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Joe Policastro


Chicago bassist JOE POLICASTRO grew up in the fertile jazz, classical, and popular music scene of Cincinnati, OH. He studied Classical Double Bass Performance on full scholarship at Miami University. Joe earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz/Studio Music from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and his Master of Music in Jazz Studies from DePaul University in Chicago. After performing and recording in Germany, he relocated to Chicago where he quickly established himself an in-demand bassist and arranger/composer. He has performed and recorded with a wide array of artists such as Diane Schuur, Jeff Hamilton, Howard Levy, Phil Woods, Pat and Debby Boone, Tim Ries, IraSullivan, Howard Alden, Rick Margitza, Jim Snidero, David "Fathead" Newman, and Billy Hart

Article: Radio & Podcasts

JoVia Armstrong, Adam Birnbaum and Vincent Hsu

Read "JoVia Armstrong, Adam Birnbaum and Vincent Hsu" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This particular show is a bit on the quiet side, but it still features several varied jazz performers including JoVia Armstrong, Ralph Towner, Vincent Hsu, Dave Brubeck, and Adam Birnbaum. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Rich Halley, Ethan Philion and Other Releases

Read "Rich Halley, Ethan Philion and Other Releases" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Here are a few more albums from 2023 that deserve some belated recognition. Rich Halley Fire Within Pine Eagle Records 2023 This is tenor saxophonist Rich Halley's third recording with a quartet that also features Matthew Shipp on piano, Michael Bisio on bass, and Newman Taylor Baker on ...



Label: Jerujazz Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Where Are You?; First Star; Stars Fell On Alabama; We'll Be Together Again; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; My Ideal


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ethan Philion, Doug Wamble and More

Read "Ethan Philion, Doug Wamble and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This is a very eclectic show that includes tributes to Charles Mingus and Johnny Hodges by Ethan Philion and Owen Broder respectively as well as topical blues from Doug Wamble and South African jazz from Nduduzo Makhathini plus much more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete ...



Label: Jerujazz Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: I Should Care; You're Nearer; Stairway to the Stars; Fortified; Mental Enigma; Hollywood Beach; Lucky to Be Me; Lullaby of the Leaves; Ask Me Now; B's Waltz


Article: Album Review

Kevin Fort: Perspectives

Read "Perspectives" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Pianist and composer Kevin Fort follows his extraordinary debut, Red Gold (CD Baby, 2014), with another tip of the hat to jazz standards and the modern tradition; Perspectives is a musical package nicely filled with new arrangements of six classics and four new originals, performed by a standard piano trio. For more than twenty years an ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Louis Armstrong, Marilyn Scott & Vicki Burns

Read "Louis Armstrong, Marilyn Scott & Vicki Burns" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From the chops of Boston-based jazz singer Vicki Burns, we begin the 770th Episode of Neon Jazz. From there, we hear from an artist that Burns saw and met in the mighty Ella Fitzgerald. Over the ensuing hour, we hear from some impressive artists with new material in Marilyn Scott, Steve Knight, Kate Wyatt and Joe ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Legacy of Leonard Bernstein: Policastro, Sanabria, Nash, Moran, Bloom

Read "The Legacy of Leonard Bernstein:  Policastro, Sanabria, Nash, Moran, Bloom" reviewed by Russell Perry

In 2018, Leonard Bernstein would have been 100 years old, generating renewed interest in his work. His compositions, especially those from West Side Story continue to inspire many fine jazz performances with their beautiful melodies, compelling rhythms, and unique harmony. 100th birthday tributes by Bobby Sanabria & the Multiverse Big Band and, on the other end ...


Nothing Here Belongs

Label: Jerujazz Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: I'm On Fire; Speak Slow(ly); Bloodshot; In The Quiet; The Wandering Sea; Oceans Of Notions; No Idea; Plain Song; This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody).


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