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Article: Album Review

Dr. Lonnie Smith: Breathe

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Dr. Lonnie Smith, guru of the Hammond B3 organ for over five decades, now releases eight songs, six of which were recorded live in 2017 at The Jazz Standard in New York City, during his seventy-fifth birthday. In December 2020, The Jazz Standard closed because of the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic which has taken the ...

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Article: Year in Review

La-Faithia White's Best Releases of 2020

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Music is the gift that keeps on giving, especially during difficult times. Music also helps us navigate through our busy days and long nights. The artists included in my Best of 2020 list have shared their gifts and talents with these outstanding releases. Charles Lloyd Kindred Spirits Live Blue Note ...

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Article: Meet the Staff

Meet La-Faithia White

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I currently live in: I currently live in High Point, North Carolina. High Point is famously the childhood home of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, and more recently of American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino. I joined All About Jazz in: 2018. Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I began ...

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Article: Catching Up With

How Do We Keep The Music Playing?

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While most of us across the country and overseas have been confined to our homes due to COVID-19, normal life as we once knew, has changed. Typically in April we are celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month outdoors with friends, and attending jazz concerts. Now more than ever, this is a time where we must appreciate and support ...

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Article: Interview

Bruce Jones: Growing Up With Jazz

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The impact of living in a musical household, witnessing your dad and your uncles jamming in the basement can definitely create a positive and meaningful outlook for a young kid. Stories of growing up jazz come to mind for Bruce Jones, the eldest son of trumpeter, composer, and band leader Thad Jones. Bruce is also the ...

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Article: Year in Review

La-Faithia White's Best Releases of 2019

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The year is coming to a close and I have enjoyed listening to so many new jazz releases. I present to you my top ten list of new recordings that have sparked my attention, and for your listening experience. Carmen Lundy Modern Ancestors Afrasia Productions Marquis Hill

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Article: In Pictures

The 9th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival

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Jazz and Blues lovers enjoyed a breathtaking view on Oak Hollow Lake in High Point, North Carolina for the ninth annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. The two day event happens every Labor Day weekend. Saturday's lineup consisted of the John Coltrane Youth Workshop, Laurin Talese with the North Carolina Coltrane All-Star ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Matthew Whitaker: A New Voice On Jazz Piano

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Matthew Whitaker is an American jazz pianist. Blind since birth, he has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and The Apollo Theatre, where aged ten, he opened for Stevie Wonder. Though he is only eighteen years old, multi instrumentalist Whitaker has come a long way to get where he ...

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Article: In Pictures

The 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival

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This summer sizzled with jazz at The 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival in High Point, North Carolina. The John Coltrane Youth Jazz Workshop Band led by Wally West kicked off the festival on Saturday, September 1, followed by the North Carolina Coltrane All-Star Band, Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, the Dirty Dozen ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Onaje Allan Gumbs: Dare To Dream

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Onaje Allan Gumbs is a New York based pianist, composer, lyricist, and bandleader. Gumbs' professional career began in 1971 when Leroy Kirkland introduced him to Kenny Burrell, by sharing a demo tape. The next day Gumbs received a phone call to play with Burrell at Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit. Onaje, (Gumbs) talks about the beginnings ...


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