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The Jazz Expressions Play an After-Hours Set at Dizzy's Club, Coca-Cola

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The Jazz Expressions
Michael Kanan – Piano
TK Blue – Sax & Flute
Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax – Drums
Hilliard “HILL” Greene – Bass/Music Director
www.thejazzexpressions.com

Special Guest: Ptah Brown - Vocals

At
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
NY, NY
212.258.9595
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Artistic Administrator
Scott Thompson, Press


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
November 15, 2007


(After Hours Set)
(See a Jazz Expressions CD Review)
(Read More about Hill Greene and The Jazz Expressions)

Program:

“Jah Bob” – Comp. by Hilliard Greene
”Single Tear of Remembrance” – Comp. by TK Blue
”Tide Of Love” – Comp. by T.K. Blue
”Moonbow” – Comp. by Michael Kanan
“Every Day I Have The Blues” – Comp. by BB King (with Ptah Brown)
”What A Difference A Day Makes” - Recorded by Dinah Washington (with Ptah Brown)
”Me Long Go” – Comp. by Hilliard Greene
”Southern Passage” – Comp. by TK Blue
”Cook's Theme” – Comp. by Dwayne Broadnax


The Jazz Expressions have long been the backup group to the renowned vocalist, Jimmy Scott. However, they tour and record prolifically, receiving praise and enthusiasm wherever they perform. In fact, The Jazz Expressions are one of today’s hot new jazz quartets. Hill Greene is Music Director and bassist, TK Blue plays tenor sax and flute, Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax plays drums, and Michael Kanan is back on piano. A main feature of this group is the showcasing of individual band members’ compositions, sometimes accompanied with introductory remarks. Each musician takes generous solos throughout the set, and each has at least one original work performed by the band.

In tonight’s “After Hours” set, TK Blue opened on flute, accompanied by Hill Greene on bass. Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax added accentuated swing on drums, and Michael Kanan provided fluid and engaging sound on piano. Mid-song, TK switched to sax, just as Hill Greene took the lead on bass. In “Single Tear of Remembrance”, TK was back on flute and in charge of the theme. Hill Greene added syncopated variations, and Michael Kanan played a winding, waterfall of notes, just as TK changed key. “Moonbow”, by Michael Kanan, included a generous sax solo and clavé beat. “Cook” Broadnax is a seasoned percussionist, and tonight his drums exuded a smooth Mambo rhythm. Kanan’s composition had a big band sound, and the quartet expanded in volume and vivacity to meet this challenge.

Ptah Brown, guest vocalist, took the stage for two songs, and she belted them out with pizzazz. “Every Day I Have the Blues” was sung with extra support from TK’s sax. Michael Kanan infused the piece with honky-tonk piano blues. Ms. Brown’s impassioned interpretation of “What a Difference a Day Makes” was backed by the band in surreal smoothness. TK carried the theme on sax in soaring style . TK previewed part of a new suite soon to be recorded, “Southern Passage”, with soprano sax. “Cook’s” drum roll added to the strong sax lead, followed by cymbals and Hill Greene’s rich bass effects. “Cook’s Theme”, by Broadnax, brought TK back to his flute, while Hill Greene’s composition combined the tango and jazz genres. There was a long bass-drum conversation, before Kanan came in on piano, just a few notes at a time. Hill Greene’s melody was soulful and rapturous with exotic, energized rhythms.

Check the Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website for future dates and artists.



The Jazz Expressions
Mike Kanan, TK Blue, Hill Greene, Dwayne Broadnax
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



The Jazz Expressions and Ptah Brown
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower





For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net