NEW MUSIC MONDAY: Jazziz Features Vivian Sessoms’ “Strange Fruit”

January 14, 2019Features, Press Reel

Matt Micucci, Jazziz Magazine Vivian Sessoms, “Strange Fruit” Having earned her stripes as a performer with such acclaimed artists as Ryuichi Sakamoto, P. Diddy and Michael Jackson, accomplished Harlem-born singer Vivian Sessoms brings her vast array of experiences on her inspired, socially aware, jazz-influenced new album, Life. Her first LP in over ten years proves her … Read More

NPR Jazz Critics Poll 2018!

January 10, 2019Features, Listings, Press Reel

13th Annual Jazz Critics Poll Spanish Harlem Orchestra – Anniversary (ArtistShare) Latin – Karl Ackerman  (All About Jazz) New Releases – Russ Musto (New York City Jazz Record, DownBeat)     Henry Conerway III – With Pride For Dignity (Self-released) New Releases – Richard B. Kamins (Step Tempest) New Releases – Peter Quinn (Jazzwise, The Arts Desk) Debut –  Richard B. Kamins (Step Tempest) … Read More

BANDCAMP ALBUM OF THE DAY: GREG WARD’S ‘STOMPING OFF FROM GREENWOOD’

January 10, 2019Features

Album of the Day: Greg Ward, “Stomping Off From Greenwood” by Mike West, Bandcamp Daily Two things immediately distinguish Stomping Off From Greenwood. First, there’s the unique saxophone-and-dual-guitar frontline of Chicago saxophonist Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade quintet, a hard turn from the orchestral Mingus-isms of his most recent album, 2016’s Touch My Beloved’s Thought. Second, and by … Read More

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Feature on Greg Ward by Howard Reich

January 10, 2019Features

Ace Chicago sax man Greg Ward celebrates his Rogue Parade by Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune  When the irrepressibly creative Chicago saxophonist Greg Ward moved back here in 2015, after several years in New York, he knew what he was looking for. Or, to put it another way, he knew what he was tired of doing … Read More

DOWNBEAT EDITORS’ PICKS: Ellen Rowe’s “Momentum, Portraits Of Women In Motion” & Greg Ward’s “Stomping Off From Greenwood”

January 8, 2019Features, Press Reel, Reviews

Ellen Rowe Octet Momentum, Portraits Of Women In Motion (Smokin’ Sleddog) J.D. Considine, Downbeat There are two ways a listener might understand Ellen Rowe’s ambitious new album, Momentum, Portraits Of Women In Motion. One would be to consider the concept, in which Rowe pays tribute to great women of politics, music and sports, and the fact that … Read More

FEATURE: Paste Magazine Lists Jonathan Barber as One of Twelve New Jazz Artists to Watch in 2019

January 5, 2019Features, Press Reel

Bill Milkowski, Paste Magazine Named Modern Drummer’s “#1 Up-and-Coming Drummer of 2018,” the powerhouse, Hartford-born drummer initially fell in love with the instrument by watching his father perform in the family church. His upbringing in the church instilled in him a passion for gospel music and he later became attracted to jazz through the music of … Read More

FEATURE: Jazziz Lists Greg Ward’s “Stomping Off From Greenwood” as 1 of 10 New Albums You Need to Know About

January 2, 2019Features, Press Reel

Matt Micucci, Jazziz In 2016, Greg Ward released Touch My Beloved’s Thought, his Greenleaf Music debut album that focused on the music of Charles Mingus and firmly established his reputation as one of the most versatile saxophonists of his generation. Now, he launches a new group, Rogue Parade, with a new album, titled Stomping Off from Greenwood. … Read More