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David Schiff

Dave Schiff, a 20 year veteran of the Navy Band Jazz Ensemble “The Commodores”, is a powerful and versatile woodwind jazz instrumentalist who has traveled the world working with top entertainers and jazz legends such as Thad Jones, Mel Lewis Orchestra, Don Menza, and Dizzy Gillespie. Smooth jazz, straight ahead, funk... you name it... Dave can play it. His expertise on all woodwinds has given him the opportunity to back great acts all over the country, including performers such as Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra Jr., Natalie Cole, and many more. When Dave is not on tour, he usually finds himself in the Theatres in the Philadelphia area playing Broadway shows. Dave performs extensively in jazz festivals and is an active clinician, working with young musicians in high schools and colleges

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Monty Q Pollard

Q Pollard is a keyboardist who experienced his early life in a musical environment. His late father, Monti was a gifted Master Percussionist who provided the foundation for Q to explore later on in developing the ear to continue playing and learning mostly on his own, various styles of music. Q, who originates from Washington, DC, has strong Afro-Cuban, Latin and Brazilian flavor in his music as well as a feel for Contemporary Jazz and Gospel. Q has played with with several bands beginning with High School and into the military where he helped formed a band with several soldiers from all over the country

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Al Turner

Bass Guitar Impresario, Al Turner, affectionately called “The Burner” returns with his latest record “This Is”, his fifth solo recording! Self-produced, “THIS Is” features upbeat, joyful and melodic tunes and like all of Al’s recordings, the groove is the central theme throughout. Stellar musicians including, Marlon McClain, Tom Braxton, Ron Otis, Dana Davis, Darryl Wakefield, Calvin Rodgers, Jeff Canady, Monty Q. Pollard, Mark Mitchell, Jordache Grant, Darryl Dixon, Rick Watford, Melvin Jones, Mike Burton, Shedly Abraham, Gino Castillo and Eric Willis lend their talent and skill to help tell the musical story of each track. “Earl Klugh, Bob James and James Jamerson are three of my musical heroes

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Fostina Dixon-Kilgoe

Fostina Dixon is a composer, vocalist and jazz soloist who plays soprano, alto and baritone saxes; flute; and clarinet. Ms. Dixon has been guest soloist with Abbey Lincoln, Barry Harris, Earl May and the Big Apple Jazzwomen. She has also played with Gil Evans, Roy Ayers, Tom Browne, Charlie Persip, Melba Liston, Cab Calloway, Slide Hampton, Frank Foster, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Bobby Vinton, Sammy Davis, Jr., Prince, and Marvin Gaye, with whom she toured for four years. She was a member of the Gerald Wilson, Jimmy Cleveland and Leslie Drayton big bands. Fostina Dixon is a native of Wilmington, Delaware where she studied with the late Robert "Boysie" Lowery

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Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S. Ware quartet and also for Roscoe Mitchell's Note Factory before making the decision to concentrate on his own music. Mr Shipp has reached the holy grail of jazz in that he possesses a unique style on his instrument that is all of his own- and he's one of the few in jazz that can say so. Mr

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Wilson Somers

Somers' Style Influenced by the Jazz Piano Greats The jazz piano artistry of Wilson Somers flowered during his tenure (1986-1999) as house pianist and band leader for the former Rodney Square Club of Wilmington, Delaware. It was during that time that he developed his elegant style of jazz. Somers' jazz style influences include jazz piano greats Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Nat Cole and Oscar Peterson. Photos Copyright © Herman Leonard Photography L.L.C. Somers' Work Includes Documentary and Motion Picture Sound Tracks In 1999, Somers was approached by Delaware film producer Sharon Kelly Baker of Teleduction to record piano scores for documentaries on Delaware visual artists. Of the four films produced by Teleduction, the work about Edward L

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Saxophone Maestra Fostina Dixon Blends Contemporary Jazz, Gospel, Funk And R&B On "Here We Go Again"

Saxophone Maestra Fostina Dixon Blends Contemporary Jazz, Gospel, Funk And R&B On "Here We Go Again"

First Single “Prayer of Jabez” is a Tribute To Marvin Gaye, Whom She Toured with for 4 Years Wilmington, DE: As a highly-regarded, in-demand composer, vocalist and jazz soloist who plays soprano, alto and baritone saxophones, flute, and clarinet, Fostina Dixon has been honing her craft for decades as a guest soloist with Abbey Lincoln, Barry ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

The Donny McCaslin Group at The Arden Gild Hall

Read "The Donny McCaslin Group at The Arden Gild Hall" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

The Donny McCaslin Group Arden Gild Hall Arden, Delaware January 14, 2017 Arden Delaware isn't exactly known as a jazz mecca but, with the coming of the Donny McCaslin Group to the Arden Gild Hall, it became one--for a little while at least. And in the best jazz traditions, the show ...

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Brownie Speaks Screening At The Monterey Jazz Festival on September 17

Brownie Speaks Screening At The Monterey Jazz Festival on September 17

Brownie Speaks: A Video Documentary about jazz legend Clifford Brown will be screened at the Monterey Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 5:30 PM. The event, which will include a Q&A with producer/director Don Glanden, will take place at the Jazz Theater. The film has received rave reviews and numerous accolades in the jazz ...


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