His debut recording ‘The Beast’ was named one of the top 3 Jazz releases by NPR, received a 4 star rating in DownBeat Magazine, and nominated for the prestigious French ‘Grand Prix du disque’ award for Album Of The Year 2016

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Article: Year in Review

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

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The Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition presents The Finalists

Label: Nu Jazz Records/Nu Jazz Entertainment
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Street Light Serenade (Original) -Joshua Espinoza; 2. Saint Mark's Place (Original) - Ben Paterson; 3. Mambo Inn - Arcoiris Sandoval; 4. Mozartin - Isaiah J. Thompson; 5. Walking To New Orleans - Oscar Rossignoli; 6. Cochise - Rina Yamazaki; 7. Confirmation - Dave Meder; 8. Just Squeeze Me – Joshua Espinoza feat Camille Thurman; 9. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most - Ben Paterson; 10.. Fox Hunt - Arcoiris Sandova; 11. IT Department (Original) - Isaiah J. Thompson; 12. Heart Beat (Original) - Oscar Rossignoli ; 13. My Funny Valentine – Rina Yamazaki; 14. After - Dave Meder

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RINA

Label: Yamaha Music Entertainment Holdings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Tale Of Small Wishes; Shadows Of The Mind; Journey; With You Always; Foxglove; Eternal Eyes; J.J's Painting; Run And Rise; Hope.

Musician

Mark Hynes

The new Mark Hynes Trio album "Tribute" is now out on Cellar Music! Joe Lovano has this to say: "'Tribute' The Mark Hynes Trio featuring Dennis Irwin on Bass has some beautiful Sounds and Feelings. The power of this timeless Music rings Strong and Clear!!!" Featuring the last bassist Dennis Irwin in a rare unreleased recording, the trio swings joyously with a modern panache. With Darrell Green on drums, as well as one bonus track dedicated to Dennis, with Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Jerome Jennings on drums. Mark has performed/recorded with Quincy Jones, Christian McBride, Jon Faddis, Bernard Purdie, Rodney Whitaker, Jon Hendricks, Steven Bernstein, Karriem Riggins, Bobby Watson, Craig Taborn, Max Weinberg, Lew Soloff, Victor Lewis, Art Baron, Kevin Mahogany, Harold Ashby, Howard Johnson, Marcus Belgrave, Lizz Wright, Jerry Dodgion, Junko Onishi, Chuck Israels and Earl May. He has performed at the New York City Ballet, the LA Phil, The Kennedy Center, Apollo Theater, LA's Disney Concert Hall, Great Hall of The Moscow Conservatory, Jazz At Lincoln Center's Allen Room, Town Hall, Chicago Theater, Detroit Opera House, Folly Theater (KC), Detroit International Jazz Fest, Chicago Blues Fest, to name a few. Mark has performed with the Quincy Jones Orchestra, Rodney Whitaker Octsemble, Max Weinberg Big Band, Grover Mitchell Orchestra, Gerald Cleaver Quintet, Art Baron's The Duke's Men, Chuck Israels NY Little Big Band, Bobby Battle Quartet, David Berger Jazz Orchestra, Lavay Smith, and Brian Pareschi Quintet, among countless others. Growing up in Chicago, Mark was immersed from an early age in the blues drenched tradition that produced such hometown heroes as Johnny Griffin and Von Freeman. Moving to Detroit after college, he began working with the new generation of jazz lions there, as a regular member of bands led by Rodney Whitaker, Gerald Cleaver, Greg Burk and Bobby Battle

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Article: Album Review

Rina: RINA

Read "RINA" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Japanese pianist Rina's eponymous debut is intelligent, graceful and passionate, and showcases the young artist's multiple talents. A protegee of renowned pianist Makoto Ozone, who also produced the release, Rina received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music as well as other accolades, including third place in the 2018 edition of the international 7 Virtual ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Bass: No Boundaries

Read "No Boundaries" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum


While No Boundaries is technically led by pianist Dave Bass, it seems that the company is kind of burying the lead. The real headliner here is the multi talented Ted Nash. Nash certainly has a jazz pedigree, with both a father and an uncle who were top notch performers themselves. Nash has also been ...

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Solidarity_Jerome Jennings

Label: Iola Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Be-Bop, Recy's Lament, Marielle (For Marielle Franco), Solidarity, I Love Your Smile, The Theory of Difference, Heart, Three Muses, Pay It No Mind, Convo with Senator Flowers, You Are Never Far Away from Me

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nicholas Payton, The Bad Plus and More

Read "Nicholas Payton, The Bad Plus and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we open with the great Drummer Jerome Jennings, a musician who has a keen eye on the social issues and political environment of today, and a cut off his new album Solidarity. We also visit the world of The Bad Plus with a song off their newest and highly anticipated album called Activate Infinity. ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Bass: No Boundaries

Read "No Boundaries" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


In 2015, Dave Bass retired from the Office of the Attorney General of California after twenty years of service and returned to his first professional love—playing the piano, a career that a wrist injury forced him to abandon about thirty years ago. No Boundaries is the third release, and second for Whaling City Sound, in Bass' ...


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