July 19, 2017

Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion by Jason C. Bivins Pp.369 with photos and index © 2015 Oxford University Press This book explores the relationship between religion or spirituality and its influence, if any, on American jazz musicians. Little has been done in attempts to correlate these two. The book is written by a gentleman[…]

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July 14, 2017

Jazz Pensacola Board of Directors introduces its new president, Fred Domulot, who replaces long-time president Roger Villines; and its new vice president, Dave Schmidt, who replaces Dustin Bonifay. Fred Domulot Originally from Groton, Conn., Fred has performed, toured and recorded with international artists including Pacific St. Records-founder and pianist Eric Doney, bassist Will Lee, and[…]

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July 13, 2017

Rossano Sportiello, Pastel Solo piano Arbors Records Those familiar with my previous reviews of pianist Rossano Sportiello’s CDs already know that I’m among the converted. He’s a classically trained Italian pianist who transitioned to jazz. And, he’s a master of both styles and his classical skills frequently come to the fore along with some great[…]

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July 6, 2017

The following Johnny Gimble Memorial Video crossed my screen recently. Johnny was a great friend to me personally and to Jazz Pensacola. Early in the history of Jazz Society of Pensacola, 1983, we had a jam session on a Sunday afternoon. This gentlemen with a prize-winning smile introduced himself to me, “Hi, I’m Johnny Gimble.”[…]

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July 3, 2017

Clarence Ruben Bell January 14, 1944 – June 24, 2017 Mr. Clarence R. Bell of Pensacola, Florida passed away Saturday June 24, 2017 in St. Louis, Mo. (Spanish Lake), leaving his loving wife, Bobbie, devoted sister Patricia (Jerome), beloved brothers’ Bonnie (Sandra) and Kenneth (Maxine), nieces and nephews and very special cherished friends from around[…]

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June 20, 2017

Thelonious Monk Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 Sam Records & Saga This year, 2017, is the centennial year for the first jazz recording, Original Dixieland Jazz Band’s Original Dixieland Jazz One Step and Livery Stable Blues, and for jazz pianist and a BOP originator, Thelonious Sphere Monk. The current two-CD set has an interesting backstory. Monk[…]

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