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John Handy - saxophone, vocals John Handy is an alto saxophonist who plays the tenor, saxello, baritone, clarinet, oboe and vocals. He is actually a consummate world musician and teacher who devoted his life to using music to elevate the human spirit. His soulful and fiery saxophone style is instantly recognizable to generations of jazz fans world-wide. As a performer and composer he continues to sweep audiences into ecstasy with his vast range of creative, emotional, and technical inventiveness. With a superb knowledge and practical experience with music of several cultures, he fuses, with each selection, a musical genre that is coherent, provocative, logical, and enjoyable. Known most readily as a saxophonist in jazz quartet and quintet settings, John Handy is also featured in solo, duets, and large ensembles ranging in size from big bands to concert bands, symphony orchestras, vocal groups, and choirs. As a singer, he brings a kind of storytelling narrative to the blues that is entertaining, educational, and moving; while his "up tempo" scat vocals could be compared to the best scat singers anywhere

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Blue Note Records: Lost In Space: 20 Overlooked Classic Albums

Read "Blue Note Records: Lost In Space: 20 Overlooked Classic Albums" reviewed by Chris May


For anyone with a passion for Blue Note, it is hard to conceive of an album that has been “overlooked," let alone twenty of them. For connoisseurs of the most influential label in jazz history, the passion can be all consuming: if a dedicated collector does not have all the albums (yet), he or she will ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Jazz & Film: An Alternative Top 20 Soundtrack Albums

Read "Jazz & Film: An Alternative Top 20 Soundtrack Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Jazz and the movies have a shared history stretching back almost a hundred years. The relationship came into its own in the US in the mid twentieth century. Elia Kazan's 1950 movie Panic In The Streets is an early example of how film makers used jazz-based soundtracks to enhance drama and atmosphere and create ambiances of ...

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Article: Radio

Nick Finzer, Jeremy Pelt, Jonah Jones and More

Read "Nick Finzer, Jeremy Pelt, Jonah Jones and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


As we continue bringing you brand new jazz amidst the pandemic, this week we focus on Nick Finzer, Keith Oxman, Naama Gheber and Sebastien Ammann, featuring their albums and interviews in which they speak about their influences and how they are processing the world without live music. Enjoy! Playlist Nick Finzer “Weatherman" Cast of ...

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Article: Live Review

John Handy Tribute At SFJAZZ

Read "John Handy Tribute At SFJAZZ" reviewed by Walter Atkins


John Handy Tribute SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium SFJAZZ Fifth Season Celebration San Francisco CA January 22, 2017 The SFJAZZ Center ignited its fifth season celebration with two extraordinary weeks that included the Dr. Martin Luther King Day Open House and the star studded Zakir Hussain Gala Night ...

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Article: Live Review

Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman and lots more at SFJAZZ Center gala

Read "Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman and lots more at SFJAZZ Center gala" reviewed by David Becker


2017 Gala Celebrating Zakir Hussain SFJAZZ Center jny: San Francisco January 18, 2017 When SFJAZZ decides to throw a party, it does not fool around. For evidence, you had to look no farther than the presenter's 2017 gala, celebrating both the 5th anniversary of the organization's ...

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Article: Interview

Clarence Becton: Straight Ahead Into Freedom

Read "Clarence Becton: Straight Ahead Into Freedom" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz


Clarence Becton is a musicians' musician—meaning, someone well-known in musician circles. He belongs to the generation of American jazz heroes who grew up under economically and socially difficult circumstances, and for that very reason, succeeded in gaining a comprehensive education, emancipating himself, and embodying the history of jazz music by directly learning from and working with ...

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News: Crowdfunding Campaign

"Anatomy Of Vince Guaraldi" Documentary Re-Discovers Long-Lost Jazz Treasures

"Anatomy Of Vince Guaraldi" Documentary Re-Discovers Long-Lost Jazz Treasures

More than 50 years ago, noted music critic Ralph J. Gleason took movie cameras into jazz legend Vince Guaraldi’s studio to capture the recording of “Cast Your Fate To The Wind” and the album Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus. These original films, forgotten in the Gleason family’s attic for decades, have been restored in high definition ...

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Article: My Blue Note Obsession

Charles Mingus: Mingus in Wonderland – 1959

Read "Charles Mingus: Mingus in Wonderland – 1959" reviewed by Marc Davis


In 1959, there were two Charles Minguses: the Mingus you knew and the Mingus you didn't. In May 1959, Mingus recorded his very best album ever: the incomparable Mingus Ah Um. And I mean incomparable in the literal sense. There is, literally, no other record quite like it. It's a big band, but not ...

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Article: Live Review

Marina Crouse At The Sound Room

Read "Marina Crouse At The Sound Room" reviewed by Walter Atkins


Marina Crouse The Sound Room First Time Out Oakland, CA January 30, 2016 Talented East Bay vocalist Marina Crouse and her superb band lit up the intimate Sound Room with her distinctive brand of rhythm and blues on this chilly Saturday evening. The night was filled with a soulful blend ...


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