High Note Records

Azar Lawrence-Elementals

Apr 9, 2018

Saxophonist Azar Lawrence has played as sideman for McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Woody Shaw. Lawrence was the tenor saxophonist Tyner used following John Coltrane's death. He has also played on record with Earth Wind & Fire and Marvin Gaye, among many others. His latest release on High Tone Records is called Elementals, and features Benito Gonzales, Jeff Littlejohn, Marvin "Smitty" Smith and Munyungo Jackson.

Jazz Tones Insights-Eric Alexander

Mar 30, 2018

I interviewed Eric Alexander in advance of his weekend appearances at the Velvet Note. The saxophonist discussed his recent High Note release,  Song of No Regrets. There are few artists on stage who combine chops, imagination and technique with a fluidity of ideas as he does--High Note. Eric reveals that he was trained classically on clarinet, piano, alto sax before choosing tenor sax. He is a graduate of  William Patterson University in New Jersey.

New Music: A Place In Time By Wallace Roney

Jan 4, 2017

Trumpeter Wallace Roney studied his instrument with Dizzie Gillespie and Clark Terry, before studying with Miles Davis for the last six years of Miles' life. On his new release A Place In Time on High Note, Roney moves beyond his history while maintaining a style that will leave you remembering the great players that came before him. He's joined on this record by Patrice Rushen, Gary Bartz, Ben Solomon, Buster Williams and Lenny White.

NEW MUSIC: Horizon Ahead By Benny Golson

Apr 29, 2016

Benny Golson is a Mainstream Jazz great on tenor sax who played with everyone you know, from John Coltrane to Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie to Lionel Hampton and Art Farmer. As a young man he moved from Bebop to Hard Bop, and he has composed Jazz music for longer than most of us have been alive.   Golson will lead his current band at the 2016 Atlanta Jazz Festival on the Main Stage on Sunday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. as part of Atlanta's 31 Days of Jazz.

Freddy Cole Joins Jay Edwards On Jazz Tones

Apr 1, 2016

The Legendary Vocalist and Pianist Freddy Cole has a  new release He Was The King, featuring the music of his brother Nat King Cole.  Two songs that Nat never sang, It's Easy To Remember But So Hard To Forget, and He was The King are featured and intended as testimonials to his big brother.  This new release is evidence that  the voice of Freddy Cole continues to transcend time and entertain a global audience. I'll interview Freddy Cole live on Jazz Tones this Sunday, April 3 on Jazz Tones, 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

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