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I was born in the prairie town of Knoxville, Illinois September 27th 1964. I was lucky to have cool parents who encouraged me in my creative pursuits where it was music, theater, writing or weird art. I became interested in playing the drums in the third grade after seeing Buddy Rich on the Lucy Show. He was judging a local drum contest featuring Ricky Jr. a fine drummer. Inspired, I pooled together some capital and purchased some Ludwig 9a sticks at the local Byerly Music store. With sticks in hand I began exploring a wide range of suitable cookware and five gallon buckets as sound sources. Soon my parents made in investment in a used of brand snare drum drum and cymbal


Live at The Cafe Bohemia

Label: Giant Step Arts
Released: 2023
Track listing: Dewey Spirit; Leap of Faith; The Dream Weaver; Ghost Town; Strival for Survival; Leap Leap; Wind Spirit; Gospel Flowers; For Friends.


Article: Album Review

Jeff Lederer: Balls of Simplicity

Read "Balls of Simplicity" reviewed by Mark Corroto

To describe Jeff Lederer's latest offering, borrow a catchphrase from Monty Python's Flying Circus, “and now for something completely different." The saxophonist, clarinetist and composer might be best known for reimagining the music of Albert Ayler in both the traditions of the Shaker Christian sect or in a sea shanties format, his irreverent reimagining of Dixieland ...


Article: Liner Notes

Jonathan Kreisberg: Night Songs

Read "Jonathan Kreisberg: Night Songs" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Although technical proficiency and filigreed improvisations often catch the attention of the average jazz fan, those in the know will insist that you can't really evaluate the mettle of a jazz musician until you hear how he interprets a ballad. Memorable efforts from the jazz cannon that fruitfully establish a reflective mood over the length of ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Magos Herrera, Karl Berger, Asher Gamedze, Gretchen Parlato & More

Read "Magos Herrera, Karl Berger, Asher Gamedze, Gretchen Parlato & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A remembrance of Karl Berger, the stunning new album by Magos Herrera, and a whole bunch of projects you can find along the Johannesburg-New York-Chicago expressway. Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Sam Butler “Storybook" Folklore (Shifting Paradigm) 0:16 Host talks 5:30 Karl Berger, Kirk Knuffke, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bruno Råberg

Read "Bruno Råberg" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

In this episode, the Spotlight shines On internationally-renowned bassist and composer Bruno Råberg.Since coming to the US from his native Sweden in 1981, Bruno has made many recordings as both a leader and sideman--and has performed with an incredible number of world-class artists--including Terri Lyne Carrington, Sam Rivers, Donny McCaslin, Billy Hart, Matt Wilson, ...


Article: Album Review

Karl Berger: Heart Is A Melody

Read "Heart Is A Melody" reviewed by Dave Linn

Karl Berger, one of the more unsung and underrated jazz musicians of our time, passed away on April 9, 2023. He had just turned 88 years old. Berger released several dozen albums as a leader and scores more as a sideman. His discography reads like a Who's Who of modern jazz. He recorded with people such ...


Article: Chats with Cats

The Jazz Critic: Neil Tesser

Read "The Jazz Critic: Neil Tesser" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

For as long as there has been art and artists there have been critics to give their opinions about their work. There is even that famous joke about everyone having an opinion. But, clearly, some opinions are more informed than others and when it comes to being a competent jazz critic one needs to have a ...


Article: Album Review

Martin Wind, Peter Weniger, Jonas Burgwinkel: Gravity

Read "Gravity" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There is a return to old-school fundamentals about the trio recording Gravity from bassist Martin Wind. The German-born, now New Jersey native reconnects with tenor saxophonist Peter Weniger whom he met in the German National Youth Orchestra more than three decades ago. The old friends invited fellow countryman and drummer Jonas Burgwinkel (of Pablo Held Trio) ...


Article: Album Review

Esthesis Quartet: Time Zones

Read "Time Zones" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Time Zones is the second album by the Esthesis Quartet, comprised of four accomplished women, all whom do indeed reside in different time zones. Flutist Elsa Nilsson, originally from Sweden, lives in Brooklyn, NY; pianist/vocalist Dawn Clement makes her home in Denver, CO; bassist Emma Dayhuff lives in Chicago, drummer Tina Raymond in California, where Time ...


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