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Joe Ascione

Joe Ascione knew music would be his love from an early age. The eastern Long Island native was first drawn to the drums at the age of four, when he saw his cousin Stephen DeLauro playing on a drum set in Brooklyn. Ascione has played professional gigs since he was 12, and spent his late teens working as a roadie for Buddy Rich. Before embarking on a professional career in music, Ascione earned a B.S. in engineering and then studied philosophy, psychology, and theology in a Catholic seminary. Since then, he has enjoyed a wide variety of musical experiences ranging from jazz club dates to Carnegie Hall appearances, from studio recordings to tours reaching as far as Armenia

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Joe Ascione and His Brave New World

Read "Joe Ascione and His Brave New World" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

Author's Note: All About Jazz is sad to report the passing of spirited drummer Joe Ascione who battled Multiple Sclerosis for 20 years. In this encore presentation of a 2004 interview, Joe talks about the challenges of his new reality and shows his courageous determination to fight through them. Joe Ascione is a first-call, ...

ARTICLE: SHRINKTUNES

Playing it Forward: The Boys at the Blue Note

Read "Playing it Forward: The Boys at the Blue Note" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

It seemed to happen overnight. One minute it was all video games, with the boys totally immersed in furious thumbwork. They'd sit together for hours on end, staring at a busy screen, manipulating cartoon adversaries to kill each other in great bursts of color and noise. There was considerable musical talent among them, and assorted lessons ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ken Peplowski: In Search Of ...

Read "In Search Of ..." reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Ken Peplowski is a clarinet virtuoso, with a tone of such warmth and beauty that it takes only a few bars to create a feel-good atmosphere, either in performance or, as he ably demonstrates on In Search Of ..., in the studio. Although Peplowski has over 20 albums to his name as leader, he's still experimenting, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Norwich Jazz Party 2010

Read "Norwich Jazz Party 2010" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Norwich Jazz Party Norwich, UK May 1-3, 2010 Norwich may well be one of the loveliest cities in Britain, but the May Day holiday weekend was wet and miserable, volcanic ash from Iceland was still threatening travel plans and even the exciting prospect of a General Election the following week ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Johnny Varro: Two Legends of Jazz

Read "Two Legends of Jazz" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Though they're separated by nearly 30 years in age, veteran pianist Johnny Varro and clarinetist Ken Peplowski are a perfectly matched pair. Varro, born in Brooklyn in 1930, has been a leading proponent of small-group swing since the '50s, appearing over his long career with the likes of Pee Wee Russell, Buck Clayton and Eddie Condon. ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Bob Albanese

Read "Take Five With Bob Albanese" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Bob Albanese: Bob Albanese was born in Newark, N.J. in 1957. Growing up and the Jersey shore, he began practicing the piano at age 8. At age 15, he won top honors in the Garden State Talent Expo which culminated in a solo performance at the Garden State Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J. This was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Johnny Varro: Two Legends of Jazz

Read "Two Legends of Jazz" reviewed by Mike Neely

Traditional jazz fans are lucky because Two Legends of Jazz catches pianist Johnny Varro and clarinetist Ken Peplowski on an inspired day in the studio. Varro has a light, subtle touch and melodic gift reminiscent of Teddy Wilson. Co-leader Peplowski sets aside his saxophones for clarinet during the entire session, which is a treat because his ...

Venus Records

Read "Venus Records" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Venus Records may be sparsely represented in North American record stores, though it has built quite a loyal following among jazz aficionados who frequent online music sources. Tetsuo Hara, the owner and founder of the label, has long been a jazz fan: “When I was a very young man, I listened to many 78-rpm records that ...

Movin' Up

Label: Arbors Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Movin' Up; So in Love; Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah's Got Rhythm; I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face/Norwegian Wood; True Love; It Was a Very Good Year; Love Walked In; Summertime; The Touch of Your Lips; Get Out of Town; The Aba Daba Honeymoon.


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