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Marcus Roberts grew up in Jacksonville, Florida where his mother's gospel singing and the music of the local church left a lasting impact on his own musical style. After losing his sight at age five, he began teaching himself to play piano a few years later. He had his first formal lessons at age twelve and ultimately went on to study classical piano at Florida State University with Leonidus Lipovetsky. While at FSU, Roberts won the first of many competitions and awards, the young artist's competition at the 1982 National Association of Jazz Educators annual conference. His many other awards include first prize at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 1987, a National Academy of Achievement award in 1995 and the Helen Keller Award for Personal Achievement in 1998

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Article: Interview

Joachim Mencel: An Eye on Brooklyn From Poland

Read "Joachim Mencel: An Eye on Brooklyn From Poland" reviewed by Paul Rauch


It is rare when an album is released by a veteran artist that so clearly defines his or her musical identity as a jazz musician, much less speaks musically to the artist's hopes, dreams and passionate pursuits of a lifetime. Such is the case with Polish pianist/composer Joachim Mencel's Brooklyn Eye (Origin, 2022). To Mencel, the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Marcus Roberts, Bill Evans & Matthew Kaminski

Read "Marcus Roberts, Bill Evans & Matthew Kaminski" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Major League Baseball's All-Star game marks mid-season and we celebrate America's pastime with Atlanta Braves organist and Hammond B-3 groover Matthew Kaminski with a song from his LA Connection album featuring Jeff Hamilton and Bruce Forman. We also hear new music from Manel Fortia, Ester Wiesernova and Adam Shulman. In between, hear classics by Pete Daily's ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

McCoy Tyner & Nicholas Payton

Read "McCoy Tyner & Nicholas Payton" reviewed by Joe Dimino


On the final episode of 2021, we profile the author of Black American Music, Nicholas Payton. We also look at a collection of musicians that made the world of jazz a memorable one in 2021. They include Charlie Ballantine, Beth McKenna, Alex Brown and Angel Roman. Additionally, we profile the musicians who make these musicians who ...

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Article: Book Review

Ron Westray: Life In Reverse. Tales of a Very Stable Narcissist

Read "Ron Westray: Life In Reverse. Tales of a Very Stable Narcissist" reviewed by Hans Christian Hagedorn


Life In Reverse. Tales of a Very Stable Narcissist Ron Westray 426 Pages ISBN: 9781839980398 First Hill Books / Anthem Press2021 Jazz trombonist Ron Westray (Columbia, SC, 1970) is a prestigious, unique, and generously gifted musician and composer, a brilliant educator, and most of all, an intelligent, witty and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Great Young Singers - Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charenee Wade, Jazzmeia Horn, Veronica Swift

Read "Great Young Singers - Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charenee Wade, Jazzmeia Horn, Veronica Swift" reviewed by Russell Perry


In 1987, the first Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition was held. Among the winners were Marcus Roberts and Joey DeFrancesco. On a roughly annual basis, the competition is held, now focussing on a different instrument each year and renamed in 2019 the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Competition. The competitions in 2010 ...

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Article: Live Review

Marcus Roberts And The Modern Jazz Generation At The Kimmel Center

Read "Marcus Roberts And The Modern Jazz Generation At The Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Perelman Theater Philadelphia, PA October 11, 2019 Marcus Roberts is one of the great jazz pianists of his generation, coming up in the 1980s in Wynton Marsalis' band and since then more ...

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Various Venues Montréal, Canada June 27 -July 1, 2019 Forty years. Not a lifetime, perhaps, but a remarkably long time for any festival to not only continue to exist but, despite increasing challenges, to thrive. An even greater achievement when it's the Festival International de ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Potter: You Already Know

Read "You Already Know" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


You might not know who drummer Dave Potter is, but you should. Whether stoking the flames in Jason Marsalis' Vibes Quartet, adding rhythmic flair to the recordings of bassist Will Goble, or leading the charge on his own, Potter has something incredibly positive to say. With You Already Know, Potter shrewdly mixes it ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

The Musician

Read "The Musician" reviewed by John Kelman


As people age, it's not uncommon to commemorate birthday milestones--specifically, those marking the passing of decades--with special celebrations, ranging from parties to vacations. In most cases, however, these festivities are private events, restricted to family and friends. Not Chick Corea. When this renowned pianist/keyboardist, composer, bandleader and guest participant in countless projects ...


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