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Article: Catching Up With

Nate Smith: A Drummer's Life

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Nate Smith can't sit down! After headlining with two of his bands at the 2022 Newport Jazz Festival, The Fearless Flyers and Nate Smith + Kinfolk he is off to New York for a one week run at the Blue Note followed by jny: Los Angeles, Europe and then back to the United States where he ...

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Tierney Sutton with the Jae Sinnett Trio at Good Vibes

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No list of great female jazz vocalists would be complete without Tierney Sutton being on it. Whether she is interpreting the great American songbook, singing the beautiful songs of Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman, or paying homage to Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, and Sting, Sutton pulls the listener into her world of fast swing and tender ...

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Gary Thomas with the John Toomey Trio at Robin Hixon Theater

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Saxophonist Gary Thomas has been called “one the most original saxophone voices of his generation" and not only is he in high demand in jazz but has worked with some of the top rap artists and orchestras performing today. More than just a first-call sideman, Thomas has recorded 11 albums as a leader. Two ...

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Lori Williams and the John Toomey Trio at Old Dominion University

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Lori Williams, music educator, producer, song writer, actress, fabulous jazz and soul vocalist culminated a long weekend at Old Dominion University of master classes and performances with the jazz choir and jazz orchestra with a sold out Monday night show with the John Toomey Trio. Williams is making quite a name for herself in the soul-jazz ...

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Liz Terrell Album Release at The Zeider's American Dream Theater

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Liz Terrell released her stellar debut album, It's Alright With Me in front of a hundred or so appreciative fans at The Zeider's American Dream Theater. Backed by her on album band, Chris Brydge on bass, Daniel Clarke on piano, Eddie Williams on saxophoner, Emre Kitari on drums and Alan Parker on guitar Terrell and company ...

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Pat Metheny Trio at the Ferguson Center for the Arts

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Pat Metheny arrived at Newport News' Ferguson Center for the Arts on a cold and rainy Friday night to an audience willing to brave both the weather and Covid to hear live music again. Traveling with Metheny to promote his new album, Side-Eye NYC (Modern Recordings, 2021), was pianist/keyboardist/organist James Francies (who accompanies Metheny on the ...

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Cyrus Chestnut with Jae Sinnett and Terry Burrell at Good Vibes

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The Boat House located in in Newport News (Virginia) was a short lived venue that hosted mostly rock and some country music acts. It closed for undisclosed reasons (unrelated to Covid) and sat dormant for two years until it was reopened as Good Vibes under new ownership with a new state of the art sound system, ...

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Montclair Jazz Festival 2021

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In 2002 Melissa Walker founded the Jazz House Kids and, with her husband Christian McBride, started a program “to help students embark on a journey of musical creativity and learn about jazz's cultural and international legacy." Over the years the program has continued to grow and has become one of the leading music programs in the ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Immanuel Wilkins: Omega is Just the Beginning

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Saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, in the midst of celebrating the success of his debut album Omega (Blue Note, 2020), appeared at the 2021 Newport Jazz Festival as the leader of his own band. With his band of four years, Micah Thomas on piano, bassist Daryl Johns and drummer Kweku Sumbry, Wilkins performed pieces from Omega as well ...

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Kenny Washington with the John Toomey Trio at Bank St Stage

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After a year and a half of being shut down due to Covid, the Virginia Arts Festival opened its new season with Kenny Washington -Vocals and the John Toomey Trio. This performance was San Franciscan vocalist Washington's first gig on the road since lockdown. The audience, hungry for live entertainment, bought the 250 tickets the venue ...


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