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First Listen: John Ellis - Charm

New Orleans born, NYC-based tenor sax player John Ellis returns with a new recording called "Charm," the album features his band Double-Wide - Jason Marsalis on drums and sousaphonist Matt Perrine providing the New Orleans and Gary Versace and Alan Ferber on keys and trombone respectively, repping NYC, and that is great way to describe the CD.

First Listen: Lee Ritenour - A Twist of Rit

2015 marks 40 years since the release of Grammy-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour’s debut solo album, First Course.

First Listen: Terri Lyne Carrington - Imagine This

She’s a three-time Grammy Award winner, and with one of those Grammy wins, she became the first woman to win in the Jazz Instrumental category with her last release, Money Jungle Provocative In Blue.

First Listen: Bob McAlpine - Summer’s Shadow

Bob McAlpine has been a go-to guitar player in Canada for the last 30 years. Whether it's touring with David Clayton Thomas or Roger Whittaker, the house band for Canadian idol or sitting in the pit for shows like We Will Rock You and Hairspray, Bob is versatility personified.

First Listen: Gregory Porter - Sinnerman

If you’re familiar with Simone’s musical legacy — gifted vocalist, songwriter, interpreter, and pianist, who spanned multiple genres and influenced scads of followers you know she is a complex person and one-of-kind artist.

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