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Albert "Tootie" Heath: Class Personified

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This article was first published on All About Jazz on March 9, 2015. Albert “Tootie" Heath is among the drummers who lived--and thrived--during what many call the golden age of jazz, the '40s, '50, early '60s. He's enjoyed the fruits of a varied and historic career, but never stayed put. Just kept working. He ...

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Cindy Blackman Santana: Rhythmic And Musical Force

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It's the 1980s in New York City. It's the place to be for musicians looking to make a name for themselves with hopes of finding steady gigs and recording dates. Drummer Cindy Blackman (long before her marriage to Carlos Santana) is there, fresh out of Berklee College of Music. She's there to meet people, ...

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Article: First Time I Saw

Dave Holland Circa 1976

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Ah, College. Life, liberty and the pursuit of... well... among other things, the quest for jazz music, trying to expand my horizons regarding an art form that had entered my blood in high school, despite the prevelant sounds of the Beatles, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Leon Russell, the Allman Brothers and Sly and the ...

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Article: Live Review

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2023

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Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, New York June 25-26, 2023 It seems routine over more than four decades to say that “this year's" edition of Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival was a good one. Maybe you said it last year, maybe you'll say it next year.

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Wayne Escoffery: Still Forging Ahead

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Saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has a long, ongoing association with the Mingus Big Band organization, including a Grammy for Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard (Jazz Workshop, Inc., Sue Mingus Music, 2010). His career also includes a special relationship with trumpeter Tom Harrell, with whom he has played for many years. All that is enough to ...

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Ed Cherry: Always Groovin’

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"I liked the look of it--I like the sound--the feel," says renowned guitarist Ed Cherry about the guitar, an instrument he has been playing for more than half a century. He long ago became a first-rate player with a warm sound and joyous approach. He is also diverse. He's played a myriad of styles ...

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Boris Kozlov: Mingus and Much More

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The music of Charles Mingus can be like the man himself—multi-faceted, intimidating, blusterous, marked by mood changes. Whatever it is, the world is better for it. And fans of music can still hear and feel it live via bands, from orchestra to small group, that perform his pieces all over the world. Those bands—Mingus ...

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Ricky Ford: From Across the Sea

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Ricky Ford is a badass tenor saxophonist. Many will recall his fierce and strong playing on his Muse releases in the '80s. Others may be aware that he was a stalwart member of big bands like the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the leadership of Mercer Ellington and with Charles Mingus and later the Mingus Dynasty band. ...

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Antonio Hart: Educator and Monster Player

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The Queens Jazz Orchestra took the stage at Flushing Town Hall, a historic building in the jny: New York City borough dedicated to the arts, for an annual jazz concert celebrating the music of Charlie Parker and the career and life of Phil Schaap, a longtime Big Apple radio personality who hosted a show devoted to ...

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Article: Live Review

Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

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Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY June 25 and 26, 2022 From the opening strains of the Dan Wilson Trio's first song, late Saturday morning at Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, there was a vibe set. The music was bliss. Not just because of its quality (though ...


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