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Paul Colombo

Paul Colombo is a musician based outside of Philadelphia, PA, USA. Paul is a versatile guitarist, composer and vocalist who has performed and recorded with Grammy winners such as Neil Sedaka, Peter Nero, and The Delfonics and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks. He has been touted for his "virtuoso guitar playing" and "well-traveled artistry". (Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, May 2011). Paul has also performed with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, among others, the Philly Pops, played numerous national tours of Broadway shows at Hershey Theatre where he has been the first call guitarist there for twenty years, and was nominated for an excellence in teaching award at a local college

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Mary Ellen Desmond: 'Comfort and Joy' 2020 Virtual Stream

Read "Mary Ellen Desmond: 'Comfort and Joy' 2020 Virtual Stream" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Mary Ellen Desmond Comfort and Joy: Virtual Stream Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany Philadelphia, PA December 13, 2020 In the course of two decades as a jazz reviewer in Philadelphia, it has often been my pleasure to hear Mary Ellen Desmond sing, and for ...

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Oliver Mayman

An Ann Arbor, Michigan, native and current student at Philadelphia’s Temple University (as of 2020), Oliver Mayman is a vibraphonist, pianist, educator, and composer. Beginning drums at age 9 and piano at age 13, the vibraphone was an inevitable discovery as a teenager — the instrument essentially fusing the mechanics of drumming with the harmonic capabilities of the piano. By bringing his array of pianist influences such as Ethan Iverson, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, and McCoy Tyner and applying their concepts to the vibraphone, he truly treats the instrument as a piano, comfortable in every setting from solo to big band

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Tom Lawton: Not Less Than Everything

Read "Tom Lawton: Not Less Than Everything" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Not known, because not looked for But heard, half-heard, in the stillness Between two waves of the sea. Quick now, here, now, always-- A condition of complete simplicity (Costing not less than everything) --T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets; “Little Gidding" This poetic quotation ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Philadelphia Jazz Stories Illustrated - Volume One Available Now!

Philadelphia Jazz Stories Illustrated - Volume One Available Now!

Quietly working behind the scenes for almost five years, the Philadelphia Jazz Project has assembled Philadelphia Jazz Stories Illustrated: Volume One—a colorful collection of memories and historical accounts about some of the amazing people, places and things that abound in the Philadelphia story. As part of our work with the Philadelphia Jazz Project, we encourage the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bassist Nicholas Krolak Inspires Listeners To Find And Use One’s Voice To Impact The World Around Oneself With His Sophomore Album, 'Voice = Power.

Bassist Nicholas Krolak Inspires Listeners To Find And Use One’s Voice To Impact The World Around Oneself With His Sophomore Album, 'Voice = Power.

Bassist, composer, and lyricist Nicholas Krolak is no stranger to the complexities of the modern world in which we live. As a musician, Krolak understands it is not enough for him to merely preserve tradition, but it is not possible to move forward without it. As a person, he understands the dual necessity of walking in ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Collaborative Jazz Trio Multi Mansions Releases Its Debut Album, Vehicles, On May 8th

Vehicle (noun) a thing used to express, embody, or fulfill something. The collaborative Avant-jazz trio, MULTI MANSIONS, are releasing their debut album, vehicles, on Earth Day 2020 to all streaming and digital platforms. A band that started as a sonic homage to late great Avant-guitar hero Sonny Sharrock, MULTI MANSIONS’ debut showcases a band poised to ...

NEWS: WEBSITE

WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia To Feature Artists Who Upload their Livestream events to Jazz Near You

WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia To Feature Artists Who Upload their Livestream events to Jazz Near You

Jazz Near You's effort to promote livestream jazz events has received an added boost thanks to a collaboration with WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia. In addition to accessing livestream events from the Jazz Near You website, the weekly Jazz Near You newsletter, the Jazz Near You app, and from external websites & blogs that embed the ...

Bruce Hornsby and yMusic at the Merriam Theater

Read "Bruce Hornsby and yMusic at the Merriam Theater" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Bruce Hornsby and yMusic The Merriam Theater jny: Philadelphia, PAMarch 4, 2020 “It's, what, our fourth show? We should have it together by now," Bruce Hornsby laughed during one between-song lull while a couple of his cohorts quickly tuned up. The joke was that he'd forgotten the planned order of songs ...

ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

The John Coltrane Home in Philadelphia: The Fight to Preserve an Historic Landmark

Read "The John Coltrane Home in Philadelphia: The Fight to Preserve an Historic Landmark" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

John Coltrane (1926-1967) was in the upper echelon of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. He, along with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, and other innovators, changed the face of jazz forever. Beyond such encomiums, Coltrane has become a great African American hero, overcoming his heroin addiction, experiencing a spiritual ...


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