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Willie Jones III

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Born in Los Angeles, California on June 8, 1968, Jones' earliest exposure to music was through his father, Willie Jones II, an accomplished and notable jazz pianist, who offered guidance and inspiration to his gifted son. Dedicated to the further development of his skills, the younger Jones spent the next few years working diligently with acclaimed drummers and music instructors and began performing with distinguished musicians by the time he was in his teens. He completed his academic training after receiving a full scholarship to the California Institute of the Arts where he studied under the tutelage of the legendary Albert "Tootie" Heath

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Standards and My Songs

Label: Roni Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl); Walk Fast; From Dusk To Dawn; For Pat; Moose The Mooche; This Nearly Was Mine; The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite); Will You Still Be Mine?; She Is Love; Roundabout; Time After Time

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Catching Up With 2021 Releases

Read "Catching Up With 2021 Releases" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Despite another year of pandemic-related restrictions and limited live jazz performances, there was still the usual flood of new jazz recordings in 2021. Here are a few of the overlooked gems from the past few months that deserve some recognition. Joe Fielder's Open Sesame Fuzzy and Blue Multiphonics Music 2021 ...

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Live in Paris

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Sweet Sucker; Only Trust Your Heart; Easy Walker; The Way We Were; Lester Leaps In; Since I Fell for You; Sunny; Jean-Jaures Shuffle.

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Article: Album Review

Houston Person: Live in Paris

Read "Live in Paris" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The greatest jazz musicians have one trait in common; they make everything sound so ridiculously easy that listeners are liable to lose sight of the blood, sweat and tears which brought them to that pinnacle. Tenor saxophonist Houston Person, an octogenarian who keeps sidestepping every obstacle including Father Time, is one such master; regardless of groove ...

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Article: Album Review

Pureum Jin: The Real Blue

Read "The Real Blue" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although alto saxophonist Pureum Jin would no doubt shrug her shoulders and ask “what's the big deal," the fact remains that she is a South Korean woman playing American jazz and doing so in a way that affirms conclusively that the country's inbred art form is not only universal but gender-neutral. On her debut album, the ...

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019" reviewed by John Kelman


Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Various Venues Montréal, Canada June 27 -July 1, 2019 Forty years. Not a lifetime, perhaps, but a remarkably long time for any festival to not only continue to exist but, despite increasing challenges, to thrive. An even greater achievement when it's the Festival International de ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Conversation with Douye

Read "A Conversation with Douye" reviewed by Lorens Chuno


Douye is a seasoned singer whose soulful and delicate approach to jazz vocal has captured the interest of many in the last year. Her chart topping album Daddy Said So features top notch jazz musicians including: Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Benito Gonzalez, Essiet Essiet Okon, Curry Rawls, Zem Audu, Joel Scott, Clayton Cameron, Edwin Livingston, Kiyoshi ...

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Article: Live Review

Diane Schuur at Birdland

Read "Diane Schuur at Birdland" reviewed by Tyran Grillo


Diane Schuur Birdland New York, NY November 14, 2017 In the fall of 2017, Diane Schuur returned to New York City for a highly anticipated residency at Birdland. Bringing saxophonist Joel Frahm, bassist Roger Hines, and drummer Willie Jones III along for the ride, the singer and pianist showed ...

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Article: Album Review

Jacques Lesure: For the Love of You

Read "For the Love of You" reviewed by Jack Bowers


For one to whom almost every well-strummed guitar sounds basically the same, an honest appraisal of any guitar-led group must begin with other earmarks such as group interplay, individual dexterity, choice of material and over-all level of musicianship. Happily, guitarist Jacques Lesure's latest recording, For the Love of You, scores high in every respect, making the ...


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