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Mark O'Connor

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Saxophonist Mark O’Connor, an Austin, Texas native, has been part of the Chicago and Milwaukee music scenes since 1996 as a performer, composer and educator. His debut CD on Blujazz productions, Mirage, spent eight weeks on the national jazz radio charts and garnered such praise as “With his hearty sound and bristling ideas, O’Connor can bowl over even a jaded follower of post-bop jazz.” �" Neil Tesser, Author, The Playboy Guide to Jazz, and, “A very good saxophonist he is… melodically and rhythmically engaging lines… expressiveness and melodic sensitivity.” �" Jazz Times Magazine

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Article: Interview

Jean-Luc Ponty: Imaginary Voyages, Part 2

Read "Jean-Luc Ponty: Imaginary Voyages, Part 2" reviewed by Peter Rubie


Part 1 | Part 2American violinist Stuff Smith once said about the young, classically trained and self taught jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, “He plays violin like Coltrane plays saxophone." Born in 1942, Ponty has almost single-handedly taken jazz violin from the swing era into modern jazz, and beyond. At rock musician Frank Zappa's urging, ...

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Article: Live Review

Dixie Dregs at Lincoln Theatre

Read "Dixie Dregs at Lincoln Theatre" reviewed by Eric Thiessen


The Dixie Dregs Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC March 7, 2018 Back in the 1970s, many aspiring young guitarists yearned to play like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page or Jimi Hendrix, but truly inspired musicians wanted to be as good as John McLaughlin or Steve Morse of the Dixie Dregs (later just The Dregs). While the ...

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Article: Album Review

Heather Masse & Dick Hyman: Lock My Heart

Read "Lock My Heart" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


In a way, vocalist Heather Masse has come full circle with the release of Lock My Heart. As a youngster, Masse used Dick Hyman's Professional Chord Changes and Substitutions for 100 Tunes Every Musician Should Know (Warner Bros., 1986) as a vocal road map through the world of jazz standards; little did she know she'd be ...

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News: Event

Heart 'n Soul of Jazz

February will again bring some of the worlds' most renowned Jazz artists to Pinehurst for the 27th Annual Heart 'n Soul of Jazz. Presented by Pinehurst Resort and the Arts Council of Moore County, the benefit will feature harmonica player and guitarist Pat Bergeson & his Quartet featuring vocalist Annie Sellick performing on Friday, February 10, ...

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Article: Live Review

27th Havana International Jazz Festival: Havana, Cuba, December 15-18, 2011

Read "27th Havana International Jazz Festival: Havana, Cuba, December 15-18, 2011" reviewed by Louis Heckheimer


27th Havana International Jazz Festival Havana International Jazz Festival Plaza Havana, Cuba December 15-18, 2011 [Note: This is the second of a series of articles reporting on concerts and other activities that took place, as well as profiles of Cuban musicians who took part.] The Havana International Jazz Festival ...

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Suspended Reality

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2011

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News: Festival

Djangofest Northwest Kicks Off Today

Now in its 11th season, Djangofest Northwest brings a world-class musical lineup to Langley on Whidbey Island to celebrate the music and spirit of Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz. Presented by the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, this unique blend of Eastern European melodies, Parisian Musette, Spanish Flamenco and American Swing was created and perfected ...

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Article: Live Review

Wynton Marsalis: Cambridge, MA, April 28, 2011

Read "Wynton Marsalis: Cambridge, MA, April 28, 2011" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut


Wynton MarsalisHarvard Sanders TheatreCambridge, MA April 28, 2011 A capacity crowd filled Harvard University's Sanders Theatre for “Music as Metaphor," featuring trumpeter, composer and Artistic Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis. Thursday night's event launched a two-year series of programs by Marsalis at Harvard entitled “Hidden in Plain ...

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2011
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