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2011 in (RVA) Jazz

We look back at 2011.

Old Soul – sounds before the silence

Old Soul Sounds Before the Silence (self released, 2011) Paul Willson graduated from the VCU jazz program last spring and he hasn’t wasted a minute since then. Sounds Before the Silence is Old Soul’s first release and while it isn’t under Willson’s name, his vision is clear. Mixing the ubiquitous sound of Kurt Rosenwinkle, the […]

Gretchen Parlato didn’t swing (and that’s OK)

University of Richmond’s Modlin Center hosted Gretchen Parlato, a Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competion winner, on Thursday night December 1st.

Drop the Needle #3: Toby Whitaker edition

After an extended wait and much anticipation, Drop the Needle by Toby Whitaker has been released!

Crossroads – Brian Jones “Redhead”

Crossroad’s has been hosting live music for a long time, but recently their lineup has had some of the best jazz in Richmond.

part two: Bryan Hooten – Richmond Love Call

Click here to read part one of this article. Bryan Hooten is a trombonist, composer and educator who performs with a variety of ensembles from across the musical spectrum including Fight the Big Bull, No BS! Brass and Ombak. Bryan Hooten’s solo trombone record “Richmond Love Call” is available now on itunes or find him […]

part one: Bryan Hooten – Richmond Love Call

Wednesday afternoon I sat down with trombonist Bryan Hooten to talk about his new album “Richmond Love Call.”

Selba – more jazz than anywhere else in Richmond

Bogart’s moved, Cous Cous no longer has music and The Camel is hosting fewer jazz events than in the past. Opened in July, Selba is quickly turning into the most consistent jazz venue in Richmond.

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Esperanza Spalding – showmanship without the fluff

Wednesday night, Grammy Award winning bassist Esperanza Spalding performed with her group “Chamber Music Society” at The University of Richmond.

Looking back at a crazy week

Over the past week, Richmond has experienced, the through composed masterpieces of The Claudia Quintet, original compositions performed by the talented front line of Rex Richardson and Steve Wilson, the unique sound of violinist Zach Brock and a whole host of local musicians killing it across town.

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