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Rodney Whitaker

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Rodney Whitaker is associate professor of double bass and director of jazz studies at the Michigan State University College of Music.

Whitaker is one of the leading performers and teachers of jazz double bass in the United States. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and received national recognition performing with the Terence Blanchard Quintet. Whitaker has also toured internationally as a featured performer with the Roy Hargrove Quintet. In addition, he has appeared and presented master classes at the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) conferences. Featured on more than 100 recordings - from film to compact discs - Whitaker's film score, China, directed by Jeff Wray, was released on PBS in 2002.

In 2006, he was nominated for the Juno Award, Canada's equivalent to the Grammy, for his work on “Let Me Tell You About My Day,” produced by Alma Records

Album

Each Step

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Each Step; Just One of Those Things; The More I See You; Milestones; What Now?; These Are the Things We Throw Away; Change; Grantstand; Grant's Groove.

Album

Puppets: The Music of Gregg Hill

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Andy's Lament; Fan-O-Gram; The Jazzdiddy Waltz; Lyrica; Moonscape; Puppets; Still Life with Tuba; The Unknown Ballade; Tone Colors; Truck Driver's Blues; Wide River.

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Nomad

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Bird, Bird, Bluebird; Imjin River Song; Half Moon (Vocal); Doraji Taryeong (White Mountain Flower); Arirang Alone (Instrumental); Spring in My Hometown; Arirang Alone (Vocal); Half Moon (Instrumental).

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Article: Live Review

Detroit Jazz Festival 2022: The 43rd Edition Returns to a Live Audience

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2022: The 43rd Edition Returns to a Live Audience" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Detroit Jazz FestivalHart Plaza and Campus Martius jny:Detroit, MI September 2-5, 2022 The main lobby of the Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center was abuzz with greetings and joyful conversation. You could feel the ardent positivity in the room as well as you could feel the near ninety-degree heat and accompanying steady ...

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Article: Live Review

43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Part 1 | Part 2 43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Playhouse Sqaurejny:Cleveland, Ohio June 23-25, 2022 Not quite ten years ago in 2014, the Tri-C JazzFest morphed from a spring event held largely on campus to a summer happening in downtown Cleveland's Playhouse Square. Like with most festivals, the ...

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Article: Album Review

Nathan Borton: Each Step

Read "Each Step" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova


Each Step is the debut recording by guitarist Nathan Borton. As his website accurately states, Borton draws heavily from the mid-western tradition of bebop and blues. His influences include Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and Kenny Burrell. The album offers an enjoyable tour through the straight-ahead tradition. There are three standards early on: Cole Porter's ...

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Article: Album Review

Jordan VanHemert: Nomad

Read "Nomad" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although his name offers no clue, saxophonist Jordan VanHemert's heritage is Korean. He salutes that legacy on Nomad, his second album as leader, with a pair of Korean folk songs and half a dozen comparatively modern themes written by Koreans or Korean Americans. Most are performed by VanHemert's trio: (Rodney Whitaker, bass; David Alvarez III, drums). ...

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Andy's Lament

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 05:19

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Bird, Bird, Bluebird

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 05:40


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