Archives: paul willson

Compass Rose Orchestra

The Richmond jazz scene is all about bands. While the Compass Rose Orchestra has been around for a few years, they are gaining momentum and are quickly becoming one of the premier original music groups in Richmond.

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 […]

UTV.chamber: The First Letter

A cast of old and new faces, The First Letter offers a new perspective on UTV.chamber’s music.

Listening Back: Lucas Fritz Quintet and Old Soul

Presenting the next generation. This week on Listening Back, we hear from Lucas Fritz Quintet and Old Soul, two student-led groups with big ideas.

UTV comes full circle (for me)

UseTheVastness has played in a whole lot of different venues, some ordinary, some funky: recital hall, backyard, basement, club, workshop in an art gallery. This afternoon, they return to the place where I first saw them, back in May 2009: the tiny confines of Black Hand Coffee.

Jazz at Rev It Up!

Rev It Up!, a new coffee shop in the Uptown neighborhood on West Main Street, will be hosting weekly jazz in January starting this Friday. Rev It Up! took over the spot that Main Street Java (and before that, Common Cup) vacated when it closed in August. The CMP Group — Marcus Tenney on tenor sax, […]

Rumble on Vine Street

by Tom Beekman RVAjazz contributor Beekman, in his first RVAjazz contribution since the website’s anonymous days, reviews last Saturday’s “Vine St. Rumble,” a backyard barbecue-styled all-day affair at which several up-and-coming groups performed. I need provisions. Getting me out of the house has been quite the task these last couple of weeks. For this quest, […]