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John Betsch


John Betsch was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1945 and presently lives in Paris. His mother was a church organist and pianist and his sister a dramatic soprano singer. John began playing drums at age nine and started playing professionally at 18 while a student at Fisk University. He continued his studies at the Berklee School of Music and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst under Max Roach and Archie Shepp; John also taught at U. Mass. and in state prison education programs. Moving to New York City in '75, he played drums with the Ted Daniel big band, Jeanne Lee, Abbey Lincoln, Dewey Redman, and others


The Warmth of Our Songs

Label: Swingin Back
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. One weekend out of two (U. Kairson) 2. Life on hold (D. Hall) 3. Skylark ( H. Carmichael, J. Mercer)) 4. A name and a number (U. Kairson, D. Hall) 5. Nobody else but me ( J Kern, Hammerstein) 6. Serenity (J. Henderson) 7. I thought about you (J. Van Heusen) 8. If freedom (U. Kairson ) 9. Antoine’s song ( V. Bourgeyx) 10. Spiritual Medley: (Traditional Spiritual) - Joshua fought the battle of Jericho - Wade in the water - Let my people go - Hold on 11. There’s a man goin’ round takin’ names (Traditional Spiritual) 12. Swing low sweet chariot (Traditional Spiritual) 13. Sometimes I feel like a motherless child (Traditional Spiritual) 14. Precious Lord (Traditional Spiritual) 15. Melancholia (D.Ellington) 16. Out of the Blue 17. I wish I knew how it would fee to be free (B. Taylor)


Three in Paris

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Roland Alphonso; Lazy Afternoon; Who Needs It?; Hope; Azure; Prayer; The Crust; Bone; Folk Song 2; One for Us.


Article: Album Review

Joris Teepe: In The Spirit Of Rashied Ali

Read "In The Spirit Of Rashied Ali" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In politics, as well as music, the revolutionaries rarely govern. With the exceptions of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Marion Brown, and Rashied Ali exemplify this theory. Thankfully, those fighting in the trenches alongside the insurgents, like Joris Teepe, are determined to keep their memory and spirit alive. The Dutch-born New York ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

The Art (de Vivre) of the Trio

Read "The Art (de Vivre) of the Trio" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Amaury Faye Trio Clearway Pias Jazz Village 2017 Following several years of studying and reputation-building in his native France and beyond, Amaury Faye makes an accomplished and overdue step foward with Clearway. It was largely a standards affair on his leader debut Big Moe Trio (Greenworks, 2010). Here the French ...


Both sides of the river

Label: Societatea de Concerte Bistrița
Released: 2016


Article: Live Review

Craig Handy Quartet at Sunset Jazz Club

Read "Craig Handy Quartet at Sunset Jazz Club" reviewed by Patricia Myers

Craig Handy Quartet Hommage a Dexter Gordon Sunset Jazz Club Paris, France July 8, 2016 Tributes to noted jazz musicians are frequent throughout Europe, especially in Paris. Each “hommage" centers on the hits and compositions of a star, performed by a musician with a high skill-level for ...


Article: Album Review

Steve Lacy Quintet: Last Tour

Read "Last Tour" reviewed by John Eyles

As its title says, this album dates from Steve Lacy's last tour, which ran from the summer of 2003 in NYC through to March 2004 in Boston, (where Lacy was living at the time, as he was teaching at the New England Conservatory of Music). The eight tracks on this album were recorded in Boston's ICA ...


Article: Interview

Mircea Tiberian: The Natural Force of Music

Read "Mircea Tiberian: The Natural Force of Music" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Pianist Mircea Tiberian is an emblematic figure of Romanian jazz, with a prodigious musical and academic career. He plays an influential role in the jazz scene and as author of many theoretical studies and essays, fosters its development on the theoretical level as well. Along his 40 year career Tiberian has played with top ranking Romanian ...


Article: Live Review

Garana Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Garana Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Garana Jazz Festival Wolf's Meadow Garana, Romania July 10-13, 2014 One of Europe's most visited festivals, taking place on a meadow over 300 ft. high in the Western Carpathians, just had its 18th anniversary. The lineup, a brand mark of the festival director, Marius Giura, combined again tradition ...


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