Acquarian Weekly Features Mike Casey in their “Rant N’ Roll”

March 8, 2017Features

by Mike Greenblatt, Acquarian Weekly In the grand tradition of a trio—sax, bass, drums—with no chords, just the way the legendary Sonny Rollins pioneered it, comesMike Casey’s selfreleased The Sound Of Surprise: Live At The Side Door, seven first-takes of Casey alternating between his alto and tenor saxophones in his native Connecticut with bassistMatt Dwonszyk … Read More

Downbeat Magazine has a Q&A session with Brandee Younger

March 3, 2017Features

by Shannon J. Effinger, Downbeat Jazz harpist Brandee Younger is shining a much-needed light on her long-overlooked instrument. In the process, she’s illuminating a world of jazz harp history. A graduate of The Hartt School of Music, in Hartford, Connecticut, this native New Yorker has become a fixture in the current jazz scene, working with … Read More

WBGO Take Five features Mark Whitfield’s “Grace”

January 28, 2017Features

Take Five: Hear Norah Jones, Larry Coryell, Matthew Shipp, Mark Whitfield and Jesse Stacken by Nate Chinen, WBGO In this installment of Take Five, our weekly playlist, you’ll find fathers and sons, a couple of farewells, and more than one refurbished jazz standard. We’ll start with one of those, featuring a singer you may know, giving … Read More

WTJU Features Mark Whitfield’s “Grace” in its New Jazz Adds

January 11, 2017Features

by Dave Rogers, WTJU Mark Whitfield – Grace (Marksman Productions): Guitarist extraordinaire Mark Whitfield brings out the family for this gift of fire, melody and spirited technique and it truly is a family affair. In addition to dad, the group also includes sons Davis (piano, keys) and Mark, Jr (drums). “Honorary” family member Yasushi Nakamura … Read More