The Mercury News Previews Kelly Green’s Bay Area Dates

April 18, 2018Features, Reviews

Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News Vocalist and pianist Kelly Green makes a powerful first impression. Since landing in the New York jazz scene a few years ago she’s earned the admiration of heavyweights like bassist Christian McBride and vibraphonist Steve Nelson, who both perform on her impressive debut album “Life Rearranged.” Accompanying herself with harmonic … Read More

Jazz da Gama Reviews Jorginho Neto Collective’s “Harlem”

April 13, 2018Features, Reviews

Raul da Gama, Jazz da Gama There are deep, allegorical overtones in Harlem by the powerful Jorginho Neto Collective. This is an album that begins on a prophetic note, with an appropriately in the soaring crescendo of Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic speech popularly known by the seminal phrase: “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” Reverend King spoke … Read More

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