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Rudy Royston

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in Denver, Colorado, Royston has been a professional teacher, drummer and percussionist for almost twenty years. He studied classical percussion at University of Denver where earned undergraduate degrees in Music and English; Rudy accomplished teacher certification credentials from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Rudy grew up playing drums in church, and found his voice under the auspices of Colorado’s celebrated trumpeter Ron Miles, whom Royston deems his greatest influence, and with whom Rudy has played since 1991. He has taught, recorded and performed all styles of music from Jazz to marching percussion

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Firefly

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Spider's Dance; Mindful Moments; Move Of The Spirit; Iris; Daybreak; Surge Fughetta; Surge Capacity; La Donna Nel Giardino; Rootless Ruthlessness; Lady Day; Vilet Sky; The Firefly Code.

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A Place Where We Once Lived

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Sonder; Trail Marker; A Short Story About Birds; Cloud Hopping; A Place Where We Once Lived; A Short Story About Distance; Desert Roads; I'm Your Pal; Sombre Sleep; A Short Story About Quiet; Go Beserk; Goodnight Sweet Cat.

Album

Transparent Sky

Label: Ruby Slippers Productions
Released: 2021
Track listing: SANTA MONICA SAMBA RANDOM JOURNEY NIGHTINGALES & FAIRY TALES LIVING IN LIMBO GOD BLESS THE CHILD CHROMATIC CHRONICLES FALL UPON A MIRACLE INFINITE TANGO EXTRAORDINARY EVERYDAY THINGS TRANSPARENT SKY

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Still Doing Our Thing

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Extraction; Rattles; Still Doing Our Thing; Blue Sojourn; Glad To Be Back; Outnumbered; Event Horizon; Back To Abnormal; Going On Well; Don't Despair

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As LINER NOTES enters its fourth season in July, I am making an appeal for funding in order to keep it going. I ask you to click here to watch a short video explaining the situation and the motivation for this appeal. I am passionate about LINER NOTES, a podcast that I started in 2018. ...

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Article: Radio

Rudy Royston: In This Moment

Read "Rudy Royston: In This Moment" reviewed by David Bixler


Drummer and composer Rudy Royston has created new music for his band Flatbed Buggy for the In this Moment concert series at St. Peter's Church in NYC which will be streamed May 1st at 2pm EST. The music is loosely programmatic, representing a day in the life of the composer in the time of Covid.  

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Article: Radio

Best Jazz Ghost Tracks and Other Spectral Jazz, Part 1

Read "Best Jazz Ghost Tracks and Other Spectral Jazz, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Even if ghost tracks existed well before the invention of the compact disc, they certainly became a less rare occurrence in the era of the silver disc. So, if you belong to the CD-generation, you are certainly familiar with the sense of surprise and joy that comes at the end of an album when, as you ...

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Article: Interview

Dan McCarthy: A Place Where We Once Lived

Read "Dan McCarthy: A Place Where We Once Lived" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


By February of 2019, Dan McCarthy had reached the end of his time in New York. “The movers had come and packed everything up, and my wife and son were already in Toronto at my parents' house. I was at our apartment in Crown Heights and I only had a few things, including my vibes," he ...

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Article: Album Review

Behn Gillece: Still Doing Our Thing

Read "Still Doing Our Thing" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


2020 was an unusual year to say the least, much in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This resulted in global restrictions, causing people to make drastic changes in everyday life. The situation was particularly challenging for musicians. For one thing, live performances were on hiatus, creating new problems for players who relied on performing live. ...


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