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Tommy James

Tommy James, a leading pianist, composer, arranger and music director, majored in composition at the Manhattan School of Music. Over the years has worked with an eclectic group of artists in many musical genres. Among the outstanding artists and bands with whom he has performed and /or recorded are The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Joe Williams, Maureen McGovern, Cleo Laine/John Dankworth,Nell Carter, Marlena Shaw, Roy Ayers, The Stylistics, Melba Moore, George McCrae, Grand Master Flash, Manu Dibango, Billy Vera, The Spinners, and the Temptations. He has served as music director with the international tour of the Tony-award winning musical “Bring in ‘da Noise” starring Savion Glover

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Article: Album Review

Hip Spanic AllStars: Old School Revolution

Read "Old School Revolution" reviewed by Walter Atkins


The jny: San Francisco based Hip Spanic AllStars' new album Old School Revolution (Hip Spanic Records, 2018), celebrates their long history and friendships born and enriched in the City's Mission District. This is their first CD release since 2015's JazzyAfroLatinFunk (CheeseBurger Records, 2015). HSA features a robust three-piece horn section and three different vocalists ...

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Article: New York Beat

February Forays

Read "February Forays" reviewed by Nick Catalano


February is one of those months when this New York Beat column could expand into a full periodical because of the plethora of jazz activity occurring in Gotham. I began my trek early in the month, when the city was buried in crystal mounds of snow from winter storms that had pounded the ...


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