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Rudresh Mahanthappa

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Guggenheim fellow and 2009 Downbeat International Critics Poll Winner (“Rising Star-Jazz Artist” and “Rising Star-Alto Saxophone”) Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative young musicians and composers in jazz today. Named Alto Saxophonist of the Year for 2009 by the Jazz Journalist Association, Rudresh has incorporated the culture of his Indian ancestry and has fused myriad influences to create a truly groundbreaking artistic vision. As a performer, he leads/co-leads seven groups to critical acclaim. His recent release for Pi Recordings Kinsmen featuring Carnatic saxophone legend Kadri Gopalnath (September 25, 2008) was named one of the Top Jazz CDs of 2008 by over 20 news sources including the New York Times, NPR, BBC, Boston Globe, slate.com, JazzTimes, and the Village Voice to name just a few

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


A look at Rudy Royston's resume tells you that the drummer should be more recognized. Royston has racked up credits with Nate Wooley, Jon Irabagon, Tom Harrell, Aruán Ortiz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ron Miles, Noah Preminger, Ben Allison, Tim Ries, Alex Sipiagin, Linda May Han Oh, Bruce Barth, Don Byron, ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Princeton University Jazz Festival Set for April 27-30, 2022

Princeton University Jazz Festival Set for April 27-30, 2022

Jazz at Princeton University, helmed by acclaimed saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, announces the return of the Princeton University Jazz Festival. Presented in conjunction with Jazz Appreciation Month, the event, which takes place Wednesday, April 27 – Saturday, April 30, features guest artists guitarist Gilad Hekselman, and saxophonists Seamus Blake, Tony Malaby and Alexa Tarantino performing with Princeton ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tomas Fujiwara's Triple Double, MOTDTK & UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra

Read "Tomas Fujiwara's Triple Double, MOTDTK & UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Tomas Fujiwara's one of the most respected drummers in the creative scene, and his new release with Triple Double reinforces that. March is a must-have for 2022. The UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra is the leading large ensemble, and their new Last Dance is a gem too. One of the hottest people around is saxophonist James Brandon ...

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Article: Album Review

Arbenz X Vistel / Moutin: Conversation #4 (Vulcanized)

Read "Conversation #4 (Vulcanized)" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Prompted by the pandemic, drummer and percussionist Florian Arbenz has set out to document 12 Conversations with musicians invited into his Basel, Switzerland recording studio. Conversation #1: Condensed was a trio with Brazilian guitarist Nelson Veras and American trumpeter Hermon Mehari. Conversation #2 & #3 found Arbenz with British vibraphonist Jim Hart and Swiss bassist Jim ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rudresh Mahanthappa, Emile Parisien & Felix Henkelhausen

Read "Rudresh Mahanthappa, Emile Parisien & Felix Henkelhausen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Several debut recordings on this episode for you and music from Rudresh Mahanthappa & his Hero Trio, drummer Maximilian Hering from Germany, bassist Felix Henkelhausen also from Germany, the trio In Real Time (Carol Liebowitz, Adam Lane & Andrew Drury), Argentinean bass clarinetist Emma Famin, French saxophonist Emile Parisien & the striking duo of saxophonist Dave ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Alison Shearer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Jacqueline Kerrod, Gui Duvignau & More New Releases

Read "Alison Shearer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Jacqueline Kerrod, Gui Duvignau & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The Beatles meet James Bond? Video game music as a source of new jazz? Baden Powell meets Bill Frisell? The harp as a tool for lockdown survival? Find out for yourself listening to this set of beautiful music! Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Amir ElSaffar: In search of ecstasy

Read "Amir ElSaffar: In search of ecstasy" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Amir ElSaffar has spent much of his life in search of the ecstatic moments that help connect to something bigger. In his case, he does this through his relationship with music and culture. Trying to define or even explain what he does is not so simple, even for him. He leads five ensembles and ...

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Article: Live Review

The Afro Algonquin Trio Live at Michiko Studios

Read "The Afro Algonquin Trio Live at Michiko Studios" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The Afro Algonquin Trio Michiko Studios New York, NY November 20, 2021 The TrioLee “Mixashawn" Rozie is a member of the Maheekanew Confederacy of Algonquin-speaking people. Rozie is Mohegan and his name “Mixashawn" means “the messenger on the wind." The multi-instrumentalist has not been heavily recorded over his long career, perhaps, ...

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Article: In Pictures

Montclair Jazz Festival 2021

Read "Montclair Jazz Festival 2021" reviewed by Mark Robbins


In 2002 Melissa Walker founded the Jazz House Kids and, with her husband Christian McBride, started a program “to help students embark on a journey of musical creativity and learn about jazz's cultural and international legacy." Over the years the program has continued to grow and has become one of the leading music programs in the ...


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