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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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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

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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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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Article: Album Review

Joey Alexander: Joey.Monk.Live!

Read "Joey.Monk.Live!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The late Thelonious Monk is most certainly the toast of the town these days. With the High Priest of Bop's centennial upon us, he's being saluted from all corners of the jazz world. Pianist John Beasley is leading the charge on the big band front with his MONK'estra, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is reflecting on the ...

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Article: Album Review

Russell Malone: Time for the Dancers

Read "Time for the Dancers" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The flame lit so brightly many years ago by guitarist Wes Montgomery continues to burn with intensity thanks to gifted torch-bearers like Russell Malone whose third album for HighNote Records, Time for the Dancers, not only mirrors Montgomery's singular musical temperament but ushers it into aesthetic realms that would surely have had Wes nodding his approval. ...

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Article: From Far and Wide

The World's First International Online Contest by 7 Virtual Jazz Club

Read "The World's First International Online Contest by 7 Virtual Jazz Club" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


On December 19th 2016, the first international online jazz contest ended with the announcement of the three winners. Organized by Valerio Pappi the artistic director of “7 Virtual Jazz Club" the inaugural edition of this innovative competition was dedicated to cornetist Nick La Rocca. Born of Sicilian parents in jny: New Orleans, La Rocca, despite the ...

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Article: Album Review

Adrienne Fenemor: Mo' Puddin'

Read "Mo' Puddin'" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Vocalist, Hammond B 3 specialist and educator, Adrienne Fenemor unveils a tasteful musical treat with the dynamic Mo' Puddin' presenting an explosive session of organ-based music offering a selection of six originals and three standards full of swing and swagger. A New York-based performer and educator since moving to the USA in 2008, Fenemor was born ...


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