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Isaac Marley

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Dan Jonas

A trumpeter, composer, and educator, Dr. Daniel Jonas is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where he directs the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos, and teaches all jazz curriculum. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Jonas received his D.M.A. in Jazz Studies from the University of Colorado in 2013. He also holds a Master's in Jazz Studies from DePaul University (2005) and a Bachelor's in Trumpet Performance from the University of New Mexico (2003). He performs regularly in the Salt Lake City area with the Night Star Jazz Orchestra and the gypsy jazz band Hot House West, in addition to leading his own groups

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Bill Tole

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Born in Pittsburgh, PA., Bill Tole comes from a musical family. His father was a high school band director and a representative for Selmer and King musical corporations for many years and has been active as a professional trombonist and pianist. His mother also plays the piano, and for many years performed as a vocalist and accompanist for master chorales in Western Pennsylvania. Until retirement, she was a music teacher for children with special needs. His parents both have been a tremendous influence on Bill developing an appreciation and love for the art. Wishing to pursue a career as a musician, Bill attended Duquesne University School of Music

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Jay Lawrence

Celebrated musician Jay Lawrence has enjoyed a diverse career as a performing and recording artist, composer, arranger, clinician, educator and adjudicator. He has been voted the “Best Drummer in Utah” and “Utah’s Favorite Jazz Drummer.” Versatile, creative and respected, Lawrence’s vast professional experience began when he joined the Musicians Union (AfofM) at age fifteen and was immediately in demand working as a percussionist for myriad celebrity shows in Reno, Lake Tahoe (and later Las Vegas), including Sammy Davis Jr., Lou Rawls, Della Reese, Liza Minelli, Cher, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Loretta Lynn, Nancy Sinatra, Tom Jones, Ben E

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Jeffrey M. Stone

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Multi-Grammy Artists Randy Brecker, Eumir Deodato And Tom Scott Featured On New Album By Drummer Isaiah Stewart

Multi-Grammy Artists Randy Brecker, Eumir Deodato And Tom Scott Featured On New Album By Drummer Isaiah Stewart

Jazz-funk drummer and worldwide recording artist Isaiah Stewart announces the release of his fifth album Summer Beat, which features trumpeter Randy Brecker, keyboardist Eumir Deodato and saxophonist Tom Scott. Summer Beat is currently available at CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon and all other popular online retail and music-streaming services worldwide. About Randy Brecker One of the most respected ...

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Article: Album Review

Corey Christiansen: Factory Girl

Read "Factory Girl" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Guitarist Corey Christiansen began his stint at Origin Records in 2008 with a top notch organ jazz outing, Roll With It. He followed that with an equally engaging disc featuring the same players, Outlaw Tractor on the label in 2010. On these two dates, Christensen and his superb band worked the soul jazz groove typical of ...

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Take Five with Anthony Smith

Read "Take Five with Anthony Smith" reviewed by Anthony Smith


About Anthony Smith: Anthony Smith has been playing piano and vibraphone, as well as various keyboards, professionally for twenty-five years. He has released numerous recordings, worked in a variety of genres, and toured extensively as both a leader and a sideman, with many different projects. His last jazz vibraphone recording, Connections, made it to the ...

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News: Radio

Radio's Voice Of Jazz Launches Internet Broadcasts

Palm Springs, CA ― Legendary KFI jazz radio announcer Scott Ellsworth launched scottsplacetm.org, an online weekend broadcast where he plays both the early and contemporary sounds of leading jazz artists and where listeners can soon find an extensive library of his personal interviews with the icons of the jazz world. “My very first guest interview at ...

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Article: Album Review

Russell Schmidt: Anachromysticism

Read "Anachromysticism" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Pianist/composer Russell Schmidt takes acoustic jazz right to the edge of where it is supposed to be. Intelligent, melodic, and harmonically grounded, Schmidt's sound is fresh and invigorating. Schmidt is a faculty member at the School of Music, University of Utah. Anachromysticism is his second recording, following 2007's Season Of Change (Orchard Records). Where Season Of ...


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