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Norman Vickers

CD Review: ‘Manhattan Samba’

MANHATTAN SAMBAHendrik Meurkens, chromatic harmonicaHeight Advantage, Oct. 2020 This is a delightful presentation of Brazilian style samba music featuring chromatic harmonica virtuoso Hendrik Meurkens.  Meurkens started as a vibraphone player but heard Toots Thielemans as a teen-ager and then concentrated on chromatic harmonica.  Originally from Germany and having spent time in Brazil, his longtime home…

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Newsletter: April 2021

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Norman Vickers

CD Review: ‘The Rebecca Kilgore Trio, Vol. 1’

THE REBECCA KILGORE TRIO—VOL.1Rebecca Kilgore, vocals; Randy Porter, piano and Tom Wakeling, bassWith Dick Titterington, cornetHeavywood—HW7 1993 Here is another excellent CD by vocalist Rebecca Kilgore with Randy Porter on piano and doing the recording/arranging chores. Tom Wakeling plays bass and cornetist Dick Titterington guests on cornet for some numbers. Becky has appeared on many…

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Norman Vickers

CD Review: Steel Jazz Trio and Friends: ‘Black Licorice’

Black LicoriceSteel Jazz Trio and FriendsSelf-produced This is an unusual jazz album—pedal steel guitar is a rarely-used instrument in jazz recording and this is a self-produced album by a group who came together in the music department at Five Towns College on Long Island, NY. On this CD there are fourteen original compositions making an…

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Norman Vickers

CD Review: Allan Vache’: ‘It Might As Well Be Swing’

Allan Vache’: It Might As Well Be SwingArbors Records, ARCD 19461 Here’s a CD which should appeal to clarinet and swing enthusiasts. As the title suggests all ten songs are familiar swing tunes. And there’s a special surprise in that Allan Vache’ brings in his wife Vanessa and a third clarinetist, Erin Davis-Guiles, on a…

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Student Jazz Competition in Eleventh Year

Back in Fall of 2010, Jazz Pensacola leadership decided it was time to take a dive into some jazz education initiatives. One of the them that is still happening is the annual Student Jazz Competition. The first planning meetings comprised Jazz Pensacola leaders plus some local music educators and included Steve Ferry, Joe Spaniola, Cynthia…

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Executive Director Emeritus Norman Vickers named a 2021 Jazz Hero

Dr. Norman Vickers, Executive Director Emeritus of Jazz Pensacola, has been named a 2021 Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists Association. The group’s Jazz Heroes are “advocates who have had significant impact in their local communities. The ‘Jazz Hero’ awards, made annually on the basis of nominations from community members, are presented by their local…

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Drum Roll, Please: We’re having a JazzFest

Fingers crossed! That’s right! Jazz Pensacola is having a jazz festival…yes, on Saturday and Sunday, May 15 & 16, in Seville Square, downtown Pensacola. But first on Friday, May 14, we will hold a Meet and Greet of Pensacola JazzFest artists 7-11 p.m. at The District on Government Street. We will kick off the festival…

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Norman Vickers

Chip Shelton Book and CDs now at Jazz Room

Most Jazz Pensacola members are likely acquainted with Chip Shelton, New York dental specialist, jazz flautist and brother of our member, Ron Shelton. Chip has performed for Jazz Pensacola at various times. The last was about a year and a half ago when he performed for a Jazz Jam. Chip and Ron had just returned…

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Newsletter: March 2021