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Jonathon Haffner

Jonathon Haffner was raised in Southern California where he began playing saxophone at an early age. While in California Jonathon began studying saxophone with Phil Sobel. Since moving to New York City Jonathon has performed/recorded with Butch Morris, Kenny Wollesen, Bill Frisell, Jason Moran, Steven Bernstein, Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Uri Caine, Jim Black, Eddie Henderson, Chris Potter, Sex Mob, Cindi Lauper, Jesse Harris, Brazilian Girls, Brian Blade, Graham Haynes, Jonas Mekas, The Nublu Orchestra, Ilhan Ersahin, Elliott Sharp, Art Baron, David Binney, and Rickie Lee Jones. Jonathon also co-leads the group 'Himalayas' with drummer Kenny Wollesen, and performs in the ensemble 'Now We Are Here' which is led by filmmaker Jonas Mekas.

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Article: Six Picks

2021’s Overlooked and Underrated Gems

Read "2021’s Overlooked and Underrated Gems" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Giovanni Guidi Ojos De Gato CAM Jazz 2021 In a year where saxophone roots-revivalist James Brandon Lewis made headlines everywhere --topping multiple year end lists for his collaboration with the Red Lily quartet on Jesup Wagon (among numerous placements in jazz publications around the globe for that album and ...

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The Chicago Symphonies

Label: TUM Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc 1: Movement 1: Light Fields and Circles: Amina Claudine Myers; Voices. Movement 2: Joyful, Sound and the Numbers; People: The Art Ensemble of Chicago: Movement 3: Pastoral: Joseph Jarman, As If It Were the Season of Seasons; Sherry Scott, Voice; Thurman Baker, Charlie Clark and Christopher Giddy. Movement 4: Creative Music; West End Blues and the Sonic Wealth Bird: Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Lil Hardin and Baby Dodds. Movement 5: Star-Fields: The Secretary, John S. Jackson. Disc 2: Movement 1: The Rare Air Songs In Sonic Forms and Metrical Folding: Henry Threadgill, Steve McCall and Fred Hopkins. Movement 2: Chicago: Culture, Creativity and the Artistic Passion; A Profile of the Next Generations. Movement 3: Muhal Richard Abrams: Levels and Degrees of the Light Spectrums; A New Culture: The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Movement 4: Jack DeJohnette: A Special Edition, New Directions and the Sonic Rhythm Units. Disc 3: Movement 1: For Alto; In the Orchestra: nJM 488; Anthony Braxton: Operas. Movement 2: Leroy Jenkins Mixed Quintet Sonics: Dance Opera. Movement 3: Heliocentric Sun Ra Energy and Particles of Light. Movement 4: Jupiter Skies: Kelan Phil Cochran and the Chicago Kulture. Movement 5: Scented Yellow and Red Chrysanthemums; Wadada Leo Smith: The Bell In Silence Resonants and Ten Freedom Summers. Disc 4: Movement 1: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America. Movement 2: Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg: Two Seven Two, 1863. Movement 3: The Visionaries, Abraham Lincoln and Barack Hussein Obama. Movement 4. Barack Hussein Obama at Selma: the Bridge of Transformation. Movement 5: Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America.

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Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith's Great Lakes Quartet: The Chicago Symphonies

Read "The Chicago Symphonies" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The prolific virtuoso Wadada Leo Smith gave us two TUM Records box sets in the first half of 2021 and will end the year with two more, including the very ambitious The Chicago Symphonies. The four-disc collection features the trumpeter/composer's Great Lakes Quartet with saxophonist/flutist Henry Threadgill, bassist John Lindberg and drummer Jack DeJohnette. The final ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Craig Taborn: A Study in Contrasts

Read "Craig Taborn: A Study in Contrasts" reviewed by Tom Greenland


Jonathon Haffner Life On Wednesday Cachuma Records 2009 Lotte Anker Floating Islands ILK 2009 Craig Taborn's seemingly innocuous musings have a way of sneaking up on you, ...

Album

Life on Wednesday

Label: ArtistShare
Released: 2009
Track listing: Time Time; Radio One; New Mexico; Wester Wren (The Bird Call); Formigas; Big Wheel; Tuesday Night Danny; Freewheel; Wednesday Night Firsts; Maybe Mexico; New Year.

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Article: Album Review

Jonathon Haffner: Life on Wednesday

Read "Life on Wednesday" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Alto saxophonist Jonathon Haffner's band on Life on Wednesday puts up a united front, sounding as integrated as the internal workings of a utilitarian, high horsepower industrial machine. But that machine has some grit in its innards on the set's opener, “Time Time," with a rasp of Wayne Krantz' metallic guitar paired with Craig Taborn's Wurlitzer ...


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