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Roland Barber

Twins Rahsaan and Roland Barber, saxophonist and trombonist, respectively, are committed to continuing the legacy of jazz through their efforts as composers, performers, bandleaders and educators. Though still in their early twenties, the Barber Brothers have learned their craft both in the classroom and in the informal sessions, shoulder to shoulder with the veterans of the music such as Al Grey and Stanley Turrentine. The Barber Brothers’ training includes virtually every significant resource in modern jazz education. Their experiences include the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Camps, the Essentially Ellington Festival (where both were named Outstanding Soloists), the All-American Grammy High School Jazz Bands, the Ravinia Steans Young Artists Program, the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program, and the Jazz Aspen Program

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Benny Bailey / Nashville Big Band: A Bird in the Hand

Read "A Bird in the Hand" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To accentuate the positive: A Bird in the Hand is Georgia-based drummer Ben Bailey's debut album as a big-band leader, and a splendid one it is, thanks to Bailey's ample talents and those of the Nashville Big Band. The recording arose from a chance meeting in 2011 when another well-known timekeeper, Duffy Jackson, traveled to from ...

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Imer Santiago: Hidden Journey

Read "Hidden Journey" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Nashville based trumpeter Imer Santiago's debut album Hidden Journey is an engaging, diverse set of nine originals and two standards, that maintains its momentum from the first note to the last. Santiago's compositions sometimes in collaboration with saxophonist and label founder Rahsaan Barber are primarily hard bop vehicles with a variety of flavors that allow the ...

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Rahsaan Barber: Everyday Magic

Read "Everyday Magic" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

An album title like Everyday Magic implies that inspired artistry can be as consistent and routine as the rising and setting of the sun and, while that's rarely the case, that philosophy basically rings true on this album. Saxophonist Rahsaan Barber put together a program of nine originals that detail his diversified stylistic portfolio and skills ...

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Lainie Cooke: Speaking to the Heart

Read "Lainie Cooke: Speaking to the Heart" reviewed by Esther Berlanga-Ryan

When Lainie Cooke sings, the heart sinks in poetry made music; air seems to stop to avoid interrupting the flowing of such a magical, beautiful voice. She fills the barely-noticeable silence between notes with a voice that caresses the heart. Her life has been a jazz-bound adventure inspired by an early need to entertain others, landing ...


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