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Madison Rast

Madison was born and raised in North Carolina and attended the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. He received a bachelor's degree in music performance and attended graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. There he received a masters degree in jazz performance. Madison moved to Philadelphia in September 1999 and now teaches at Bucks County Community College. He performs on a regular basis at clubs in and around Philadelphia and often in New York. Madison has played with countless musicians known well in both the New York and Philly areas, including John Swana, Bootsie Barnes, Bobby Watson, Orrin Evans, Mickey Roker, Terell Stafford, Barry Harris and Jimmy Heath.

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The Big Band Project

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: This Could Be the Start of Something Big; Taking a Chance on Love; The Nearness of You; Jeepers Creepers; Stardust; Easy to Love; One Morning in May; Everything I Love; Latin Medley (O Morro Nao Tern Vez/Midnight Sun/Corcovado); Just in Time; Silent Night.

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Article: Album Review

Orrin Evans: The Magic of Now

Read "The Magic of Now" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Timing is everything, the old masters teach. So pianist/composer/bandleader Orrin Evans drops the brazen The Magic of Now just in time. Just in time for the world to open up, renew its commitment, and move forward. Just in time for all to engage in those necessary conversations about civil upkeep. Put plainly, The Magic of Now ...

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The Intangible Between

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Proclaim Liberty; This Little Light of Mine; A Time For Love; That Too; Off Minor; Into Dawn; Tough Love; Im So Glad I Got to Know You

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Article: Album Review

Orrin Evans: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


You have to wonder how many outlets a restless creative like hard bopping pianist Orrin Evans needs to fully express himself. Twenty-five or so albums into a legacy that finds him as the newest member of The Bad Plus after years of riffing and ripping it up with The Mingus Big Band, experimenting with soul/jazz Luv ...

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Article: Interview

Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing

Read "Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Dan Monaghan is a working drummer who makes an indispensable contribution to the music by being the one who provides the swing and support that allows the other musicians to achieve their diverse objectives. He performs so often in the Philadelphia area that if you go to a jazz show, there's a fair chance he'll be ...

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Drive

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: You're My Thrill; Imagination; True Love; My Ship; If I Only Had a Heart; I Fall in Love Too Easily; My Ideal; Ghost of a Chance; Now at Last;. Drive.

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Article: Album Review

Michelle Lordi: Drive

Read "Drive" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


It's difficult to conceive how this wonderful album of restrained and subtly rendered ballads came to be called Drive, a term which leads the listener to expect a package of revved up swing or rock. However, you don't have to be a cryptologist to realize that it comes from the last track, “Drive," which contains the ...

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Article: Interview

Working the Rhythm Section: Tom Lawton, Lee Smith, and Dan Monaghan

Read "Working the Rhythm Section: Tom Lawton, Lee Smith, and Dan Monaghan" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


As Duke Ellington's standard goes, “It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing." The rhythm section (piano, bass, drums, with guitar and percussion sometimes added) is the core of the typical jazz ensemble. They set the frame for the leader, singer, and soloists and contribute their own solos as well. Even though they ...

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Article: Interview

Tony Miceli: Vibes Matter

Read "Tony Miceli: Vibes Matter" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Tony Miceli is a long-time master vibraphonist who, until a few short years ago, was relatively unknown outside of the jny: Philadelphia area, when he started getting requests to perform and teach all over the world. Now, he is in demand in Ireland, South Korea, Argentina, and Australia, not to mention New York and the West ...


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