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Leading his own groups plus The Tom Beckham Trio, Norville Trio, and his quartet SLICE, Tom Beckham has released three CD’s to date: “Suspicions” (Fresh Sound New Talent, 1999) “Center Songs” (Sunnyside, 2006), and “Rebound” (2008). In 2015 he released a duo album with guitarist Brad Shepik entitled "Flower Starter." He also performs on solo vibraphone and is a Vic Firth artist. As a versatile sideman in New York for more than 20 years, Beckham has toured with/performed and/or recorded with a diverse list of groups and musicians including Brad Shepik's "Across the Way" quartet, George Schuller’s Circle Wide, JC Sanford’s Jazz Orchestra, jazz guitarist Rale Micic, the Motown/Soul group The Soul Night Band, jazz vocalist Jaclyn Guillou; the swing-era ensembles of Lapis Luna, Flying Home, and Bliss Blood; Joseph C

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Five Women VIII – Alma Micic; Jane Ira Bloom; Laura Ainsworth; Abelita Mateus; Tash Sultana

Read "Five Women VIII – Alma Micic; Jane Ira Bloom; Laura Ainsworth; Abelita Mateus; Tash Sultana" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Alma Micic That Old Feeling Whaling City Records 2017 Serbian vocalist Alma Micic's 2014 Tonight (CTA Records) was a welcome addition to the jazz vocals discography because of its bold repertoire and compelling performance. Micic returns with a decidedly more focused and refined recording that mixes the new and old with ...

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JC Sanford Orchestra: Views from the Inside

Read "Views from the Inside" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nell'attuale rinascimento del jazz orchestrale JC Sanford non è affatto un esordiente anche se pubblica solo ora il primo disco a suo nome. È membro fondatore con Darcy James Argue del Composers' Federation Pulse, ha operato nel BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop guidato da Jim McNeely e Mike Abene, da anni agisce regolarmente come compositore ...

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George Schuller's Circle Wide: Listen Both Ways

Read "Listen Both Ways" reviewed by Troy Collins

Listen Both Ways is the first studio recording by drummer George Schuller's longstanding Circle Wide quintet to concentrate primarily on his original compositions. The group's previous Playscape releases, 2003's Round 'Bout Now and 2008's Like Before, Somewhat After, paid homage to the seminal efforts of famous post-war bandleaders--trumpeter Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet on the former ...

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Brad Shepik Quartet: Across The Way

Read "Across The Way" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

One of the modern day pioneers of integrating Balkan music into the progressive jazz vernacular, guitarist Brad Shepik's solo and session career spans a comprehensive panorama. He lingers on the cutting-edge of matters amid collaborations with like-minded artists, such as trumpeter Dave Douglas, reedman Chris Speed and other jazz VIPs. And on this quartet date, Shepik ...

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Brad Shepik Quartet: Across The Way

Read "Across The Way" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Guitarist Brad Shepik mines a lode of styles on his compositions. Shadow and light play through his music, and he is not averse to opening the door to let a swath of sunshine in. The mood is never static, the wheel of invention is constantly churning out ideas that surprise and delight. Shepik wrote ...

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Brad Shepik Quartet: Across the Way

Read "Across the Way" reviewed by Matt Marshall

The opening strains to Brad Shepik's Across the Way--repeated six-string figures of wistful longing, tending toward melancholy, with strains redolent of Radiohead's OK Computer (Capitol, 1997)--signal that the guitarist is exploring darker, more insular spaces than on his previous effort, Human Activity Suite (Songlines, 2009). To be sure, that work, which takes on global climate change ...

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This Week @ The Cornelia Street Cafe - Novermber 23-29, 2010

This Week @ The Cornelia Street Cafe - Novermber 23-29, 2010

This Week @ The CORNELIA STREET CAFE—NOVEMBER 23-29, 2010 Showtimes: Weeknights: 6:00 PM, 8:30 PM, 10:00 PM, Weekends: 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM and 10:30 PM (doors open @ 5:45 PM-early shows, & @ 8:30 PM-late shows) Admission: Cover charge varies, when known, indicated below What makes The Cornelia Street Café a true New York City landmark, ...

Rebound

Label: Apria Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Tethered; In Flight; Tiny Star; Parting the Water; Carnival; World Cup; Cee's and Dee's; Grillin'.

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Tom Beckham: Rebound

Read "Rebound" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

In the simplest terms, to rebound is to bounce back. Many people associate it with a statistic in basketball, or the recovery from heartbreak. Musically, it describes what happens when a mallet strikes a vibraphone, or the bouncing off of ideas during improvisation. Tom Beckham does both with Rebound. Beckham is a Maryland native ...


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