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Khan Jamal

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Khan Jamal has been playing the vibraphone and marimbas in the Philadelphia and NYC area as well as touring extensively in Europe for going on 4 decades. Having studied at Granoff School of Music and Combs College as well as with Bill Lewis, the Philadelphia vibraphonist, he began an association with the renowned improvisational drummer, Sunny Murray back in the 60's that has lasted to this day. His appetite for all ranges of music and a distaste for marketing himself not uncommon among gifted performers has led to a lack of notoriety, except among fellow artists who acknowledge his skill and musical leadership

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Cool and Groovy Vibes for a Hot Summer Night

Read "Cool and Groovy Vibes for a Hot Summer Night" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a cool and groovy mix for a hot summer night. Sets with string quartets, vibraphone vibes, burning roller-coaster rides, and dancing with ants in your pants. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club--Complete (Columbia) 00:30 Valaida Snow “I Can't Dance" from Valaida Snow 1933-1936 (The Classics Chronological Series ...

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Article: Interview

Michael Bisio: In His Own Words

Read "Michael Bisio: In His Own Words" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If you happen to be a liner note geek you probably have noticed the name Michael Bisio mentioned frequently on album sleeves. Whether the author is the session leader or analyst, the general consensus is the bassist is the cornerstone upon which great music is built. His playing allows a fellow musician to access not only ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Philly Icon Khan Jamal (RIP), William Parker Birthday and other tributes

Read "Philly Icon Khan Jamal (RIP), William Parker Birthday and other tributes" reviewed by David Brown


This week, we celebrate Philly icon, vibraphonist Kahn Jamal who we lost this week at age 75. Next, a 70th birthday shout out to bassist/composer William Parker, and other tributes. Then, new music from Philly with Sonic Liberation Front, and South Africa with Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O. Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Sex & Drugs & Jazz & Jive: Top Ten Stash Records Albums

Read "Sex & Drugs & Jazz & Jive: Top Ten Stash Records Albums" reviewed by Chris May


With all the transgressive flair you would expect of bohemian New York City in the 1970s and 1980s, Bernie Brightman's Stash Records made its name with a hugely entertaining series of sex and drugs-themed compilations of swing-era recordings. The first was Reefer Songs in 1976. But Brightman's legacy extends much further. There was a finite amount ...

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News: Recording

Philadelphia's Dogtown Records Reissues Sounds Of Liberation's Debut 1972 LP, 'Sounds Of Liberation,' In Collaboration With Brewerytown Beats Records — Available Now on Vinyl!

Philadelphia's Dogtown Records Reissues Sounds Of Liberation's Debut 1972 LP, 'Sounds Of Liberation,' In Collaboration With Brewerytown Beats Records — Available Now on Vinyl!

Sounds of Liberation was a band —and a social movement—formed in of the Germantown & Mt Airy neighborhoods of Philadelphia in 1970. The group consisted of seven members: Khan Jamal (vibraphone), Byard Lancaster (alto saxophone), Billy Mills (bass), Dwight James (drums), Monnette Sudler (guitar), Omar Hill (percussion), and Rashid Salim (percussion). Originally conceived and formed by ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Impressions of Coltrane

Read "Impressions of Coltrane" reviewed by Bob Osborne


To mark reaching the 350th edition of World of Jazz a show focusing on the music of John Coltrane with music from the man and also interpretations of his compositions by other jazz artists.... Playlist John Coltrane “Billie's Bounce" from The Prestige Recordings (Prestige) 00:00 Khan Jamal “Blues for P.C." from Impressions of Coltrane (Steeplechase) 10:44 ...

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Article: Interview

Jeff Duperon: Building a Jazz Bridge for Musicians and the Community

Read "Jeff Duperon: Building a Jazz Bridge for Musicians and the Community" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


[For almost fifteen years, Philadelphia's Jazz Bridge has been providing funds and services to professional jazz and blues musicians in need. On Sunday, June 3, 2018, Jazz Bridge will hold its annual fundraiser at the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing. There will be food, drink, fun, and an opportunity to meet the musicians. The honorary ...

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Article: Album Review

Mattias Ståhl Trio: Jag Skulle Bara Gå Ut

Read "Jag Skulle Bara Gå Ut" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The rebirth of the vibraphone as a tool for creative music making has been a long time coming. Like the clarinet, it had to lose its nerdishness to gain acceptance. Artists like Jason Adasiewicz, Matt Moran and the Swedish-born Matthais Ståhl are making the vibes as relevant today as the mid-sixties and 1970s work of Khan ...

News: Performance / Tour

Percussionist Craig McIver Quartet In Cheltenham Wed. April 2nd!

Percussionist Craig McIver Quartet In Cheltenham Wed. April 2nd!

The Jazz Bridge First Wednesdays Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham PA, presents drummer Craig McIver and his quartet on Wednesday, April 2nd. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $10/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. For info: 215-517-8337 or visit Jazz Bridge. Drummer ...


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