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Rochester-born musician Mike Cottone developed a love for music at a very young age. After being given a trumpet at the age of 10, it was clear where his love for music would be channeled. In high school, he began to explore the world of jazz thanks to his band director, Mr. Daniel McMurray. Mike was exposed to recordings of trumpet greats such as Louis Armstrong, Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, and Roy Hargrove. Thanks to McMurray's guidance and inspiration, he began to develop his own soulful sound and passion for jazz. Mike attended The Eastman School of Music where he was awarded the prestigious Howard Hanson Scholarship and the Rochester International Jazz Festival Scholarship

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Bob Sheppard: The Fine Line

Read "The Fine Line" reviewed by Roger Farbey


Ironically, probably the only reason that Bob Sheppard isn't a household name (other than in jazz households) is because he's such an in-demand sideman. Splitting his time between Los Angeles, and New York he also teaches jazz at The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. But he's worked, amongst many others, with such jazz ...

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Sarah Reich: New Change

Read "New Change" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Sarah Reich is among the new generation of jazz makers--breaking barriers, but also keeping one foot in the historical richness of the genre. Reich is a musician not in the traditional sense, but a tap dancer who uses her feet as a percussion instrument, and one that is highly skilled and masterful. Tap dancing is not ...

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David Ricard Big Band: Parallels

Read "Parallels" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Whatever else the fates may decree, fortune must be smiling when one can open a big-band album with the workaday theme from “Spider-Man" and make it shine. Bassist David Ricard is fortune's beneficiary here, as are those partisans who are lucky enough to chance upon Parallels, Ricard's third and most recent treatise on big-band excellence. Whereas ...

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Kirsten Edkins: Art & Soul

Read "Art & Soul" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Saxophonist Kirsten Edkins delivers a delightful and charming batch of mainstream jazz with her engaging and exuberant debut Art & Soul. The tracks alternate between soulful, smoky burners and cooler, airier ones with relaxed tempos and intricate arrangements. Keyboardist Larry Goldings' earthy, simmering Hammond B3 often drives the former type. For instance, “Mean Greens" ...

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The Matthew Yeakley Group: Clean Numbers & Dirty Words

Read "Clean Numbers & Dirty Words" reviewed by Paul Naser


The electric guitar has a history of players with fierce energy, and L.A. based guitarist Matthew Yeakley fits right into this tradition. Having studied with jazz guitar legends Scott Henderson and Jimmy Wyble, Yeakley has a refreshing blend of modern influence and tradition; he also cut his teeth performing in blues clubs in his native San ...

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Olivia Foschi: Perennial Dreamer

Read "Perennial Dreamer" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


San Francisco native and Rome-educated Olivia Foschi is a sophisticated, urbane singer whose debut album Perennial Dreamer is a testament to her mature and worldly outlook. Surrounded by an energetic group of individualistic and trailblazing instrumentalists, Foschi presents a heady mix of original compositions, Italian ballads and jazz standards. Thanks primarily to her rich, smoky voice ...

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International Jazz Day: Istanbul, Turkey April 30, 2013

Read "International Jazz Day: Istanbul, Turkey April 30, 2013" reviewed by Josef Woodard


International Jazz DayIstanbul, TurkeyApril 30, 2013At a morning press conference opening the 10th annual Panama Jazz Festival in January, 2013, a long table was peopled by dignitaries and musical dignitaries. Festival highlight, saxophonist Wayne Shorter sat in the center (almost like Jesus in the Last Supper configuration), flanked by the ambitious and outspokenly ...

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Just Remember

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2011
Track listing: Just Remember; Selah; Old Blue; Slow Down; Gyroscope; Sloppin'; I'm Sure; When Sunny Gets Blue; Dear John; Stardust.

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Just Remember

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2011
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