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Tom Lawton grew up in Arcola, PA and attended Methacton High School (remarkable only in that I attended the same school at that time), where he was a brilliant, but chronically truant student. He displayed great promise as a classical pianist, dabbled in British Rock and Roll, and eventually fell into Jazz. He was abbetted in his early education by Philly legend Gerald Price, who gave Tom his early pointers in the art. He later began studies in Philadelphia with renowned pianist Bernard Peiffer, who had emigrated here from France. After Bernard's death, Tom began a long association with the late bassist Al Stauffer, who had accompanied M

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The Len Pierro Jazz Orchestra: The Third Quarter

Read "The Third Quarter" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Any big-band album that opens with a rollicking Four Brothers-style saxophone soli is all but guaranteed to capture one's ear and interest. As it turns out, the buoyant “Fill in the Gap," on which the sax section sparkles, is but the first of many sonic delights on The Third Quarter, a marvelous new CD by Philadelphia-based ...

Continuing Action

Label: CoolCraft
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Mouse Pad (The Pad of the Mouse) (Live) 2. Subterranean Heights (Live) 3. The Frame of Forever... (Live) 4. Parallel Suite 2020: I. Expansions 5. Parallel Suite 2020: II. Standing Motion 6. Parallel Suite 2020: III. Determination

On Point

Label: CoolCraft
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Necessity 2. Freelance 3. One Day in a Row 4. Light Song 5. Two Bones 6. Groovin' High 7. Time Shared 8. Green Dolphin Street 9. Floaters 10. On Point

Soundpath

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Soundpath: One track for entire composition.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Mary Ellen Desmond: 'Comfort and Joy' 2020 Virtual Stream

Read "Mary Ellen Desmond: 'Comfort and Joy' 2020 Virtual Stream" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Mary Ellen Desmond Comfort and Joy: Virtual Stream Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany Philadelphia, PA December 13, 2020 In the course of two decades as a jazz reviewer in Philadelphia, it has often been my pleasure to hear Mary Ellen Desmond sing, and for ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Tom Lawton: Not Less Than Everything

Read "Tom Lawton: Not Less Than Everything" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Not known, because not looked for But heard, half-heard, in the stillness Between two waves of the sea. Quick now, here, now, always-- A condition of complete simplicity (Costing not less than everything) --T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets; “Little Gidding" This poetic quotation ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

John Swana: Philly Gumbo

Read "John Swana: Philly Gumbo" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in June 2000. In addition to being one of the finest contemporary jazz trumpet players, John Swana is a human being who is spontaneously authentic and refuses to play a false role. Having reached the ripe old age of 38, John has ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy 2019 at the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany

Read "Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy 2019 at the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Mary Ellen Desmond Comfort and Joy Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany Philadelphia, PA December 10, 2019 In the course of my years as a jazz reviewer in Philadelphia, it has always been a pleasure to hear Mary Ellen Desmond sing, and for the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Tony Miceli: Vibraphone All-Star Jam Session at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Read "Tony Miceli: Vibraphone All-Star Jam Session at Chris’ Jazz Cafe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Tony Miceli and Company Vibraphone All-Star Jam Session / Steve Weiss Mallet Festival Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA August 3, 2019 It's hard to imagine how five (if you include a special guest, six) vibraphone players can come together to provide an hour or so of ...


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