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Steve began playing music just days before his 14th birthday as a freshman at South Shore High School on the south side of Chicago. His first instrument was violin but later that year he switched to the alto saxophone. For three years Steve studied the basics of music and saxophone technique, then he decided that he wanted to learn how to improvise. Looking for the best improvising musicians to listen to is what brought Steve to the music of Charlie Parker, although it helped that his father listened to Parker all the time. After spending two years at Illinois Wesleyan University Steve transferred to Roosevelt University (Chicago Music College) in downtown Chicago in order to concentrate on Chicago's musical nightlife


Live at the Village Vanguard Volume II (MDW NTR)

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2022
Track listing:
Disc one:
Menes to Midas; Unit Fractions; Little Girl I'll Miss You; Compassion(drum solo)-Ascending Numeration-DeAhBo (reset); Pad Thai - Mdw Ntr.
Disc two:
9 to 5; Mdw Ntr; Rumble Young Man, Rumble; Khet & KaBa; DeAhBo (Reset); 9 to 5 - Mdw Ntr.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Joachim Kuhn, Day & Taxi & Java Quartet

Read "Joachim Kuhn, Day & Taxi & Java Quartet" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

German pianist/alto player Joachim Kuhn arrived in Paris in the late '60s; that city was the epicenter of an explosion in free jazz, fueled by several musicians from America (many of them from the AACM) and a desire among European players to push their music forward. One concert that Kuhn played at in the fall of ...


Article: Profile

From Generation to Generation, A New Collection Transcends Borders and Barriers

Read "From Generation to Generation, A New Collection Transcends Borders and Barriers" reviewed by John Chacona

The release of the three-disc set The Concert for Bangladesh (Apple) in 1971 established a template for the charity benefit album that is still followed to this day: multiple discs in lavish packaging, a grab-bag of songs and most importantly, a red-carpet lineup of established, often older stars, one of whom was invariably the organizer of ...


Article: Album Review

OGJB Quartet: Ode To O

Read "Ode To O" reviewed by John Sharpe

An assemblage of stars doesn't always result in a constellation. But astronomers will need to take note in the case of the OGJB Quartet, called after the forename initials of the four members: reedman Oliver Lake, cornetist Graham Haynes, bassist Joe Fonda and drummer Barry Altschul. On the venerable collective's second album Ode To O following ...


Article: Album Review

David Virelles: Nuna

Read "Nuna" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Cuban-born pianist/composer David Virelles has never been far from the top of the jazz profession in his recording career. His initial appearance as a sideman was with Juno Award winner Jane Bunnett on her 2001 Blue Note release Alma de Santiago. Early in his career he studied with Henry Threadgill and played with Steve Coleman, Chris ...


Article: Album Review

Miles Okazaki: Thisness

Read "Thisness" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A guitarist as freakishly talented as Miles Okazaki demands a listener's full attention. This is the case whether one is parsing his fiendishly complex compositions, or beholding his astonishing technique, or simply taking in all the shifting meters and grooves that permeate his music. From the remarkably ambitious Work (Volumes 1-6), his self-released solo document in ...

Article: Live Review

MetJazz 2022

Read "MetJazz 2022" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Metastasio Jazz Teatro Metastasio Prato Tematicamente intitolata a “La voce e altre follie," la ventisettesima edizione di Metastasio Jazz, rassegna pratese diretta da Stefano Zenni, proprio nella follia si è imbattuta in corso di realizzazione, nella forma di molteplici imprevisti, legati anche alla pandemia, che hanno costretto gli organizzatori a rivoluzionare in ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Daniel Rorke, Hello Cacus & Previews

Read "Daniel Rorke, Hello Cacus & Previews" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Saxophonist Daniel Rorke, originally from Australia, then NYC, Scandinavia and now in Dublin Ireland, dropped some music on OMJ recently and tracks from different trios plus a stint in a crazy Icelandic big band are featured. Two very important alto saxophonists have new recordings on the way and those are previewed--Ornette Coleman's first two releases for ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tony Malaby, Tania Gill & The Gathering

Read "Tony Malaby, Tania Gill & The Gathering" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

I decided to lay out for most of this last episode of 2021 and just let the music roll. There are a couple of new releases in the mix, one from Tony Malaby and a somewhat revamped Sabino and Toronto pianist Tania Gill's Disappearing Curiosities. Definitely check out the great singer, Dwight Trible, and his rendition ...


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