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Jazz pianist & composer Ray Gallon has performed with many of the leading jazz artists, including Ron Carter, Lionel Hampton, Art Farmer, T.S. Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Sweets Edison, Wycliffe Gordon, Les Paul, Benny Golson. Frank Wess, Lew Tabakin, George Adams, and the Mingus Big Band. He has performed at most of the major jazz festivals and venues throughout North and South America, Europe, and Japan, and has appeared in gala concerts at the White House and the Kennedy Center. Ray has also accompanied many vocal greats, including Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan, Grady Tate, Nnenna Freelon, Gloria Lynne, Dakota Staton, Joe Williams, Chaka Khan, and Jane Monheit. In addition, he also leads his own trio, and performs solo concerts. His compositions have been recorded by T.S

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Naama Gheber: Dearly Beloved

Read "Dearly Beloved" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's much to admire in this debut from New York-based Israeli vocalist Naama Gheber. With a highly developed sense of phrasing built on pitch-perfect delivery and some tasteful back-end vibrato, an eye and ear for fine golden-age material, sharp navigational skills, and a knack for picking the perfect sidemen, her first flight garners attention in all ...

The Night We Couldn't Say Good Night

Label: Gut String Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: I'm Running Late; The Night We Couldn't Say Good Night; Love Walked In; All Too Soon; You're Almost Perfect; This Could Be the Start of Something Big; Interlude (A Night in Tunisia); Cool Baby; Si Tu Pudieras Quereme (You and the Night and the Music); Speak Softly, Love; Plus j t'embrasse; The Moon Was Yellow, How Did I Know This Was the End?

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jamile: If You Could See Me Now

Read "If You Could See Me Now" reviewed by Martin McFie

Jamile grew up in Cachoeira do Sul (South Falls), a small town in Brazil towards the border with Uruguay. Her supportive family had no particular interest in music. Imagine her surprise, then, at finding her twenty-something self launching this debut album at Gianni Valenti's Birdland Theater in New York City. After completing her studies ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Jay Clayton’s ScatLab—A Vocal Jazz Workout

Read "Jay Clayton’s ScatLab—A Vocal Jazz Workout" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

For the last decade, free-bop vocalist Jay Clayton has been conducting regular “scat labs" out of the Manhattan teaching space that she shares with NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan. In ScatLab, jazz singers of all levels of experience meet up to trade twos and fours, riff on traditional blues heads, and improvise on well-known songbook tunes. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Scott Reeves Quintet with Duane Eubanks: Nyack, NY, November 30, 2012

Read "Scott Reeves Quintet with Duane Eubanks: Nyack, NY, November 30, 2012" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Scott Reeves Quintet with Duane EubanksNyack Library Carnegie RoomNyack, NYNovember 30, 2012There are a number of reasons why tribute concerts, a staple of today's live performance landscape, go awry. When an MC emits an endless stream of hyperbole, or offers a history lesson reminiscent of the ones that put high school ...


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