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Jason Jenkins Group – Scenic Roots

Released less than a year after his last, Scenic Roots is the new album from bassist Jason Jenkins and it features some of his favorite Virginian musicians.

Rene Marie presses onward

There’s something about Rene Marie’s voice that is alive and real; it’s an extension of her soul that has been battered and bruised but otherwise prevails as strong, independent, and, at times, even giddy.

Guitar summit (but everyone’s invited)

Looking into an audience of mostly musicians between tunes on a Monday night in December, guitarist Alan Parker quipped something to the effect of “Welcome to the RVA jazz musician’s summit.” It was a pretty accurate assessment: like that one, some shows just turn out to be musician hangs with nary a casual non-musician observer […]

Introducing Justin Kauflin

Pianist Justin Kauflin’s personality comes out right away: unpretentious, creative, and assertive. This release marks the Virginia Beach native’s debut as a leader, and along with his remarkable abilities on his instrument, it’s his and his bandmates’ young ages that give Introducing life.

Model for a Monday

Alan Parker 5, Jason Scott 5, and Trio of Justice transformed Monday night with all new music. There’s a theory going around that Wednesday is the new Saturday in Richmond. Does that make Monday the new Wednesday?

The Jason Jenkins Group – Synchronicity (2009)

Bassist Jason Jenkins’s newest album is a treasure trove for jazz heavies and an accessible intro to modern swinging jazz for the layman.

Second Street Jazz Wrap-Up

The 21st Second Street Festival took place this weekend. As always, it was filled with great jazz, delicious food, and quality time with neighbors. You had to be there, but if you weren’t, we have some photos to clue you in on what you missed.

Billy Williams Quartet @ Twins Jazz next week

Local drummer Billy Williams is taking his new quartet to Twins Jazz in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, December 27 for the group’s debut. The 20-year-old drummer who has shared the stage with greats such as Cyrus Chestnut, Donald Harrison, Eric Lewis, and Larry Willis, is a Virginia Beach native and is currently a student at […]