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Richard Bona

Born in 1967 in the village of Minta in East Cameroon, Richard Bona grew up in a home filled with music. He began to perform in public at the age of five, singing in the village church with his mother and four sisters. His earliest instruments were wooden flutes and hand percussion. Eventually he constructed his own 12-string acoustic guitar. After moving to the bigger city of Douala, Richard began playing gigs at the age of 11 on a rented electric guitar. A major turning point in his life happened in 1980 when a Frenchman came to his town and established a jazz club in a local hotel. The club owner heard about the young local prodigy and hired him to assemble a band

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ibrahim Maalouf: 40 Melodies

Read "40 Melodies" reviewed by Matt Hooke

The age of 40, in America at least, is looked at with fear as the start of middle age. For many, it is a state of limbo; the knee pains say they are not young; however, that black hair says they are not old either. Many people buy a motorcycle or start an ill-conceived fling with ...

Dreamworld

Label: Alisio Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Soir Bon - Parisian Blue - Dreamworld - Maaneklar - Behind the Backdoor - Central Earth - La La La - Derriere la Montagne

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Scott Jones: Fictional Characters

Read "Fictional Characters" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Let's face it, if you're an electric guitarist with high-level jazz fusion chops, there are certain inevitabilities. Merely treading (or in this case stomping) through the stylistic domains of Tribal Tech, Allan Holdsworth, The Chick Corea Elektric Band and the like means stepping into the quicksand of comparison to such behemoths of the genre, so one ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Samuel Torres: The Interfuse of Percussion and Orchestration

Read "Samuel Torres: The Interfuse of Percussion and Orchestration" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Samuel Torres is a percussionist extraordinaire. Samuel Torres is an exceptional composer. Samuel Torres is an astute arranger. Samuel Torres has vast skills as an orchestrator. All of those statements are valid responses to the question, who is Samuel Torres? The Colombian born artist, who now makes his home in New York City, has, as they ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Panagiotis Andreou: The World In A Bass

Read "Panagiotis Andreou: The World In A Bass" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

My first encounter with Panagiotis Andreou was while covering a bass workshop that included him along with the likes of Richard Bona (Zawinul Syndicate, Mike Stern), Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Dwayne “Mono Neon" Thomas (Prince, Ghost Note) and Wes Stephenson (The Funky Knuckles). All of these players seemed humbled by each other's presence during the opening ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Enjoy Jazz 2019

Read "Enjoy Jazz 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Enjoy Jazz Various Venues Heidelberg/Ludwigshafen/Mannheim Germany October 14-20, 2019 The Enjoy Jazz festival always offers an exciting array of venues, switching locations virtually every night of its six-week run, and often providing the chance to creep inside a range of historic buildings in its three-city spread. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Sena Jazz Laureates at Amersfoort Jazz 2019

Read "Sena Jazz Laureates at Amersfoort Jazz 2019" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Sena Performers International Jazz Laureates Rabobank Amersfoort Jazz Amersfoort, Netherlands May 23-26, 2019 Immersed in a plethora of already known Western European performers, the Amersfoort Jazz Festival also provides Dutch audiences with multiple stages that nurture and introduce new acts while allowing many relatively younger artists to refine ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Atlanta Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Atlanta Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Atlanta Jazz Festival Atlanta, GA May 25-26, 2019 Last year the festival operated under the threat of rain all weekend. This year's 42nd edition saw record-tying high temperatures: 93 and 94 degrees Fahrenheit (ten degrees above the historical averages). No doubt it is a coincidence that the programming was cooler than last ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Aaron Rimbui: Nairobi to New York City

Read "Aaron Rimbui: Nairobi to New York City" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

Kenya is noted for an extraordinary array of musical offerings yet its jazz scene has historically been quite slim. However, Nairobi-born pianist Aaron Rimbui may change that dynamic. Drawing on the musical traditions of Kenya and East Africa, Rimbui has established a singular and absolutely arresting approach to jazz piano. With several ...


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