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John Riley

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John Bernard Riley is an American jazz drummer and educator. He has performed with Woody Herman, Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Gary Peacock, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, Franck Amsallem, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, John Patitucci, and Bob Berg. Riley began playing drums at age eight, after receiving a snare drum as a gift. In the biographies provided to the media, Riley acknowledges the early support of his parents, John and Mary Ann. While attending fourth grade in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, Riley began studying percussion privately with Thomas Sicola, Jr

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Light In The World

Label: In And Out Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Light in the World; Storyteller; Across the Gateway; River Spirit; Where to Stay; Many Miles Away; Heart of Season; Trilogy Evolution; Just Like It Is.

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Article: Album Review

Nocturnal Four: Light In The World

Read "Light In The World" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


A band of the night embraces light. It's an equipoise in interests that propels this outing to great depths and heights. Croatian guitarist Ratko Zjaca, long a proponent for cross-cultural exchange in music, uses this dark yet illuminating platform to sow the seeds of accord with a band of brothers from different motherlands. ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Bill Stewart Interview

Read "Bill Stewart Interview" reviewed by Mike Brannon


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in May 2002. Upon joining The John Scofield group in the mid '80s it seemed like drummer Bill Stewart just appeared out of nowhere. They of course did a number of tours and studio dates together while word got around about Stewart's ...

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Article: Profile

Rolling in Rhythm: Philly Joe Jones and Charles Wilcoxon

Read "Rolling in Rhythm: Philly Joe Jones and Charles Wilcoxon" reviewed by Dustin Mallory


Drummer “Philly" Joe Jones is known as one of the most recorded drummers in jazz history, appearing on more than 200 albums. His legacy as a studio drummer appears on seminal classics like John Coltrane's Blue Train, Thelonious Monk's Blues at the Five Spot, Miles Davis's Milestones, and Bud Powell's Time Waits. Beside these recordings, Jones ...

Article: Album Review

Kyoko Oyobe: Happy Silence

Read "Happy Silence" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Molto attiva nei club di New York, la pianista giapponese guida da un paio d'anni un quartetto che in questo CD è nella formazione originaria, con Steve Wilson, Michael O'Brien e Matt Wilson. Dal 2014 a oggi ha avuto modo di compiere un tour in Giappone con Chris Speed ospite e il suo attuale organico è ...

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Article: Album Review

Dick Oatts / Mats Holmquist New York Jazz Orchestra: A Tribute to Herbie +1

Read "A Tribute to Herbie +1" reviewed by Jack Bowers


A Tribute to Herbie +1 is Swedish-born composer / arranger Mats Holmquist's third “tribute" album, following well-received salutes to Chick Corea (2003) and Wayne Shorter (2012). For his encomium to pianist / composer Herbie Hancock, Holmquist called upon two of New York City's most respected sidemen, alto saxophonist Dick Oatts and trombonist John Mosca, known and ...

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Article: Interview

Chris Smith: At The Intersection Of Scholarship, Performance and Pedagogy

Read "Chris Smith: At The Intersection Of Scholarship, Performance and Pedagogy" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


In the introduction to his book Jazz Matters (University Of California Press, 2010), David Ake writes about bringing “together the practical side of making jazz, the pedagogical side of teaching it, and the academic side of writing about it." (p. 12) “Nothing but good," Ake adds, “can come if we increase the numbers of scholars who ...

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Article: Album Review

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer

Read "OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer" reviewed by John Ephland


There's a richness, a depth, a density to his varied charts. And the soloists and ensemble passages inside those charts! Such has always been the case with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, then, and now. For real, gliding from the spirit of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, this edition of the VJO now embraces another one of ...

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Article: Album Review

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer

Read "OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer" reviewed by Jack Bowers


While it may be hard to believe, the reality is that the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is nearing the end of its first half-century together. Formed in 1966 as the Thad Jones -Mel Lewis Orchestra, it continued on after Jones' departure as the Mel Lewis Orchestra, then as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra after Lewis' death in February ...


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