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10/05/11    Community Articles

Book Review: African Rhythms by Randy Weston and Willard Jenkins (Duke University Press)

Jazz master Randy Weston's autobiography is a skillfully written testament to an artist with much discipline, purpose and humility. He is scheduled to appear at Duke University October 20-21, 2011, for booksigning, artist-in-residence and solo concert.

09/22/11    Community Articles

2011-2012 Jazz Season In Triangle North Carolina One Of The Best Yet!

This thriving, multi-cultural, fun-filled area, called Triangle, North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) with its two 24-hour jazz stations (WNCU, WSHA), several college and university jazz studies and student jazz ensembles, several clubs that offer...

07/21/11    Albums

CD Review: "Shine" by Shana Tucker (Mama Gooch Music)

Shine is the latest solo recording from the multi-talented, vocalist, Shana Tucker, who also plays the cello, guitar on this bright, busy, bluesy, jazzy album. This is a cd full of Tucker’s compositions, insightful autobiographical titles, like the upbeat...

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07/20/11    Albums

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Larry Reni Thomas reviews new album from drummer and composer Alphonse Mouzon

05/28/11    Albums

CD Review: Sometimes Forgotten. Sometimes Remembered by Mansur Scott Harlem Quartet (PAO Records)

Heavenly music from vocalist extraordinaire, long-time Harlem resident Mansur Scott! This album has been years in the making and includes an outstanding, pleasurable selection of standards and an original dedicated to Coltrane. Strong storytelling by...

02/08/11    Community Articles

JAZZ MASTER JIMMY HEATH RETURNS FOR A BOOKSIGNING

Jimmy Heath returns to the state where his father was born and where he and his brother Percy went to Williston High School, Wilmington, North Carolina. It was at Williston that Jimmy first picked up the saxophone and where he played in the schols marching...

01/27/11    Community Articles

SPRING JAZZ SEASON SIZZLES IN TRIANGLE NORTH CAROLINA!

The Triangle region of North Carolina, in the central piedmont, is boiling over with jazz concerts, festivals, clinics and clubs galore. This spring season 2011 looks like one of the best in a long time and is a good sign that things will get much much...

01/08/11    Community Articles

Jazz Ladies of The Triangle at Marsh Woodwinds

First annual Jazz Ladies of the Triange (NC) will be a first-time musical meeting of all of these vocalists on the same stage, at Marsh Windwinds, Raleigh, North Carolina. The singers will be backed by a stellar rhythm section: Ed Paolantonio, Paul Ingbretsen...

06/23/10    Albums

Book Review: Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone

Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone (Pantheon Books, 449 pages) by Nadine Cohodas, is basically a sad, riveting, tear-jerking tale about the troubled life and career of the very talented, vocalist, pianist, songwriter and activist, North...

06/23/10    Albums

Book Review: Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone

Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone (Pantheon Books, 449 pages) by Nadine Cohodas, is basically a sad, riveting, tear-jerking tale about the troubled life and career of the very talented, vocalist, pianist, songwriter and activist, North...

05/16/10    Community Articles

SOUTH CAROLINA HONORS ITS JAZZ LEGENDS

The Legends Festival, sponsored by the Charleston Jazz Initiative, and a part of The Piccolo Spoleto Festival, will be presented June 4-6, 2010, in Charleston. It will feature live music, educational events, cabaret affairs, a booksigning, master classes...

02/26/10    Albums

Book Review: I Walked With Giants: The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath

This is a highly-recommened, nothing-held-back, real autobiography of a jazz master who overcame racism, drug addiction, prison and hard times to become a giant among jazz gaints!

02/26/10    Albums

Book Review: I Walked With Giants: The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath

This is a highly-recommened, nothing-held-back, real autobiography of a jazz master who overcame racism, drug addiction, prison and hard times to become a giant among jazz gaints!

01/20/10    Community Articles

February Musical Feast Comes To North Carolina!

This February 2010, central North Carolina will welcome an unprecedented long list of first-class musical acts, from Gil Scott-Heron to Thomas Mapfumo to Terrence Blanchard. It's a strong indication of how the state deserves the title of "The Southern...

10/26/09    Community Articles

Book Review: Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin D.G. Kelley

This book took 14 years to write and is written from the standpoint of an insider who gained the trust and the support of the Monk family and Thelonious fellow musicians, friends and fans. A must read for all who love jazz!

10/10/09    Community Articles

Concert Review: Dianne Reeves with "Strings Attached" at Duke University

Grammy winner vocalist Dianne Reeves, along with guitarists Russell Malone and Romero Lubambo, in a much-anticpated, well-attended concert, called "Strings Attached," left a happy, fulfilled audience very satisfied, October 9, 2009, at Page Auditorium, Duke...

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Larry Reni Thomas joined the JazzTimes community on Mar 18, 2009