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Zaccai Curtis

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After graduating from New England Conservatory in 2005, Zaccai Curtis moved to New York City where he performs with artists such as: Ralph Peterson, Brian Lynch, Ray Vega, Antoine Roney, Wallace Roney, Cindy Blackman, Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, Papo Vasquez, and Donald Harrison. Zaccai Curtis composes and arranges for his own quartet, trio, solo piano works, Big-Band, Orchestra, as well as large and small ensembles with strings. In 2001 he was commissioned to arrange Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol” to be performed by his 7 piece latin jazz ensemble ‘insight’ with the Hartford Symphony Chamber Orchestra

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Tiyo's Songs Of Life

Label: Tapestry Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Toe Tappin' Tastey; Blues to Change Your View—Stage In A Cage; Steppin' Up; Live A Life of Love; My Love Is Deep Inside; 12 In 5; Life Long Friends; Blues For Pablo—Blues For Professor Zinn; I'm Reaching Out.

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Toe Tappin' Tasty

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Label: Tapestry Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 7:06

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Article: Album Review

Felipe Salles: Tiyo's Songs Of Life

Read "Tiyo's Songs Of Life" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Talk about remarkable origins; the music on Tiyo's Songs of Life, performed by tenor saxophonist Felipe Salles' quartet, was written by Tiyo Attallah Salah-El while he was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole in a Pennsylvania prison. In spite of his circumstances, Salah-El never lost his love for life, an upbeat frame of ...

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Article: Album Review

Felipe Salles, Zaccao Curtis, Avery Sharpe, Jonathan Butler: Tiyo's Songs Of Life

Read "Tiyo's Songs Of Life" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Embarking on an errant path in his youth led saxophonist Tiyo Attallah Salah-El to life in prison, without the possibility of parole. That is about as grim as it gets, but Salah-El, rather than giving in to defeat, turned himself into a behind-the-bars composer, author and activist. He passed in 2018, but his music came to ...

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Article: In Pictures

Montclair Jazz Festival 2021

Read "Montclair Jazz Festival 2021" reviewed by Mark Robbins


In 2002 Melissa Walker founded the Jazz House Kids and, with her husband Christian McBride, started a program “to help students embark on a journey of musical creativity and learn about jazz's cultural and international legacy." Over the years the program has continued to grow and has become one of the leading music programs in the ...

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Article: Live Review

2021 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "2021 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by John Chacona


Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Cain Park September 11-12, 2021 Witnessing the moment-by-moment interaction between musicians is one of the sublime pleasures of attending a jazz concert. There were plenty of opportunities to do just that during the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, but for me the sweetest such encounter didn't occur onstage. It happened between ...

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Onward & Upward

Label: Onyx Music Label
Released: 2020
Track listing: Forth and Back; Sonora; Onward & Upward; Waltz For Etienne and Ebony; Red Black and Green Blues; Un Poco Haina; Sudan Blue; Portrait of Lord Willis; Tricks of the Trade; El Grito; Along Came Benny.

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Article: Album Review

Ralph Peterson & the Messenger Legacy: Onward & Upward

Read "Onward & Upward" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Generally speaking, legacy bands are created to preserve the music of an artist. They feature innovative interpretations of an artist's compositions or past performances to share with future generations of listeners. In the case of drummer Ralph Peterson, his ambitious efforts to honor the continuum of his mentor Art Blakey are forward thinking, about a collective ...

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Article: Album Review

Avery Sharpe: 400: An African American Musical Portrait

Read "400: An African American Musical Portrait" reviewed by Troy Dostert


In 1619 the White Lion, a British privateer which had just successfully raided a Spanish slave ship, arrived in the Jamestown colony with its contraband cargo of twenty-some African slaves. Thus began the tumultuous legacy of the African American experience in North America—a four-hundred-year saga that bassist Avery Sharpe traces skilfully and poignantly on 400: An ...


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