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Julian Priester

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Julian Priester is an American jazz trombonist and composer. He has played with many artists including Sun Ra, Max Roach, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. Priester attended Chicago's DuSable High School, where he studied under Walter Dyett. In his teens he played with blues and R&B artists such as Muddy Waters, Dinah Washington, and Bo Diddley, and had the opportunity to jam with jazz players like Max Roach, trumpeter Clifford Brown, and saxophonist Sonny Stitt. In the early 1950s Priester was a member of Sun Ra's big band, recording several albums with the group before leaving Chicago in 1956 to tour with Lionel Hampton

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Label: Open Mic Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: There Are Thorns

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Julian Priester

Jazz Musician of the Day: Julian Priester

All About Jazz is celebrating Julian Priester's birthday today! Julian Priester is an American jazz trombonist and composer. He has played with many artists including Sun Ra, Max Roach, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. Priester attended Chicago's DuSable High School, where he studied under Walter Dyett. In his teens he played with blues and ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Seattle Jazz Fellowship Presents: Orrin Evans & the Captain Black Big Band

Read "Seattle Jazz Fellowship Presents: Orrin Evans & the Captain Black Big Band" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The Seattle Jazz Fellowship, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by trumpeter Thomas Marriott, was created in response to the loss of viable jazz stages showcasing the vibrant resident jazz scene in Seattle. While local jazz musicians and fans alike mourned the downfall of longtime resident haunts such as the New Orleans club and Tula's Jazz Club, Marriott ...

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Article: Album Review

Dawn Clement, Elsa Nilsson, Emma Dayhuff, Tina Raymond: Esthesis Quartet

Read "Esthesis Quartet" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The Covid-19 lockdown of 2020 and 2021 mandated that musicians find ways to connect without gathering in person. The pandemic produced a litany of recordings that along with photos of masked loved ones, will serve as tacit reminders of two years of solitude and isolation. For Esthesis Quartet this meant gathering on Zoom to keep the ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Seattle Jazz Fellowship: A New Beginning For Live Resident Jazz

Read "Seattle Jazz Fellowship: A New Beginning For Live Resident Jazz" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The local jazz scene in Seattle has been vibrant and at times prolific over the last one hundred years. The city hosted the only fully integrated jazz club scene in the 1920's and '30s, inspiring Black musicians from the south to escape Jim Crow, and find a place to not only engage in the bustling club ...

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There Are Thorns

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Label: Open Mic Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 5:31

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

George Coleman: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "George Coleman: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Born in Memphis, Tennessee, saxophonist George Coleman cut his teeth in local rhythm and blues bands and made his first recording, aged twenty, with B.B. King in 1955. That year he switched from alto to tenor, because King already had an alto player; but Coleman has continued to play the alto from time to time and, ...

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These Are My Roots: Clifford Jordan Plays Leadbelly

Label: Pure Pleasure
Released: 2021
Track listing: Side One: Dick’s Holler; Silver City Bound; Take This Hammer; Black Betty; The Highest Mountain. Side Two: Goodnight Irene; De Gray Goose; Black Girl; Jolly O The Ransom; Yellow Girl.

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Jay Clayton, Jerry Granelli: Alone Together

Read "Alone Together" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


L'età avanzata non aveva spento in Jay Clayton e Jerry Granelli (purtroppo deceduto di recente) la voglia di riprendere la lunga collaborazione in performance liberamente improvvisate. Il sodalizio tra la cantante e il batterista risale alla fine degli anni settanta, quando Collin Walcott suggerì a Granelli d'invitare la Clayton al workshop musicale che tenevano al Naropa ...


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