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May "snuck up" on us! Yours truly, at least, was affected by how quickly the calendar changed - and some of us sat bolt upright in bed this morning. Because we realized that a new month was here and we had guests scheduled ;)
THUS, a shortened show today to feature two artists that definitely need this time to shine! The first at two p.m. Eastern - our start time. Romain Collin has been with us on "Hybrid Jazz" - but he had not been a part of this new band, called "The North." The story of how he teamed with Abe Lagrimas, Jr. and Shawn Conley - and where they landed in order to record "Slow Down (This Isn't the Mainland)" - is fascinating! Romain continues to astound with his sensitive and empassioned piano performance. If you know his work, then imagine it combined with double bass and drums in an island setting. You think about that and we'll come back to you later ;)
Jeff Antoniuk has also visited the show - but this time it's to brag about his new group, The MARS 4-Tet. Jeff has been a seasoned saxophonist in our midst - as well as professor and mentor - this side of him - in a beautiful unit of friends who have their OWN seasoning - is a joy to behold. "The Blind Watchmaker" is the name of the new CD - and it features Donato Soviero, Frank Russo and Max Murray - all respected musicians in the extended Washington, D.C. area. Both original songs and delicious re-works of Monk and (wait for it)...Led Zeppelin. Yessir, this is not your Grandmother's Jazz Band - as it says on the liner notes ;)
Romain stops by at two p.m. Eastern - and Jeff has time between classes - so he'll jump into the mix at 3:30. A two-hour show on this day - and we'll be back to three hours next week on our usual days, Tuesday and Thursday!
Thank you for your unwavering support of all that is JAZZ!
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