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Introducing Pianist Tyler Bullock

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This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Tyler Bullock began taking classical piano lessons in his hometown of jny: Nashville when he was four years old. Eight years later, he discovered jazz through an organization called the Nashville Jazz Workshop. “It's kind of similar to Jazz House Kids," he said. “They have classes ...

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Introducing Trumpeter Kellin Hanas

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This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. As a four-year-old, growing up in Wheaton, IL, Kellin Hanas was a fan of the TV show, The Wiggles. “There were four Australian guys in colorful shirts, and they would sing songs," she recalled. “In one of their shows, they brought out this guy with a ...

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Introducing Vocalist Tyreek McDole

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This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. In 2018, Tyreek McDole, a student at the Osceola County School for the Arts in Kissimmee, FL, was playing classical percussion for a performance of the 1987 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical, Into the Woods. “During rehearsal," he recalled, “one of the actors got sick. I had ...

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Introducing Bassist Liany Mateo

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This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Liany Mateo started playing the bass when she was 13 years old. “They opened up a performing arts school in Jersey City," she recalled. “At that time, I knew I wanted to play an instrument. I was into '70s punk music, and all of my favorite ...

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Introducing Drummer Mecadon McCune

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This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine.Mecadon McCune has been immersed in music since he was born. His father is veteran jazz pianist Brandon McCune; his mother, Christine Clemmons-McCune, is an opera singer. “My dad made sure that I was learning piano since I was about four years old," he said, “but growing ...

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Introducing Jazz House Kids All-Stars

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Bassist Laura Simone-Martin of Lawrenceville, NJ, is heading back to Carnegie Hall's NYO Jazz Program for the second consecutive year. “Last year," she said, “gave me that first-hand experience of what it is like being on the road for so long and how much energy goes ...

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Introducing Vocalist April Varner

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This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. The 1957 Verve album, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, contained 38 tracks, including some of the best-known tunes associated with Ellington such as “Solitude," “Satin Doll," and “I'm Beginning to See the Light." Contestants in this year's sixth annual Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal ...

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Introducing Saxophonist Kevin Huang

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This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. When Kevin Huang was in middle school, he started attending the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's TD Jazz for Teens program. “There were lots of incredible people there," he said, “not only the mentoring from the actual teachers but the community of people I got to ...

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Introducing Violinist Jacquie Lee

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This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. When Jacquie Lee was nine years old, she went with her family to see violinist Regina Carter at Birdland. “I had never felt a connection to jazz at that point," she recalled, “but I saw someone who was a woman and a violinist playing jazz. I ...

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Introducing Drummer Maria Marmarou

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A combination of two articles previously appearing in Jersey Jazz Magazine. At the 2023 Jazz at Lincoln Center Jack Rudin Championship, held January 14 and 15 at JALC's Rose Hall, drummer Maria Marmarou, a graduate student at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance, received the Earl Hines Outstanding Musician Award. She also shared Outstanding ...


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