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Upon graduating from the Indiana University School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Doublebass Performance in 1975, I had $30, a bass, a ’66 Volvo and a job offer from the Orquestra Symphonica Nationale de Mexico in Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Naturally, I took the job. Overall, it was a great experience. After a year I had saved a small nest egg and moved to Chicago (near where I was raised) and began a fledgling career as a free-lance bassist. Ironically, my first job offer was to play electric bass three nights a week with a Brazilian band in a Mexican restaurant! Over the course of the next two years, I gradually became more involved in the Chicago jazz scene and gained a great deal of valuable experience as a member of a "house trio" at a jazz club where a different "big name" would come to town and perform with us

Doctone

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Doctor Of Tone; Midnight Silence; Blasphemy; Steepian Faith; Dienda I; Dienda II; Mr. J.C.; The Tonality Of Atonement; Chambers Of Tain; Fushia; Chance.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Noah Haidu: Doctone

Read "Doctone" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Kenny Kirkland never seemed particularly interested in attaining the high level of fame enjoyed by two of his early employers, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and saxophonist Branford Marsalis. He worked first for Wynton, playing on four of the trumpeter's albums between 1981 and 1985, before moving into Branford's orbit, for eight albums between 1983 to 1998. ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Noah Haidu ricorda Kenny Kirkland

Read "Noah Haidu ricorda Kenny Kirkland" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Kenny Kirkland era chiamato dagli amici Doctone (ovvero Doctor of Tone) ed è questo il titolo del progetto multimediale elaborato dal pianista Noah Haidu a più di vent'anni dalla scomparsa. Un ricco tributo della Sunnyside Records consistente in un libro d'interviste, un film documentario e un album di suoi brani eseguiti da Haidu con Todd Coolman ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Leonieke Scheuble: June 2019 Tour

Read "Leonieke Scheuble: June 2019 Tour" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Located right in front of a train station, the South Orange Gazebo is an uncommonly boisterous location for a jazz concert. Whistles blowing, brakes screeching, trains arrive and depart every ten minutes or so. Automobiles access parking lots via a rotary about fifteen feet away. Their horns and sound systems blare as drivers compete for space. ...

Take Five with Pete Coco

Read "Take Five with Pete Coco" reviewed by Pete Coco

About Pete Coco A mainstay on the New York jazz scene, bassist Pete Coco recently released his debut album as a leader, Lined with a Groove, featuring drummer Matt Wilson and pianist Sullivan Fortner. The LP is an homage to his mentors and influences, with fresh arrangements of tunes by bassists including Ron Carter, ...

Don't miss the 13tet In Concert at the Church of the Holy Trinity in New York on May 19th

Don't miss the 13tet In Concert at the Church of the Holy Trinity in New York on May 19th

13tet is a group of seasoned New York jazz players, playing charts that let them blow! Smaller and leaner than the usual big band, 13tet emphasizes the players as soloists and personalities, with arrangements rooted in the big band tradition but brought into the 21st Century. It’s hard-driving jazz that explores interesting textures and meters- as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Dease: Bonafide

Read "Bonafide" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Trombonist Michael Dease was born in Augusta, Georgia. His propensity for the arts landed him at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School, where he studied saxophone, voice and trumpet. During his senior year, after sage advice from another Augusta, Georgia jazz mainstay, Wycliffe Gordon, Dease pointed his ambition towards the trombone, what would ultimately ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Dease: Bonafide

Read "Bonafide" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Listening critically to recently produced mainstream-jazz recordings often feels like prospecting for gold amidst the dross of familiar templates, all-too-common stylistic references, and unremarkable performances. However, occasionally, even when a record doesn't hang together particularly well and is likely to disappear under the weight of scores of similar sounding releases, diligence is rewarded by a track ...


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