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Thanks to The Vinyl Anachronist for reviewing Songs in the Key of Wonder.

Each one of Austin’s cohorts–sax player Jarrard Harris, trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, bassist Ben Rubens, drummer Kobie Watkins, percussionist Samuel Torres and guests guitarist Bobby Broom and bassist David Williams are all consummate pros, polished and professional when they need to be and also able to take off when the spotlight […]

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Thanks to Rootsville for reviewing Songs in the Key of Wonder.

A particularly soulful approach to the songs of Stevie Wonder viewed from the point of James Austin Jr. Strong arrangements such as ‘My Cherie Amour’, ‘You’ve Got It Bad Girl’ and the extremely swinging ‘Part-time Lover’. Numbers that all live in the spotlight of Austin’s impeccable work on the ‘black […]

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Thanks to Michael Doherty’s Music Log for reviewing Songs in the Key of Wonder.

“Songs In The Key Of Wonder is an album of Stevie Wonder covers by jazz pianist James Austin, Jr. What’s interesting is that this is James Austin, Jr.’s debut album. I find it intriguing whenever an artist chooses for his or her first release to do a tribute album. The […]

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Thanks to the Midwest Record for reviewing “Songs in the Key of Wonder”

Ah, chops, that’s what makes the difference between this and a gift shop record. A well traveled Chicago piano man rounds up some other Chicago pals, that just happened to be sidekicks of Sonny Rollins, and let’s fly on a jazzy reworking of Stevie Wonder classics where he really finds […]

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“Miles Davis Way” Street Naming Ceremony and After-party

It was such a tremendous honor to play a part in celebrating the life and legacy of the great jazz trumpeter and bandleader, Miles Davis. On May 26, 2014, the City of New York renamed 77th Street between Riverside and West End Avenue as “Miles Davis Way.” Miles lived on […]

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