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Kevin MacConnell

Bassist Kevin MacConnell’s impressive career has taken him from playing with orchestras on concert stages to Broadway shows, from numerous recording studios to the sets of television shows, from jazz festivals to great clubs. He has performed with such jazz legends as Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams and tenor saxophonist, Ernie Watts and made national and international television appearances/performances with Diahann Carroll, Marilyn McCoo, Merv Griffin, Natalie Cole and opera diva, Denyce Graves. Highly respected on the jazz scene, Kevin performed recently with John Blake and Jimmy Bruno and continues to tour the country with a Philadelphia based classical/blue grass ensemble “The DePue Brothers Band.”, which features two members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as blue grass legends, Mark Cosgrove and Tony Trischka

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Article: Interview

Paul Jost: The First Thing is Heart

Read "Paul Jost: The First Thing is Heart" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Even for a musician who has been playing and singing since age six, Paul Jost has just come through one exceptional year. First, he released his debut with The Jost Project, Can't Find My Way Home (2013, Dot.Time Records), featuring the leader on vocals, harmonica and guitar, with drummer Charlie Patierno, double bassist Kevin ...

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Article: Jazz Near Me

Paul Jost: Breaking Through

Read "Paul Jost: Breaking Through" reviewed by Gloria Krolak


One of the most endearing moments of jazz vocalist Paul Jost's new solo CD, Breaking Through, in an album of many such moments, is perhaps his chuckle and the “Oh, George," he lets out after a fresh rendition of “Singing in the Rain." Endearing because Jost connects with the listener by the sigh meant for and ...

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Article: Live Review

Jost Project Performs at Jazz Near You House Concert

Read "Jost Project Performs at Jazz Near You House Concert" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


The Jost Project Jazz Near You Inaugural House Concert Lansdale, PA October 24, 2014 All About Jazz Founder and Publisher Michael Ricci recently innovated a world-wide program to facilitate and co-create musical events in the intimate setting of people's homes where the householders serve as hosts, hiring ...

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Article: Interview

Tony Miceli: Vibes Matter

Read "Tony Miceli: Vibes Matter" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Tony Miceli is a long-time master vibraphonist who, until a few short years ago, was relatively unknown outside of the jny: Philadelphia area, when he started getting requests to perform and teach all over the world. Now, he is in demand in Ireland, South Korea, Argentina, and Australia, not to mention New York and the West ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Jazz Near You House Concerts Kicks Off with The Jost Project on October 24

Jazz Near You House Concerts Kicks Off with The Jost Project on October 24

An International Launch Takes Place In Philadelphia Area Jazz Near You Home Concerts With The Jōst Project — October 24, 2014, 7:00-9:00pm. Tickets available at Closeup.fm or EventBrite. jny: Philadelphia, PA – According to Michael Ricci, founder and owner of All About Jazz and Jazz Near You, the largest jazz web-based network in the world, jazz ...

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Article: Album Review

Paul Jost: Breaking Through

Read "Breaking Through" reviewed by Peter McLaren


Paul Jost's second outing on Dot Time Records is an eclectic collection of standard repertoire performed in a fresh and exciting manner that leaves no doubt this artist is a creative force that deserves to be added to the list of great male jazz vocalists of all time. The album opens with a version ...

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Article: Jazz Near Me

The Jost Project: Finding Its Way Home

Read "The Jost Project: Finding Its Way Home" reviewed by Gloria Krolak


The Somers Point Jazz Society threw a first album release party for the newly-formed Jost Project at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro this fall. Can't Find My Way Home, the CD is titled. The venue offers a seaside bar on one side and its opposite on the other, a rentable banquet room with brocade upholstered chairs.

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Article: Live From Philadelphia

Jazz Appreciation Month 2014 in Philadelphia: A Recap

Read "Jazz Appreciation Month 2014 in Philadelphia: A Recap" reviewed by Jason Fifield


This April was a month of truly spectacular music on all fronts in jny: Philadelphia. I know I missed a whole lot (see Philadelphia Jazz Project and Ars Nova Workshop) but here's my take. I kicked off the month with my trio Mischa Machez at our monthly First Friday Happy Hour at the Dog ...

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Article: Album Review

Larry McKenna: From All Sides

Read "From All Sides" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Philadelphian tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna holds what may be, if not a unique distinction, then certainly a rare one of having played with both Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet. In a career spanning six decades he's played with many other leading jazz figures besides but only occasionally has he stepped out as a leader on a ...


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