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Born on Chicago’s south side, Larry Gray is considered by many to be one of jazz music’s finest double bassists. His impressive versatility and uncommon musical curiosity keep him in demand as both a leader and sideman. Larry began his musical studies at the age of five when his father brought home an accordion and introduced him to his first teacher. Invigorated by this study, Larry added the guitar to his arsenal and studied piano seriously for many years thereafter. It was not until he was in his twenties that he decided to switch to the double bass. Larry went on to study classical music extensively, eventually adding the cello to his long list of loved instruments

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Gent Jazz Festival 2015: Part 1

Read "Gent Jazz Festival 2015: Part 1" reviewed by Martin Longley

Gent Jazz Festival Bijloke Gent, Belgium July 10-12, 2015 Part 1 | Part 2 A bold beginning was made with the festival's opening night, perhaps concentrating on some of director Bertrand Flamang's personal favourites. This evening was never destined to be a sell-out session, but ...

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Jack DeJohnette: Made in Chicago

Read "Made in Chicago" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

At one point on Made In Chicago, drummer--and occasional pianist--Jack DeJohnette announces, “We'd like to do something spontaneous for you." By then, spontaneity is a foregone conclusion. With a discography that includes almost two-hundred recordings, DeJohnette is best known among more casual listeners as one third of pianist Keith Jarrett's long-time trio. Significant though the role ...

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Jack DeJohnette: Made in Chicago

Read "Made in Chicago" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Periodicamente, seppure con rara frequenza, i protagonisti delle ricerche e dei fermenti musicali legati alla città di Chicago negli anni Sessanta si ritrovano e incrociano di nuovo i propri strumenti. Quando la Experimental Band di Muhal Richard Abrams rappresentò un momento catalizzatore di giovani talenti voraci di musica e pronti all'esplorazione, sfociata poi nella meravigliosa esperienza ...

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Bob Mamet: London House Blues

Read "London House Blues" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Chicago's now defunct London House was one of the great jazz clubs from a bygone era. Stellar talents like pianist Oscar Peterson and vocalist Sarah Vaughan recorded live albums there, and most of jazz's legendary figures, from Dave Brubeck to Bill Evans to Cannonball Adderley, passed through at one time or another. On his first release ...

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Glawdys N’Dee: Lyannaj

Read "Lyannaj" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The term “world music" takes a new meaning with singer Glawdys N'Dee's debut, Lyannaj, which means to connect or unite in solidarity--and unite, she does. The Guadeloupean-born, Parisian-educated and Chicago-based N'Dee brings together, in three languages--Creole, French and English--various musical styles of the African Diaspora, from Caribbean rhythms to jazz, and from gospel to the blues. ...

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Annual Jazz Party at Sea Announces Lineup

The Annual Jazz Party At Sea is pleased to announce the lineup for the 12th Annual departure, November 4th through the 11th, 2012. We will set sail from New Orleans for seven nights aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's m/s Norwegian Star visiting Costa Maya, Belize City, Roatan and Cozumel. Featured artists include Renee Rosnes Quartet with Peter ...

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Take Five With Ark Ovrutski

Read "Take Five With Ark Ovrutski" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Ark Ovrutski:Ark started building his career in Kiev,Ukraine. By the time he graduated Kiev music college and moved to Moscow where he graduated Russian Academy of music in 1992. In the mid-1990s, Ark left Moscow and relocated to Poland, where he became highly-regarded through performances in multiple groups. From then, Ark's performance and ...

1, 2, 3...

Label: Chicago Sessions
Released: 2009
Track listing: No Doubt; Family; Song of the Innocents; Monk and Duke; More Than a Few; Reflect; Who is the Drummer?; One Look; Soffia's Dream; Meditation in D; Far and Away; Portals; E-E-E-lectricity.

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Larry Gray: 1, 2, 3...

Read "1, 2, 3..." reviewed by Matthew Warnock

1, 2, 3... is a masterful contemporary jazz release by Chicago jazz stalwart and bass virtuoso Larry Gray. The album is Gray's first trio record that has released under his own name, though he has performed on many as a sideman with such players as Larry Coryell and up and coming Chicago artist Zvonimir Tot. Handling ...


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