Jazz Insights: The Bassman Playeth

Local jazz bass-guitarist Joe Potenza’s dad provided a cool variety of instruments for his family, while growing up in Providence. He tried them all, and got to favor the bass-guitar.Joe began gigging with several of Rhode Island’s excellent musicians, including legends, trumpeter John Allmark, pianist Mike Renzi and reed great Dino Govoni. They taught him […]

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Thank You, George Wein: What his legacy means to the life of a local jazz musician

My first few years at the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals were spent standing behind a cart, selling ice cold drinks to festival attendees. I’d chase the shade with my umbrella, while listening to legends and newcomers play, and daydream about what it must look like from up there on the historic stage. As I’d […]

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Jazz Insights: William “Billy” Osborne

William “Billy” Osborne came from a Providence family of highly gifted and talented musicians. Rhode Island long enjoyed the voice and piano of his oldest brother Clay “Clarence” Osborn, who passed away several years ago, and today,  Billy is always first to claim being the brother of the younger and very successful Jeffrey Osborne. Billy was […]

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Jazz Insights: Joe Holtzman

Rhode Island’s veteran drummer Joe Holtzman stills pats the snare and bass drums in greater Providence.In 1954, while growing up in South Carolina, Holtzman joined The Brooklyn-Cayce Marching Band. After a few beginners lessons, he taught himself the basic artform of drumming, began winning drum competitions and joined The All-State Band. In Junior High School, […]

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