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Bill Gati

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William Gati Bom April 1O, 1959, in Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil Initially trained as a classical pianist (he studied at Juilliard from the age of 8), William Gati has been drawn to Jazz while studying with the great John Lewis (Modern Jazz Quartet). After graduating from City College (1981), he has played in various church venues and has been influenced by gospel music. He has also been involved in directing and performing in musicals and has been influences by the Broadway Show style. His greatest strength, however, is in improvising and performing jazz standards and original compositions. He has been influenced by Sir Roland Hanna (a good friend and Professor at Queens College), John Lewis (another friend), Herbie Hancock, Dr

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Richie Pratt

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Beginnings - Kansas City Richie Pratt (March 11, 1943 – February 12, 2015, born Richard Dean Tyree) was an American jazz drummer. He embarked upon a career as a professional musician on the New York scene in the early 1970s, it was as much due to an unanticipated sporting injury as anything else. Pratt was born into a musical family (his mother was a church pianist and a brother is saxophonist, Chris Burnett) and grew up in the Kansas City metro city of Olathe, Kansas. He first studied music via the piano, as well as, attended various music camps as a youth prior to attending college as a music major at the University of Kansas. Prolific Years - New York City Richie Pratt’s prolific tenure as a first-call percussionist on the highly competitive New York City music scene began after he suffered a career-ending injury during his second season with the Giants

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand

Read "Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand" reviewed by Jim Worsley


The life and times of guitarist extraordinaire Steve Khan stretch through a high volume of evolving chapters that fuse together like the passages of a finely crafted arrangement. An expansive conversation with Khan touched on a variety of memories. Still, this is perhaps the Reader's Digest version of the seventy-three years old musician and composer's remarkable ...

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Article: Album Review

Jeff "Siege" Siegel Quartet: London Live

Read "London Live" reviewed by Troy Dostert


An enticing record from four under-recognized jazz veterans, Jeff “Siege" Siegel's London Live features drummer Siegel and his long-standing partners pianist Francesca Tanksley and tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, plus new addition bassist Uli Langthaler, for eight expansive, well-played tracks that combine healthy respect for the jazz tradition with a hint of an adventurous edge.

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News: Recording

Roland Hanna: Child of Gemini

Roland Hanna: Child of Gemini

While on tour in Europe in early 1971, the Roland Hanna Trio was invited to record at the MPS Studios in Villingen, Germany. The trio consisted of Roland Hanna on piano, Dave Holland on bass and Daniel Humair on drums. The result was Child of Gemini, a rare album that has just been reissued by MPS ...

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News: Recording

Brian Kastan "Roll The Dice On Life" New Fusion Double Album

Brian Kastan "Roll The Dice On Life" New Fusion Double Album

WITH ROLL THE DICE ON LIFE, GUITARIST BRIAN KASTAN OPENS A WINDOW INTO HIS MUSICAL SOUL Full Of Raw Energy, This Dynamic, Guitar-Driven Double Album Features Vocals By Miles Griffith “Think Zappa 21st Century… Brian's Guitar is Just Killer."—Dick Metcalf Jazz-Fusion guitarist, Brian Kastan introduces his newest CD, Roll the Dice on Life. This double album ...

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Article: Profile

James Clay: Texas Tenor, Second Generation

Read "James Clay: Texas Tenor, Second Generation" reviewed by David Perrine


The term “Texas tenor" was originally coined to describe the sound and style of such swing era players as Herschel Evans, Illinois Jacquet, Buddy Tate, Budd Johnson, Arnett Cobb and others, and has subsequently been applied to second generation players from Texas that included James Clay, David “Fathead" Newman and Marchel Ivery. What these players had ...

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Article: Profile

Jimmy Ponder: His Recorded Output

Read "Jimmy Ponder: His Recorded Output" reviewed by Colter Harper


Jazz history has been intimately tied to its recorded output. Styles and genres are defined by landmark records, which stand responsible for representing the diffuse activities and artistic visions of a given musical community or individual. However, recordings are not simply glimpses of past musical realities but rather images of those realities filtered through various “lenses." ...

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Article: Live Review

Michael Hanna: Detroit, Michigan, November 9, 2012

Read "Michael Hanna: Detroit, Michigan, November 9, 2012" reviewed by Steve Bryant


Michael Hanna & FriendsBaker's Keyboard LoungeDetroit, MichiganNovember 9, 2012In jazz circles, as within most artistic idioms, talent can be generational. The most apparent example of this is the Marsalis clan. Other notable father-son duos include John and Ravi Coltrane, Chico and Arturo O'Farrill, as well as Dewey and Joshua Redman. The ...

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Article: Interview

Luis Perdomo: Walking Towards the Light

Read "Luis Perdomo: Walking Towards the Light" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Pianist Luis Perdomo's fingers dart across the keys, eloquently telling the stories that traverse his mind in that instant; doing so in a manner that enraptures an audience. He moves people, and does so in a manner that appears, on the surface, easy. Like great athletes. Like other great musicians. This is one of the finer ...


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