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  1. The Charlie Kolhase Quintet Reunion Concert with original band members Charlie Kohlhase (alto, tenor & baritone saxophones), John Carlson (trumpet & flugelhorn), John Turner (bass), Matt Langley (tenor & soprano saxophones), and Matt Wilson (drums). "For all the fine ensembles that call Boston home, one of the most accomplished has to be the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet, a one-of-a-kind band that made an exuberant appearance over the weekend..." [Chicago Tribune, 1995] Originally from Portsmouth NH, alto/tenor/bari sax man Charlie Kohlhase made the leap to Boston in the early 1980's. After a few years of composing his own free jazz work, he formed The Charlie Kohlhase Quintet (CKQ) in 1989, in order to better realize his uncanny, oftentimes playful, pieces. Word travelled fast, since this particular unique combo of then local players ... Kohlhase joined by John Carlson (trumpet/flugelhorn), John Turner (bass), Matt Langley (tenor/soprano sax), and Matt Wilson (drums) ... performed jaw dropping performances both locally and nationally. CKQ disbanded after a dozen years, leaving in their wake four albums, all highly acclaimed: Research & Development (Accurate Records, 1992), Good Deeds (Accurate, 1992), Dart Night (Accurate, 1995), and Dancing On My Bedpost (CIMP, 1998) [Full Charlie Kohlhase discography at]. Since then each player has carved out his own stellar niche in the jazz world, locally, nationally, and internationally. It may very well be impossible to predict what will take place during this reunion of highly respected jazz musicians. The only way to really know is to check them out ... in real time! The concert will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017, at 8:00 pm. Tickets (cash at door): $15, $10 students/seniors. The Third Life Studio, 33 Union Sq., Somerville, MA 02143. For information: 617-800-7255, Further specifics on the reunion concert, can also be found at "As a mainstay in Boston’s jazz scene, saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase has helped cultivate the city as one of America’s most fertile hotbeds for creative music." (Jazz Times, 1999) Current background links to the players:
  2. Hey guys, Some blatant self promotion here, I hope you don't mind... I just wanted to share with you guys that I'm going to be coming out with a downloadable jazz course consisting of audio master class interviews with Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, and Bob Sheppard. It also comes with an e-book summarizing the interviews (so you don't have to take notes), as well as an exercise workbook plus some audio examples of the concepts being taught. We go over topics such as coming up with a continuous stream of melodic material, the intervallic approach that gives you that hip "post-Coltrane" sound, mastering jazz harmony, using rhythm, articulation, and phrasing for maximum expression, and a TON of other stuff. Before I launch this thing officially, I am offering a major discount to people who sign up for my mailing list, and if you sign up for the list, you also get free audio masterclass interviews with Ted Nash, Ben Wendel, and Mel Martin, regardless of whether you buy or not. If you'd like to watch a 7-minute mini-documentary/promo with Mintzer, Liebman, and Sheppard and sign up for the list, hop over to [end of pitch] Thanks for reading, and feel free to let me know if you have any questions!