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Pianist Orice Jenkins Up Next In Baby Grand Jazz Series

Hartford's Orice Jenkins plays smooth, adult retro soul, but he's also steeped in hip-hop and jazz. If you like Roberta Flack, Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder, Jenkins will evoke the biggies of the '70s. Jenkins brings a super-mellow lounge-jazz vibe to his piano playing. Jenkins released "Soar"...

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