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Ralph Lalama

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Ralph Lalama grew up in West Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, graduated from The Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University (Ohio) and was recognized there for his remarkable talent by the legendary Thad Jones, who encouraged him to come to New York. Since that time, Lalama has reached a dignified status as a widely respected master of the tenor through his achievements in the big bands of Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Carla Bley and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra - now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra - with whom he is a featured soloist on Monday nights at New York's Village Vanguard. His experience is vast and varied and includes appearances with Barry Harris, Harold Danko, Mel Torme, Carmen McRae, Tom Harrell and Joe Morello

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Article: Catching Up With

Ralph Lalama: A Disciple, Not a Clone

Read "Ralph Lalama: A Disciple, Not a Clone" reviewed by Lionelle Hamanaka


Ralph Lalama has absorbed the great legacy of the masters while carving his own name on the jazz tree. His distinguished career has seen him play with many jazz greats. The Pennsylvania-born, New York-based tenor saxophonist has found his own sound with an incisive style that reflects the spirit of our times. The son of a ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Vocalist Angelina Kolobukhova

Read "Take Five with Vocalist Angelina Kolobukhova" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Angelina Kolobukhova Angelina Kolobukhova was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. She started playing classical piano when she was five and singing when she was nine. She was introduced to jazz music by her early mentor Veronika Yanovskaya and, under her guidance, she performed jazz and popular music in Minsk and in Europe at competitions, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Doc Cheatham, Kenny Washington & Arron Bazzell

Read "Doc Cheatham, Kenny Washington & Arron Bazzell" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From a New York City musician and educator realizing his dream with his debut album Aesthetic, we kick off today's show with saxophonist Aaron Bazzell. We follow that up with music by trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, who happened to be the first concert Aaron saw live. From there, show 759 showcases new music from Chicago's Susie Blue ...

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Article: Live Review

John Richmond with Special Guest Ralph Lalama

Read "John Richmond with Special Guest Ralph Lalama" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


John Richmond with Special Guest Ralph Lalama The Turning Point Cafe Nyack Jazz Week 2021 Piermont, NY July 26, 2021 What's so special about a special guest artist? While stints in name bands or a track record as a leader may be sufficient to get the booking and fill ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Hanksgiving - A Tribute to Hank Mobley - Part 2

Read "Hanksgiving - A Tribute to Hank Mobley - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This year our seasonal Hanksgiving episodes celebrates a musician that is a cult figure in the world of saxophonists and fans of the Blue Note catalogue, saxophonist and composer Hank Mobley. The show features a mix of Hank Mobley's tuens and renditions of his work by peers that were attracted by his brand of jazz firmly ...

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Article: Live Review

2019 Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan August 30-September 2, 2019 According to the official count, the 40th edition of the largest free jazz festival in North America drew a record crowd numbering some 325,000. Boasting four stages as part of the festival footprint, there seemed to be a reduction in ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Don't miss the 13tet In Concert at the Church of the Holy Trinity in New York on May 19th

Don't miss the 13tet In Concert at the Church of the Holy Trinity in New York on May 19th

13tet is a group of seasoned New York jazz players, playing charts that let them blow! Smaller and leaner than the usual big band, 13tet emphasizes the players as soloists and personalities, with arrangements rooted in the big band tradition but brought into the 21st Century. It’s hard-driving jazz that explores interesting textures and meters- as ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Jazz Education: The Next Generation, Part 2

Read "Jazz Education: The Next Generation, Part 2" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Part 1 of Jazz Education: The Next Generation explored how the early days of music and--specifically--jazz music was approached through various channels of formal education. The long, arduous process of creating an accepting environment for jazz education necessitated moving the art form from a vaudevillian status through a firewall of academic elitism and prejudice to a ...

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Article: Album Review

Ken Fowser: Now Hear This!

Read "Now Hear This!" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Taking a cue from some of the other smaller jazz-based labels, Posi-Tone has done a remarkable job over the past few years of building a roster of budding talents worthy of wider recognition. Part of the allure of such an endeavor is the ability to see the evolution of an artist's muse unfolding like a rose. ...


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