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Walter Beasley

Over the past three decades, saxophonist, Walter Beasley, has artfully and dynamically redefined the phrase “musical Renaissance Man” for the modern generation. Considered by fans and critics alike as the “heir to Grover Washington, Jr.’s Throne,” Beasley is the acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, educator, and entrepreneur of the decade. As the highest selling full-time Professor / Recording Artist in history, the Boston-based musician has long mastered an exhilarating high wire act of balancing a successful career as a contemporary jazz recording artist and performer with an equally thriving presence in the field of music education. A leading alto and soprano saxophonist and prominent vocalist all the same, Beasley is hailed by fans for his thrilling performances along the East Coast and throughout the U.S

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News: Performance / Tour

Walter Beasley, Ronnie Laws, Willie Bradley At McGlohon Theater At Spirit Square On June 9th

Walter Beasley, Ronnie Laws, Willie Bradley At McGlohon Theater At Spirit Square On June 9th

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm Ticket Price: $45 McGlohon Theater At Spirit Square 345 N. College St Charlotte, NC 28202 Featuring Walter Beasley, Ronnie Laws, Willie Bradley and Shawn Marie Allen. Walter Beasley acclaimed saxophonist and vocalist intended to teach for just one year after graduating from the prestigious Berklee ...

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Article: Interview

Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”

Read "Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


The griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician, a repository of oral tradition who is often seen as a societal leader. Saxophonist Greg Osby recently was excited to meet some griots on his travels. While he is originally from jny: St. Louis, he himself is a griot in many senses of ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Dave Koz and Friends: Summer Horns

Read "Dave Koz and Friends: Summer Horns" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


The idea of a quartet of top smooth jazz saxophonists gathering for a super-session must have seemed like a great idea to Dave Koz. Why not invite Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot to join him for a sax summit? Hang out, play some together, have some laughs. It'll be fun. What could possibly go ...

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Article: Live Review

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland 2012: Days 1-5

Read "Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland 2012: Days 1-5" reviewed by Matt Marshall


Days 1-5 | Days 6-12 33rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest ClevelandCleveland, OhioApril 16-April 29, 2012 In the weeks leading up to the 33rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, the town was abuzz with rock 'n roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were back in Cleveland--as they are now ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Lington: Pure

Read "Pure" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


Here is a disclaimer: Michael Lington plays alto and tenor saxophone, and the saxophone is the dominant instrument of the smooth jazz genre, every bit as much the electric guitar is the dominant instrument of rock 'n' roll. This means Lington is trying to stand out in an extremely crowded field.So what is it ...

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Article: Interview

Joey Calderazzo: Improviser in Top Form

Read "Joey Calderazzo: Improviser in Top Form" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Creative musicians are generally an insightful lot: people that have curious minds but also have a sense of direction--a sense of purpose, if not a search for it. They express what they see, what they experience. Pianist Joey Calderazzo is among those. A man of extraordinary talent at the keyboard, he's held the piano ...

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News: Interview

Eric Jackson over the years and at Jazz Week on May 2nd and May 6th

Learning about this music in the early 70s in greater Boston was, in retrospect, an unusual and happy coincidence for me. A friend handed me Volunteered Slavery from Rahsaan Roland Kirk and I was good to go. I got so much of my basic sense of the idiom from FM radio. It is important to note ...

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News: Festival

Jazz Week 2011 Marks Fifth Anniversary with Salutes to Eric Jackson, Hundreds of Events in Greater Boston

Jazz Week 2011 Marks Fifth Anniversary with Salutes to Eric Jackson, Hundreds of Events in Greater Boston

With the theme “This Is Jazz," from April 29 to May 8 Greater Boston's Jazz Week '11 celebrates a music that defies definition and recognizes no boundaries. For the fifth straight year, Jazz Week is being coordinated and promoted by the nonprofit JazzBoston, which also marks its fifth anniversary in 2011. More than 200 events at ...

Album

Free Your Mind

Label: Heads Up International
Released: 2009
Track listing: Steady as She Goes; Love Calls; Oh Yeah; Message to Mark; Shirlitta; Free Your Mind; DukeZillia; Just Breathe; Barack


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