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Luke Celenza

Pianist and composer Luke Celenza speaks about the music on his independently released debut album, Back & Forth, with a clarity and equanimity that defies his young age. He only recently turned 21-years-old, and it has already been almost ten years since he was accepted into the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) Pre-College Jazz Division. Additionally, GRAMMY® and two-time Latin GRAMMY® winner Dominican pianist and composer, Michel Camilo was a friend of the family and a key influence in his development. Such credentials might spark a young musician to intently compose complex music. However on Back & Forth, the 12 original compositions, including two three-song suite-like pieces, often sound deceptively simple — and for a good reason

Take Five With Billy Carrion Jr.

Read "Take Five With Billy Carrion Jr." reviewed by Billy Carrion Jr

Meet Billy Carrion Jr: I've been around music since I was in my mother's womb. My dad-- singer, Billy Carrion Sr. --would play sounds of Batacumbele through headphones over my mom's belly. My first saxophone experience came at nine. After being taught to read and write, I started my musical journey. At 16, I was ...

Back & Forth

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist/Composer Luke Celenza to Release Debut Album, Back and Forth, Featuring 12 Original Compositions Bridging the Gap Between Jazz and Pop

Pianist/Composer Luke Celenza to Release Debut Album, Back and Forth, Featuring 12 Original Compositions Bridging the Gap Between Jazz and Pop

“I hear in Luke Celenza a young gifted jazz musician who has the right inquisitive attitude and true potential to become one of the key players in the scene. He brings to the table a fresh sound and an uncommon restrained maturity in his music which I am sure will keep on delighting us for many ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

The Second Annual "Remembering Bud" Festival in New York, September 2011

The Second Annual "Remembering Bud" Festival in New York, September 2011

On September 26-28, 2011, the Bar on Fifth at the Setai Hotel will host the Second Annual “Remembering Bud" Festival, presented by Earl John Powell to honor the musical legacy of his father, Bud Powell. This year, featured performers include Rick Germanson, Alex Hoffman, and Luke Celenza. “This year's lineup promises to be a fitting tribute ...


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