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Larry McKenna


One of the world’s finest jazz saxophone players, Larry McKenna is known for his gorgeous tenor saxophone sound, the beauty of his balladry, and his fluid, bebop-inspired improvisations. After six decades in his profession, his international reputation as both a masterful jazz improviser and educator is firmly established. Over the years, Larry has performed and recorded with many jazz stars including Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Barry Harris, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Harry Allen, Terell Stafford, Eric Alexander, Bill Charlap, Warren Vaché, Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis and Frank Sinatra



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: High Wire; Firm Roots; Love Me For Who I am; Little Bird; Complicated; The Nearness of You; I Can't Wait; Strange is the Night; Feel The Music.


World On A String

Label: BCM&D Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: I've Got The World On a String; But Beautiful; I Love You, Samantha; Emily; Dreamsville; Stimpin at the Savoy; Somewhere in the Night (Naked City Theme); Samba De Else; What is There to Say.


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The Nearness of You

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Duration: 05:56


Article: Album Review

Maci Miller: Nine

Read "Nine" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

jny:Philadelphia-based singer Maci Miller gives her audience a variety of looks, all of them good. On first hearing, Blossom Dearie, but then, Blossom Dearie was Blossom Dearie. No one ever sounded quite like her. Then again, there is some mid 1960s Nancy Wilson, hushed, clipped, all business. On reflecting that Dearie and Wilson an odd combination ...


News: Recording

Philadelphia-Based Vocalist and Songwriter Maci Miller Celebrates the Release of Her New Album, Nine, with Video of 'Love Me for Who I Am'

Philadelphia-Based Vocalist and Songwriter Maci Miller Celebrates the Release of Her New Album, Nine, with Video of 'Love Me for Who I Am'

In the field of numerology, the number nine is connected to wisdom and experience. As Philadelphia-based vocalist Maci Miller writes in the liner notes for her new album, Nine, “The number nine is significant because it’s closely associated with the spirit, with spiritual growth, inner awakening and self-realization." Those qualities inspired Miller’s stunning new album, following ...


Article: Album Review

Orrin Evans: The Red Door

Read "The Red Door" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A most generous craftsman, composer and bandleader, pianist Orrin Evans never fails to bring out the best of whoever he chooses to create with. The Red Door is gratefully, and gracefully, no exception to that rule. Whatever musical setting Evans chooses to practice his sinewy, r'n'b inflected post-bop in--sideman, big band, trio, quartet, duo, ...


Article: Album Review

Orrin Evans: The Red Door

Read "The Red Door" reviewed by Dave Linn

Orrin Evans released his debut album for quintet, “Justin Time," in 1996, at the age of 21. Over the next 25 years, Evans released over 20 albums in all shapes and sizes. From trio to standard ensembles to large bands and big bands, Evans' history included a ten-year stint as a member of the Mingus Big ...


Article: Book Review

Philadelphia Jazz

Read "Philadelphia Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Philadelphia Jazz Suzanne Cloud and Diane Turner 127 pages ISBN 978-1-4671-0784-6 Images of America Arcadia Publishing 2022 Philadelphia longs to be known as a jazz town, a city distinguished by its major contribution to the jazz legacy. There is a good ...


Article: Album Review

Larry McKenna: World On A String

Read "World On A String" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

Larry McKenna is not really a celebrity. He probably never will be. He plays tenor sax in and around jny: Philadelphia. He apparently does not say a lot--although he clearly has a puckish sense of humor. It comes out in his playing. It is possible to drive by his suburban home, vaguely aware that a saxophonist, ...


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