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Pasquale Grasso

Pasquale Grasso, born in Ariano Irpino, Italy, began playing guitar at a very young age. Grasso’s principle instruction was with Chuck Wayne's student and jazz guitar innovator, Agostino Di Giorgio. Grasso's prodigious aptitude for the guitar only grew as he quickly became Di Giorgio's closest pupil. Another extraordinary influence in Grasso's career has been bebop piano master and world- renowned jazz educator, Barry Harris. Pasquale has served as Harris' guitar teaching assistant for the last ten years, conducting workshops in Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, Holland, and Slovenia. In 2008, Pasquale pursued classical guitar studies in the Music Conservatory of Bologna under Professor Walter Zanetti

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Article: Album Review

Samara Joy: Samara Joy

Read "Samara Joy" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Samara Joy. Segnatevi il nome perché la giovanissima cantante di New York è destinata a un brillante futuro. Questo disco d'esordio—registrato nell'ottobre 2020 a 22 anni—conferma le doti per cui ha vinto il Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition del 2019. Samara Joy è un naturale talento dal timbro luminoso, che rinnova con ...

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Samara Joy

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Stardust; Everything Happens to Me; If You Never Fall in Love with Me; Lets Dream in the Moonlight; It Only Happens Once; Jim; The Trouble with Me Is You; If You’d Stay the Way I Dream; Lover Man; Only a Moment Ago; Moonglow; But Beautiful; Sophisticated Lady.

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Article: Live Review

2021 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "2021 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by John Chacona


Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Cain Park September 11-12, 2021 Witnessing the moment-by-moment interaction between musicians is one of the sublime pleasures of attending a jazz concert. There were plenty of opportunities to do just that during the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, but for me the sweetest such encounter didn't occur onstage. It happened between ...

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Article: Interview

Samara Joy: Ascension Into Jazz

Read "Samara Joy: Ascension Into Jazz" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


When Samara Joy performs, she takes her place, stands confidently and sings. Immediately the strength and richness of her voice—which is natural—grabs the attention of the listener. There are no gyrations. It's refreshing that a young artist doesn't see the need for unnecessary vocal gymnastics. Too often, those can miss the mark. Her style ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Neon Jazz Christmas!

Read "A Neon Jazz Christmas!" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Welcome to the annual Christmas show, trying to get all jazz fans into that seasonal mood. Each song is cultivated primarily by modern artists and a sprinkling of cats from years back. Featuring the likes of Dave Stryker, Pasquale Grasso, Glenn Crytzer and John Basile. Dig the holiday season and a brand new year, kids.

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Article: What is Jazz?

2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

Read "2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


With each passing year, Winter JazzFest—New York's premiere jazz festival—has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

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Article: Live Review

New York Nights At Birdland Theater And Mezzrow

Read "New York Nights At Birdland Theater And Mezzrow" reviewed by Martin McFie


On West 44th street in midtown Manhattan, Johnny Valenti recently inaugurated the new Birdland Theater, which has been built downstairs, below his Birdland club. The seating is arranged with two chairs at each round table, the rearmost of which are high tops, ensuring a clear view of the well lit stage from every table in the ...


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