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Kevin’s initial career move was to the University of North Florida and a budding if little-known jazz program. There he met and performed with, and went on to record and tour with, a number of monumental artists who had settled into that burgeoning North Florida jazz scene. Giants like Wynton Marsalis, Louie Bellson, Eddie Daniels, James Moody, Ben Tucker, Ira Sullivan, Sam Rivers, and Nat Adderley. He counts among his mentors bassist Ben Tucker, multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan, guitar legends Nathen Page and Jack Petersen, and the fiercely individual saxophonist Bunky Green. His meeting with Bunky Green led to five years of tours

Battle Cry

Label: Airborne Ecstasy, LLC
Released: 2020
Track listing: Bali Hai; Sack Full of Dreams; Gettysburg Address; Abraham, Martin & John; America the Beautiful; Strange Fruit; Hear My Battle Cry; Pledge of Allegiance; America the Beautiful Reprise.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Chuck Redd With the Kevin Bales Trio At The Jazz Corner

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Chuck Redd with the Kevin Bales Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC January 3-4, 2020 Masterful musicians make excellence look easy. It's not always immediately obvious, the quality becomes evident through its sustained presence, like a spreading smile. The band opened with “Tricotism" written by early bebop ...

NEWS: RECORDING

EJ Hughes And His Emotional Vampire Sessions on Blue Canoe Records

EJ Hughes And His Emotional Vampire Sessions on Blue Canoe Records

EJ Hughes is back in the light with his riveting Blue Canoe Records release The Emotional Vampire Sessions, a followup to his 2005 release on Blue Canoe Something to Say. The Saxophonist has traveled extensively performing in many genres with a passion and deep-rooted training in jazz, classical, and contemporary music. Mr. Hughes has taught, performed, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

The Emmet Cohen Trio at The Jazz Corner

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The Emmet Cohen Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island February 1-2, 2019 The Emmet Cohen Trio have been together for five years and it shows. Dynamic bassist Russell Hall from Kingston, Jamaica hummed along to the bass and ebullient, dramatic drummer Kyle Poole made up the trio. They ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Kevin Bales With Chuck Redd At The Jazz Corner

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Kevin Bales with Chuck Redd The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC January 4th & 5th, 2019 Whenever pianist Kevin Bales comes in from Atlanta to play The Jazz Corner he brings with him a great band and an inventive theme. Whether it's a centennial celebration of the blues or the ...

Beyond the Neighborhood: The Music of Fred Rogers

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: It's You I Like; Just For Once; I Like To Take My Time; Find A Star; I Like To Be Told; Look And Listen; Look And Listen Tag; When The Day Turns To Night; You Are Special; Troll Talk; The Weekend Song.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jerome Wilson's Best Releases Of 2018

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It may be unwieldy to keep a large jazz ensemble together for economic reasons but this year was still full of outstanding big band recordings, whether done through commissions, arrangers working with established orchestras or even actual working ensembles. Several of the releases on my list are examples of that. Also this year had the usual ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Joshua Bowlus Trio at The Jazz Corner

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Joshua Bowlus Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC November 30 to December 1, 2018 As an introduction to his version of “For All We Know," Joshua Bowlus read out the lyrics while clicking his fingers loudly to lead the trio into a slow version of the 1934 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Kevin Bales's Beyond The Neighborhood: The Music Of Fred Rogers at Jazz Corner

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Kevin Bales with Keri Johnsrud The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC November 16-17, 2018 Fred Rogers was best known for his pre-school television series “Mister Roger's Neighborhood" which ran for over fifty years, but he was also a gifted musician, winner of a Grammy award, composer of hundreds of ...


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