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Jazz writers and musicians have described his tenor saxophone sound as "big and round", "full bodied", "muscular" and his style as "fluid, solid, individual, quite varied", and he "plays with harmonic intelligence." John Richmond's live engagements and recording sessions have included work with many of the top jazz musicians of our time. He performs regularly at the Turning Point Cafe in Piermont, NY where there is an ongoing Jazz series, "Jazz at the Turning Point Cafe" that includes Monday Open Jazz sessions and a Jazz Concert series at which many notable jazz artists perform. A new CD is in the works. The CD “Live at Cecil’s” was recorded in January 2007 and features Keith Saunders, Bill Moring and Eliot Zigmund. His early recording as leader, "Round Once," on Consolidated Artists, featured pianist Mike Longo, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Al Harewood, received favorable critical reviews and radio air play and was a "feature pick" of Cash Box magazine

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John Richmond at The Turning Point Cafe

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John Richmond The Turning Point Cafe Annual Gemini Birthday Bash Piermont, NY June 10, 2019 The night began with a question of the identity of an alto saxophonist on a Miles Davis recording that was playing on The Turning Point Café's sound system. John Richmond, tenor saxophonist and the Monday ...

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Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry at The Turning Point Cafe

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Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry The Turning Point Cafe Piermont, NY July 15, 2018 Eight selections into an eighty-minute set Brian Charette looked over at Ed Cherry and asked what kind of ballad he wanted to play. In an instant Cherry answered with his guitar, kicking off Duke Ellington's “In ...

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John Hart at The Turning Point Cafe

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John Hart The Turning Point Cafe Jazz at The Turning Point Cafe Piermont, NY April 24, 2017 In the midst of a second week of suffering from a particularly virulent strain of the flu, John Richmond should be taking it easy. Moving in a sluggish manner, avoiding close contact with ...

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Doug Webb at The Turning Point Cafe

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Doug Webb The Turning Point Cafe Piermont, NY September 28, 2015 The Monday Jazz Sessions, a fixture at The Turning Point Café since 2007, are a product of the dauntless efforts of series curator John Richmond. Among other responsibilities, Richmond books the musicians, publicizes the events, enthusiastically greets visitors, tends to ...

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Mel Martin and His Tenor Conclave: Piermont, NY, September 14, 2012

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Mel Martin and his Tenor ConclaveThe Turning Point CafePiermont, NYSeptember 14, 2012 Before the first note sounded in a seventy-five minute set by Mel Martin and his Tenor Conclave, there was a false start of sorts. Most of the band was assembled and ready to hit when they were asked ...

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Jim Rotondi at The Turning Point Cafe

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Jim Rotondi The Turning Point Café Piermont, NY April 11, 2010 When the words “Bye, Bye" sounded from outside The Turning Point Cafe in the middle of Jim Rotondi's “Angel Eyes" cadenza, he didn't hesitate to imitate the singsong tone of the woman's voice. A journeyman whose credits include the ...

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Duane Eubanks at The Turning Point Cafe

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Duane Eubanks The Turning Point Café Piermont, NY November 7, 2009 In the middle of Duane Eubanks's trumpet solo on “Recorda Me," the set's second selection, the music suddenly moved beyond an aggregation of interesting individual performances. It was the first of many transcendent moments in which the band jelled ...

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Dave Stryker at The Turning Point Cafe

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Dave Stryker The Turning Point Cafe Piermont, NY October 24, 2009 “That's what we like about jazz. It's never the same way once," quipped Dave Stryker near the end of an exhilarating seventy-five minute set. Forsaking the familiarity of his working bands for a fling with the Turning Point ...

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Alvin Queen at The Turning Point Cafe

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Alvin Queen The Turning Point Cafe Piermont, NY June 22, 2009 A couple of minutes into Shirley Scott's “There's Blues Everywhere," Alvin Queen's medium tempo shuffle beat had a galvanizing effect on his band as well as the normally decorous audience at The Turning Point Cafe. Throughout the fifty minute ...


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