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Article: Live Review

Michael Pedicin: 'Just the Three of Us' at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Michael Pedicin: Just the Three of Us Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA September 10, 2022 This superb set of mainstream jazz by three accomplished and dedicated musicians: Michael Pedicin on tenor saxophone, Jim Ridl on piano, and Dean Johnson on bass, owes much of its successful execution to ...

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Article: Interview

Joey DeFrancesco: From Musical Prodigy to Jazz Icon

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This interview was first published at All About Jazz in June 2019. Joey DeFrancesco is a true master of the jazz organ, the one others look up to as the standard bearer, as was his inspirational hero, Jimmy Smith. Arguably, he could be dubbed the Mozart of the jazz organ, since like Mozart, he ...

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Chris Oatts: Personalities

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Saxophonist Chris Oatts is a graduate of the jazz program at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance and the nephew of revered saxophonist—and faculty member of Temple University—Dick Oatts. This reviewer heard Chris Oatts at Chris' Jazz Café (similarity in the names purely coincidental) in September, 2021, with his quintet featuring one of his ...

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Article: Live Review

Joe Block Quartet Featuring Vocalist Jamile At Chris’ Jazz Cafe

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Joe Block Quartet featuring vocalist Jamile Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA June 17, 2022 Although this reviewer recently interviewed pianist Joe Block for All About Jazz, he never heard Block leading his own group live. So he seized this opportunity to get an up close hearing at ...

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Article: Interview

Pianist Joe Block: At the Start of His Big Bang

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According to cosmologists, our universe started as a tiny speck and within a fraction of a second exploded into a huge ever-expanding space with all the galaxies, stars, and planets condensing out of the dispersed matter within it. This picture of the origins of the cosmos provides an apt metaphor for the way in which some ...

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Matthew Parrish's Philly Express Band: Jazz at Cherry Street Pier

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Matthew Parrish Philly Express Band Cherry Street Pier Philadelphia, PA April 16, 2022 This “Jazz Appreciation Month" concert, sponsored by Jazz Philadelphia and the city's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, unveiled a jazz quintet of highest caliber. The group was assembled by bassist Matthew Parrish ...

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Article: Interview

Sid Mark: An Interview With The Legendary Philadelphia Disc Jockey

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In honor of Sid Mark, who passed on April 18th. This article first appeared at All About Jazz on July 12, 2007. Sid Mark is a Philadelphia institution. For the last fifty years (!), he has hosted the popular radio show, The Sounds of Sinatra exclusively devoted to the man and his music. (The ...

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Article: Profile

Hasaan Ibn Ali: Requiem (And Praise) For A Heavyweight Pianist

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"The new release of Hasaan's Retrospect In Retirement Of Delay: The Solo Recordings (Omnivore Recordings, 2021), which features him in privately recorded performances from 1962 to 1965, reveals his profundity, his overwhelming power, his mighty virtuosity. It does more than put him on the map of jazz history—it expands the map to include the vast expanse ...

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Article: Album Review

Pat Bianchi: Something to Say: The Music of Stevie Wonder

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This album is a tribute to Stevie Wonder, who beyond his popularity and fame has always been a an exceptional musician. It features four superb musicians, an organ trio consisting of Pat Bianchi on Hammond B-3 organ, Paul Bollenback on guitar, and Byron Landham on drums, with Wayne Escoffery as guest tenor saxophonist that honors Wonder's ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Goodwin: Not Less Than Everything

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Bill Goodwin is like a breath of fresh air blowing through jazz. From the time around 1954 when he was in jny: Los Angeles and just learning the drums, and inspired by Shelly Manne, to today, around his 80th birthday, he has loved jazz and the musicians unconditionally. He has befriended and worked with so many ...


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