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Sol Roots

Sol Roots is a world-class guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and recording artist who began his musical experiences performing with soul, funk, and blues luminaries such as Guitar Gabriel, Captain Luke, and Cool John Ferguson. Sol has studied a variety of fingerpicking styles at which he excels, and he plays an array of original, traditional, and cover songs. His talent stretches from fiery rock to laid-back jazz, and from funky innovative grooves to soulful ballads, always drawing on a deep background in blues. Leading a collaboration of professional musicians from the southeast and mid-atlantic US, Sol is no stranger to the road

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Christian de Mesones

Christian made his debut on the national stage in 2006 performing at the Capital Jazz Festival. His band, Groove Skool was chosen from 50 entries to compete against up and coming artists such as Ken Ford, Matt Marshak and Ragan Whiteside. Groove Skool went on to release "Limited Edition” which yielded a top 10 most requested song, "Latin Jive". The band also sold out the legendary Blues Alley Jazz and Supper CLub in Washington, DC, and played large outdoor events such as the Lake Arbor Jazz Festival in Mitchellville, Maryland, and the 2nd Street Festival in Richmond, Virginia, both with crowds of over six thousand in attendance

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Victor Haskins

Victor Haskins is an international performer, visionary, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, sound artist, composer, arranger, bandleader, interdisciplinary collaborator, and educator. Victor’s main performing projects are “Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures" and “Victor Haskins’ Skein". Moving Sound Pictures is an innovative, one-man-band where Victor extemporaneously improvises intricate, interactive soundscapes and spontaneous compositions. Elements of existing artistic traditions from around the world are evoked, repurposed, and filtered through his imagination. Additionally, Victor frequently collaborates with dancers in this setting, improvising collectively across mediums to orchestrate a powerful, cinematic experience

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Jared Sims

JARED SIMS performs on all of the saxophones as well as clarinet and flute. He has toured throughout the United States and in Europe, South America, Asia and India. Sims has performed live with an array of artists that include Han Bennink, Cecil McBee, Bob Brookmeyer, Stefon Harris, Landau Eugene Murphy, Temptations, Four Tops, Melvin Sparks, Soulive, Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), DJ Logic, Kiddus I, Matisyahu, the 10,000 Maniacs, and Noel Gallagher (Oasis). Sims has also performed with large ensembles such as the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

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Richard Elliot Live In Concert In Norfolk on November 4th!

Richard Elliot Live In Concert In Norfolk on November 4th!

It should come as no surprise to Richard Elliot’s longtime fans that he would, at some point in his career, choose to celebrate funk in such a dedicated, decisive way. It was, after all, with the legendary Tower of Power that many first heard the saxophone virtuosity of Richard Elliot. Although he was born in Scotland ...

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Scott Clark 4tet: Bury My Heart

Read "Bury My Heart" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Richmond, VA., resident Scott Clark is a drummer who projects a lot of get-up-and-go during these jaunty progressive jazz works, inspired by his Native American ancestry. Hence, the 4tet and guest artists execute a set framed on Native American incidents largely based on hardships and trauma but Clark's manifesto also proffers hope. The six ...

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Brian Cruse Talks about His Composition “26.1” and the Release of "Brian Cruse Presents: B-Snaptet "

Brian Cruse Talks about His Composition “26.1” and the Release of "Brian Cruse Presents: B-Snaptet "

By Jim Johns The only open table at the cafe on this unseasonably warm day is outdoors on the sidewalk. The awning doesn’t do any good, the afternoon sun angles beneath the canvas. Brian Cruse rifles through his messenger bag, looking for his shades beneath pages of sheet music. He’s meeting up—between rehearsals and teaching — ...

Brew Note

Read "Brew Note" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

In the fourteen years I've been with All About Jazz, a lot has changed in the world. One can no longer get on an airplane without undergoing an MRI and a colonoscopy; the Internet now lives mostly on smartphones and tablets (and phablets, whatever the hell those are) instead of desktops and laptops; Madonna is no ...

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Rex Richardson: Bugles Over Zagreb: The Music of Doug Richards and Blue Shift

Read "Rex Richardson: Bugles Over Zagreb: The Music of Doug Richards and Blue Shift" reviewed by Ken Hohman

Rex Richardson Bugles Over Zagreb: The Music of Doug Richards Self Produced 2014 Master class trumpeter virtuoso Rex Richardson is one of a rare breed of jazz musicians who can successfully straddle the worlds of classical and jazz without sounding like he's a mere overnight guest when performing in ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Holiday Music Reimagined: Jon O'Bergh's New Album "10 Shades Of Christmas"

Holiday Music Reimagined: Jon O'Bergh's New Album "10 Shades Of Christmas"

Pianist Jon O’Bergh has released a new holiday album, 10 Shades of Christmas, that offers compelling interpretations of some of the world’s favorite Christmas carols, including “The Twelve Days of Christmas," “Deck The Halls," “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," and “The First Noel." Jon’s usual cyber jazz sound glides between traditional and contemporary styles reminiscent of ...


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