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Article: Liner Notes

Jun Iida: Evergreen

Read "Jun Iida: Evergreen" reviewed by Gary Fukushima

They are everywhere, dotting the undulating terrain of the great Pacific Northwest, from the winding, twisting shorelines of Puget Sound to the mountains that rise in the distance in every direction: the Olympics to the west, the Cascades to the east, Mt. Baker to the north and the majestic Rainier to the south. The trees are ...


Article: Take Five With...

Meet Tubist Jim Shearer

Read "Meet Tubist Jim Shearer" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Jim Shearer Jim Shearer was born in Water Valley, Mississippi, in 1964. His family owned the local newspaper, The North Mississippi Herald, from 1943-2004, and his father was an active musician on the side, playing jazz saxophone and serving as Minister of Music at the family church (but never at the same time!). After spending ...

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Matthew Charles Heulitt


Matthew Charles Heulitt recently relocated to Pittsburgh PA after living and working in the bay area for 25 years. He's currently working with bass player Tony Grey and drummer David Throckmorton playing jazz fusion.  His musical range and skills lead him to playing funk with Zigaboo, African folk music with Vusi, fusion/pop/rock with Narada, Zappa-esque art rock with MoeTar, and a wide range of instrumental jazz and lush ambient home productions that defy categorization but always deliver a rich feeling

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Clark

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Clark

All About Jazz is celebrating Sonny Clark's birthday today! Conrad Yeatis “Sonny" Clark was an American jazz pianist who mainly worked in the hard bop idiom. Contents Clark was born and raised in Herminie, Pennsylvania, a coal mining town southeast of jny: Pittsburgh. At age 12, he moved to Pittsburgh. When visiting an aunt in California ...


Article: Interview

Ahmad Jamal: In his Own Sense of Time and Place

Read "Ahmad Jamal: In his Own Sense of Time and Place" reviewed by Josef Woodard

This interview first appeared in the Santa Barbara News-Press on October 2005. The introduction has been updated. For the late, great and uniquely poetic pianist Ahmad Jamal, who passed on at age 92 on April 16, 2023, easy descriptors never sufficed in capturing his particular magic. He was a classicist, a modernist, a minimalist ...


Article: Profile

Remembering Ahmad Jamal: Finished But Not Never

Read "Remembering Ahmad Jamal: Finished But Not Never" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Ahmad Jamal, the quiet pioneer of jazz piano has died aged 92, after a battle with prostate cancer. He passed away on Sunday, 16 April, according to a statement from his daughter, Sumayah Jamal. In a career that spanned the 1940s to the 2020s, Jamal always followed his own musical instincts. He was one ...


News: Recording

Craig Davis: Music of Dodo Marmarosa

Craig Davis: Music of Dodo Marmarosa

Michael “Dodo" Marmarosa was a fascinating jazz pianist. Among the first pianists to master bebop in the mid-1940s, he had an accomplished, plush touch. As I wrote back in 2008, “Dodo was less aggressive than Bud Powell and more expressive and complex than Al Haig. He preferred a punctuating, full keyboard approach, developing ideas in the ...


Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...


Article: Interview

Joe Lovano: Cleveland's Ultimate Jazz Titan

Read "Joe Lovano: Cleveland's Ultimate Jazz Titan" reviewed by Matthew Alec

Friday, June 24th, 2022, saxophonist Joe Lovano's group Sound Prints (alongside trumpeter and co-leader Dave Douglas) delivered a tour de force performance to spellbound audience members at the historic Mimi Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square as a part of Cleveland's annual Tri-C JazzFest. Seasoned group interplay between drummer Rudy Royston, bassist Matt Penman, and pianist Leo ...

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Craig Davis

Craig Davis is a highly gifted and formally trained pianist with over 30 years of professional experience as a performer, composer, arranger and educator.

Craig studied privately with Bobby Cardillo during his formative years and was mentored in prominent local bands led by Roger Humphries and Kenny Blake. He was a ‘lifer’ at Shady Side Academy, and received his B.M. in Jazz Studies from I.U. - Bloomington Jacobs School of Music and his M.M. in JazzArts from Manhattan School of Music.

Craig was a member of Sean Jones' quintet 'Mission Statement' and toured with Artie Shaw Orchestra. His NYC trio debuted at ‘The Kitano’ and headlined at Pittsburgh JazzLive International.


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