NEW RELEASE: La Tanya Hall’s SAY YES out on November 8th!

September 13, 2019New Release, Press Reel

Renowned vocalist La Tanya Hall is thrilled to announce the November 8th, 2019 release of her new album Say Yes on Blue Canoe Records. After enjoying accolades while singing, performing and touring with icons in numerous genres as a support artist, La Tanya Hall re-emerges as a multi-faceted jazz vocalist and interpreter extraordinaire with her … Read More

FEATURE: Jazziz Features John Minnock with a Q&A: Reading the Great American Songbook Through the Lens of the Gay Experience

September 12, 2019Features, Press Reel

By: Brian Zimmerman, Jazziz On his self-released sophomore recording, Right Around the Corner, vocalist John Minnock interprets jazz, blues and cabaret tunes from the perspective of a proud gay man, culling material that he frequently performs at his shows in New York. His original compositions reflect his experiences, as he relates tales of his own … Read More

August’s Best Jazz: Bandcamp Daily Features Ben Wolfe’s ‘Mask of the Muse’ in August’s Best Jazz on Bandcamp

September 12, 2019Uncategorized

Bandcamp Daily On his debut, Battle Mountain, Ben Flocks turned loose his own vision of the Americana jazz so closely associated with the legendary Bill Frisell. For his sophomore release, the saxophonist shifts from Americana to the American Songbook, and shows that this change, depending on the context, is one that’s as nuanced as it … Read More

REVIEW: Ben Flocks’ ‘Mask of the Muse’ Reviewed by Textura

September 12, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Ron Schepper, Textura After attending a 2018 Macbeth performance whose mise-en-scène included a smoky bar and recordings of crooners singing old standards, New York saxophonist Ben Flocks was inspired to handpick a dozen classics and recast them in similarly fresh and evocative manner. Issued on his own West Cliff Records label, Mask of the … Read More

REVIEW: Curtis Nowosad’s New Self-Titled Release Reviewed by Festival Peak

September 11, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Carol Banks Weber, Festival Peak Curtis Nowosad’s new, self-titled album overflows with full-bodied, sizzling jazz — and important history lessons about social injustice in this country in five original compositions and three related covers. You know what they say about a “spoonful of sugar…” The Canadian drummer/composer meant for his tunes to mean something, … Read More

REVIEW: The Curtis Brothers: ‘Algorithm’ Reviewed by All About Jazz

September 10, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Troy Dostert, All About Jazz It says something about Art Blakey‘s decades-long mentorship of younger musicians that many of them continue to pay it forward, bringing into maturity a new generation of hard-boppers who are maintaining Blakey’s indomitable spirit. Enter the Curtis Brothers—pianist Zaccai and bassist Luques—who have benefited enormously from the Blakey disciples … Read More