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Mike Richmond

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Mike Richmond has expressed his love of music on a global level. In addition to accompanying such stellar jazz musicians as Miles Davis and Stan Getz and folk/blues singer/songwriter Richie Havens, the Philadelphia-born bass player has performed in concert with Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and the South Indian Orchestra and has served as chief bass instructor for the National German Jazz Orchestra. Initially a guitar player, Richmond was inspired by a Bill Haley and the Comets show that he attended with his parents in the mid-'50s. He switched to the bass before joining his junior high orchestra. Richmond's understanding of world music developed at an early age

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A Stovepipe Hat Made From Silk

Label: La Fabrica'son
Released: 2021
Track listing: Taking Notice; Darkmiere; None So Blind; Rachid; Blue Saint-Jacques; True North; A Stovepipe Hat Made From Silk; La Paindestre; Au Sujet de Mr. Satie; On The Sonny Side of Rollins.

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Article: New York Beat

The Mingus Big Band at The Django

Read "The Mingus Big Band at The Django" reviewed by Nick Catalano


The Mingus Big BandThe DjangoNew York CityNovember 11, 2021 Opened in 2016, The Django jazz club in SoHo advanced the regalement of post-pandemic activity in the Big Apple by restoring the Mingus Big Band to a weekly stage appearance. A large, grateful crowd showed up to celebrate the return of a ...

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Article: Album Review

Atlantico: A Stovepipe Hat Made From Silk

Read "A Stovepipe Hat Made From Silk" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


This album by the European/American quartet Atlantico co-led by French jazz pianist Sebastien Paindestre and U.S. reed and woodwind player Dave Schroeder completes the band's planned triptych, following New Easter Island (La Fabrica'son, 2019). For this sequel they are joined by acoustic bassist Mike Richmond (replacing Martin Wind) and drummer John Hadfield (replacing Billy Drummond). Tenor ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases and Celebrations for Melba Liston, Sade and Eartha Kitt

Read "New Releases and Celebrations for Melba Liston, Sade and Eartha Kitt" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast opens with music by composer and arranger Melba Liston and concludes with the unique vocal stylings of the great Eartha Kitt to celebrate their birthdays. New releases include Gayelynn McKinney, Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias, Joe Traina and Marty Elkins, with more birthday shoutouts to Ruth Brown, Sade, Michelle Walker, Cheryl Bentyne, Andrea ...

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Article: Album Review

Marty Elkins: 'Tis Autumn

Read "'Tis Autumn" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


There exists a group of jazz musicians dedicated to pre-bebop jazz who have traditionally populated the catalogs of the Nagel-Heyer and Arbors record labels. These musicians include Herb Pomeroy, Max Kaminsky, Randy Sandke, Harry Allen, and Dave McKenna. Central to this group is vocalist Marty Elkins who, while in college, discovered the recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, ...

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'Tis Autumn

Label: Jazzheads
Released: 2021
Track listing: Old Devil Moon; In A Mellow Tone; 'Tis Autumn; When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along; Stairway To The Stars; Lullaby Of The Leaves; My Mother's Eyes; Honeysuckle Rose; I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues; All Or Nothing At All.

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Article: Album Review

Marty Elkins & Mike Richmond: 'Tis Autumn

Read "'Tis Autumn" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Vocals, bass and Golden Age jazz standards. That's all that's here and it's all that's needed. Working their way through ten classics penned between 1926 and 1947, vocalist Marty Elkins and bassist Mike Richmond get right to the heart of jazz history. Their music has an easy draw to it, but there's absolutely no drama behind ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Mark Wade

Read "Take Five with Mark Wade" reviewed by Mark Wade


Meet Mark Wade Voted one of the top bassists of 2016, 2018, and 2019 in the prestigious Downbeat Magazine Reader's Poll, Mark Wade has been active in the NYC area for over 20 years. His debut album Event Horizon (2015) and follow up release Moving Day (2018) received international acclaim, and Moving Day was picked as ...

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Article: Album Review

Bill Warfield: For Lew

Read "For Lew" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The “Lew" referred to on Renaissance man Bill Warfield's latest big-band album, For Lew, is the late trumpeter Lew Soloff, whom Warfield remembers in the liner notes as “my mentor, colleague, friend and inspiration." The inspiration arrived when the teen-age Warfield, who had switched from trumpet to piano after losing his front teeth in an auto ...


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