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Sullivan Fortner

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For the past decade, Sullivan Fortner has been stretching deep-rooted talents as a pianist, composer, band leader and uncompromising individualist. The GRAMMY Award-winning artist out of New Orleans received international praise as both key player and producer for his collaborative work on The Window, alongside Cecile McLorin Salvant. As a solo leader, he has released Moments Preserved and Aria to critical acclaim.

In addition to associations with such diverse voices as Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Diane Reeves, Etienne Charles and John Scofield, Fortner’s frequent and longtime collaborators have included Ambrose Akinmusire, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Stefon Harris, Kassa Overall, Tivon Pennicott, Peter Bernstein, Nicholas Payton, Billy Hart, Gary Bartz, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Fred Hersch and the late Roy Hargrove. Recent collaborations include GRAMMY-nominated releases Dear Love (Empress Legacy) and Generations from leaders Jazzmeia Horn and The Baylor Project, respectively. 

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Creole Orchestra Featuring René Marie

Label: Culture Shock Music
Released: 2024
Track listing: Old School;Poison; Think Twice; I Wanna Be Evil; Holy City; Ten to One is Murder; Centerpiece; Douens; A Shade of Jade; Colorado River Song; Stompin' at the Savoy; Take my breath away; Night Train.

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Article: Live Review

45th Annual Tri-C JazzFest

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45th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Playhouse Square jny:Cleveland, Ohio June 20-22, 2024 It has become somewhat of a reoccurring quip on social media to lament that so many so-called jazz festivals have booked acts that stray far from the jazz genre to keep these events afloat financially. Cleveland's Tri-C JazzFest has certainly ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Cubana Be, Cubana Bop - Play Misty for Me

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This week, we start things off with some Afro-Cuban sounds from Bud Powell, Zaccai Curtis and Dizzy Gillespie. Next, a celebration of the birth of pianist Erroll Garner who would have been 103 today. Large band orchestral works from Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jihye Lee and Count Basie will follow before we check out some African sounds from ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sonny Sitt, Kris Davis, Rufus Reid

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This week, a series of mini-sets featuring Sonny Sitt, Tommy Flanagan, Esperanza Spalding, Harold Land, Kris Davis and Rufus Reid. Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we will explore the elements of jazz from a historical perspective.Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" ...

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Article: Album Review

Etienne Charles: Creole Orchestra Featuring René Marie

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Trinidad-born Etienne Charles has been fortunate in his associates during his development as a jazz musician. One of the first friends he made on arrival in the U.S.A. in the early 2000s to study at Florida State University was faculty member Marcus Roberts. Among much else, the pianist taught Charles the importance of keeping in touch ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Introducing Pianist Esteban Castro

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Esteban Castro's parents gave him a toy piano when he was three years old. “I would just kind of gravitate toward it a lot," he recalled. “When I was four, they rented a piano and started getting me lessons. I got into jazz because I would ...

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Article: Live Review

Weather Bird: Sullivan Fortner and Ambrose Akinmusire at Rackham Auditorium

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Weather Bird: Sullivan Fortner and Ambrose Akinmusire Rackham Auditorium 27th Performance of the UMS 145th Annual Season Ann Arbor, MI March 22, 2024 When it comes to its annual concert series, Ann Arbor's University Musical Society utilizes Hill Auditorium and the Michigan Theater as the venues for the majority of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sahib Shihab, Danish Radio Big Band, Mohamed Najem

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Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we will explore the elements of jazz from a historical perspective. This week, Sahib Shihab in Scandinavia; The Danish Radio Big Band as led by Thad Jones and Mhio Hazama. I'm also back from Paris record store ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Jordan VanHemert: Deep in the Soil

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Born in Korea and raised in Michigan, Jordan VanHemert counts himself among those youngsters that got involved in his school music program by starting out on the alto saxophone. Also like many of his fellow saxophonists, VanHemert eventually moved away from the smaller horn to devote his full energies to the tenor sax, an instrument emblematic ...


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