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A Bartender’s Story with a Twist: Profile of JP

How many times have we heard Lonnie say, “Jazz makes you thirsty. So feel free to go to the bar even in the middle of a song, and John will take care of you.” But John is a man of many talents in the truest sense.

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The Evolution of Music During Quarantine

One jazz patron asks: what will we gain from this experience? Our musicians answer.

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Missing the Power of the Music

“We don’t often know how music affects the listener, soothing so many underlining issues we all carry from day to day. Musicians underestimate the power of the music we play. “ During this pandemic, musicians and audiences feel a sense of shock, trepidation, and tragedy.

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A 10 year spotlight on the jazz musicians of Charlotte

When Lonnie and Ocie arrived 10 years ago, they recognized the incredible quality of local jazz as the best kept secret in Charlotte. In that time, the goal has been to shine a spotlight on what was already in our midst.

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An introduction to the “Trane”: John Coltrane, local and national jazz legend

The recorded career of jazz legend John Coltrane as a leader, breaks essentially, into three distinct phases. The surprising commercial appeal of the saxophone-driven title track of the album “My Favorite Things”, led to Trane’s third – Impulse Records. It was artistically successful, albeit commercially mixed.

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