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Radam Schwartz

Radam Schwartz was born and raised in the New York City area. In high school he played saxophone and keyboards in pop and soul bands. After high school he became interested in jazz and made piano his main instrument. He attended Long Island University in Brooklyn for a year and started attending jam sessions in Brooklyn. Later he went to Boston to study at Berklee School of Music on a summer scholarship,and after two semesters, stopped attending working in a restaurant,and selling papers on the street, and practicing piano. Finally Radam got a few gigs, rock and jazz including a brief stint in Charlie Mariano's fusion band. After 3 years he moved back to New York and graduated from Hofstra University

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Article: Rising Stars

Meet Saxophonist Zoe Obadia

Read "Meet Saxophonist Zoe Obadia" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. In April 2019, alto saxophonist Zoe Obadia sat in with the Bill Charlap Trio to play Dave Brubeck's “Time Out" at International Jazz Day. “I was definitely very nervous to sit in with such an established and refined trio," she said," but I had fun and ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Will Power Versus Won't Power

Read "Will Power Versus Won't Power" reviewed by H William Stine


What does it take to lose weight? Willpower. Stop biting your nails? Willpower. What does it take to stop watching America's Got Talent? Half a brain—but that's a different issue. Getting back on topic: what does it take to give up smoking? Again, Willpower. So let me get this straight: Willpower is forcing yourself not to ...

Album

Message from Groove and GW

Label: Arabesque Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: Trouble Just Won’t Go Away; Blues Minor; Ain’t No Way; Dig You Like Crazy; What to Do; Between the Sheets; Message from Groove and GW; A Path to Understanding; Work Song; Von Gott.

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Article: Album Review

The Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band: Message from Groove and GW

Read "Message from Groove and GW" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Liner notes notwithstanding, the alliance of a big band and organ is hardly unique—Jimmy Smith, Richard “Groove" Holmes and Joey DeFrancesco are organ maestros who have been there and done that; even the great Oscar Peterson once dipped his toes into that water. Having said that, organist Radam Schwartz and his power-laden New Jersey-based ensemble do ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Federica Michisanti, Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band, Jose Rizo's Mongorama and more

Read "Federica Michisanti, Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band, Jose Rizo's Mongorama and more" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week exciting new music from bassist Federica Michisanti whose Horn trio is a band without drums and harmonic instruments, which gives more freedom for an unconventional approach and sound. There's Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band where the leader becomes the first organist to play all of the bass lines throughout an entire big band album. ...

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Article: Album Review

Charlie Apicella: Groove Machine

Read "Groove Machine" reviewed by Don Phipps


On Groove Machine, Charlie Apicalla & Iron City serves up a gumbo of styles that run from New Orleans blues and Chicago funk to Motown and New York bop. The combination makes for a “groovy" listening experience—road music that will keep the head nodding and the mind trucking. Apicella penned five of the eight numbers on ...

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Article: Profile

Savoy Records: From Newark To The World

Read "Savoy Records: From Newark To The World" reviewed by Jordan Levy


On June 26, 1942, James Petrillo, President of the American Federation of Musicians, the nations union for working musicians did the unthinkable and announced a recording ban on all major labels. The ban was set in place due to perceived uneven compensation for musicians. The AFM ban on recording occurred at a critical time, as it ...

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Article: Jazz Near Me

Sun and Stars at Montclair Jazz Festival

Read "Sun and Stars at Montclair Jazz Festival" reviewed by Gloria Krolak


At the 2015 Montclair Jazz Festival, the sun broiled and the stars sparkled over some 6,000 jazz fans, that number announced by emcee Gary Walker, a popular WBGO radio on-air personality. Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor S. Epatha Merkerson, best known for her 17 seasons as Lieutenant Van Buren on NBC's “Law and Order," was ...

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Article: Album Review

Jeff Hackworth: Soul To Go!

Read "Soul To Go!" reviewed by Edward Blanco


His fifth album as leader and follow up to the critically acclaimed Night Owl (Big Bridge Music, 2011), Jeff Hackworth's Soul To Go! offers a brash new statement packed with bop, blues and soulful renditions of jazz classics. A New York-based saxophonist of note, and like many a great sax men--Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley ...


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