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John Kocur

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Jazz saxophonist and composer John Kocur is captivating new audiences by putting an adventurous yet accessible spin on a classic tradition. Kocur’s compositions have been described as “mainly straight-ahead and clearly influenced by the playing of past masters such as Johnny Hodges and Cannonball Adderley, but they are not simply derivative. The ballads in particular display a maturity in writing and playing” (Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz). While highlighting original music, the group also creates unique interpretations of popular American songs from past and present. The group’s style is an intimate, all-acoustic format, where the music takes center stage

Album

Fortitude

Label: John Kocur Music
Released: 2013
Track listing: Looking Forward Year of the Dragon Waltz in G# Minor Sunday Morning Fortitude Requiem Hallelujah The Journey

Album

The Smoker

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2009
Track listing: Warrior's Call; Hope for a New Year; Running in the Rain; The Touch of Her Hair; Sheddin'; Independence Blues; Japan Suite (Movements 1-4); Fun Lovers.

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Article: Album Review

John Kocur: The Smoker

Read "The Smoker" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


John Kocur's first album as a bandleader is an enjoyable and varied recording, showcasing not only the alto saxophonist's own emerging talent but also those of band mates Amy Bormet on piano, Oliver Albertini on bass and C.V. Dashiell III on drums. Washington D.C.-based Kocur produced the album as well as composing all ...


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