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The gifted, versatile saxophonist/clarinetist/composer John Ellis occupies an imaginary (and extremely imaginative) space directly between the celebratory, welcoming spirit of New Orleans and the edgy, frantic streets of New York City. Both as the leader of his own eclectic projects and as an in-demand sideman for a mind-boggling number and variety of artists, Ellis expresses a keen intellect and easy virtuosity while maintaining a mischievous gleam in his eye and never letting tongue stray far from cheek. That combination is best showcased in Ellis’ eccentric combo Double-Wide, which recently released its third album, Charm, on Ellis’ own Parade Light Records

Article: Album Review

John Ellis, Andy Bragen: The Ice Siren

Read "The Ice Siren" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Dopo Dreamscapes e MOBRO John Ellis e Andy Bragen firmano un altro lavoro d'ampio respiro, che si snoda in equilibrio tra scrittura cameristica, jazz e opera contemporanea. Ellis ha scritto la musica e partecipa come strumentista; Bragen ha composto il libretto, ispirandosi al filone gothic fantasy di autori come Tim Burton ne “La sposa ...

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Article: In Pictures

A Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith

Read "A Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


The great master of the Hammond B3 organ, Dr. Lonnie Smith, passed away in September 2021 at 79. Smith enjoyed a more than 50-year career at the vanguard of soul jazz. His influence extended far beyond that genre to electronic, hip-hop, and funk artists. Smith remained at the peak of his powers as a musician and ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

All About Jazz is celebrating John Ellis' birthday today! The gifted, versatile saxophonist/clarinetist/composer John Ellis occupies an imaginary (and extremely imaginative) space directly between the celebratory, welcoming spirit of New Orleans and the edgy, frantic streets of New York City. Both as the leader of his own eclectic projects and as an in-demand sideman for a ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Dara Tucker to perform at New Jersey Jazz Society January Social on January 29th

Dara Tucker to perform at New Jersey Jazz Society January Social on January 29th

Other jazz musicians appearing on the album, in addition to Chestnut, include pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Dezron Douglas, drummer Johnathan Blake, saxophonist John Ellis, and trumpeter Giveton Gelin. Among additional song selections on Dreams of Waking are James Taylor's “Secret O' Life," Donny Hathaway's “Someday We'll All Be Free," and Wonder's “You Haven't Done Nothin.'" As ...

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Article: Album Review

Reggie Quinerly: New York Nowhere

Read "New York Nowhere" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Born in Houston, drummer Reggie Quinerly attended his hometown's famous High School of the Performing and Visual Arts. He then moved on to study under such masters as Jimmy Cobb, Lewis Nash, and Kenny Washington in the Masters in Jazz Studies program at Juilliard, and released his debut recording, Music Inspired by Freedmantown (Self Produced, 2012) ...

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New York Nowhere

Label: Redefinition Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Reflections on the Hudson, Dreaming in Place, Somewhere on Houston, New York Nights, Celso, Wine Cooler Heads Prevail, New York Nights (revisited).

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Breathe

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Why Can’t We Live Together; Bright Eyes; Too Damn Hot; Track 9; World Weeps; Pilgrimage; Epistrophy; Sunshine Superman.

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The Art Of Conversation

Label: Nardis Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Row On; The Art Of Conversation; Trying Times; Georgette; Song For A Sucker Like You.

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Stranger Than Fiction

Label: ArtistShare
Released: 2021
Track listing: Pointillism; Havens; Stranger Than Fiction; Dance; Sunyasin; Counterpoint; Bella; Modality; Steps; Waking Dream.


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