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Howard University 2017 Jazz Ensemble: A Tribute to Geri Allen (HUJE)

The late pianist Geri Allen, who died in June 2017 at age 60, was one of the first graduates of Howard’s jazz program and a member of HUJE during the late ’70s; she later became a Howard faculty member as well. This project honors her adventurous and confident spirit. First the 2017 ensemble digs into … Read More “Howard University 2017 Jazz Ensemble: A Tribute to Geri Allen (HUJE)”

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Steps Ahead: Steppin’ Out (Sunnyside)

Cofounded by vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and saxophonist Michael Brecker in 1979, Steps and later Steps Ahead saw their bold blend of acoustic-electric fusion and modern jazz draw listeners for the next 25 years or so. Mainieri provided the catchy, steady-grooving tunes, and the group became a launching pad for a long list of top-rank players, … Read More “Steps Ahead: Steppin’ Out (Sunnyside)”

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