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Drummer and composer Kenwood Dennard was practically born playing music. He began playing piano at age 3, and moved on to the drums at age 9. Since then, Kenwood has truly mastered the art of drumming, playing in numerous settings. In 1968 Kenwood attended David Mannes School where he studied ear training, theory, and piano. In 1971 he furthered his classical studies at the Manhattan School of Music Prep. Department, where he began studying percussion with Jim Price. Kenwood graduated from the prestigious Dalton High School at age 17 and was accepted into Berklee College of Music in Boston the same year

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The Gil Evans Orchestra: Hidden Treasures Vol. 1, Monday Nights

Read "Hidden Treasures Vol. 1, Monday Nights" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

In the '70s composer and arranger Gil Evans, after years of outstanding studio arranging for Miles Davis and others, put together a performing orchestra which took influences from the jazz-rock and fusion concepts of the time. That orchestra released several fine albums such as Svengali (Atlantic, 1973) and There Comes A Time (RCA, 1975) and, on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Gil Evans Orchestra: Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1

Read "Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though the name Gil Evans has a hallowed ring these days, the late composer / arranger's music remains for many aficionados an acquired taste. On the other hand, while that is the Gil Evans Orchestra performing on Hidden Treasures, Volume 1, the lion's share of the music brought to light isn't his--Evans wrote only two ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brand X: Locked & Loaded

Read "Locked & Loaded" reviewed by John Kelman

There are a great many bands whose lineups have been so fluid that keeping track of who was in the band when is no mean feat. Few bands have, however, had as complicated a history as Brand X. Even in its latest re-reincarnation, there's been a lineup shift between the high octane fusion group's January, 2017 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brand X: But Wait… There’s More! / Live 2017

Read "But Wait… There’s More! / Live 2017" reviewed by Roger Weisman

But Wait... There's More!, the new live album by Brand X captures a complete performance of the classic Anglo- American prog-jazz-fusion band (can we fit a few more hyphens in here?) from their recent, eagerly anticipated, recent tour. Recorded in January at the Sellersville Theater, it is a blistering, high energy set, reexploring material from their ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz-Fusion Legends Brand X Reunite To Tour U.S. Fall 2016 And Spring 2017

Jazz-Fusion Legends Brand X Reunite To Tour U.S. Fall 2016 And Spring 2017

Legendary Jazz-Rock-Fusion band BRAND X has reunited and is preparing to celebrate their reunion with a Fall 2016/Spring 2017 U.S. tour, including a headline performance at Progtoberfest in jny: Chicago on October 21st. Also on this initial run will be shows in jny: Milwaukee, jny: Detroit, jny: Cleveland and jny: Boston to name a few. BRAND ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Pat Martino: Joyous Lake

Read "Pat Martino: Joyous Lake" reviewed by John Kelman

Pat MartinoJoyous LakeWarner Bros.1977 Seemingly a hardcore mainstreamer at heart--though one with no shortage of experimental élan, proven over a series of ten albums from 1967's El Hombre (Prestige) to 1976's wonderful duo with pianist Gil Goldstein, We'll Be Together Again (Muse, 1976)--guitarist Pat Martino came relatively late to the jazz-rock ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Mike Rivard: Entranced By The Music

Read "Mike Rivard: Entranced By The Music" reviewed by Paul Naser

As globalization blends cultures and markets more and more everyday, it is only natural that artistic traditions and the artists that study them do the same. Mike Rivard is a leader in this regard, pioneering some of the most unique blends of musical styles and sounds today. Talking to him about his band Club D'elf and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

John Riley: Inspiring Innovation

Read "John Riley: Inspiring Innovation" reviewed by Ben Scholz

Foremost an innovator, John Riley has always been a “drummer's drummer" in the world of straight-ahead jazz. With nearly a hundred recordings, a dozen videos, and five books under his belt, Riley is a veritable font of knowledge in the bebop realm. In this article, we take a look back at some of his musical endeavors ...

Robin Eubanks + Mental Images: kLassik rocK vol. 1

Read "Robin Eubanks + Mental Images: kLassik rocK vol. 1" reviewed by John Kelman

While jazz purists like to think that the artists they love have always been into jazz and nothing else, the truth is often more than a little different: not only have most jazz artists who grew up in the '60s and beyond been unalterably impacted by more than just the jazz music of their time, but ...


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