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Sullivan Fortner

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Sullivan Joseph Fortner Jr. is a native New Orleanian who has already made a significant foray into the jazz world that belies his young age. While touring with Stefon Harris & Blackout, Christian Scott Quintet, and the Roy Hargrove Quintet, Sullivan completed his Master’s degree in Jazz Performance at Manhattan School of Music under the tutorage of Jason Moran, and Phil Markowitz. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Sullivan began playing music by ear at the age of seven. Two years later, he was playing for church choirs throughout New Orleans

Album

Ghost Song

Label: Nonesuch Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Wuthering Heights; Optimistic Voices / No Love Dying; Ghost Song ; Obligation; Until; I Lost My Mind; Moon Song; Trail Mix; The World Is Mean; Dead Poplar; Thunderclouds; Unquiet Grave.

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Article: Interview

Pianist Joe Block: At the Start of His Big Bang

Read "Pianist Joe Block: At the Start of His Big Bang" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


According to cosmologists, our universe started as a tiny speck and within a fraction of a second exploded into a huge ever-expanding space with all the galaxies, stars, and planets condensing out of the dispersed matter within it. This picture of the origins of the cosmos provides an apt metaphor for the way in which some ...

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Article: Live Review

Joshua Redman: A MoodSwing Reunion at Hill Auditorium

Read "Joshua Redman: A MoodSwing Reunion at Hill Auditorium" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


A MoodSwing Reunion Hill Auditorium University Musical Society's Jazz Series Ann Arbor, Michigan April 21, 2022 Back in the '80s and '90s, all the big record labels were pouring boat loads of cash into a younger generation of jazz wannabes that eventually became known as the Young Lions. In hindsight, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lauren Henderson: From the Inside Out

Read "Lauren Henderson: From the Inside Out" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Vocalist Lauren Henderson is unusual in all the best ways. Described as “somewhere between a comforting whisper and a cogent declaration" by The New York Times, she sings with an intimate, sultry, haunting intensity. Her music might be mysterious, but she is an open book. Raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts (birthplace of the American Navy ...

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Article: Album Review

Melissa Aldana: 12 Stars

Read "12 Stars" reviewed by Chris May


Before we get into tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana's album--which is excellent, so hang on in there--a word about press releases and publicity campaigns. Specifically, those from Blue Note. The label's headquarters in Los Angeles is in danger of becoming known for award-winning b.s. in this regard, as demonstrated during the campaign for Aldana's label ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Dara Tucker to perform at New Jersey Jazz Society January Social on January 29th

Dara Tucker to perform at New Jersey Jazz Society January Social on January 29th

Other jazz musicians appearing on the album, in addition to Chestnut, include pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Dezron Douglas, drummer Johnathan Blake, saxophonist John Ellis, and trumpeter Giveton Gelin. Among additional song selections on Dreams of Waking are James Taylor's “Secret O' Life," Donny Hathaway's “Someday We'll All Be Free," and Wonder's “You Haven't Done Nothin.'" As ...

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Article: Album Review

Melissa Aldana: 12 Stars

Read "12 Stars" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Many musicians have chosen their Blue Note moment to reveal themselves as the artist they are or intend to be. So it is not surprising that a young, gifted artist such as Grammy nominee Melissa Aldana, riding a sure, ascendant arc both creatively and professionally, goes big on her Blue Note debut. From the ...

Album

Love The Color of Your Butterfly

Label: Clazz
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. Creole Girl 2. What Is This Thing Called Love?/ Habañera 05:18 3. E Lucevan Le Stelle 4. Keep Your Eyes On The Prize 5. My Love 6. In A Sentimental Mood 7. T.G.T.T. 8. Someday We’ll All Be Free 9. Kiss Of Life 10. Lament/Strange Fruit 11. I Loves You Porgy 12. Honeysuckle Rose Retro Intro 13. Honeysuckle Rose

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12 Stars

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Falling; Intuition; Intro to Emilia; Emilia; The Bluest Eye; The Fool; Los Ojos de Chile; 12 Stars.


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