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Nick Hempton

Nick Hempton is an alto and tenor saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, producing new music in the modern/mainstream tradition. Calling New York home since 2004, he headlines clubs throughout the city, as well as concert halls and festivals around the world. Influenced by the greats of the instrument– Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley, etc., and informed by a youth misspent playing Rhythm & Blues and Ska in his native Australia, Hempton's jazz is original, approachable, and always swinging. From 2005 to 2016, Nick led The Nick Hempton Band: “an unusually sharp, cohesive unit” (David Orthmann– AAJ) performing original compositions at most of the major New York venues, as well as touring regionally and internationally

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Nick Hempton Band Live & Loud

Read "Nick Hempton Band  Live & Loud" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Nick Hempton Band Live and Loud New York, NY December 3, 2020 Can venues reflect the tenor of a particular time? In August of 2018, saxophonist Nick Hempton played two sets at a park in Dobbs Ferry, NY, a striking location right on the Hudson River. It was a comfortably warm ...

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Joe Magnarelli at Smalls Jazz Club

Read "Joe Magnarelli at Smalls Jazz Club" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Joe Magnarelli Quintet Smalls Jazz Club New York, NY September 1, 2020 One hundred days may not sound like a particularly long time in the annals of jazz or, for that matter, any human endeavor. Nevertheless, in the midst of a seemingly endless pandemic that has upended every aspect of ...

Night Owl

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Night Owl; I Remember Milady's; After You've Gone I'm A Fool To Want You; 10st Street Turnaround; Corner Bistro; It Shouldn't Happen To A Dream; Listen Hard, Speak Easy; Macao Mood.

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Nick Hempton: Night Owl

Read "Night Owl" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If jazz belongs to a single breed of believers, it would have to go to the night owls. Those loyalists who live a nocturnal existence—the listeners. sitting at the bar while they drink in their surroundings, and the performers, playing into the wee small hours in basement hideaways—are the heartbeat of this music, and saxophonist Nick ...

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Kayo Hiraki: Manhattan Sunset

Read "Manhattan Sunset" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Like a fine lemon sorbet, Manhattan Sunset, the sixth album from pianist and veteran NY presence Kayo Hiraki, is that refreshing, necessary pause between courses that enables you to fully enjoy the vast jazz menu. With an airy, elegant touch, tangible zeal and seasoned respect for her art, Hiraki leads her tried-and-true sidemen, bassist ...

Trio Stonk: Live At Smalls

Label: SmallsLIVE
Released: 2017
Track listing: A Blues To You, Rudy; Poor Butterfly; Droppin' A Franklin; Transition Vamp; A Whistlin' Blues; Not The Sort Of Jazz That Stewart Lee Likes; When I Grow Too Old To Dream.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nick Hempton: Trio Stonk: Live At Smalls

Read "Trio Stonk: Live At Smalls" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

On April 20, 2017, tenor and alto saxophonist Nick Hempton, bassist George DeLancey, and drummer Dan Aran played a gig at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City. Fortunately, it was recorded and recently released by the house label, SmallsLIVE. Although Hempton is the leader, the sixty minutes of music amounts to a collective accomplishment. The ...

Catch And Release

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Hanging For Dear Life; Change For A Dollar; Target Practice; Montauk Mosey; The Third Degree; Nordberg Suite; Catch Up; Catch And Release.

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Jordan Young: Jazz Jukebox

Read "Jazz Jukebox" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

One of the strengths of Marc Free's Posi-Tone imprimatur is that it is responsible for introducing us to many great and upcoming jazz artists. Drummer Jordan Young is a Detroit native who has studied with some of the best of the modern-day masters and is making a name for himself in New York. His sophomore release ...


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