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Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence At Middle C Jazz

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Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence Middle C Jazz Charlotte, NC March 13, 2020 Drummer/composer/bandleader Joe Barna brought his band Sketches of Influence to Middle C Jazz (a recently opened jazz club in Charlotte, NC) to record a live album on March 13-14, 2020. Barna had come down from upstate New ...

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Joe Barna Announces Sketches of Influence Live Recording at Middle C Jazz

Joe Barna Announces Sketches of Influence Live Recording at Middle C Jazz

Drummer/composer/bandleader Joe Barna is bringing his band Sketches of Influence to Middle C Jazz (a recently opened jazz club in jny: Charlotte, NC) to record a live album on March 13-14, 2020. This is certainly the first live recording to be produced at the club, and may be the first time that an artist from outside ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cliff Brucker: Full Circle Vol. 2

Read "Full Circle Vol. 2" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Full Circle Vol 2, Albany, New York-based drummer Cliff Brucker and friends reach back to the swing and bop jazz periods to showcase their talents on a set of first-rate standards. These musicians clearly understand the bop trade and what emerges from their collective knowledge is solid and assured music. The entire affair is like ...

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Franklin Kiermyer: Closer To The Sun

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Most of drummer Franklyn Kiermyer's records have a strong spiritual aura but none as intensely so as the deeply introspective Closer to the Sun. For this sublime session Kiermyer draws inspiration from saxophonist John Coltrane's Impulse years. This is not, however, a mere tribute through reinterpretation of the great artist's work as Kiermyer has a unique ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Franklin Kiermyer: Closer To The Sun

Read "Closer To The Sun" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sooner or later every human being has to come to terms with their inner self. Quite often it is later, on one's deathbed, that one's life is questioned. Those who do live an examined life while young (and healthy) often choose to live a more challenging life. Same for musicians, but their challenge is often the ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

R3: Special Big Band / Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra / Empire Jazz Orchestra

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R3: Special Big BandR3Summit Records2012 The “R3" in this Brazilian-based band's name refers to brothers Rafael, Renato and Roger Rocha who together comprise its heart and soul. The “Special" pertains to just about everything else on this impressive debut album. Indeed, there could be even more “R's" in ...


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