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Rodney Whitaker

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

Cranbrook Christmas Jazz

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Personent Hodie; The Christmas Song; In the Bleak Midwinter; We Three Kings; I Love the Winter Weather; Christmas Time is Here; Winter Wonderland; O Holy Night; A Child is Born; My Favorite Things; It’s Easy to Blame the Weather; Little Drummer Boy; Silent Night; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rodney Whitaker with the Christ Church Cranbrook Choir: Cranbrook Christmas Jazz

Read "Cranbrook Christmas Jazz" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Bassist Rodney Whitaker has been a huge presence in Michigan jazz for decades, with his leadership of the Michigan State University jazz program complementing his many other projects and giving him the opportunity to mentor upcoming generations of jazz talent. He has become a crucial ambassador for the music as well, with community outreach being a ...

Realization

Label: D-Clef Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: D is for Dastardly- Comp: Chris Glassman; In You Own Head: Comp: Altin Sencalar; Impressions- Comp: John Coltrane ARR: Addison Frei; When Reality Sets in- Comp: Altin Sencalar; Nobody Else But Me- ARR: Randy Napoleon; It's No Wonder- Comp: Chris Glassman; What Was Good is Good: Comp: Altin Sencalar; The Maze: Comp: Herbie Hancock, ARR: Steve Davis; The Big D: Comp: Michale Dease; Shortcake: JJ Johnson ARR: Jason Hainsworth; Realization: Comp: Chris Glassman Arr: Joseph Herbst.

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In the Bleak Midwinter

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 5:00

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

George DeLancey: Paradise

Read "Paradise" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Is it acceptable to label a musical recording as “delicious"? If so, it describes bassist George DeLancey's sophomore release Paradise. He presents eight compositions, half from his pen and the remaining from Oscar Pettiford, John Lewis, Thelonious Monk, and Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein. The eight tracks, none of which tops five minutes, are well balanced with solos ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Maureen Choi

Read "Take Five with Maureen Choi" reviewed by Maureen Choi

Meet Maureen Choi Now residing in Spain, this Korean-American violinist is sparkling a revolution in the improvised music scene in Spain. Her band Maureen Choi Quartet is creating a sound that they describe as, “Spanish Chamber Jazz." After winning several international violin competitions starting at age five, Maureen has performed as a soloist across ...

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Realization

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Label: D-Clef Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 08:32

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Eric Alexander, Tristano and Nat Cole Centennials & Ellingtonia

Read "Eric Alexander, Tristano and Nat Cole Centennials & Ellingtonia" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander appeared in Baton Rouge Tuesday, November 19th @ the Manship Theatre, downtown Baton Rouge. So we warmed you up for his visit with his trio and quartet work, as well as a sideman with Mike LeDonne on the B-3 and pianist Junior Mance (knee deep in the blues). There's also our last ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Jazz from Detroit

Read "Jazz from Detroit" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Jazz from Detroit Mark Stryker 342 pages ISBN: 978-0472074266 University of Michigan Press 2019 When music journalist Mark Stryker left the Detroit Free Press in 2016, yet another casualty of the ineluctable downsizing occurring at news outlets all over the country, jazz fans throughout metro Detroit feared they were ...


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