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Kenny Davis

Kenny is a native of Chicago, Illinois. Kenny's career began with listening to such great R&B artists such as: Earth Wind & Fire, Brothers Johnson and The Temptations, just to name a few. First being self taught, he then studied music theory with David Holder Sr. He then went on to Northeastern Illinois University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. Upon entering Northeastern University, he discovered jazz music and he quickly became part of the Chicago jazz scene, playing with Von Freedman, Ari Brown and Fred Anderson. Later, he went on to study classical bass with Warren Benfield of the Davis was the bassist of The Tonight Show Band from September, 1999 thru March, 2002

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Vanessa Rubin: The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron

Read "The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Tadd Dameron is regarded as the great romantic of bebop-era jazz composers, a writer with a talent for creating smooth, memorable melodies that could evoke real emotion. Most of his works are known mainly as instrumentals but Vanessa Rubin has compiled lyrics written for some of his tunes, had new lyrics written for others and even ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

North Sea Jazz 2018

Read "North Sea Jazz 2018" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

North Sea Jazz Rotterdam, Netherlands July 13-15, 2018 Amidst the cornucopia of summertime festivals, there sits a juggernaut. That's North Sea Jazz, where a dozen performance spaces named after rivers around the world offer a sound garden of global delights. The full-tilt feast flows gloriously during the second full weekend of July ...

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Akua Dixon: Akua's Dance

Read "Akua's Dance" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

My ears are not accustomed to hearing cello as the lead instrument in an ensemble, and so Akua's Dance by cellist and baritone violinist Akua Dixon took some getting used to. Dixon took quite a circuitous route to her third release: After graduating from New York's Fame High School of the Performing Arts, then ...

Jazz in Its Present Tents

Read "Jazz in Its Present Tents" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Jazz sets up camp throughout different geographies--and centuries. Bossacucanova The Best of Bossacucanova Six Degrees Records 2016 Few bands have built upon the legacy of their chosen field the way that Bossacucanova has advanced the music of their native Brazil. Their story begins about two ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Akua Dixon: Akua's Dance

Read "Akua's Dance" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Lyricism and elegance are two words that come to mind while describing cellist Akua Dixon's third release under her own leadership, Akua's Dance. Two sessions comprise this engaging album on one of which Dixon plays, the rarely heard, baritone violin. The joyous ambience and the instrumentation, Dixon accompanied by guitar, bass and drums, are ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

T.S. Monk Sextet at Revolution Hall

Read "T.S. Monk Sextet at Revolution Hall" reviewed by Tom Borden and Eric Gibbons

T.S. Monk Sextet Revolution Hall PDX Jazz 2017 Portland, OR February 25, 2017 The centerpiece of the 2017 PDX Jazz festival was a posthumous honor bestowed upon the late great Thelonious Monk. Inarguably a pillar in the pantheon of jazz, Monk's music was delivered at this year's festival from as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Akua Dixon: Akua's Dance

Read "Akua's Dance" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A visage of joyousness fills this album cover. Cellist Akua Dixon, with back arched and eyes closed, can't contain herself. A knowing smile washes over her face as she bathes in the light with cello in hand. It's a picture that perfectly illustrates the artist's place in the moment: Dixon has reached a point of supreme ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Akua's Dance," Third CD By Cellist / Composer / Arranger Akua Dixon, To Be Released February 10

"Akua's Dance," Third CD By Cellist / Composer / Arranger Akua Dixon, To Be Released February 10

With her sublime new album, Akua’s Dance, cellist Akua Dixon brings her sumptuous sound to the foreground on an array of material encompassing exquisite balladry, the music’s deepest roots in African and African-American culture, and instrumental pieces gleaned from Dixon’s opera-in-progress. Her label Akua’s Music will release the new CD on February 10. “The music moves ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Conrad Herwig / Igor Butman: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Andrew Luhn

"Tight" is the word that most readily comes to mind to describe this band's playing. For Reflections, his tenth release as a leader for the Dutch Criss Cross label, trombonist Conrad Herwig has joined forces with Russian tenor man Igor Butman as co-leader. Rounding out the front-line is trumpeter extraordinaire Alex Sipiagin, a name that will ...


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