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Gabriel Guerrero, “FEYAS”

By: Edward Blanco Colombian-born composer and pianist Gabriel Guerrero emerges from the talent-rich jazz environment of New York City as the latest hidden wonder to surface and stake a claim with a brilliant musical statement on FEYAS. Some people believe in angels that exist to protect and guide them. As …

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A Night with Bill King Celebrating 50 Years of Music at the Royal Cinema May 12, 2012 608 College St. West, Toronto, ON

“It sounds like the “Complete Faulkner” in one song!” – Don Loney/Executive Editor/John Wiley & Sons Canada LTD http://www.anightwithbillking.com/ Gloryland (Tales from the Old South) Early on the soundtrack to my life came from the 1,500 miles of mountain range called Appalachia. It was the blues, the hymns, the folk …

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Cristina Morrison, “I Love”

By: Edward Blanco An accomplished actress and graduate of the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York-based vocalist Cristina Morrison unveils her debut album with I Love, offering a superb blend of standards and originals penned by her “partner in musical crime,” alto saxophonist Christian Hidrobo. Born in Miami …

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Wanda Stafford, “Something Cool”

By: Edward Blanco Veteran jazz singer Wanda Stafford has shared the stage with the likes of the great guitarist Wes Montgomery, pianist and San Francisco icon Al Plank, alto saxophonist and flautist James Spaulding, Freddie Hubbard and legendary bassist Leroy Vinegar among others. Stafford, like Vinegar, grew up in Indianapolis, …

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Lisa Maxwell, Happy

by Geannine Reid Happy is the title of Lisa Maxwell’s sophomore release and it certainly is a Happy collection of well-chosen and not overdone standards, all presented and well supported by the Keith Ingram Quartet, who is Maxwell’s coach. The word breezy comes to mind when listening to Maxwell, and …

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