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Ugonna Okegwo

Ugonna Okegwo is one of the most distinctive and sought-after jazz bassists in the world. Critics across the globe have praised him for his rich tone, supple sense of swing, stylistic range and inventiveness. These qualities have not only earned him a place on the bandstand with jazz legends as diverse as Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Pharoah Sanders and Joseph Jarman--they have established him as one of the leading lights of a younger generation redefining jazz for the new century. "He is very individualistic, both in his soloing and accompanying. I love the way he plays in the ensemble,” says Tom Harrell, with whom Okegwo has worked for several years

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Article: Interview

My Conversation with Tom Harrell

Read "My Conversation with Tom Harrell" reviewed by AAJ Staff


We rummaged through our extensive pre-database archive and discovered a May 1999 interview with Tom Harrell, who celebrated his 75th birthday this past week. We published two other interviews with Tom: November 2003 and May 2009. AAJ: Do you recall when you were first exposed to jazz? TH: Well, I was fortunate ...

Article: Album Review

New York Standards Quartet: Heaven Steps to Seven

Read "Heaven Steps to Seven" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


Come il titolo sottointende questo è il settimo CD delNew York Standards Quartet, in cui è entrato a far parte l'eccellente contrabbassista Ugonna Okegwo. La rivisitazione degli standard jazzistici qui proposta raggiunge buoni livelli, ma non tali da far gridare al miracolo. Il procedimento della destrutturazione degli evergreen è oggi ampiamente noto e ben documentato dalla ...

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Article: In Pictures

Hard Boppin' at Smalls

Read "Hard Boppin' at Smalls" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village is a remarkably vibrant music venue that enjoys considerable international renown. It is not the most mannered of clubs with loud and boisterous audiences. Nor is it the most decorous, but does offer a rather distinctive look. The club has a great vibe and is committed to treating its audience ...

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Article: Album Review

Burak Bedikyan: Awakening

Read "Awakening" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


On his third release as a leader, Istanbul based pianist, Burak Bedikyan seamlessly blends his dual education in western classical and jazz and his national/ethnic heritage into an intriguing and cohesive album. Awakening comprises of nine Bedikyan originals that are elegantly crafted balancing intricate harmonies with deceptively effortless fluidity. The gently rolling refrains on ...

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Article: Album Review

Behn Gillece: Dare To Be

Read "Dare To Be" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


It pays to listen to Dare To Be, Behn Gillece's second release as a leader for Posi-Tone Records, from the bottom up. Bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Jason Tiemann are one of most congenial, articulate, and straightforward bass and drums team in recent memory. They're self-effacing, deeply focused and frisky. Regardless of the differences in the ...

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Article: Album Review

Tony Moreno: Short Stories

Read "Short Stories" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Manhattan-native drummer Tony Moreno was born into and for music, his mother, Nina Dunkel Moreno, a noted harpist, pianist and educator. Oh, and he received his first drum kit at ten-years old from... Elvin Jones who became his early mentor and teacher. Moreno has had a long and storied career, filled with memories and mementos, many ...

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Article: Live Review

Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Hyde Park Jazz Festival Chicago, IL September 24-25, 2016Regard the Hyde Park Jazz Festival as you would your favorite restaurant, where it just so happens that you are best friends with the chef. You have an embarrassment of riches because everything on the menu, which is fresh and delicious, organic, ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Brandon Goodwin of B's Bees

Read "Take Five With Brandon Goodwin of B's Bees" reviewed by Brandon Goodwin


About Brandon Goodwin: Montreal group B's Bees is a hard swinging jazz outfit known for writing compelling original music and playing high energy interpretations of the music of past masters such as The Jazz Messengers, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Haden. Comprised of five core members, they wowed the audience at their debut concert at ...

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Article: Album Review

Behn Gillece: Dare to Be

Read "Dare to Be" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


When it comes to jazz vibraphone, the names of Stefon Harris and Warren Wolf are most likely to be found on a list of contemporary leaders. Add to that now the name of Behn Gillece, a gentleman who has been honing his skills on the New York scene since 2006. His talents first came to the ...


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