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Julius Vasylenko

Blind from birth, saxist and multi-reedist Julius Vasylenko was born and raised in Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK. Regaining partial sight at the age of 18 months through experimental optical surgery, he attended Temple Bank School for the visually impaired. After an initially unpleasant experience here, two teachers opened his ears and his mind by introducing him to the sounds of nature, on camping trips, and to classical music. "Beethoven was my first rock and roll," he says... Two older cousins on his father's side of the family introduced him to the progressive rock of King Crimson, Yes, and Peter Gabriel's Genesis

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The Grizzler Big Band: Dave's Not Here

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Dave Gross, Andrew Eisenberg, Steve Norton, et al.November 12, 2010Private Loft, Fort Point ChannelBoston, MassA giant, three-pound onion ring keeps growing. “Now, it's four pounds!" says the announcer. “It seemed like an overly heavy onion blossom," musician Angela Sawyer said. “It was in a cartoon on Adult Swim in 2002. It ...

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Greg Kelley: Flesh to Metal

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Boston trumpeter Greg Kelley takes an atom and constructs a world out of it. Taking his cue from the metallic tubes of his instrument and how they are connected to his mouth, and ultimately his body, his sounds are never wholly disembodied but rather maintain the precise quality of that apparatus that, in his hands, is ...

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Forbes Graham: Magenta Haze

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Forbes Graham isn't hell-bent on taking the jazz world over by fiat. Then again, a sterling tone like Louis Armstrong's, a sense of stride and a sidewinder sleekness position him to do so. He brings spot-on timing, inherited from his key precursor, Don Cherry, into the icy age of post jazz--and swings, too, situated ...

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Julius Vasylenko: Seeing Stars

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Julius Vasylenko has earthy charisma. Because of his accent, people who come into his purlieu immediately assume an association with elite British improvisers. “Did he hang with Derek Bailey?" they wonder...I could say Vasylenko, a multi-reed and saxophonist now based in Boston, was John Butcher's and Evan Parker's kid brother. However, it ...


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