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John Menegon

A resident of Upstate New York, Menegon started his career as a jazz bassist in Montreal. After having worked for several years on the Canadian jazz scene with the great guitarists Sonny Greenwich, Mike Gauthier & Nelson Simons, and saxophonists Steve Grossman & Pat LaBarbara, he then went on to hone his skills in NYC in the mid-80s. Since moving to New York City to study Jazz at Long Island University on a full scholarship, John has performed/recorded with Dewey Redman, David “Fathead” Newman, Matt Wilson, Frank Kimbrough, John Hicks, Yoron Israel, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Burrell, Kenny Barron, Bruce Barth, Paul Bley, Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Orchestra, Nick Brignola, Bob Meyer, Jimmy Cobb, Al Foster, Slide Hampton, Sheila Jordan, Lee Konitz, J.R

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Kevin Quinn: Paramedic

Read "Paramedic" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Kevin Quinn may not be a name you are familiar with on the jazz scene yet, but behind the scenes his work as a sound engineer at the ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY, has afforded him the opportunity to work with top jazz musicians such as: Aaron Parks, David Savitsky, Rachel Therrien, Dean Sharp, Sean Wayland, ...

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Take Five with Rob Saffer of the Creative Music Foundation

Read "Take Five with Rob Saffer of the Creative Music Foundation" reviewed by Creative Music Foundation

In this installment of Take Five we hear from Executive Director Rob Saffer of the Creative Music Foundation, an organization founded in 1971 by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman. CMS has brought together leading innovators in the jazz and world music communities through their CMS workshops. About the Creative Music Studio Fall ...

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Creative Music Studio Announces Fall Workshop, October 5-9, 2015

Creative Music Studio Announces Fall Workshop, October 5-9, 2015

Composer/multi-instrumentalist and Creative Music Studio alumnus Peter Apfelbaum, master percussionist/educator Billy Martin, and composer/saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa will join CMS Artistic Directors/Co-Founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso as Guiding Artists for the Creative Music Studio Fall 2015 Workshop Intensive, October 5-9, at the ear-inspiring Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. CMS’s Fall 2015 Workshop features a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Teri Roiger: Dear Abbey: the Music of Abbey Lincoln

Read "Dear Abbey: the Music of Abbey Lincoln" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

With Dear Abbey, singer Teri Roiger does something remarkable. She interprets thirteen of vocalist Abbey Lincoln's compositions, maintaining the legendary singer's emotive articulation and dramatic delivery, yet marking each song with her own individuality. She thus pays the ultimate homage to an innovator who blazed her own unique artistic path. Roiger's warm contralto, ...

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Randy Simon Jazz Project: Light It Up

Read "Light It Up" reviewed by Alexander M. Stern

The Randy Simon Jazz Project is a collection of some of Upstate New York's best and brightest jazz luminaries, all brought together to play the music of the titular Simon. Simon's compositions and arrangements are extraordinary. Complex yet completely accessible, he paints dazzling portraits in sound, creating perfect launching points for his soloists. Light It Up, ...

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Chet Doxas: Big Sky

Read "Big Sky" reviewed by John Kelman

As much as a recent Ottawa, Canada performance was an intimate opportunity for local fans to see John Abercrombie, it was equally noteworthy for the two brothers who brought the veteran guitarist and bassist John Menegon, both from Upstate New York, for a short tour of Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa and Montreal. Saxophonist Chet Doxas and drummer ...

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John Abercrombie / John Menegon / Chet and Jim Doxas: Ottawa, Canada, September 18, 2010

Read "John Abercrombie / John Menegon / Chet and Jim Doxas: Ottawa, Canada, September 18, 2010" reviewed by John Kelman

John Abercrombie / Chet Doxas / John Menegon / Jim DoxasCafé ParadisoOttawa, CanadaSeptember 18, 2010 Amongst the elite of mid-to-senior-generation jazz guitarists including Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Bill Frisell and Ralph Towner, John Abercrombie stands alone. Every one of these six-stringers has a definitive voice, and considerable improvisational skill; equally, however, ...

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John Menegon: Search Light

Read "Search Light" reviewed by Steven Robinson

John Menegon's Search Light is not only witty, atmospheric, and thoroughly engaging from one end to the other, it argues against the frequent error of perceiving the role of the bass too narrowly. The bass is so often thought of as the engine room of jazz ensembles, providing the rhythmic pulse and harmonic core, that many ...


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