Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Not the Next Someone Else

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Not the Next Someone Else

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Najwa Parkins

Not The Next Someone Else

Self Produced

Najwa Parkins (vcl) Luke Brandon (tp) Danny Janklow (as, fl) Francis Cacnio (ts) Joe McDonough (tb) Dan Hanrahan (g) Tim Brey (p) Justin Sekelewski (b) Anwar Marshall (d) East Stroudsburg, PA c. 2010

("Follow The Leader" only) Najwa Parkins (vcl, tb) Nancy Reed (backup vocal, el b) Spencer Reed (g) Bob Dorough (p) Brian Ludwig (d) Recorded 2007, probably also at East Stroudsburg, PA.

I Love Being Here With You/Key Largo/Lullaby Of Birdland/I've Never Been In Love Before/Deep Purple (into) Serenade In Blue/Clouded Dreams/ Better Than Anything/The Old Country/Prelude To A Kiss/Down Here/Follow The Leader TT 63:11

Najwa Parkins is from that very fertile jazz country known as the Poconos area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Her jazz training there began in public school. She was featured with a group of talented youths from the various area high schools that play the Celebration of the Arts Jazz Festival each fall. This group is billed as "The COTA Cats" and she was spotlighted as both vocalist and a member of the trombone section since a freshman in high school. If that isn't enough, she is also a very capable electric bass player. She then entered Temple University in Philadelphia where she came under the influence of Joanna Pascale. She graduated from that school and is now working in the Philadelphia area with a group of local jazz musicians, several backing her on this, her initial recording effort. …

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