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Oliver Mayman

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An Ann Arbor, Michigan, native and current student at Philadelphia’s Temple University (as of 2020), Oliver Mayman is a vibraphonist, pianist, educator, and composer. Beginning drums at age 9 and piano at age 13, the vibraphone was an inevitable discovery as a teenager — the instrument essentially fusing the mechanics of drumming with the harmonic capabilities of the piano. By bringing his array of pianist influences such as Ethan Iverson, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, and McCoy Tyner and applying their concepts to the vibraphone, he truly treats the instrument as a piano, comfortable in every setting from solo to big band

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News: Recording

Drummer And Artistic Director Adonis Rose Releases First Live Recording Entitled Piece Of Mind Live At The Blue Llama On Legendary Danish Jazz Imprint Storyville Records

Drummer And Artistic Director Adonis Rose Releases First Live Recording Entitled Piece Of Mind Live At The Blue Llama On Legendary Danish Jazz Imprint Storyville Records

Grammy Award-winning jny: New Orleans drummer Adonis Rose is scheduled to release his latest album Adonis Rose Piece Of Mind Live At Blue LLama, on September 25, 2020, on the historic Storyville Records jazz imprint. The album, recorded live last summer at the Blue LLama Jazz Club in Ann Arbor, MI, features a stellar line-up including ...

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Article: Book Review

Jazz from Detroit

Read "Jazz from Detroit" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Jazz from Detroit Mark Stryker 342 pages ISBN: 978-0472074266 University of Michigan Press 2019 When music journalist Mark Stryker left the Detroit Free Press in 2016, yet another casualty of the ineluctable downsizing occurring at news outlets all over the country, jazz fans throughout metro Detroit feared they were ...

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Article: Live Review

2019 Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan August 30-September 2, 2019 According to the official count, the 40th edition of the largest free jazz festival in North America drew a record crowd numbering some 325,000. Boasting four stages as part of the festival footprint, there seemed to be a reduction in ...

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Article: Live Review

Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy At The Blue LLama

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Ralph Peterson & The Messsenger Legacy The Blue LLama Ann Arbor, Michigan May 25, 2019 Driving distance from both jny: Detroit and jny: Lansing, jny: Ann Arbor has always had a healthy music scene which is further bolstered by the presence of the University of Michigan. Live jazz was on the ...

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Article: Live Review

Spring Quartet at Dalton Recital Hall

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Spring Quartet Dalton Recital Hall, Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI May 4, 2019 They had to add chairs. The 435-seat Dalton Recital Hall, on the campus of Western Michigan University, was filled with multiple generations of music fans from all walks of life. The alluring ticket, brought to town by ...

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496 West

Since debuting in 2008, the band "496 West" has opened for a number of unforgettable and inspirational artists including: the legendary Kirk Whalum, soulful balladeer Phil Perry, jazz stalwarts Nick Colionne, Grammy- nominated Gerald Albright, saxman Euge Groove, smooth jazz guitarist Tim Bowman and international Grammy- nominated keyboardist, Bob Baldwin, the electrifying saxophonist Eric Darius and jazz guitarist/entertainer Nick Colionne. On Valentine's Day they had a ball opening for Larry Braggs, former lead vocalist for Tower of Power. Performing their own brand of contemporary smooth jazz, R&B, soul, a sprinkling of the blues and of course, gospel jazz, 496 West provides instrumental performances with a variety of combo’s including–music for relaxing, music for listening, and party music–from slow to jam.

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Article: Live Review

Balance with Gerald Cleaver and Bill Harris at the Detroit Public Library

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Balance with Gerald Cleaver and Bill Harris Detroit Public Library Detroit, MIApril 7, 2019 Detroit-based jazz fans have become well-acquainted with pianist Michael Malis and saxophonist Marcus Elliot, both of whom are fixtures among the up-and-coming generation of musicians in the city, playing in all kinds of configurations and in wide-ranging, ...

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Article: Live Review

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with Lucinda Williams at UMS

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Charles Lloyd and The Marvels with special guest Lucinda Williams Michigan Theater University Musical Society 25th Annual Jazz Series Ann Arbor, Michigan December 8, 2018 Memphis native Charles Lloyd has seen a lot in his eighty years on the planet. His own musical voyage is the stuff of legend and ...

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Article: Live Review

Joe Locke / Pat Bianchi / Marvin "Smitty" Smith at Detroit Groove Society

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Joe Locke/Pat Bianchi/Marvin “Smitty" Smith Detroit Groove Socirty West Bloomfield, Michigan December 7, 2018 One of the key elements of jazz over the history of the music has been the social aspect that is inherent in the type of musical communication that marks improvised music. During the swing era, if you ...


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