REVIEW: Black Grooves Reviews Louis Armstrong: Live in Europe!

September 14, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Thomas P. Hustad, Black Grooves Louis Armstrong created magic throughout his career. One of many remarkable phases occurred when he began touring and recording with the All Stars, featuring Jack Teagarden and Earl Hines, in 1947.  The recordings on Live in Europe include performances from two European tours made by Louis Armstrong in 1948 and 1952, a … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Journalist Michael Bailey Reviews New Releases from Kenyatta Beasley and Dot Time Records (Louis Armstrong)

September 14, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Michael Bailey Frank Foster Songbook by the  Kenyatta Beasley Septet  Kenyatta Beasley Septet ArtvsTransit, 2019 Frank Foster Songbook by the Kenyatta Beasley Septet is my vote for one of the finest straight-ahead jazz recordings of 2019.  Recorded live at Jazz 66 in Brooklyn in 2012, the recording features vocalist Carla Cook, guitarist Mark Whitfield, tenor saxophonist … Read More

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

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