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Milton Suggs

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Music has been an integral part of Milton’s life from an early age. As a child he played various instruments including the bass, the alto saxophone, and the drums. From these experiences Milton developed a love of, and discovered an intuition for, music that has aided in his growth and development as a musician. In 2001 Milton began learning to play the piano under the tutelage of his godfather, renowned pianist Willie Pickens. In 2003 he enrolled at Columbia College Chicago where his passion for performance and arranging began to take shape. It was here where he first began to develop his skills as a vocalist and pianist, as well as a composer/arranger

Article: Interview

Ashley Henry: la bellezza della musica inclusiva

Read "Ashley Henry: la bellezza della musica inclusiva" reviewed by Paolo Marra


Il pianista e compositore Ashley Henry è uno dei più interessanti talenti della nuova generazione di jazzisti britannici che si sta imponendo all'attenzione internazionale. Il suo album di debutto, Beautiful Vinyl Hunter (Sony, 2019), ha rivelato un universo nel quale jazz, grime, drum'n'bass e hip-hop convivono senza snaturare le radici profonde dei grandi jazzisti del passato. ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Strata-East: Seizing the Time

Read "Strata-East: Seizing the Time" reviewed by Chris May


Operating on minimum finance and maximum passion, Brooklyn's Strata-East label was a pivotal platform for the spiritual-jazz movement that emerged during the Civil Rights struggle of the 1970s. Its closest contemporary comparator was Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Both were non-profit organisations. The AACM was non-profit by design. With Strata-East, co-founder Charles Tolliver ...

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Article: Profile

Voices of the People: Philadelphia Jazz Project to Celebrate America’s Cherished Values

Read "Voices of the People: Philadelphia Jazz Project to Celebrate America’s Cherished Values" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


The famed Philadelphia Jazz Project (PJP) has a tradition of organizing and presenting concerts in fresh, imaginative, and creative ways. It is a stimulus program whose mission is to generate interest in and responsiveness to the music and to locally-based musicians. The upcoming series, “Voices of the People," four concerts featuring Philadelphia vocalists, is designed for ...

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Article: Live Review

Terry Klinefelter Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble: Philadelphia Songbook Vol. 2

Read "Terry Klinefelter Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble: Philadelphia Songbook Vol. 2" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Terry Klinefelter Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble Philadelphia Songbook Vol.2 American Philosophical Society Philadelphia, PA September 10, 2015 At the outset of a busy weekend of jazz events in Philadelphia, this concert directed by versatile pianist- composer-arranger Terry Klinefelter was an amalgam of two musical genres: straight-ahead mainstream jazz and rhythm-and-blues, ...

Album

Lyrical, Volume 1

Label: Skiptone Music
Released: 2012

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Article: Album Review

Milton Suggs: Lyrical, Volume 1

Read "Lyrical, Volume 1" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Vocalist/composer Milton Suggs released Things To Come to certain positive acclaim. In an arid male jazz vocals landscape, Suggs recalls a simpler time ruled by the likes of Joe Williams and Johnny Hartman. His voice is deep and rich, with Betty Carter's pliability and Jon Hendricks' smokiness. On Lyrical, Volume 1 he fronts a larger-than-average band ...

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News: Recording

Chicago-based Jazz Vocalist Milton Suggs Releases “Lyrical, Volume 1” New CD On Skiptone Music Label, July 24

Chicago-based Jazz Vocalist Milton Suggs Releases “Lyrical, Volume 1” New CD On Skiptone Music Label, July 24

In 2010 with his debut album as a leader, Things to Come, vocalist Milton Suggs established himself as an artist to be aware of and watch closely. He cements that idea with a strong showing in 2012 with the first volume in an anticipated series of albums simply and appropriately entitled, “Lyrical.” Lyrical, Volume I was ...

Album

Things to Come

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2010

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Article: Album Review

Milton Suggs: Things to Come

Read "Things to Come" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


There is a warm wind blowing in from Chicago and his name is Milton Suggs. With male jazz vocalists an endangered species, any new discovery is noteworthy, but Suggs is something special. Suggs is a brilliant throwback-bring-forward combination of Joe Williams's grace, Johnny Hartman's sensuality, and representing the singer's anima, Betty Carter's electric elasticity.


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