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Sam Harris

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Sam Harris's life in music began at the age of two, when, thanks to incredible foresight, his mother put him in early piano lessons. Sam quickly excelled in his classical training, and by the age of ten was competing regularly on the local and statewide levels. At Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet High School in Dallas, Texas, he discovered jazz and was soon consumed with the dual pursuit of classical and improvisatory music. In 2004 he moved to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music on scholarship, where he studied privately with teachers like Garry Dial, Jason Moran, and John Riley

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Personalities

Label: BCM&D Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: (all compositions by Chris Oatts, except where noted all arrangements by Chris Oatts) Alley Birds; Dragon Night; Building Blocks; Shade of Jade (Joe Henderson); Jean’s Scene; Bewitched (Richard Rogers); Philly Smash Tune; Not While I’m Around (Stephen Sondheim); Sweet Prince; Personality (Johnny Burke and Jimmy van Heusen).

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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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Chris Oatts: Personalities

Read "Personalities" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Saxophonist Chris Oatts is a graduate of the jazz program at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance and the nephew of revered saxophonist—and faculty member of Temple University—Dick Oatts. This reviewer heard Chris Oatts at Chris' Jazz Café (similarity in the names purely coincidental) in September, 2021, with his quintet featuring one of his ...

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Chris Oatts Quintet featuring Terell Stafford at Chris’ Jazz Café

Read "Chris Oatts Quintet featuring Terell Stafford at Chris’ Jazz Café" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Chris Oatts Quintet featuring Terell Stafford Chris' Jazz Café Live and Streaming Philadelphia, PA September 10, 2021 This was the reviewer's first time at a live performance in a jazz club since the start of the corona virus pandemic a year and a half ago. A ...

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Label: Motéma Music
Released: 2019
Duration: 06:03

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On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Tide of Hyacinth; Yessss; Cynical Sideliners; Mr. Roscoe (Consider The Simultaneous); An Interlude (That Get' More Intense); Reset (Quiet Victories & Celebrated Defeats); Moon (The Return Amplifies The Unity); Roy; Blues (We Measure The Heart With A Fist); Hooded Procession (Read The Names Out Loud).

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Article: Album Review

Ambrose Akinmusire: On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment

Read "On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment" reviewed by Chris May


Trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire rings the changes admirably from album to album. On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment is the most stripped down of his Blue Note outings (it is his fifth album for the label). It is made with a quartet. There is no second horn. The sound is ECM-like in its ...

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Visions

Label: Motéma Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Visions; Acceptance; La Madrina; Perdón; Abre Tus Ojos; Elsewhere; Dos Casas Un Puente; Never Let Me Go; The Search; Su Tragedia; El Castillo de Velenje; Camino al Sol.

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Article: Live Review

Monterey Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Monterey Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Josef Woodard


Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey County Fairgrounds Monterey, CA September 27-19, 2019 It sometimes happens at the historic Monterey Jazz festival that the “main" and most memorable takeaways of a program occur away from the main arena stage. And so it went at the 62nd annual festival in September--at least to these ...


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