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Article: Album Review

Najee: Savoir Faire

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American smooth jazz saxophonist and flautist Najee here confirms his status as one of the most talented performers of his genre. On Savoir Faire fans can delight in Najee's assured playing and his general savoir faire when it comes to delivering a polished product. The album is appropriately titled. “Dr. Dolittle" is a swanky, ...

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Article: Year in Review

La-Faithia White's Best Albums Of 2022

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Year 2022 marked the time where we found ourselves transitioning back into the lives we once lived pre-pandemic. Finding a cure in music has always been a lifesaver. Here are the top ten albums that helped get me through twenty twenty-two. Adam Blackstone Legacy BBE Record Label

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Article: Interview

Georgianna Krieger: Embracing Music and Art During the Pandemic

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Georgianna Krieger is a teacher, visual artist and performer. She plays baritone, soprano and alto saxophone, and she teaches students ages nine and up at her Oakland, California studio. While studying sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, she also earned a Bachelor's degree in Jazz and Commercial Music. Georgianna spent most ...

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Article: Album Review

Paul Hardcastle: X (The Eclipse)

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British composer, writer, and multi instrumentalist Paul Hardcastle is smoother than ever after four decades with his tenth studio album Hardcastle X (The Eclipse). Known for his successes with the 1984 instrumental dance track “Rainforest" and his work with the “Jazzmasters" series. Hardcastle X features collaborations with both his daughter, international DJ/singer/producer Maxine Hardcastle, and son ...

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Matthew Whitaker: Connections

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Multi-instrumentalist Matthew Whitaker opens up and shares some personal moments on Connections. The journey begins with the light, suave “Journey Uptown." The tune grabs attention right away with an energetic upbeat feel which takes one on a magical journey of percussion and piano. “Bye-Ya" features Jon Batiste on piano. Written by Thelonious Monk, ...

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Article: In Pictures

The Tenth Annual John Coltrane international Jazz & Blues Festival

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A collection of photos from the tenth annual John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival in High Point, North Carolina from September 4th 2021 to September 5th 2021, featuring Marcus Anderson, Kenny Lattimore, Blood Sweat and Tears, Julian Vaughn, Lakecia Benjamin, Kurt Elling, Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph} Tito Puente Jr., Melina Almodovar, Christone KingFish Ingram, ...

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Article: Album Review

Poncho Sanchez: Trane's Delight

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After a seven-year hiatus Poncho Sanchez pushes through with a passion project and a meaningful tribute to one of his mentors, saxophonist John Coltrane, on Trane's Delight. The feeling of jazz comes together beautifully in this tribute to Coltrane as well as in the remake of the Duke Ellington classic “The Feeling Of Jazz."

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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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