OUT TODAY! Trumpeter Gil Defay Releases Debut Album “It’s All Love”

November 1, 2018New Release, Special Announcement

Trumpeter, composer and arranger Gil Defay is proud release his new album It’s All Love TODAY, November 1st! On this, his debut recording, Gil brings together a whole host of talented musicians including, Ansy Defay on tenor/soprano saxophones and vocals,  Rakiem Walker on alto saxophone, Toku Jazz on flugelhorn, Antonio Peñalva on guitar, Joel Desroches on keyboards, … Read More

REVIEW: Phil Schurger’s “The Waters Above” Gets a 4-Star Review from All About Jazz

October 30, 2018Features, Reviews

Mark Sullivan, All About Jazz Guitarist/composer Phil Schurger is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He leads his Chicago-based quartet—previously heard on Echoes of the Ancestors (ears&eyes, 2017)—through six expansive originals. The tracks run an average of ten minutes or more apiece, and they attain that length through compositional complexity rather than extended solos (although the band is blessed … Read More

REVIEW: Emma Frank’s “Ocean Av” Featured by Boston Concert Reviews

October 29, 2018Features, Reviews

Nelson Brill, Boston Concert Reviews Emma Frank, Ocean Ave [Susan Records; www.emmafrankmusic.com]. Frank’s original songs hit the bullseye of breezy pop and effervescent jazz. Her voice is a soft, breathy marvel as she climbs high with supple confidence (on her “Magnolia”; “Best Friend” and the wondrous title track). She also imbues beautiful soft ballads, such as her “Sunless … Read More

Pianist/Arranger Kevin Bales and Vocalist Keri Johnsrud Celebrate the Understated Talents of Master Composer Fred Rogers with Multiple Tour Dates

October 29, 2018Event Announcement, Special Announcement

“[Johnsrud] and Bales have made a compelling case for Rogers’ songs, which fare remarkably well in the rhythms and cadences of jazz.” – Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune Aside from the happy coincidence of the timing of the release, Beyond the Neighborhood is a testament to how palatable sophisticated jazz can be. –Mike Shaw, ArtsATL … Read More