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Stafford Hunter

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Multi-Grammy nominated trombonist & sea shells player (and sometimes vocalist) is a Philadelphia native (but born in Atlantic City, NJ). He became a professional musician at the age of 16. And, was an award winner of the "Al Grey Award for Musical Excellence". It acknowledged Stafford as "the Most Promising Jazz Trombone Talent". Graduate of the New School Jazz & Contemporary Music Program (NYC). Of which, he was the first trombonist to actually graduate from the New School Jazz Program. Beside music, Stafford appeared as a model in the December 1992 issue of L'Uomo Vogue (the Italian Vogue magazine for men)

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Highlights from the 20th Annual Five Points Jazz Festival

Read "Highlights from the 20th Annual Five Points Jazz Festival" reviewed by Steven Roby


On Backstage Jazz, you'll hear a blend of contemporary and classic jazz and a touch of soul, funk, and world music, all selected by music journalist and host Steven Roby. This week's two-hour show features highlights from the 20th Annual Five Points Jazz Festival in Denver, CO. You'll also hear comments from attendees and ...

Album

The Intangible Between

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Proclaim Liberty; This Little Light of Mine; A Time For Love; That Too; Off Minor; Into Dawn; Tough Love; Im So Glad I Got to Know You

Album

Can You Imagine?

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Pebbles In The Pocket; President Gillespie Suite: I. The Humanitarian Candidate, II. Road To The Blues House, President Gillespie's Birthday Song; The Touch Of Her Vibe; The Blues House; Ballad From Oro, Incienso Y Mira; Elite State Of Mind; Valsa Rancho; From The Heart; People.

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John Bailey: Can You Imagine?

Read "Can You Imagine?" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Letting his imagination roam free, trumpeter John Bailey envisions a world in which one of his musical touchstones, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, is president of the United States--one in which Gillespie's cabinet includes Duke Ellington (secretary of state), Louis Armstrong (secretary of agriculture) and Miles Davis (CIA director). The fact is, Gillespie did “run" for president in ...

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John Bailey: Can You Imagine?

Read "Can You Imagine?" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The world loves a good “what if..." story, so why not explore the idea of Dizzy Gillespie as president? The famed trumpeter actually ran for the highest office in the land in 1964. And though the move was largely in jest, he didn't shy away from the issues of the day while campaigning. Sadly, many of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: October 1968 & More

Read "Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: October 1968 & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn


The first show of the month means it's time for a dive into the Blue Note vault for our monthly celebration of Blue Note 50th anniversaries. Before that, the doctor presents a selection of recent music that caught his ear. As a bonus, you will find Albert Ammons, from the second Blue Note release, which was ...

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Article: Album Review

Orrin Evans: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


You have to wonder how many outlets a restless creative like hard bopping pianist Orrin Evans needs to fully express himself. Twenty-five or so albums into a legacy that finds him as the newest member of The Bad Plus after years of riffing and ripping it up with The Mingus Big Band, experimenting with soul/jazz Luv ...

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Article: Album Review

Stafford Hunter: Continuum

Read "Continuum" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Stafford Hunter is known as a trombonist who grew out of the modern paradigm set by Steve Turre. He also shares a unique quality with Turre, in that he is an expert player of conch shells in the jazz idiom, joining him in the ensemble, Steve Turre and Sanctified Shells. While this tie with ...

Album

Continuum

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: Continuum; Outside Looking In; lament; Giant Steps; A Walk In Bari; Ector's Vector; New Beginning; Line In The Sand.


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