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Baritone Saxophonist Tate Hanlon: Winner of Gerry’s Jazz Challenge

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. The names of the judges in the Gerry & Franca Mulligan Foundation's Gerry's Jazz Challenge competition among high school music students were kept anonymous. The results, though, were anything but mysterious. The contestants were judged on five categories: notes, sound, technique, intonation, and presentation. ...

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Meet Gabrielle Cavassa

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. For the first time in its nine-year history, the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition named two winners of its annual contest: 26-year-old Gabrielle Cavassa of jny: New Orleans and 25-year-old Tawanda Seussbrich-Joaquim of jny: Los Angeles. The finals for the 2020 competition, originally scheduled for November ...

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Meet Vocalist Lucy Wijnands

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Contestants in the fourth annual Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition, sponsored by the Blues Alley Jazz Society, were asked to sing three selections from the 1964 Verve album, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Song Book. That request, said Lucy Wijnands, the winner, was “a gift ...

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Meet Pianist Tyler Henderson and Trumpeter Summer Camargo

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Growing up in Oneonta, New York, Tyler Henderson “noodled around for five years on a piano that a church donated to my family. I learned to play older rock songs by ear--stuff from Chicago and The Beatles. Then, in seventh grade, I heard the Vince Guaraldi ...

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Meet Jocelyn Gould

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Growing up in Winnipeg, Canada, in a family that loved singing all the time, Jocelyn Gould played guitar to accompany her own vocalizing. But it wasn't until she was 18 years old that she became serious about jazz. That's when a friend introduced her to the ...

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Meet Danny Jonokuchi

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. When Danny Jonokuchi was attending Agoura Hills High School in Agoura, CA, trumpeter Terell Stafford visited in 2006 and 2008 to conduct clinics, preparing the high school band for competition in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington festival. (Agoura Hills took second place in 2006).


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