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Walter Blanding

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Walter Blanding (Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, Clarinet) was born on August 14, 1971 in Cleveland, Ohio to a musical family and began playing the saxophone at age six. In 1981, he moved with his family to New York City, and by age 16, he was performing regularly with his parents at the Village Gate. Mr. Blanding attended LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts and continued his studies at the New School for Social Research. Mr. Blanding lived in Israel for 4 years, where he had a major impact on the music scene, inviting great artists such as Louis Hayes, Eric Reed and others to perform

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The Door is Open: The Music of Gregg Hill

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: The Lost Tune; The Door is Open; Escape to Cat Island; Motel Blues; Spa-Teneity; April Song; The Last Pop Tune; Skyline; Triple Play.

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The Lost Tune

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2024
Duration: 07:33

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Article: Album Review

Randy Napoleon: The Door is Open: The Music of Gregg Hill

Read "The Door is Open: The Music of Gregg Hill" reviewed by Paul Rauch


In and around the formidable jazz studies program at Michigan State University is a plethora of jazz talent devoted to instrumental and compositional excellence. Most of this talent is young, benefiting from a wide array of world-class instructors that includes program director Rodney Whitaker and veteran guitarist Randy Napoleon, among other notables. Within this labyrinth of ...

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Article: Live Review

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Detroit Jazz Festival 2023 Hart Plaza & Campus Martius Detroit, MI September 1-4, 2023 Opening night is always a gas. Whether it takes the form of the annual rite of spring in baseball, the long anticipated opening of a Broadway play, or for that matter, the opening salvo of a world ...

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Article: Interview

Oded Tzur: A Thrilling New Saxophone Colossus

Read "Oded Tzur: A Thrilling New Saxophone Colossus" reviewed by Chris May


Oded Tzur's 2020 album, Here Be Dragons, the Tel Aviv born, New York based tenor saxophonist's first release on ECM, triggered an eruption of purple prose. Critics competed to see who could convey the most enthusiasm. A few even suggested that the Tzur quartet was the inheritor of the mantle of the classic John Coltrane quartet. ...

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The Democracy! Suite

Label: Blue Engine Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Be Present; Sloganize, Patronize, Realize, Revolutionize (Black Lives Matter); Ballot Box Bounce; That Dance That We Do; Deeper Than Dreams; Out Amongst the People (For J Bat); It Come 'Round 'Gin; Tjat's When All Will See.

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Article: In Pictures

The Wynton Marsalis Septet at The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Read "The Wynton Marsalis Septet at The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts" reviewed by Mark Robbins


The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts is a 1300 seat theater that, due to Covid, has been closed to performances for over a year. With Covid restrictions lifting and live music slowly making a come back, what better way to start than with The Wynton Marsalis Septet including Wynton Marsalis, Chris Crenshaw, Victor Goines, Carlos ...

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Article: Album Review

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis: The Democracy! Suite

Read "The Democracy! Suite" reviewed by Paul Rauch


There is an interesting generational divide in perception when it comes to the music of Wynton Marsalis. While many hail his work at Lincoln Center as elevating jazz to its rightful place among the fine arts, others lament the separation from his iconic quartet and quintet work in the 1980's as some sort of jazz treason. ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea at the Kimmel Center

Read "Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea at the Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea The Music of Thelonious Monk Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Academy of Music Philadelphia, PA April 8, 2018 In the words of Robin Kelley, Thelonious Monk's definitive biographer, Monk was “An ...


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