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Jon Ballantyne

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Saskatchewan born, New York-based jazz pianist Jon Ballantyne started playing piano at a very early age, and began formal study at the age of six. His father is also a pianist and both parents’ jazz enthusiasts; therefore Jon was hearing the recordings of greats such as Lenny Breau, Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis, Bill Evans and Duke Ellington from the beginning of his life. After the early years of absorbing his father's blues-based approach to piano, classical piano studies, and a stint in a garage rock band as a young teenager, Jon realized his passion and decided to more thoroughly investigate the art form of jazz

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News: Festival

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Is Back June 17-25! Lineup Announced, Headliner Shows All Free!

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Is Back June 17-25! Lineup Announced, Headliner Shows All Free!

325 Shows – 1750+ Artists – 20 Venues – Record Number of Free Shows – Limited Number of Club Passes Now On Sale The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is back! After a two-year hiatus due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the lineup for the long-awaited 2022 nine-day ...

Album

Saskatchewan Suite

Label: Chronograph Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Place; The First; The Newcomers; The In-Between; September 1905; Saskatchesport; Thank You, Mr. Douglas; Saskatchejazz

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Song of the Day

September 1905

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Label: Chronograph Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 04:58

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Boris Kozlov

Read "Take Five With Boris Kozlov" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Boris Kozlov: Currently serving as a bassist, arranger and Musical Director for the Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty and The Orchestra, as well as leading his own projects, he has also been a first-call bassist for such important jazz acts as Michael Brecker, John Blake, Ray Barretto's New World Spirit, Lew Tabackin, David Kikoski, Alex ...

Album

Avenue Standard

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2007

Album

Known/Unknown

Label: N. Y. Jam
Released: 1999

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Article: Album Review

Jon Ballantyne: Known/Unknown

Read "Known/Unknown" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Jon Ballantyne is thick. You hear great rumbles of piano, fingers darting to hit distant notes, somehow laid-back and intense at the same time. It’s an edgy sound, similar to some but copying none. It’s hard to describe, but the album title does it as well as anything. “No Blues” is the title, but Jon’s version ...

Album

A Musing

Label: Shanachie
Released: 1991

Album

Trio

Label: Shanachie
Released: 1987


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