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Perhaps the most recorded bassist of his generation, Peter Washington has also played an integral part in two of the most important and highly praised jazz trios of the last 20 years, in addition to a "who's who" roster of jazz artists. Born in Los Angeles, California, in 1964, Washington attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in English Literature and played in both the UC Symphony and the San Francisco Youth Symphony. In 1986, while performing in San Francisco with alto saxophonist John Handy, he was asked by Art Blakey to move to New York and join the seminal Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Washington remained with the Jazz Messengers from 1986 to 1989, and during this time was able to establish himself as a ubiquitous, first- call freelance bassist; a position he has occupied to this day. In the early 1990's Washington joined the Tommy Flanagan Trio , called by many "the greatest trio in jazz", and remained until Flanagan's death, in 2002

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Just The Contrafacts

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Spare Change; More Please; What Did You Did To Me? Corpus And Spirit; Lover?I Hardly Know Her; What Is This Thing Called?;Not So Easy To Love

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Article: Album Review

Adam Shulman: Just The Contrafacts

Read "Just The Contrafacts" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


For those who may be scratching their heads about the word contrafact, in the jazz medium it designates a musical composition in which a new melody is overlaid on a familiar harmonic structure. This form really became prominent in the bebop era, where the artists (who were generally short of financial resources) could create new compositions ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Bill Charlap And The Bill Charlap Trio Celebrate The Theater Songs Of Leonard Bernstein, Friday, June 17th at 7:30 p.m.

Bill Charlap And The Bill Charlap Trio Celebrate The Theater Songs Of Leonard Bernstein, Friday, June 17th at 7:30 p.m.

Leonard Bernstein composed some of the most memorable theater scores of his generation—"West Side Story." “Candide." “On the Town."— but who was the man behind the music? This edition of NJPAC’s Conversations in Concert, hosted by theater insider Ted Chapin, promises to be a thought-provoking evening of stories about the iconic composer-conductor complemented by Bernstein songs. ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Charlap: Intellect And Emotion

Read "Bill Charlap: Intellect And Emotion" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


"I don't ever remember a time when I didn't play the piano," reflects pianist Bill Charlap, who has become one of the giants of his generation on his instrument of choice, as evidenced by the array of other great players with whom he has performed. With his deft and agile approach he can summon a fiery ...

Album

Live at the Deer Head Inn

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Band Intro; Now’s the Time; Autumn Leaves; Intro to Ol’ Man River; Ol’ Man River; Bye Bye Blackbird; Idle Moments; Who Can I Turn To; My Old Flame; Yesterdays.

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News: Event

Bill Charlap And Bill Charlap Trio Celebrate The Theater Songs Of Leonard Bernstein At New Jersey Performing Arts Center on January 29

Bill Charlap And Bill Charlap Trio Celebrate The Theater Songs Of Leonard Bernstein At New Jersey Performing Arts Center on January 29

Saturday, January 29th at 7:30 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Leonard Bernstein composed some of the most memorable theater scores of his generation—West Side Story. Candide. On the Town—but who was the man behind the music? This edition of NJPAC’s Conversations in Concert, hosted by theater insider Ted Chapin, promises to be a ...

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Article: Interview

Jim Snidero: Flying in the Face of Adversity

Read "Jim Snidero: Flying in the Face of Adversity" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Jim Snidero, a master of the alto saxophone, can look back on a strong career and more of the same in the future. But he admits events of 2021 have brought him immeasurable satisfaction. It's because of the recorded music he put out this year on the Salvant label--one a fresh live release and ...

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Article: Live Review

Merano Jazz 2021

Read "Merano Jazz 2021" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Merano Jazz Festival 2021 Merano Teatro Kimm e altre sedi 13-18.7.2021 L'atmosfera che si respira al Merano Jazz Festival è aperta e multiculturale. In questo, senza dubbio svolge un ruolo la storia della località bagnata dal Passirio, coronata a Nord dalle poderose, ripide fiancate delle Alpi Venoste. Nella seconda metà ...

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Article: Album Review

Jim Snidero: Live at the Deer Head Inn

Read "Live at the Deer Head Inn" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Any short list of the finest alto saxophonists playing today must include the name Jim Snidero who has been a force to reckon with on the New York City jazz scene for almost four decades. Snidero earns high marks on his latest album not only for his typically sharp and fluent improvisations but also for his ...


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