SUMI TONOOKA

The technically brilliant trio opened with the evergreen “Hear A Rhapsody”, before the gutsy and sensitive Sumi Tonooka dug into the keys, presenting two spell-binding original compositions: the ballad-like “Shadow…

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A TRIBUTE TO FREDDY COLE

SUNRISE: October 15, 1931 SUNSET: June 17, 2020 Freddy Cole made his transition prior to the airing of his spotlight this month. The Spotlight on Jazz & Poetry team has…

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BRIA SKONBERG

“I play jazz because it’s the closest I can get to flying.…spreading joy, relating the human experience, and putting good into the world to counteract the negative. I want to…

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SONNY ROLLINS

Theodore Walter Rollins was born on September 7, 1930 in New York City. He grew up in Harlem not far from the Savoy Ballroom, the Apollo Theatre, and the doorstep…

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WALLACE RONEY

Wallace Roney is from Philadelphia, PA, born May 25, 1960. He began his musical studies at the age of five, learning rhythmic dictation and sight-reading. He began playing the trumpet…

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OMAR SOSA & YILIAN

Composer-pianist-bandleader Omar Sosa was born in 1965 in Camagüey, Cuba’s largest inland city. At age eight, Omar began studying percussion and marimba at the music conservatory in Camagüey; in Havana,…

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