F. Norman Vickers

Dr. F. Norman Vickers is a founder of the Jazz Society of Pensacola/Pensacola Jazzfest and a charter member of the Jazz Journalists Association.

Railroad Bill

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Railroad Bill was the name assigned to Morris Slater in the late 1800s. He was the Jessie James-type black desperado who would rob the trains

Scott Robinson Tenormore album

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Some reviews almost write themselves; this is a prime example. Scott Robinson has produced a CD about his longtime love affair with his 1924 Conn

Ken Peplowski: Enrapture

Ken Peplowski: Enrapture

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Steel Jazz Trio and Friends- Black Licorice

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Christmas With Champian Fulton

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CD Review: Dave Bennett- Blood Moon

CD Review: Dave Bennett- Blood Moon

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Open Book- Fred Hersch, solo piano

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Larry Ham and Woody Witt: Presence

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Adrian Cunningham: Jazz Speak

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Rossano Sportiello: Pastel

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Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion

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Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion By Jason C. Bivins Oxford University Press, $29.95 This book explores the relationship between religion or spirituality and its

Crystal Joy Albert: Memories of Monk

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Anders Bergcrantz: Soulfully Yours

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Anders Bergcrantz is a prize-winning Swedish trumpeter/composer. He has just released this recording of seven compositions, six of which are his originals and the seventh

Rebecca Kilgore and Bernd Lhotzky: This and That

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Here’s a professionally performed CD—just vocal and piano with fifteen tunes by Gershwin, Ellington, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and others. What makes it special is

Girl Singer by Mick Carlon

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Girl Singer by Mick Carlon Leapfrog Press (www.leapfrogpress.com) $15.95 This is the third novel in the jazz series for juveniles. The reader follows a 19

Travels with Louis by Mick Carlon

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Greg Murphy: Summer Breeze

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A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen

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Fun With Notes: The PsychoAcoustic Orchestra

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Monika Herzig: The Whole World In Her Hands

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Lisa Lindsley: Long After Midnight

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Jimmy Van Heusen: Swinging on a Star

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