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Mark Colby


Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1949, Mark comes from a musical background, as his father was a professional musician (drummer) who played with Benny Goodman for a time in the ‘40’s.  At the age of eight, Mark was given a clarinet and lessons with a wonderful teacher by the name of Bill Schlagel, who emphasized the importance of proper technique and sound.  At age eleven, Mark took the next step in his evolution, saxophone, and thus began his life-long love affair.  Immersed in the sounds of the big bands enjoyed by his father, intrigued by the more modern sounds of bebop, cool and hard-bop records his sister played around the house, his dedication to pursuing a life in music was cemented.


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five From Aaron Irwin

Read "Take Five From Aaron Irwin" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Aaron Irwin Critically acclaimed saxophonist, multi-woodwind player, and composer Aaron Irwin is a compelling voice of his generation. Known as a “lyrical alto saxophonist and a compelling original composer" (The New Yorker), Irwin is a sought-after commodity in the New York jazz scene. Aaron Irwin celebrates his latest project: (After) (Adhyâropa Records, 2024). His ninth ...


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Constantine Alexander: Firetet

Read "Firetet" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On his debut recording, Firetet, Chicago-based trumpeter Constantine Alexander pays tribute to Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the late great Clifford Brown and modern-day disciples Nicholas Payton and Sean Jones. Alexander does not do so by imitating anyone--that would be fruitless--but the swinging spirit of Blakey, Brown and the present-day artists already noted is ever- present on ...


Article: Album Review

Tim Lin: Empathy

Read "Empathy" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Saxophonist Tim Lin, still fresh enough on the scene to be described as a “young lion," tips his horn to a number of his mentors on Empathy, his second album as a leader, following 2021's Romance on Formosa. As on that earlier album, Lin, a first generation Taiwanese-American (from Fremont, CA), has chosen a charming blend ...


Roberto Magris Duo & Trio

Label: JMood Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Cool World!; Bellarosa; Some Other Time; Melody for "C"; Papa's Got a Brand New Rag; Cherokee; Old Folks; Samba Rasta; In the Springtime of My Soul; A Rhyme for Angela; Blues for Herbie "G".


Duo & Trio

Label: JMood Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Cool World! (Magris); Bellarosa (Elmo Hope); Some Other Time (Bernstein); Melody For "C" (Sonny Clark); Papa's Got A Brand New Rag (Magris); Cherokee (Noble); Old Folks (Shuman); Samba Rasta (Andrew Hill); In The Springtime Of My Soul (Magris); A Rhyme For Angela (Kurt Weill); Blues For Herbie "G" (Magris)


Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris: Duo & Trio

Read "Duo & Trio" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Italian-born pianist Roberto Magris is a musician to whom the phrase “he could play the phone book and make it sound interesting" definitely applies--as it does to the late great Chicago-based saxophone maestro Mark Colby who met Magris in 2016, formed an instant bond and recorded one-half of this superlative album three years later, one year ...


News: Recording

JMood Records Releases Roberto Magris' 'Duo & Trio' Featuring Saxophonist Mark Colby

JMood Records Releases Roberto Magris' 'Duo & Trio' Featuring Saxophonist Mark Colby

“I enjoy a good wine, says Paul Collins of JMood Records. Whenever I have a chance to attend a wine tasting, I look forward to the sommelier explaining various aspects of the wine. Things such as, the grape, the region, the vineyard and owners, the aging process, hints added, what to pair it with and lastly, ...


Article: Album Review

New Standard Jazz Orchestra: Waltz About Nothing

Read "Waltz About Nothing" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Since trumpeter Rob Parton's superlative JazzTech Big Band left the scene more than a decade ago, Chicagoans have been left to wonder when, or even if, another ensemble of that caliber would arrive to fill the void left by its departure. In 2020, their hopes were realized with the formation of the New Standard Jazz Orchestra, ...


Article: Interview

Roberto Magris: "Il jazz è un veicolo per contenuti elevati"

Read "Roberto Magris: "Il jazz è un veicolo per contenuti elevati"" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nato a Trieste nel 1959, Roberto Magris è dai primi anni ottanta uno dei jazzmen italiani più attivi all'estero, tra i pochissimi a collaborare con i musicisti dell'Est Europa quando esisteva ancora la cosiddetta “cortina di ferro." Dei suoi organici ricordiamo il MUH trio, il Gruppo Jazz Marca, l'Europlane Orchestra, il DMA Urban Jazz Funk e ...


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