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Mike DiRubbo

Connecticut-born, New York-based alto saxophonist/bandleader/composer/educator Mike DiRubbo was born on July 25th, 1970. His first instrument was the clarinet, which he started playing in the fourth grade. He switched to alto saxophone at the age of twelve. Largely self-taught, his interest in jazz was sparked when he performed with the Dwike Mitchell/Willie Ruff duo in high school. After graduating high school, DiRubbo enrolled in the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz of the Hartt School, University of Hartford, where legendary jazz alto saxophonist Jackie McLean – who played with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers – personally instructed DiRubbo, who also studied with pianist Hotep Galeta, bassists Nat Reeves and Rick Rozie and classical saxophonist Ken Radnofsky

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Mangia e Jazz at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia

Mangia e Jazz at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia

November is a celebration of Italian American jazz artists at Chris’ Jazz Café and their favorite dishes that reflect their heritage. “All month long we’re showcasing musicians with Italian roots,” said Chef/Owner Mark DeNinno. “We thought it would be fun to tie in their favorite dishes, so guests can actually eat what the artists enjoy.” The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jacknife: The Music Of Jackie McLean

Read "The Music Of Jackie McLean" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If you ask any well-informed jazz fans and performers about the legacy of Jackie McLean, you're likely to be met with a response that focuses on one or two specific areas: his work as a mentor-educator and/or his playing on a number of classic Blue Note dates from the '60s. But how many will mention the ...

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"The Music Of Jackie McLean," New CD By Saxophonist Steven Lugerner & His Band Jacknife, To Be Released April 22

"The Music Of Jackie McLean," New CD By Saxophonist Steven Lugerner & His Band Jacknife, To Be Released April 22

For the last year and a half, jny: San Francisco Bay Area woodwind expert Steven Lugerner has been digging into the music of jazz legend Jackie McLean with Jacknife, Lugerner’s hard-hitting West Coast post-bop quintet. The group has completed work on an album, The Music of Jackie McLean, slated for release on April 22 by Primary ...

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Saxophonist Steven Lugerner & Jacknife To Preview Spring 2016 CD "The Music Of Jackie McLean" With November West Coast Tour Dates

Saxophonist Steven Lugerner & Jacknife To Preview Spring 2016 CD "The Music Of Jackie McLean" With November West Coast Tour Dates

San Francisco Bay Area woodwind expert Steven Lugerner continues his explorations of the music of jazz legend Jackie McLean with Jacknife, a hard-hitting West Coast post-bop quintet that Lugerner premiered earlier this year. The group has completed work on an album, The Music of Jackie McLean, slated for release on April 22, 2016, and will be ...

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Joe Magnarelli: On Three On Two

Read "Joe Magnarelli: On Three On Two" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Trumpeter Joe Magnarelli is and has been one of the most respected jazz players on the jazz scene for years. A native of jny: Syracuse, New York, “Mags" has recently returned from a critically well-received European tour and has just announced release of Three On Two for Posi-Tone Records. All About Jazz: Joe, ...

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Joe Magnarelli: Three On Two

Read "Three On Two" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The majority of trumpeter Joe Magnarelli's leader dates have been no-nonsense, straight ahead quintet outings, so on the surface, it might appear that he's settled into something of a rut. But appearances can be deceiving. Only those who haven't heard Magnarelli's albums would think such a thing. For with each one, he's managed to peel back ...

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Beacon Jazz Festival To Feature World-Class Jazz, Hudson Valley Distilleries And More At Pete And Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park - Saturday, July 25, 12 To 6pm

Beacon Jazz Festival To Feature World-Class Jazz, Hudson Valley Distilleries And More At Pete And Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park - Saturday, July 25, 12 To 6pm

BEACON, NY — Celebrating the music, distilleries, artisan crafts, community and culture of the Hudson Valley, the inaugural Beacon Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, July 25 from noon to 6 PM at The Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park in Beacon, NY. Presented by Six String Productions, the festival will offer a wealth of ...

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Tom Tallitsch: All Together Now

Read "All Together Now" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

All Together Now--the sixth overall effort from tenor saxophonist Tom Tallitsch, and his third for the Posi-tone imprint--is a well-balanced musical affair built around a surefooted and wholly capable sextet. Tallitsch works with a rhythm section and two other horns here, creating smart and uncluttered settings that showcase the musicians without boxing them ...

Threshold

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: Threshold; Where There's A Willis There's A Way; Sun Steps; Pace; Faith; Curvas Perigosas; 1970; Salter Of The Earth; Bloomdido.


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