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Beth E.
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I have created this thread where I will list musicians that I think are especially worth hearing. I will include links to their websites and mp3's as well as their schedules. I encourage you all to support these artists by buying their CD's, going to their shows and spreading the word! I can only schedule so many shows and this is a chance to make your own choices, take your friends and help support the jazz community. This economy is taking it's toll and venues are spending less , musicians earning less. Let's help to keep this wonderful art form alive and well.
Beth E.
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New York, NY
Post #: 147
Greg Murphy

Greg Murphy can burn with the best of them. Having played with and been nurtured by great musicians representing the traditions of Chicago, New Orleans, and New York, Greg has developed his own voice, which truly makes him part of the jazz lineage. Maxwell Chandler writes in a 2009 review of Rashied Ali Quintet’s Live in Europe: “Throughout the album Greg Murphy’s piano possesses a cerebral element which allows for shimmering smoke and discordant percussive runs while never becoming overly fragile or sounding as if merely hitting the keys hard and fast.” In a 2007 review of Greg’s CD Orientation, Charles Winokoor of Cadence Magazine writes “…throw a tongue-twisting, rapid-fire chart at this son of a gun and watch out - he can burn with the best of them. And did I mention his band is the embodiment of liquid flame? Well they are, and so is Murphy, which is why one should keep posted.”

Greg began his musical adventures in 1971 when he joined the Ray-Fisk Grammar School Band in Chicago. His classical studies began later that year with Lucia Santini at Roosevelt University. Between 1980 and 1984, he played with the jazz/funk band LFTR, The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Big Band, The Northern Illinois University (NIU) Big Band, and other local Chicago bands.

A jazz study grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1984 gave Greg the opportunity to go New Orleans and study with the eminent pianist and jazz educator, Ellis Marsalis. He remained there and began recording and performing with The New Orleans Jazz Couriers, Percussion Incorporated, and his own group, The Fusicians. The Percussion Incorporated album, Drum Talk, was recorded and released in 1987. While living in the crescent city, Greg performed with Donald Harrison, Wynton Marsalis, and countless other great musicians.

Greg moved to New York in 1987 and began what had become a long association with multi-directional drummer, Rashied Ali. Greg performed and recorded with Ali and his various groups throughout Europe, Canada, the United States and beyond, from 1987 until Rashied passed away in 2009. Below are some additional highlights of Greg’s career:

1989 - Performed in Tokyo, Japan with his trio, and toured the United States with a quartet.
1990 - Ornette Coleman asked Greg to put together a rhythm section to work on Coleman’s new jazz-funk original music, which resulted in a successful debut performance in New York.
- Toured France with Rashied Ali in a group featuring Carlos Santana and Archie Shepp.
- Led a septet (Club Bird Jazz All Stars) in Yokohama, Japan.
1991 - Performed solo in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada--where he was born.
- Studied in New York City with Ron Carter and Jaki Byard at City College and The Manhattan School of Music, as well as privately with Larry Willis and Walter Bishop Jr.
1995 - Meditations with Rashied Ali and Prima Materia was recorded - Knitting Factory Works.
1996 - Bells with Rashied Ali and Prima Materia - recorded on the Knitting Factory Works label.
1999 - A Mano by Raphael Cruz was released on the Worldbeat Records label.
- Heart Sound with Tisziji Munoz was released on the Anami Records label.
2001 - No One in Particular with Rashied Ali was released on the Survival Records label where Greg wrote the title tune.
2004 - Let’s Get Started, his first recording as a leader, was released on Murphasaurus Records.
2005 - Performed for two months in Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China.
2006 - Graduated from New Jersey City University with a Bachelors of Music Degree in Jazz Performance, studying piano and arranging with Allen Farnham and Pete McGuiness.
- Orientation was released on the Murphasaurus Records label.
- Judgment Day Vol. 1 and Judgment Day Vol. 2 by The Rashied Ali Quintet were released on the Survival Records label.
2006 - Greg worked closely with Rashied and his company Survival Records, helping with tour 2009 organization, publicity, promotion, distribution, website development and administration.
2008 - Time Travel by Raphael Cruz was released on the RC Records label.
- Greg launched a new online mp3 store called JazzIntensity.com.
2009 - Live in Europe by the Rashied Ali Quintet was released on the Survival Records label, and the website Rashiedali.org was launched.

Some of the other people Greg has played with are: Barry Altshul, Wes Anderson, Mickey Bass, Cindy Blackman, Terrence Blanchard, T. K. Blue, Hammiet Blueitt, Don Braden, George Braithwait, John Brown, Iris Chacon, Alan Chase, Ravi Coltrane, Harry Conick, Jr., Jesse Davis, Steve Davis, Andy Eulau, Flava Flav, Al Foster, Mat Garrison, Charles Gayle, Victor Goines, Ray Gomez, Roy Hargrove, Winard Harper, Vincent Herring, Tim Horner, David Jensen, Victor Jones, Frank Lacey, Joe Lovano, Branford and Delfayo Marsalis, Christian McBride, Charles McPherson, Tyler Mitchell, Grachan Moncur, III, T. S. Monk, Wilbur Morris, Steve Neil, Charles Nevile, William Parker, Don Pate, C. C. Peniston, Arthur Rhames, Larry Ridley, Dale Robbins, Jay Rodriguez, Antoine Roney, Bill Saxton, Ron Sutton, Lew Tabackin, Arthur Taylor, James Blood Ulmer, Reginald Veal, Bill Ware, David S. Ware, Willie Williams, Frank Wright, Al & Ruth Wright, Eric Wyatt, and Kiani Zawadi.





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Beth E.
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New York, NY
Post #: 148
Dominick Farinacci

Having previously recorded six albums as a leader on Japan's M&I label, 25-year-old Dominick Farinacci, a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, is set to release his highly anticipated debut U.S. album, "Lovers, Tales & Dances" February 24th, 2009 on KOCH Records. The album features some of the greatest players in jazz, including Kenny Barron, James Genus, Marc Johnson, Lewis Nash, Jamey Haddad, Joe Lovano, and Joe Locke. The record also features guest vocalist Hilary Kole, and string arrangements by Rich Derosa. "Lovers, Tales, and Dances" is produced by the legendary Russ Titelman.





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Beth E.
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Post #: 152
Mike LeDonne

Mike LeDonne a jazz pianist and organist known for post-bop and hard bop.His parents ran a music store with his father also being a jazz guitarist. He played with his father at gigs from the age of ten. At 21 he graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music and moved to New York City, playing with the Widespread Depression Jazz Orchestra. In 1988 he had his recording debut and joined Milt Jackson's Quartet. He performed with the band for 11 years and eventually became the Quartet's musical director. He has also worked with many of the masters of jazz history - Benny Goodman, Sonny Rollins, Bobby Hutcherson, Art Farmer, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. He currently works with Benny Golson (since 1996) and performs under his own name all over the world.

LeDonne is also known as one of the leading players of the Hammond B3 organ. He has made two recordings as a leader on organ - "Smokin' Out Loud" and "On Fire". He performs every Tuesday evening at Smoke Jazz Club in New York City.

Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson has described LeDonne as "one of the most promising and talented pianists of this era."



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Beth E.
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Post #: 153
Kim Clarke

New York's own Kim Clarke is a multifaceted bassist, composer, website developer and educator. She performs alternately on the Acoustic Bass, Electric Upright and four and five-stringed Electric Bass Guitar as the situation demands. Her electric Bass playing has been described as soulful, funky, rich, tight and she has been touted internationally as “the only well-know woman bassist in Jazz -of her generation”. She holds B.A.'s in Communications and Music from City College and Long Island University respectively, and is a 3- time recipient of the coveted N E A Jazz Study Fellowship. Ms Clarke is also a long-time student of the Barry Harris Workshop and continues her formal studies with the wisdom gained therein. She was also a member of Harris' Jazz Cultural Theatre's house band for the famed Art Blakey Breakfast Jam. Kim 's musical tour experience spans from Guyana , South America through the West and East Coasts of the United States , and touches Canada, Japan and Pakistan.




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Beth E.
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New York, NY
Post #: 151
Glenn White

White is as accomplished a composer and band leader as saxophonist . . . The band, Sacred Machines – apparently a working unit – is a marvel. White freely admits being influenced by all sorts of things from Coltrane to the Cure. Certainly, he's got the talent to bring these two worlds of music together.



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Beth E.
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Howard Fishman

Howard Fishman, composer, guitarist and bandleader, has come to be recognized as one of today's most agile interpreters of the American songbook. Whether he is performing his own compositions or drawing on a seemingly endless repertoire of American popular music, it is all filtered through a sensibility and aesthetic entirely his own. Fishman's performances combine the exuberance and spontaneity of jazz with a storyteller's sense of drama, emotional depth and play. The All-Music Guide has called him "an important force in creative music," and The New York Times has written that his work "transcends time and idiom."




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Beth E.
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New York, NY
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Adam Birnbaum

Adam Birnbaum is emerging as one of the top young voices in jazz piano. After receiving an Artist's Diploma from Juilliard as a member of the inaugural class in Jazz Studies in 2003, Mr. Birnbaum went on to win the American Jazz Piano Competition in May 2004 to become the American Pianists Association's Cole Porter fellow in Jazz. In October, 2006, Mr. Birnbaum received the first ever "special honor" prize at the Martial Solal Competition in Paris. An active performer, Mr. Birnbaum has performed in venues such as the Indianapolis Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center Jazz Club, NPR Jazz Christmas 2004, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, Viva Musica Festival in Bratislava, as well as at jazz clubs such as the Village Vanguard, The Blue Note, Birdland and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Mr. Birnbaum has performed and recorded with Carl Allen, Wycliffe Gordon, Rodney Green, Dennis Irwin, Victor Lewis, Wynton Marsalis, George Mraz, Lewis Nash, Greg Osby and Peter Washington.




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Beth E.
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New York, NY
Post #: 154
Mark Sherman

Mark Sherman's background, Juilliard education, and working, performance and recording experience have all contributed to a unique vision, which incorporates elements of jazz, blues, and classical music. Accomplished as a soloist (vibraphone/piano/drums), ensemble player, composer, and educator, Sherman is in love with music and re-harmonization of chords to explore and give expression to his musical vision.
After nearly 30 years of recording, composing, and performing with countless orchestras, jazz artists, and vocal artists, vibraphonist /composer Mark Sherman a Yamaha performing artist and a Vic Firth artist, has a beautiful quintet featuring Joe Magnarelli on trumpet, Allen Farnham on piano, Dean Johnson on bass, and Tim Horner on drums. Winner of Rising Vibesin 2007 and 2008 by Down Beat magazine, Sherman’s recording in 2005“One Step Closer”featuring Joe Lovano was in the top ten on jazz radio for 12 weeks in the United States. The recording in 2007 “Family First”was the most spun CD in the United States in it’s opening week on the charts, and his most recent recording done live at the Bird’s Eye Jazz Club in Basel, Switzerland at the close of a 2 week European tour, is entitled Mark Sherman Quartet “Live at The Bird’s Eye” and continues to get rave reviews and big radio response.




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Beth E.
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New York, NY
Post #: 155
Rashied Ali


Rashied Ali is a progenitor and leading exponent of multidirectional rhythms/polytonal percussion. A student of Philly Joe Jones and an admirer of Art Blakey, Ali developed the style known as "free jazz" drumming, which liberates the percussionist from the role of human metronome. The drummer interfaces both rhythmically and melodically with the music, utilizing meter and sound in a unique fashion. This allows the percussionist to participate in the music in a harmonic sense, coloring both the rhythm and tonality with his personal perception. By adding his voice to the ensemble, the percussionist becomes an equal in the melodics of collective musical creation rather than a "pot banger" who keeps the others all playing at the same speed. Considered radical in the 1960s and scorned by the mediocre, multidirectional rhythms, polytonal drumming is now the landmark of the jazz percussionist.



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