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Kamasi Washington


At the age of 13 Kamasi Washington decided to begin a life long quest of the many wonders to be found in music. He made this decision one night when after a rehearsal at his home his father left his soprano saxophone lying on the piano and left Kamasi with an uncontrollable curiosity of all the beauty he’d just heard come from it. So he took father’s horn, and even though he didn’t know anything about the saxophone, in fact he’d never even touched a saxophone, and played Wayne Shorter’s “Sleeping Dancer Sleep On”, his favorite song at the time. Kamasi was shocked he had been playing drums, piano, and clarinet for years but he’d never played the saxophone. Yet he was somehow able to play a song from his heart and in that received an early glimpse of the euphoria that music can bring. And at that moment he knew that music was his life’s quest and the saxophone was his voice.


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Pianist Shereen Cheong

Read "Take Five with Pianist Shereen Cheong" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Shereen Cheong Shereen Cheong is a New York-based Malaysian pianist, composer, arranger, producer and educator who developed a sense of music from the tender age of three. Pursuant to her classical training, she studied jazz piano with Malaysia's jazz veteran, Michael Veerapen. She is a graduate from Berklee College of Music, holding a dual degree ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nout, Toine Thys, Kamasi Washington, Emile Parisien & More

Read "Nout, Toine Thys, Kamasi Washington, Emile Parisien & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Here's the long and short of it: Bill Frisell goes orchestral, Emile Parisien is cookin,' Nout goes live, Kamasi Washington is back with a prologue to his new album, producer Church Chords channels his inner Hal Willer, and Toine Thys's Orlando sounds better then ever.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. ...


Article: Album Review

Ancient Infinity Orchestra: River Of Light

Read "River Of Light" reviewed by Chris May

Since 2008, when he released his first album, Sending My Love, Yorkshire-based trumpeter and Gondwana label founder Matthew Halsall has been the catalyst for the emergence of a regionally distinct, Northern English sound in which spiritual jazz is the primary ingredient. This is unusual in England, a small country where most roads lead to London. The ...

Article: History of Jazz

James "Plunky" Branch: Afrobeat, Funk e Spiritual Jazz

Read "James "Plunky" Branch: Afrobeat, Funk e Spiritual Jazz" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Da circa un decennio il jazz statunitense e britannico vede l'emergere di giovani protagonisti che spezzano i confini tra i generi “colti" e popolari, operando una sintesi sfaccettata tra le molte espressioni della black music. Un torrente tumultuoso che viene alimentato dalle spinte politico-identitarie della comunità afroamericana (la rinascita dell'Afrofuturismo, il movimento Black Lives Matter), che ...


Article: Album Review

Donny McCaslin: I Want More

Read "I Want More" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Donny McCaslin's album, I Want More, is a captivating and boundary-breaking release which highlights the saxophonist composer's innovative musical approach. Building on his previous collaborations and experiences, McCaslin ventures into uncharted territory by seamlessly fusing elements of electronica, post-rock, jazz, and improv. The result is a genre-defying sound which pushes the boundaries, and showcases McCaslin's prowess ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Few of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things (so far) - Part 1

Read "A Few of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things (so far) - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The first half of the year has brought us plenty of great new albums. Let's look back at some of the tunes and compositions which have left a mark during these six months.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Billy Valentine “Home Is Where the ...


Article: History of Jazz

Where Clifford Brown Learned to Play: Love In A Wilmington Neighborhood

Read "Where Clifford Brown Learned to Play: Love In A Wilmington Neighborhood" reviewed by Arthur R George

Part 1 | Part 2 Robert “Boysie" Lowery was trumpeter Clifford Brown's first music instructor in the early 1940s, and mentored decades of young musicians thereafter in jny: Wilmington, Delaware. He taught as a sideline to club work, a resource for his community but caring not so much about being paid for his lessons. ...


Article: Catching Up With

Makaya McCraven: In The Moment to In These Times

Read "Makaya McCraven: In The Moment to In These Times" reviewed by Rob Garratt

Makaya McCraven needs a coffee--fast. It's 4pm and he's crashing. It will be his third of the day. His first caffeine hit, consumed on stage six hours earlier, was a chemical necessity; McCraven was drinking at a nearby Irish pub until the early hours and nearly missed his early morning panel talk appearance alongside fellow percussion ...


Article: Album Review

Dwight Trible: Ancient Future

Read "Ancient Future" reviewed by Chris May

This adventurous album takes spiritual jazz's premier vocalist out of his comfort zone and into the deep blue yonder. It is a work of extremes, beginning with a storm of avant-rock, funk and electronics and ending by spinning off into abstract space accompanied by a virtual headful of Stanley Owsley's finest. In short, Ancient Future will ...


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