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Marlon Simon

Marlon Simon One of the main exponents of Latin Jazz today... Educator, Percussionist, Composer Marlon Simon was born in the small town of Cardon Venezuela. His first contact with music, at the age of 10 through his father who father a singer and guitarist. In his homeland Marlon learned the rudiments of Latin dance music on his own. By the time he was 18, Simon had organized his own band and had begun performing locally at concerts and clubs, often opening for major national acts. Later he became interested in Jazz and African originated music. He came to the United States in 1987 and began formal studies on drums at The University of The Arts in Philadelphia 1989, later obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music from the New School for Social Research

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Alex Norris: King Band Geek

Read "Alex Norris: King Band Geek" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]When I was a young middle school trumpet player in Columbia, MD, Alex Norris was kind of a musical legend around Howard County. Not only was he arguably the best trumpeter in the state, but he could play funk electric bass, and ...

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Jazz Bridge Presents Trumpeter John Swana In Cheltenham On Wednesday, May 2nd!

Jazz Bridge Presents Trumpeter John Swana In Cheltenham On Wednesday, May 2nd!

Appearing at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham, PA for this series' last concert of the season will be trumpeter John Swana and his band, featuring guitarist Steve Giordano, Lucas Brown on organ, and drummer Wayne Smith Jr. on May 2nd. One show: 7:30-9PM. $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free Buffet. ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Charles Fambrough: A Friend Unlike Any Other, R.I.P.

Read "Charles Fambrough: A Friend Unlike Any Other, R.I.P." reviewed by Mark Kramer

For my dear friend Charles, my second Brother: Bassist Charles Fambrough, born in Philadelphia on August 25th, 1950 and known as “Broski," died on January 1st, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. with his daughter and wife at his side. Reportedly, he ever-so-gently squeezed their hands as he held them, and smiled. Then he was ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Charles Fambrough: City Tribes

Read "Charles Fambrough: City Tribes" reviewed by AAJ Staff

[ed. note: We're celebrating the life and music of bassist Charles Fambrough who passed away on January 1, 2011. This interview with Kimberly Barry was conducted in April 1996.] In his thirty-year career, bassist, bandleader and composer Charles Fambrough has played with McCoy Tyner, Grover Washington, Jr., Art Blakey, Flora Purim and Airto, the ...

In Case You Missed It

Label: Columbia
Released: 2010

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Boris Kozlov

Read "Take Five With Boris Kozlov" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Boris Kozlov:Currently serving as a bassist, arranger and Musical Director for the Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty and The Orchestra, as well as leading his own projects, he has also been a first-call bassist for such important jazz acts as Michael Brecker, John Blake, Ray Barretto's New World Spirit, Lew Tabackin, David Kikoski, ...

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Philadelphia Music Project Announces 2009 Grant Awards

Philadelphia Music Project Announces 2009 Grant Awards

Support from the Philadelphia Music Project brings 118 Events to the Philadelphia region Nineteen local music organizations receive almost $1.2 million in funding Philadelphia, PA -- The Philadelphia Music Project (PMP), a program of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, has awarded $1,179,675 to 19 local music organizations in support of 118 concerts and residency ...

In Case You Missed It

Label: Jazzheads
Released: 2007
Track listing: Overture; In Case You Missed It; Home Cooking; Pa Los Morillo; Un Canto a Ericka; Passing By; Huele a Peligro; Manicero; Root Medley.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Marlon Simon: In Case You Missed It

Read "In Case You Missed It" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

In Case You Missed It is percussionist Marlon Simon's fourth album over the past ten years. His brother, trumpeter Michael, appears on two tunes while his better-known sibling, pianist Edward, is on all but one of the album's nine tracks. Edward Simon has recorded extensively with altoist Bobby Watson's Horizon, as well as on ...


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