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Victor "Red" Atkins

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VICTOR "RED" ATKINS Place of Birth: Selma, Alabama Selma native and pianist Victor "Red" Atkins left the Manhattan School of Music one semester shy of completing his Master's Degree in Jazz Performance. After recording Delfeayo Marsalis' "Pontius Pilate's Decision," he had to make a decision: continue his formal education or pursue a career as a professional musician. Music won and before long the pianist was jet-setting around the Americas and Europe with Elvin Jones, Mark Whitfield, Nnenna Freelon and Leroy Jones. He has been documented on CDs with Joshua Redman along with Wynton and Bradford Marsalis

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Delfeayo Marsalis: Sweet Thunder

Read "Sweet Thunder" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Was Delfeayo Marsalis undertaking a task too challenging when he recorded music from one of Duke Ellington's most beloved albums to make Sweet Thunder? Gunther Schuller offers a doctrine that seems to suggest this has been so. Apparently the size and composition of the ensemble lead to this mishap. Would it have been remiss, to replicate ...

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Delfeayo Marsalis: Sweet Thunder

Read "Sweet Thunder" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Acclaimed trombonist and member of the first family of jazz, Delfeayo Marsalis launches Sweet Thunder: Duke & Shak, an original theatrical jazz production culled from live performances in thirty-six locations across the country. The play was born from Marsalis' affinity for the music of Duke Ellington and the poetry of Shakespeare: first brought to the musical ...

Spodie's Back

Label: Warner Bros.
Released: 1994
Track listing: Royal Garden Blues; Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise; Leroy Special; Dusk On The Delta; St. James Infirmary; Spodie's Back; Back O' Town Blues; I Have Found A New Baby; Paul Barbarin's Second Line; Misty; Dancing At The Mardi Gras.


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