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Steve LaSpina

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Steve LaSpina has been a prominent bassist on the New York and national scene for over twenty years. During that time, he has played and recorded with many great musician in jazz history. He was a regular band member, toured and recorded with saxophonists Benny Carter, Stan Getz and Phil Woods, volcalists Joe Williams and Mark Murphy, trumpeters Clark Terry, Chet Baker and Randy Brecker, and guitarist Pat Martino. He has spent the last decade traveling around the world and recording with the lengendary guitarist Jim Hall, has appeared on six of his recordings, inculding These Rooms featuring Tom Harrell. LaSpina has appeared on many of the worlds foremost jazz festivals, inculding the North Sea and Umbia Jazz Festivals

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Article: Rising Stars

Meet Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Waltman, Sam AuBuchon, Derick Freitas Campos

Read "Meet Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Waltman, Sam AuBuchon, Derick Freitas Campos" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine.The winners of the New Jersey Jazz Society's new Juried Scholarship Competition are:$1,000 prize for PerformanceTrumpeter Liam Sutcliffe, Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts Jazz Studies Program$1,000 prize for Composition Vocalist Jimmy Waltman, Princeton University Program in Jazz Studies$500 prize ...

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Article: Album Review

Yimba Rudo: Yimba Rudo

Read "Yimba Rudo" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The phrase “Yimba Rudo" means “Sing Love" in Zimbabwe's Shona language. It is also the name of this trio which brings together musicians from three different worlds. Vibraphonist Kevin Norton is a respected figure in the avant jazz sphere who has worked with the likes of Anthony Braxton and Paul Dunmall. Bassist Steve LaSpina is a ...

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Article: Live Review

Bob DeVos Quartet At Trumpets Jazz Club

Read "Bob DeVos Quartet At Trumpets Jazz Club" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Bob DeVos Quartet Trumpets Jazz Club Montclair, NJ January 26, 2018 We live in a time when some of the septuagenarian jazz survivors, with roots in the music's venerated years, are taking a well-deserved victory lap. They've earned the right to expect audiences to pay to hear them ...

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Article: Album Review

Frank Kohl: Rising Tide

Read "Rising Tide" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Guitarist Frank Kohl releases his fourth album as a leader, entitled, Rising Tide. The Seattle-based guitarist is joined by bassist Steve LaSpina, pianist (and brother) Tom Kohl, and drummer Jon Doty. Kohl penned five of the eight tunes, with the balance pulling from the standards repertoire.Kohl's guitar sound is warm, clear and sounds as ...

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Article: Interview

Jack Wilkins: Playing What He's Preaching

Read "Jack Wilkins: Playing What He's Preaching" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum


Some time in 1975 a box of records from the Mainstream label was dropped by my front door. I picked it up and began to open it with a mix of excitement and dread of having to face writing more record reviews. I saw an LP titled Windows with an unfamiliar cast of characters and put ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Renowned Jazz Singer Martha Lorin Marks Her One-Year Residency At Cafe Noctambulo At Pangea

Renowned Jazz Singer Martha Lorin Marks Her One-Year Residency At Cafe Noctambulo At Pangea

Ralph Lampkin/Lampkin Music Group and Christopher Gines/Cafe Noctambulo are proud to announce a celebration! Renowned jazz singer Martha Lorin marks her one-year residency at downtown's favorite music venue, the fabulous Cafe Noctambulo at Pangea with a fabulous new show, “Body and Soul." Joining Martha are the Steve LaSpina trio featuring top-shelf musicians: Matthew Fries on piano, ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Bradley Young In "I Remember Chet: Reflections On The Legacy And Music Of Chet Baker" at Cafe Noctambulo On October 27th

Bradley Young In "I Remember Chet: Reflections On The Legacy And Music Of Chet Baker" at Cafe Noctambulo On October 27th

Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Bradley Young makes his New York City debut at Café Noctambulo at 8 pm on October 27th with a special tribute to the prolific trumpet genius and icon, Chet Baker. Presented by Lampkin Music Group and Christoper Gines, I Remember Chet: Reflections on the Legacy and Music of Chet Baker, ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Audrey Silver Sings At Club Bonafide On September 17 - Featuring Bruce Barth, Steve LaSpina & Tony Romano!

Audrey Silver Sings At Club Bonafide On September 17 - Featuring Bruce Barth, Steve LaSpina & Tony Romano!

Singer/Songwriter Audrey Silver CLUB BONAFIDE on SEPTEMBER 17 ONE NIGHT ONLY. SATURDAY, 9:30PM With Bruce Barth, Steve LaSpina and Tony Romano New Release “VERY EARLY"- Next Month Audrey Silver brings her beautiful voice and the highly respected Bruce Barth (piano), Steve LaSpina (bass) and Tony Romano (guitar) to ...

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Article: Album Review

Lenny Sendersky-Tony Romano Quartet: Intersection

Read "Intersection" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Intersection is the second album from saxophonist Lenny Sendersky and guitarist Tony Romano, following Desert Flower (LeTo Records, 2013)--an all original set with compositions contributed equally by both co-leaders. They are joined by veteran bassist Steve LaSpina (who has considerable history with guitarists, including Jim Hall, Pat Martino, and Vic Juris) and drummer Matt Kane. Romano ...


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