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Julius Tolentino

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The sounds of yesterday, today, and tomorrow are generated from the mind and soul of Julius Tolentino. With sophisticated technique and skilled interpretation, Julius creates a sound that is unique while also based on tradition. Composer and performer, Julius builds a rapport with his audience and strives to produce an authentic portrayal of jazz music. Born in Bloomfield, NJ, Julius started studying piano at the age of 7. He continued his musical endeavors, which included clarinet when he was 10. By 13 Julius made the transition to alto saxophone. It was with this instrument that Julius began to explore his love for jazz. While in high school, Julius performed in regional and all-state bands and won over a dozen soloist awards

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Article: Rising Stars

Meet Saxophonist Zoe Obadia

Read "Meet Saxophonist Zoe Obadia" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. In April 2019, alto saxophonist Zoe Obadia sat in with the Bill Charlap Trio to play Dave Brubeck's “Time Out" at International Jazz Day. “I was definitely very nervous to sit in with such an established and refined trio," she said," but I had fun and ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Meet Laura Simone-Martin

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. As a fifth grader at Lawrence Intermediate School in Lawrenceville, NJ, Laura Simone-Martin was planning to play the cello. But her mother, Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin, who teaches Vocal Jazz at Princeton University, showed her a video of bassist Esperanza Spalding performing at the White House. “I ...

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Article: Interview

David Gibson: Propelling The Story Forward

Read "David Gibson: Propelling The Story Forward" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


It's late morning on Sunday, January 17, 2016--a wintry New York day that will later see snow--and much of Brooklyn seems to be in a state of hibernation or hiding. There are few signs of life on the streets, but there's no shortage of action in the basement of the former Public School 9 Annex. That's ...

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Article: Album Review

David Gibson: Boom!

Read "Boom!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Trombonist David Gibson's Boom!--his sixth leader date, and third release on the Posi-Tone imprint--is something of a fresh start. His two previous releases--A Little Somethin' (Posi-Tone, 2009) and End Of The Tunnel (Posi-Tone, 2011)--were cut from the same cloth, as each largely focused on funk, soul jazz, and swing; both albums also featured the same quartet--Gibson ...

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Article: Live Review

Illinois Jacquet Foundation Benefit Weekend: Phoenix, AZ, May 17-19, 2013

Read "Illinois Jacquet Foundation Benefit Weekend: Phoenix, AZ, May 17-19, 2013" reviewed by Patricia Myers


Illinois Jacquet Foundation Benefit WeekendPhoenix, AZMay 17-19, 2013The 2013 Desert Winds Jazz Weekend celebrated the six-decade career of the late saxophonist Illinois Jacquet with three events that raised $10,000 for jazz scholarships and music education programs in Arizona. The Desert Winds designation was taken from the title of Jacquet's 1964 album for Argo.

News: Performance / Tour

Evening Of Jazz For Newtown Benefit Concert on April 12th

Evening Of Jazz For Newtown Benefit Concert on April 12th

April 12, 2013 7:30pm-9:30pm Newark Academy Auditorium 91 South Orange Avenue Livingston, NJ 07039 The Evening of Jazz has been an annual concert at Newark Academy to showcase it’s numerous jazz ensembles. This year we are dedicating our concert to the families of Sandyhook and the Greene family. We will have three ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With David Gibson

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Meet David Gibson: Trombonist David Gibson has enjoyed a varied musical career which is deeply rooted in the genres of jazz and funk. While reared in Oklahoma, Gibson's musical journey steered him to New York City. Jazz luminary Curtis Fuller said about Gibson, “Out of all the young players I hear in the music ...

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Article: Album Review

David Gibson: End Of The Tunnel

Read "End Of The Tunnel" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Words like “funky" and “groovy" are often bandied about by musicians, reviewers and fans alike. Once upon a time they represented the heights of popular musical achievement; today, they're a little anachronistic, their use more ironic than laudatory. Then something comes along that epitomizes both terms, and reclaims them as badges of honor. Trombonist David Gibson's ...

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Article: Album Review

David Gibson: End Of The Tunnel

Read "End Of The Tunnel" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


David Gibson's A Little Somethin' (Posi-Tone, 2009) had a lot to offer, the trombonist garnering attention for its vibrant swing, soul and funk-laced jazz, but it wasn't a one-man show. He had some help from a stellar support crew, and the same musicians that assisted in fleshing out his vision there return for another go-round on ...


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