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Guitarist Randy Napoleon is a performer, arranger and composer who currently tours with Freddy Cole and is on the faculty of the University of Michigan’s Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Previously, he toured with Benny Green, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and Michael Buble.

Napoleon arranged Cole’s last three albums, including Cole's Grammy-nominated 2010 release, Freddy Cole Sings for Mr. B, and Cole’s 2011 and 2012 releases Talk to Me and This and That. In addition to backing the best, he composes and arranges for his own bands, an organ trio, a quartet with piano, and a three-horn sextet that includes organ, drums, trumpet, tenor sax and trombone

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Take Five with Will Lyle

Read "Take Five with Will Lyle" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Will Lyle Born in Southern California, Will began studying cello when he was three and also played drums, guitar, piano and percussion, taking up the electric bass at the age of 12. “I had aspirations to become a producer and I originally went to Berklee for musical production, but during my freshman year I heard ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Dease: Give It All You Got

Read "Give It All You Got" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell once discussed his views on playing music by making a point that, “you are unique, be yourself, put out that thing that is you, then use your work ethic and produce great music." Trombonist Michael Dease embodies the spirit of Burrell's statement. Dease is a dedicated musician who is rapidly making a ...

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Article: Radio

Celebrate Women's History Month With Birthday Celebrations for Flora Purim, Carol Sloane, Carole Bayer Sager And More

Read "Celebrate Women's History Month With Birthday Celebrations for Flora Purim, Carol Sloane, Carole Bayer Sager And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


March is Women's History Month and A Broad Spectrum begins another year on the air with the best of women-driven jazz music, past and present. This broadcast features new releases from vocalist Frances Coché, pianist Lara Downes and a single from trombonist Aubrey Logan plus birthday shoutouts to pianist Tomoko Ohno, vocalists Carol Sloane, Flora Purim, ...

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Article: Profile

Freddy Cole Leaves The Stage

Read "Freddy Cole Leaves The Stage" reviewed by Martin McFie


Freddy Cole died 27th June, 2020 after a career of almost seventy years singing and playing piano. He was 88 years old. Born Lionel Frederick Cole in jny:Chicago, October 15, 1931, Freddy Cole was younger brother to Eddie, Ike and Nat “King" Cole. Mr. Freddy was a late night cabaret singer, with impeccable phrasing and timing. ...

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Article: Radio

Yonder Come the Blues - Happy Birthday to Dorothy Donegan, Ma Rainey and Ella Fitzgerald

Read "Yonder Come the Blues - Happy Birthday to Dorothy Donegan, Ma Rainey and Ella Fitzgerald" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The final broadcast of Jazz Appreciation Month includes new releases from vocalist Lauren Henderson and the JC Hopkins Biggish Band, with birthday shout-outs to pianist Dorothy Donegan (pictured), Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey and legendary vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. Thanks for your continued support and please support these artists and their music. Playlist Dorothy ...

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Article: Radio

Randy Napoleon, Dave Brubeck, Troy Roberts and More

Read "Randy Napoleon, Dave Brubeck, Troy Roberts and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This episode features a number of artists interviewed by host Joe Dimino. We begin with guitarist Randy Napoleon and his mentor Donald Walden. Then, we look into the music of Canadian cat Eric St-Laurent and we profile Australian-born saxophonist Troy Roberts . Finally, we pay our respects to the great Lyle Mays and his contributions to ...

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Article: Radio

Jazz Goes to the Movies and Valentine's Day Singles

Read "Jazz Goes to the Movies and Valentine's Day Singles" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week we feature new releases from The Coachella Valley Trio, trumpeter Rachel Therrien, pianists Lisa Hilton and Carol Albert, vocalists Robin McKelle, Kaylé Brecher, and Raquel Cepeda, plus Valentine's Day singles from Sue Maskaleris and Cynthia Scott, with birthday shout outs to Carole King, Michika Fukumori and Carmen Staaf, among others. There are also plenty ...

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Article: Album Review

Randy Napoleon: Common Tones

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Randy Napoleon may represent the new school of Detroit guitar players emerging from the lineage of Kenny Burrell and (Motown) Funk Brothers Dennis Coffey and Joe Messina, but his approach and sound on Common Tones are old school for sure. His fifth set as a leader (on the Detroit Music Factory label) collaborates across four generations ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Back in the Day, Around the World

Read "Back in the Day, Around the World" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Brooklyn Funk Essentials Stay Good Dorado Records 2019 Back in the day, jazz bands like Roy Ayers' Ubiquity and soul bands like the Ohio Players played more than jazz and soul. Jazz and soul were their main ingredient, but only one ingredient among others stirred in ...


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