Author: Skip Spratt

Fred Wackenhut Quartet – This I Dig of You

Fred Wackenhut Quartet – This I Dig of YouPianist, composer and educator Fred Wackenhut recently released This I Dig of You on Art of Life Records. The Fred Wackenhut Quartet, originally recorded in Philadelphia in 1996, features Larry McKenna on tenor saxophone, Wackenhut on piano as well as bassist Darryl Hall and drummer Nick Ciminale. The quartet playing is inspired and steeped in the jazz tradition. The original compositions as well as standard tunes provide a balanced offering from these four talented jazz musicians.

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Lynn Riley – Too Cool

Lynn Riley - Too CoolSaxophonist Lynn Riley has recently released her national dubut CD Too Cool. The bold, funky and rhythmic mixes represent a collaboration between bassist Rubin Edwards and Riley on saxophone.

Lynn Riley has been performing throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, South American and the Caribbean. She has studied in Hawaii and traveled much of the country before returning to her native east coast. Born in Washington, D.C., Riley has spent much of her life around Philadelphia.

Often described as “Superwoman” on the sax, Riley has been the recipient of a Window of Opportunity grant from the Leeway Foundation in 2004. She has been recognized for her contributions to Afro-American Classical Music as well as jazz education. In addition to her many accolades, she has shared the stage with jazz artists such as Grover Washington Jr. , David Bromberg, Gerald Veasley, Najee, and Spyro Gyra among others.

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Andrew Neu – Try Something Neu

Andrew Neu, longtime Philadelphia area saxophonist, arranger and composer has released his newest Cd entitled Try Something Neu. His latest release on nuGroove Records once again boasts the addition of some of contemporary jazz’ finest contributors. Producer Brian Bromberg as well as Bobby Caldwell, Brian Culbertson and Gerald Veasley have all left their indelible prints on this recording. Andrew Neu is destined to further solidify his presence as a smooth jazz artist, just as he has grown to become a much sought after sideman in the Philadelphia area and beyond.

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