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Steve Colson

ADEGOKE STEVE COLSON, pianist and composer, has performed internationally as a leader of jazz ensembles ranging from trios to orchestras. Born in Newark and raised in East Orange, NJ, he received his degree from Northwestern University School of Music and lived in Chicago for a decade before returning to the East Coast where he now resides. November 13, 1989 was proclaimed Adegoke Steve Colson Day by the City of Newark in honor of the premiere of his multi-media work, Greens, Rice, and a Rope, at Newark Symphony Hall during the national celebration of New Music America. A critically acclaimed figure in modern jazz, Steve’s compositions are finding their way into the “jazz standard” repertoire and are being performed and recorded by some of today’s jazz greats as well as by his own group

Tones For

Label: Silver Sphinx
Released: 2015
Track listing:
CD 1:
The Spark; The Message; Inner Quiete; The Burden; I Freed a Thousand; We Saw the Lightning; A Thousand More, If Only They Knew; Truth Sojourned, The North Star Spoke; I Didn't Know; Lingering; Hard Leavin'.
CD 2:
But Yes, Sister Moses; When the Gold Was for Dusting Our Eyebrows; Friendship; Homage; The Torch Still Burns.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Colson: Tones For

Read "Tones For" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Esponente della seconda onda generazionale dell'AACM e insieme a Chico Freeman pupillo di Fred Anderson e allievo di Muhal Richard Abrams, il pianista Steve Colson, detto Adegoke dal nome yoruba corrispettivo di Steven, riflette nel proprio approccio stilistico la varietà a tutto campo metabolizzata in uno scenario coerente, come è tipico di quella scuola. Radici blues ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Adegoke Steve Colson, 40+ Year Veteran Of AACM, Releases "Tones For" (Silver Sphinx Records), His First Solo Piano Album, Paying Tribute To Great Abolitionists – Out November 20th

Adegoke Steve Colson, 40+ Year Veteran Of AACM,  Releases "Tones For" (Silver Sphinx Records),  His First Solo Piano Album, Paying Tribute To Great Abolitionists – Out November 20th

On his first ever solo piano CD, Adegoke Steve Colson takes listeners on an epic journey through historic African-American struggles. Tones For, to be released on November 20th Colson’s own Silver Sphinx label, pays tribute to three icons of the battle against slavery: Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Frederick Douglass. The release of the album, Colson’s ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Petter Wettre Next Generation: The Social Media Tapes

Read "The Social Media Tapes" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Norwegian saxophonist Petter Wettre is one of the more prominent musicians in Norway's fertile, contemporary jazz scene. He never associated himself with the ECM school of icy, lyrical jazz, and his musical output has always corresponded with American post-bop and free jazz. Wettre also stands in the forefront in pursuit of new means ...

The Untarnished Dream

Label: Silver Sphinx
Released: 2010
Track listing: Circumstantial; Digression; Iqua's Waltz; Triumph of the Outcasts; Coming; Maybe; Parallel Universe; The Untarnished Dream; Warriors; And It Was Set In Ivory.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Colson: The Untarnished Dream

Read "The Untarnished Dream" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Anche negli anni settanta, quando l'AACM di Chicago otteneva ampi riconoscimenti in Italia e Francia, il pianista Steve Colson non ebbe modo di emergere come figura di primo piano. Dette anche concerti anche nel nostro Paese e qualcuno ricorderà il suo gruppo d'allora, The Colson Unity Troupe, con cui incise anche un album per l'etichetta Black ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

"Tickler's Town" Spirit of Jazz Returns to Newark, New Jersey

"Tickler's Town" Spirit of Jazz Returns to Newark, New Jersey

The 5th Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival “Afternoon of Jazz" Celebrates Newark's Influence on the Genre Newark, N.J., July 20, 2010--The Jazz All-Star Newark Arkestra hosted by Amiri Baraka will open the 5th Anniversary Lincoln Park Music Festival with an afternoon concert on Friday, July 30, 2010 from 12pm--2pm. The All-Star Newark Arkestra will invoke the ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

AACM Pianist Steve Colson Interviewed at All About Jazz

AACM Pianist Steve Colson Interviewed at All About Jazz

As well as being a great music educator, Steve Colson is one of the most versatile jazz pianists of the last forty years, with a grasp of idioms ranging from swing to free, and from European romanticism to new music. What's more, he is a master of compression, incorporating these sources into solos and compositions with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Steve Colson: Doing Jazz Justice

Read "Steve Colson: Doing Jazz Justice" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

As well as being a great music educator, Steve Colson is one of the most versatile jazz pianists of the last forty years, with a grasp of idioms ranging from swing to free, and from European romanticism to new music. What's more, he is a master of compression, incorporating these sources into solos and compositions with ...


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