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Joe Magnarelli

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Over the course of a 40+ year career, Joe Magnarelli has emerged as one of the premier trumpeters, improvisers, composers, and educators in jazz. Initially training as a pianist who accompanied songs sung by his father, Magnarelli took up trumpet as a youth in his native Syracuse. He was inspired by lessons with noted trumpeter Sal Amico as well as performances with esteemed tenor saxophonist J. R. Montrose. He also studied briefly with distinguished trumpeter Louis Mucci at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, and others. ​ During his first two years as a student at the State University of New York-Fredonia, where he earned a Special Studies B.A

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Article: Liner Notes

Joel Weiskopf: New Beginning

Read "Joel Weiskopf: New Beginning" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


For better or worse, it seems that any artistic endeavor that involves the true expression of raw human experience and emotion is destined to have appeal to only a small and select audience. This dilemma becomes even more daunting for the artist in today's technology-laden society where electronic communication has taken the place of face-to-face conversation. ...

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Article: Liner Notes

John Swana: Philly Gumbo Vol.2

Read "John Swana: Philly Gumbo Vol.2" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


It seems like a lot of up and coming trumpeters these days go for the bop stylings of Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw as their main influence. Far fewer look to players like Art Farmer or Kenny Wheeler for inspiration. That's what has made watching the development of Philadelphia trumpet man John Swana so fascinating over ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Joe Magnarelli: Hoop Dreams

Read "Joe Magnarelli: Hoop Dreams" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


As Duke Ellington would often remind us, music comes in two varieties, that which is good and that which is bad. This suggests that genre and category are really of little concern and that overall quality is really the defining factor in considering the validity of any musical expression. Taking this axiom one step further, let ...

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Green On The Scene

Label: Cellar Music group
Released: 2023
Track listing: Red Cross; Cheatin'; Horizons; A Handful of Stars; The Song Is You; All The Things You Are;' You-Kraine (Song For Ukraine); A Tear and a Smile; Barry

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To Swing Is The Thing

Label: Cellar Music Group
Released: 2023
Track listing: You Said It; Big Red; A Bee Has Two Brains; Blue Key; Lush Life; Make Believe; Ruby My Dear; Straight Street; Three For Carson; Locke Bop.

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The Proper Time

Label: Persiani Music
Released: 2023
Track listing: 1. Little House Mouse 5:07 2. Blue Dress Rehearsal 4:54 3. Tropic Rain 5:42 4. Forecast Blues 6:29 ft. George Coleman 5. Walking N Talking 7:24 6. Before You Go 4:44 7. Voodoo Call 3:52 8. Mirage 2:59 9. Round House 5:17

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Up Swing

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Edges; Baubles, Bangles, and Beads; Stand Up!; Time to Shine; Groundwork; Healing the Heart; Don't Blame Me; The Manhattaners; My Way; Rocks, Lime; Cupbearers.

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Article: Album Review

Robert Edwards: Up Swing

Read "Up Swing" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Veteran trombonist, educator and bandleader Robert Edwards is a fixture of New York City jazz scene, performing in many of the jazz venues in the city and, as of this writing, becoming the newest member of the famed Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Edwards fronts a marvelous quintet that has been performing regularly at Smalls Jazz Club for ...

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Article: Album Review

Nick Green: Green On The Scene

Read "Green On The Scene" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Nick Green's latest release, Green On The Scene, is a captivating musical journey which combines masterful instrumentation, intricate compositions and a profound sense of improvisational exploration. Accompanied by trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, pianist Jeb Patton, bassist Mike Karn and the inestimable drummer Kenny Washington, the band embarks on a set list of compositions which are at the ...


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