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Ikechi Onyenaka

Ikechi Onyenaka is a 24-year-old American jazz-neo soul saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and recording artist from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania on the rise in the Philly music scene. Although his primary instrument is the alto saxophone, he also plays the tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet, piano, keyboard, bass, and drums. As a saxophonist and songwriter, he takes a wide range of influences from the likes of Grover Washington Jr, Robert Glasper, Stevie Wonder, and J Cole. Through emotionally driven saxophone melodies, atmospheric piano chords, and immaculate bass lines, Ikechi Onyenaka has truly created his own lane in modern jazz with his original music


Article: Chats with Cats

The Instrument Maker: Roger Sadowsky

Read "The Instrument Maker: Roger Sadowsky" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

Continuing in my Chats with Cats articles I wanted to speak with an instrument maker. We often forget how important these artisans are to the tone and timbre of the music itself. Being a guitarist, I was excited to speak with Roger Sadowsky, a New York City based guitar and bass maker who has made instruments ...


Article: AAJ PRO

Jazz vs. Classical Funding

Read "Jazz vs. Classical Funding" reviewed by Nicholas Krolak

Throughout jazz history there has been a desire among the jazz community to see the music respected on the same level as western classical music. It is after all, jazz is America's classical music. As Dr. Billy Taylor explains, “Classical music must be time-tested; it must serve as a standard or model; it must have established ...


Article: History of Jazz

Clifford Brown’s Trumpet and One Summer in Atlantic City

Read "Clifford Brown’s Trumpet and One Summer in Atlantic City" reviewed by Arthur R George

For 22-year-old trumpeter Clifford Brown, the summer of 1953 in jny: Atlantic City, New Jersey, was transformative. Playing with bebop elders, he cumulatively opened the door for what came next: a groove-oriented swinging style, in which small groups used structured arrangements like big bands, with room for improvisation, but less frenzy. It became known as hard ...


Darryl Hall


Darryl is an American jazz bassist who has lived in France since 2004. Previously, he lived in New York for twelve years where he participated with some of the world’s greatest artists. He performs many genres of jazz and participates in a variety of projects with artists from the U.S. and Europe, traveling around the globe. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, birthplace to some of the world’s finest bassists including Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Alphonso Johnson, Charles Fambrough, Percy Heath, Jymie Merritt, Christian Mcbride, Arthur Harper, Tyrone Brown, and Victor Bailey.

While in New York, Darryl performed with many jazz luminaries including Mulgrew Miller, Carmen Lundy, Hank Jones, Mary Stallings, Geri Allen, James Williams, Stefon Harris, Regina Carter, Ravi Coltrane, and Robert Glasper, among others


Article: History of Jazz

The Mysterious Ms. Morel

Read "The Mysterious Ms. Morel" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

“Never heard of her." —Me “Rings a bell." —Angela Levey “An underground singer." —Terry Gibbs “The mysterious Ms. Morel." —Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives All these descriptions fit a singer from jny: Philadelphia whose memory has almost completely faded. It's true, there are some web sites dedicated to following female ...


Terry Morel



News: Recording

'LYVELIFE' By The Julian Hartwell Project - Available Now!

'LYVELIFE' By The Julian Hartwell Project - Available Now!

The long-awaited follow-up to their 2015 debut, The Julian Hartwell Project returns with a bold, collaboration-heavy concept album with LYVELIFE, out March 12, 2021. Initially conceived as an EP and subsequently crowdfunded by a small but loyal fanbase, LYVELIFE has since morphed into the most ambitious undertaking yet from pianist, composer, & bandleader Julian Hartwell.  With ...


Article: Interview

Dave Liebman: Placing Free Jazz and the Avant Garde in Musical and Historical Perspective

Read "Dave Liebman: Placing Free Jazz and the Avant Garde in Musical and Historical Perspective" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Like free jazz, this interview arose spontaneously from an informal “how are you doin'" telephone conversation between saxophonist Dave Liebman and All About Jazz contributor Vic Schermer. Schermer phoned Liebman to compliment him on his new e-book The Art of Skill: Establishing the Mindset for Unleashing the Music Inside You published by Michael Lake, and how ...


Wack Cheddar

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Philadelphia’s own, Wack Cheddar, brings the party to every show with their blend of classic, soulful funk and sophisticated modern jazz. The band draws inspiration from artists like James Brown, Lettuce, Wayne Krantz, and Led Zeppelin. The band was formed in 2017 by drummer John Venezia, who sought to create a musical collective of his friends from college and his hometown. The group includes some of Philadelphia’s and NYC finest musicians: Nathaniel Hawk (keyboards), Phil Anthony (Electric Bass), Nick LombardelliI (Trombone/Keyboards), Anthony Nigro (Alto Sax) and Joe Lockwood (Trumpet)


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