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Mike Renzi

An immensely talented musician, Renzi was influenced in his early years as a pianist by Bill Evans. After living and working in and around Providence, he graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music in 1973 and Berklee College Of Music the following year. During these years of study he worked with local bands and as accompanist to visiting artists. Among these was Sylvia Sims and it was as a direct result of this engagement that he was hired to work with Mel Tormé. In 1976 he moved to New York City and from the late 70s onwards through the next two decades and into the early years of the twenty-first century, he appeared on scores of albums, sometimes only as pianist but most often also as arranger

Christmas Is: December Duets

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2020
Track listing: Cool Yule; The Christmas Song; The Holiday Song; Our First Christmas; Blue Christmas; Christmas Is...; I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (From "On the Avenue"); A Christmas Love Song; Snowfall; Winter Wonderland.

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Get In The Christmas Spirit With Mike Renzi And Jim Porcella's "Christmas Is: December Duets"

Get In The Christmas Spirit With Mike Renzi And Jim Porcella's "Christmas Is: December Duets"

Do you know Mike Renzi? The immense musical talent has won seven Emmys for musical direction, including wins for his work on “Sesame Street" and the soap opera “All My Children.” Also noteworthy: Mike has backed some amazing talent, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, as well as Tony’s work with Lady Gaga at the Grammys in ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Ralph Hepola

Read "Take Five with Ralph Hepola" reviewed by Ralph Hepola

About Ralph Hepola Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the United States, Ralph Hepola studied piano before starting on the tuba at age twelve. At seventeen, he was chosen to play before the British Royal Family in the Manitoba All-Province Band at Brandon, Manitoba in Canada. While still in high school, Ralph began performing ...

NEWS: RECORDING

A Generations-Leaping Jazz Adventure

A Generations-Leaping Jazz Adventure

I’ve spent the last few days listening closely to Cheek to Cheek, the ambitious new recording by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. It debuted September 23 and soared to #1 on the Billboard 200 list. It also topped the Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts. Cheek to Cheek sold 131,000 copies in the week ending ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Mark Sherman: Truth Of Who I Am

Read "Mark Sherman: Truth Of Who I Am" reviewed by DanMichael Reyes

Vibraphonist Mark Sherman likes using the term consummate to describe musicians and colleagues that he's played with. While it would be difficult to speak to every notable musician that Sherman's played for and ask about their opinion about Juilliard graduate and professor, it is safe to assume that they would also describe Sherman as a consummate ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Shawnn Monteiro: To Carmen with Love

Read "To Carmen with Love" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Tributes to legendary jazz greats of the past dot the landscape of today's music, but few can actually boast a direct connection to the artist of homage. Singer Shawnn Monteiro--long influenced by the beautiful voice of pianist and vocalist Carmen McRae--is an exception. Her father and godfather, bassist Jimmy Woode and trumpeter Clark Terry, respectively, both ...

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Hilary Kole: You Are There

Read "You Are There" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist Hilary Kole is more than a mere interpreter of songs. Like the great singers who came before her, Kole is a master storyteller who merges cabaret sensibilities, jazz vocal craft and a slight hint of folk charm into one appealing package. She possesses a voice that could fit naturally on a Broadway stage or in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hilary Kole: You Are There

Read "You Are There" reviewed by Larry Taylor

With her crystal clear voice and precise phrasing, singer Hilary Kole pulls off the delightful and unique You Are There. This is one of a kind, because eleven different top-of-the-line piano accompanists join her, with two appearing twice. You Are There's 13 songs are all ballads, sung passionately, simply, and with no frills. According ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Peter Nero: The Laughter and The Challenges

Read "Peter Nero: The Laughter and The Challenges" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Part 1 | Part 2 In July 2009, All About Jazz published an interview with legendary pianist and Philly Pops maestro Peter Nero. That interview jumped between his early musical development and his current 30-year tenure as founder and music director of the Philly Pops. There wasn't time then to ask him about what ...


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