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Theo Saunders

Theo (Ted) Saunders, a native New Yorker, has lived in California since 1985, but his musical career remains international in scope. Saunders' musical odyssey has taken him to four continents and more than twenty countries. He has performed in many of the world's most prestigious jazz festivals, concert halls and night clubs, with distinguished jazz artists including: Freddie Hubbard, Carla Bley, Charles Lloyd, Bob Brookmeyer, Harold Land, Buddy Collette, Eddie Harris,Ted Curson, James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson, Teddy Edwards, Jack Dejohnette, Joe Lovano, Jimmy Garrison, Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Fortune, Slam Stewart, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims ,Reggie Workman, Curtis Fuller, Rashied Ali, Mike Stern, Benny Powell, Chris Conners, Morgana King, Roseanna Vitro, David "Fathead" Newman, J.R

Trane Stories

Label: TSM
Released: 2018
Track listing: Dear Lord; The Promise; Lonnie's Lament; Crescent; Wise One; Afro Blue.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Theo Saunders: Trane Stories

Read "Trane Stories" reviewed by Rex  Butters

"My music is the Spiritual expression of what I am: my faith, my knowledge, my being. When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for the people, to help humanity, to help humanity free itself from its hang ups. I want to speak to their souls." John Coltrane, ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball" Four Points by Sheraton at LAX Los Angeles, CA May 23-27, 2018 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Concert 4: Keen and Peachy: Music of the Woody Herman Second Herd -Directed by Michael Berkowitz ...

Jassemblage

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Nuttiness; Father Mercy's Song; Also What; Naimanox; Caramanteca; Rubistrphy; Take Five Moans; I Steal Good Moments.

NEWS: ADVOCACY

Alphonse Mouzon Needs Your Help

Alphonse Mouzon Needs Your Help

By Chuck Koton These are not words I ever thought I would have to write. Legendary drummer Alphonse Mouzon was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in September. He had to immediately undergo surgery which has bought him some time. But his kidneys are too weak for radiation therapy and he is planning to go ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Theo Saunders: Jassemblage

Read "Jassemblage" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Veteran Manhattan-born pianist, composer and arranger, Theo Saunders, has been a driven artist since his days at the High School For Performing Arts. In the ensuing decades, whether in NYC or California, his devotion to improvisational music has led him to stamp his personal vision on the music he plays, whether composing compelling original music or ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Swingin' In The Rain: Portland Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Swingin' In The Rain: Portland Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Sonny Fortune and Azar Lawrence Jimmy Mak'sPDX Jazz FestivalPortland, OR February 18-19, 2016 Any American burg that aspires to “great city" status has got to have a solid jazz scene. Sorry, but hipster hat shops, artisanal juiceries, and $6 coffee from beans grown on sustainable farms in Africa and Latin ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

So Cal Jazz 2013: Highlights and a Serious Low

Read "So Cal Jazz 2013: Highlights and a Serious Low" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Azar Lawrence Quartet RG Club Venice, CA January-September 2013 2013, already slipping deep into the fog of forgetfulness, had its share of memorable jazz moments here in Southern California. And while, according to the Western, as well as the Chinese calender ( Happy Year of the Horse!), this review and these ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Azar Lawrence Quartet at the RG Club

Read "Azar Lawrence Quartet at the RG Club" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Azar Lawrence Quartet and Special GuestsRG ClubVenice, CANovember 2, 2012-July 21, 2013Venetians like to consider themselves among the hipper denizens of the Los Angeles area, yet remarkably, there hasn't been a Venice jazz club in over 20 years. And any neighborhood that aspires to “hipness" better be able to boast of ...


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