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Paul Smoker studied and performed both jazz and classical music while growing up in Davenport, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa (eventually receiving a DMA in trumpet) where one of his fellow students was David Sanborn. While in high school and college he played in the clubs across the Mississippi River in Rock Island and Moline, as well as Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, getting to work with Dodo Marmarosa, Buddy DeFranco, and Al Jarreau, among others. He was also a member of the Iowa Brass Quintet, touring throughout the United States, and the U of Iowa Center for New Music. As a trumpeter his influences include avant-garde classical sources as well as the jazz trumpet tradition, and also the saxophonists John Coltrane and Anthony Braxton

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Article: Book Review

Chasing The Masters: First Takes Of A Modern Drumming Artist

Read "Chasing The Masters: First Takes Of A Modern Drumming Artist" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Chasing The Masters: First Takes Of A Modern Drumming Artist Phil Haynes 296 pagesISBN: #979-886-0200883 Self Published 2023 I recently attended several recitals by instrumentalists, composers, and arrangers from the renowned Jazz Studies Program at William Paterson University. The level of musicianship was uniformly high in these stimulating ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Phil Haynes: a Renowned Jazz Drummer Chases the Masters

Read "Phil Haynes: a Renowned Jazz Drummer Chases the Masters" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


Today, the Spotlight shines On drummer, composer, and improviser Phillip Haynes.Phil published a unique memoir in November 2023, Chasing the Masters: First Takes of a Modernist Drumming Artist (Corner Store Jazz), which includes not only his reflections on a life in and of music but also stands as an important document of nearly 40 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Benjamin Koppel & A Clean Feed Buffet

Read "Benjamin Koppel & A Clean Feed Buffet" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode focuses on several excellent new releases from Clean Feed Records (Mia Dyberg, Ned Rothenberg, Nataniel Edelman, Mikko Innanen, Grzegorz Tarwid, Simon Nabatov, Phillip Greenlief & Mercury) and presents several pieces from Danish saxophonist Benjamin Koppel's White Buses Passage To Freedom. Koppel's important and stunning album is his interpretation of a World War II event ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Phil Haynes: Drummer, Bandleader, Composer & Educator

Read "Phil Haynes: Drummer, Bandleader, Composer & Educator" reviewed by Doug Hall


Veteran drummer/composer Phillip Haynes is featured on more than 85 releases from numerous American and European record labels. His collaborations include many of the seminal musicians of this generation: saxophonists Anthony Braxton, Ellery Eskelin and Dave Liebman; trumpeters Thomas Heberer, Herb Robertson and Paul Smoker; bassists Mark Dresser, Ken Filiano and Drew Gress; keyboard artists David ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Roy Nathanson, Leap Day Trio, Jimmy Rushing and a Lot More

Read "Roy Nathanson, Leap Day Trio, Jimmy Rushing and a Lot More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This episode contains a wide range of jazz artists, from Roy Nathanson and the Leap Day Trio to Jimmy Rushing and Meredith d'Ambrosio. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Paul Smoker Notet “Goodbye, David II" ...

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Article: Album Review

Nu Band: In Memory of Mark Whitecage: The Nu Band Live At The Bopshop

Read "In Memory of Mark Whitecage: The Nu Band Live At The Bopshop" reviewed by Troy Dostert


One of the underappreciated veterans of free jazz, Mark Whitecage passed away in March of 2021, leaving a well-established legacy of strong recordings in which his searing yet soulful alto saxophone merged with many of the more visible figures on the scene. Joe McPhee, Anthony Braxton, and Annette Peacock are just a few of the luminaries ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Tom Kohn

Read "Meet Tom Kohn" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


Like many of our Jazz Super Fans, Tom Kohn's passion for music started when he was a teen, with a job in a record store and a penchant for acquiring albums that would impress even the most dedicated adult collectors. He grew up into a music business day job but, after suffering a life-changing event, he ...

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Article: Album Review

No Fast Food: Setting For Three

Read "Setting For Three" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Ci eravamo occupati quattro anni fa del trio No Fast Food, recensendo il doppio CD In Concert (clicca qui per leggerne la recensione); adesso la formazione torna a pubblicare un nuovo lavoro, il terzo, anche stavolta su composizioni scritte dal batterista Phil Haynes. Come era da attendersi dai musicisti che lo compongono, il lavoro ...

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Article: Album Review

Settings For Three: No Fast Food

Read "No Fast Food" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


It would be easy enough to cite this trio as a veritable jazz supergroup. And as one would surmise, the musicians give it their best shot. It's the trio's third album and first not recorded from a live performance. Here, legendary reedman David Liebman uses various flutes and saxophones, yet this is a democratic engagement where ...


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