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Michael Wolff

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Michael Wolff is a genuine hipster -- a Manhattan-based family man and internationally acclaimed pianist-composer-bandleader who returns to his roots with the release of his eleventh album, 'jazz, JAZZ, jazz'. This soulful, instrumental collection is everything fans have come to embrace in Wolff's virtuoso jazz piano playing. A baby boomer in his prime, Wolff is renown for his old school jazz roots, melodically fresh and rhythmically compelling multi-keyboard style, and ever-expanding media presence. A New Orleans native who’s father taught him blues on piano before he began classical lessons at age eight, Michael also grew up in Memphis and Berkeley, California, getting his first significant professional gig when he was 19 from Latin jazz vibist Cal Tjader

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Article: Album Review

Mike Clark, Leon Lee Dorsey: Blues on Top

Read "Blues on Top" reviewed by Jack Bowers


While drummer Mike Clark and bassist Leon Lee Dorsey are the nominal leaders on Blues on Top, the album's subtitle —"featuring Mike LeDonne"—speaks volumes about its import and rationale. Without LeDonne at the keyboard, Clark and Dorsey would have to amplify their rhythmic talents to compensate for the absence of a secure melodic presence. Luckily, they ...

Album

Live at Vitellos

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Ballad Noir; Lagniappe; Fall; Falling Down; The Conversation; Nefertiti; Loft Funk.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Recent Piano Music

Read "Recent Piano Music" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Small groups featuring piano continue to work their individual brands of magic throughout the jazz world. Here are some examples from the last few months. Ray Gallon Make Your Move Cellar Live 2021 Pianist Ray Gallon has been around for over thirty-five years playing with the likes of ...

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News: Recording

Leon Lee Dorsey's 'Freedom Jazz Dance' with Mike Clark and Manuel Valera is out August 20, 2021 via Jazz Avenue 1

Leon Lee Dorsey's 'Freedom Jazz Dance' with Mike Clark and Manuel Valera is out August 20, 2021 via Jazz Avenue 1

Jazz Avenue 1 is proud to announce the August 20, 2021 release of Freedom Jazz Dance by veteran bassist Leon Lee Dorsey, drummer extraordinaire Mike Clark and brilliant Cuban-born pianist Manuel Valera. Dedicated to the late Puerto Rican-born piano master Hilton Ruiz, whom Dorsey regularly played with in his last years (appearing on 2004’s A New ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Spike Wilner, Curtis Fuller & Sarah McKenzie

Read "Spike Wilner, Curtis Fuller & Sarah McKenzie" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Our 701st Show begins with Sarah McKenzie and a great tale from the quarantine. The result is her single “Schneller." We continue to watch the world of music open up with live shows and Spike Wilner is leading the charge. He has new music with his 2021 CD Aliens & Wizards. We continue to profile musicians ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gretchen Parlato, Shabaka Hutchings, Francois Lana, Artemis & More

Read "Gretchen Parlato, Shabaka Hutchings, Francois Lana, Artemis & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


There's too much great music to squeeze into two hours a week of Mondo Jazz. Here's a mixtape to share more gems from Roxana Amed; Gretchen Parlato; Lionel Loueke; Artemis; James Brandon Lewis; Francois Lana; Ron Miles; Michael Wolff; Francesco Bearzatti; Shabaka Hutchings; Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. Happy listening! Playlist Roxana Amed ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Soojin Suh, Damon Locks, Gretchen Parlato, Daniele Sepe & Other New Releases

Read "Soojin Suh, Damon Locks, Gretchen Parlato, Daniele Sepe & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we feature plenty of jazz for social justice, exciting piano players and young ensembles, unearthed live gems that are coming out during these COVID times both to remind us of the power of live music and to remedy the lack of new live recordings, and the album that confirms Gretchen Parlato's role in the ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Wolff: Live at Vitellos

Read "Live at Vitellos" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


As time stretches the fabric of reality, what with venues closed or operating under incredibly restrictive mandates since March of 2020, it's starting to feel like it's been a decade since we've been able to gather in the quiets of a club to take in a rapturous set of music. So it's only fitting that this ...

Album

Wolff Clark Dorsey Play Sgt. Pepper

Label: Jazz Avenue 1 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: With a Little Help from My Friends; Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds; A Day in the Life; She's Leaving Home; Within You Without You; Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band; Lovely Rita; When I'm Sixty-Four.


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