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Woody Shaw, Jr. was born in Laurinburg, N.C. on December 24th, 1944 to Rosalie Pegues Shaw and Woody Shaw, Sr. He grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and began playing trumpet at the age of 11. Shaw attended Arts High School in Newark where he studied trumpet and music theory with Jerome Ziering. Newark has a rich Jazz history and many notable Jazz artists are originally from there, including Sarah Vaughan, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Gladden, Larry Young, and Grachan Moncur III. His first and perhaps greatest inspiration, in terms of the trumpet, came from listening to Louis Armstrong and, not long after, Clifford Brown. Woody found out later that he had picked up the trumpet during the same month and year that Brown passed away

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Article: Album Review

Marquis Hill: New Gospel Revisited

Read "New Gospel Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


Chicago-born trumpeter Marquis Hill released his first album while still in college and in 2022, just over a decade later, he has retooled it on New Gospel Revisited, recorded live in his hometown with a fresh lineup and tweaked instrumentation. It is a terrific disc. Like his near contemporary and fellow trumpeter Christian ...

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Article: Chats with Cats

The Digital Content Producer: Joseph Vella

Read "The Digital Content Producer: Joseph Vella" reviewed by B.D. Lenz


We've all witnessed how quickly the explosion of technology has changed life in recent years. Arguably, the internet has revolutionized every facet of our life, including how we consume music. We tend to think of technology as some faceless machine that continually churns forward and forget that behind it all are passionate individuals who are pioneering ...

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 6: Iberian Beats – Jorge Rossy & Pedro Melo Alves

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 6: Iberian Beats – Jorge Rossy & Pedro Melo Alves" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The music of the Iberian Peninsula is as rich and diverse as any in the world. Its influences are many yet it developed in the pre-global bubble of geography. Early music of the peninsula was impacted by much of the known world in the primeval period and the Middle Ages. The peninsula was isolated by the ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

George Coleman: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "George Coleman: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Born in Memphis, Tennessee, saxophonist George Coleman cut his teeth in local rhythm and blues bands and made his first recording, aged twenty, with B.B. King in 1955. That year he switched from alto to tenor, because King already had an alto player; but Coleman has continued to play the alto from time to time and, ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring--and likely recording--career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

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Understanding

Label: Reel To Real
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc One: Side A: Prelude to Understanding; Side B: Understanding.
Disc Two: Side C: Billie's Bounce; Side D: Zoltan.
Disc Three: Side E: Taurus Woman; Side F: Taurus Woman (Continuation); The Theme.

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Woody Shaw

Jazz Musician of the Day: Woody Shaw

All About Jazz is celebrating Woody Shaw's birthday today! Woody Shaw, Jr. was born in Laurinburg, N.C. on December 24th, 1944 to Rosalie Pegues Shaw and Woody Shaw, Sr. He grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and began playing trumpet at the age of 11. Shaw attended Arts High School in Newark where he studied trumpet ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Woody Shaw & Todd Cochran

Read "Woody Shaw & Todd Cochran" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The 729th Episode of Neon Jazz begins with veteran pianist Todd Cochran and music off Then and Again, Here and Now and follow it with the legend who gave him his stellar beginnings in Bobby Hutcherson. From there we motor through an hour of music with modern musicians making 2021 a memorable year including Scott Reeves, ...


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