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Jim Mair

Jim Mair Jim Mair is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in saxophone, flute, percussion, jazz piano and voice. As a High School Student in 1984 he played lead tenor saxophone in the Canadian High School All Star Big Band and that same year his Quintet was selected top combo in Canada. At age 19 he was recognized by Down Beat magazine as a young musician deserving wider recognition. He has been a full time college professor for 27 years. In 2017, he was the recipient of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance Alumni Achievement Award. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of West London, College of Music in the United Kingdom

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris & The JM Horns: High Quote

Read "High Quote" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Italian-born pianist/composer Roberto Magris, a paradigm of kinetic energy, records so many albums they can't seem to release 'em fast enough. Although High Quote, on which Magris leads the JM Horns (for JMood Records), was recorded more than a decade ago--in November 2012--its release date was for purposes unknown delayed until 2023. Whatever ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Tom Wells

Read "Meet Tom Wells" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


Born and raised in that other “capital of jazz"--jny: Kansas City, birthplace of Charlie Parker--Super Fan Tom Wells, along with long-time jazz date, his wife, Geri St. Clair (a future Super Fan--stay tuned!), is a huge supporter of the local scene. How huge? Well, Tom and Geri once followed the University of Missouri Kansas City's Jazz ...

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris Septet: Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee Morgan, Vol. 2

Read "Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee Morgan, Vol. 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Not only is Italian pianist / composer Roberto Magris conversant with jazz history and tradition, he honors it, as he has done in a series of albums devoted to the music of pianist Elmo Hope, alto saxophonist Julian “Cannonball" Adderley and trumpeter Lee Morgan who is saluted here in a second two-disc volume. Whereas young lion ...

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris Septet: Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee Morgan Vol. 2

Read "Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee Morgan Vol. 2" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Italian-born pianist Roberto Magris gets deep into the music of his influences. He recorded two volumes of the music written by or associated with the somewhat overlooked bop pianist Elmo Hope, and in 2011 he released Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee Morgan, Vol. 1 (JMood Records) , an exuberant nod to the hard bop trumpeter ...

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris Septet: Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee Morgan Vol. 2

Read "Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee Morgan Vol. 2" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Hard-bop trumpeter Lee Morgan was the first jazz idol of Italian pianist Roberto Magris influencing his music to this day. Recording a homage to the late young icon was a natural evolution that culminated in the release of Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee Morgan Vol.1 (J-Mood Records, 2011). Magris now presents an audacious follow up ...

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris: Cannonball Funk 'n Friends / One Night in with Hope . . . Vol. 2

Read "Cannonball Funk 'n Friends / One Night in with Hope . . . Vol. 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Pianist Roberto Magris, who logs so much time in studios that he should be awarded Frequent Recording points, is back with two more albums, the first by a quintet with alto Jim Mair sitting in for Julian “Cannonball" Adderley and trumpeter Hermon Mehari for Cannonball's brother, Nat, the second a trio session billed as Vol. 2 ...

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News: Event

Chris Hazelton Trio New Release On Artists Recording Collective Label

Chris Hazelton Trio New Release On Artists Recording Collective Label

The first time Chris ever saw a real Hammond B-3 organ was in a dark club in Kansas City, MO called Bobby’s Hangout. After taking an interest in the sound of the instrument on some recordings, Jim Mair (his college professor) recommended he go to see the man at the helm, renowned organist Everette DeVan. Chris ...

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Article: Big Band Caravan

Stan Kenton-UW Eau Claire / Kirk MacDonald Orchestra / Kansas City Jazz Orchestra

Read "Stan Kenton-UW Eau Claire / Kirk MacDonald Orchestra / Kansas City Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Stan Kenton Orchestra/UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble 1Double Feature, Vol. 3Tantara Productions2012 Volume 3 in Tantara's ongoing two-CD series of Double Features, encompassing heretofore unissued music by the Stan Kenton Orchestra and guests, covers parts of five Kenton concerts spanning the years 1971-77 on Disc 1, and presents ...

Album

8th & Central

Label: JMP (3)
Released: 1991
Track listing: Isn't She Lovely; 8th & Central; In A Sentimental Mood; A Beautiful Friendship; For Gina; Mr. S.P.; This Time The Dreams On Me; Soulful Grover; Sophisticated Lady; It's Sand, Man;


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