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Cyrus Chestnut First Time Headlining Performance At Carnegie Hall On April 19th!

Cyrus Chestnut First Time Headlining Performance At Carnegie Hall On April 19th!

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut Commissioned For First Time Headlining Performance at Carnegie Hall on April 19th, with Full Orchestra with The Cecilia Chorus of New York. Presenting a two part show: “Christ on the Mount of Olives" and “Power in the Blood." Two Passion stories, each a gripping musical narrative: Beethoven’s edge-of-your-seat Christ on the Mount of ...



Label: PureMusic Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Velvet Hammer; Walk Up; A Fine Vine; Lazy Dazy; Open Sesame; The Search For New Light; 144; Exit.


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Clemens Grassmann

Read "Take Five with Clemens Grassmann" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Clemens Grassmann Berlin-born, Brooklyn-based drummer, percussionist, composer and educator Clemens Grassmann has collaborated across the U.S. and internationally, releasing multiple recordings as a leader, including Grass Machine (self released, 2022). Recipient of the 2015 Armand Zildjian Percussion Award, Grassmann's genre-defiant aesthetic stretches across generations and unites listeners of every sonic prerogative. Grassmann's compositions ...


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Take Five with Will Lyle

Read "Take Five with Will Lyle" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Will Lyle Born in Southern California, Will began studying cello when he was three and also played drums, guitar, piano and percussion, taking up the electric bass at the age of 12. “I had aspirations to become a producer and I originally went to Berklee for musical production, but during my freshman year I heard ...


News: Performance / Tour

Michelle Walker Performs Live @ The 55 Bar

Michelle Walker Performs Live @ The 55 Bar

New York, NY - Critically acclaimed jazz vocalist Michelle Walker will perform the early set on Saturday August 23, 2014 at one of New York City’s most established and loved music watering-hole stages, The 55 BAR. Her sets will consist of originals, new and old standards with her refreshing and engaging arrangements starting promptly at 6:00pm. ...


Article: Album Review

Charles Davis: For The Love Of Lori

Read "For The Love Of Lori" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist Charles Davis' paean to his late wife, For the Love of Lori, is more of a musical celebration of her spirit than a requiem. Sure, there are moments of intense sorrow and nostalgic melancholy but they are enveloped in positive, swinging creativity. On “What'll I Do?" for instance, Davis' wistful soliloquy is filled ...


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Take Five With Dezron Douglas

Read "Take Five With Dezron Douglas" reviewed by Carla Parisi

Meet Dezron Douglas: On Dezron Douglas: Live at Smalls, the bass prodigy is presented with a band of his peers: the highly original Stacy Dillard, the fiery Josh Evans, pianist David Bryant and the veteran drummer Willie Jones III.Hailing from Hartford, CT, Douglas is a product of the Jackie McLean institute. Quickly establishing himself ...


Article: Album Review

Cyrus Chestnut Trio: Journeys

Read "Journeys" reviewed by Larry Taylor

During a career spanning 20 years, Cyrus Chestnut has risen to be one of the most esteemed and productive of jazz pianists. Journeys makes 16 recordings under his name. He regularly performs with his trio and is the go-to guy on numerous recording dates and gigs. Having apprenticed with the incomparable vocalist Betty ...


News: Interview

Gently, Gently, a Drummer Leads His Pack

Why are so many good jazz gigs led by drummers these days? Possibly it’s just labor logic: the star system has broken down, the circuit has shrunk and there are fewer high-profile working bands led by great front-line soloists — saxophonists, trumpeters, guitarists. The burden to be charismatic has drained away from jazz a bit, too, ...


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