All About Jazz Features Keri Johnsrud & Kevin Bales’ Latest Release “Beyond the Neighborhodd: The Music of Fred Rogers”

April 13, 2018Features, Reviews

Jerome Wilson, All About Jazz Beyond The Neighborhood is something special. This CD consists of songs written for the beloved children’s show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, by its star and producer, Fred Rogers. In the hands of pianist Kevin Bales and vocalist Keri Johnsrud this music translates very well into a jazz setting. Rogers’ songs with their messages about self-confidence, friendship … Read More

Nextbop Premieres Sharel Cassity’s Latest Single “Be The Change”

April 12, 2018Features, Premiere, Reviews

Sébastien Hélary, Nextbop Composer and saxophonist Sharel Cassity released her fourth album as a leader last week on Relsha Music. Evolve sees the introduction of Cassity’s new band Elektra comprised of trumpeters Ingrid Jensen, Marcus Printup and Freddie Hendrix, bassist Linda Oh, guitarist Mark Whitfield, pianists Miki Hayama and Richard Johnson, vocalist Christie Dashiell, drummers Jonathan Barber … Read More

Meg Okura Joins JQ Magazine for Q&A

April 11, 2018Features, Reviews

Allen Wan, JQ Magazine Tokyo native Meg Okura defies convention. While forging a prolific career in music since graduating from Juilliard in the ’90s (working with the likes of Diana Krall and David Bowie to name a few), this Grammy-nominated jazz violinist continues reaching out to new audiences through her “world chamber jazz” that could mean anything … Read More

Midwest Record Reviews Kristina Koller’s “Perception”

April 7, 2018Features, Reviews

Chris Spector, Midwest Record She’s not jazz, she’s not cabaret and she’s not married to the vocal chestnuts, but she covers all these waterfronts in her own unique way. Having the advantage of youth on her side, she can freely genre splice without any of the baggage that an older diva might have to deal … Read More

REVIVE Music Announces the Release of Harlem-based Freelance’s Debut “Yes Today”

April 5, 2018Event Announcement, Special Announcement

The first release under REVIVE Music’s independent label division, Yes Today is a genre-defying 13 track opus that serves as a spiritual reflection on the struggles faced by people of color in modern America. Distilled from Freelance’s signature, dynamic live performances Yes Today is a lush, groove-dominant clinic in the power of seizing the moment and saying … Read More

Goldmine Magazine Features Arnan Raz’ “Chains of Stories”

April 4, 2018Features, Reviews

Mike Greenblatt, Goldmine Magazine Israeli tenor saxophonist/composer Arnan Raz has followed up his impressive 2016 Second To The Left debut with Chains of Stories (Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit Records). He shares the front line with the amazing alto saxophonist Eyal Hai. Between them both, a high-flying peekaboo twin-sax aesthetic emerges: palpably exciting and swoon-worthy as they alternately twirl and dance together, be … Read More