CHICAGO READER: Brandee Younger Picks Up the Torch of Jazz Harp Pioneers for the Hip-Hop Generation

May 31, 2018Features, Reviews

Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader The harp has always been an oddity in jazz music. Its two most notable practitioners, Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby, were most active decades ago; both musicians had roots in postbop forms and found fascinating ways to translate the cascading sounds associated with the classical instrument into rhythmically elastic settings—though each … Read More

The Council for Living Music and AFM, Local 802 Present JAZZ MENTORS 15: “Stoking the Starmaker Machinery: Facebook Promotion & Your Career”

May 31, 2018Event Announcement

The Council for Living Music and AFM, Local 802 are excited to present the next Jazz Mentors panel, “Stoking the Starmaker Machinery: Facebook Promotion & Your Career,” with expert Jesse Markowitz, on Tuesday, June 5th at 6pm. The panel will be held at the Local 802 Clubroom, located at 322 West 48th Street, NYC. Event is … Read More

REVIEW: Germany’s Sonic Soul Reviews Freelance’s “Yes Today”

May 29, 2018Features, Reviews

Joerg Schmitt, Sonic Soul Ja zum Hier und Jetzt. Aber immer mit dem Wissen um die Errungenschaften der Vergangenheit. Freelance ist eine Musiker-Gemeinschaft aus Harlem – sechs Musiker ghören zum engeren Kreis und allesamt haben ausreichend Erfahrungen in diversen Kollaborationen mit den vermeintlich Großen des Soul- und Jazz-Geschehens gesammelt. Und diese werden jetzt in einer 13-teiligen … Read More

REVIEW: Notes on Jazz Reviews Keri Johnsrud & Kevin Bales’ “Beyond the Neighborhood – The Music of Fred Rogers”

May 29, 2018Features, Reviews

Ralph A. Miriello, Notes on Jazz A recent project from local, Atlanta pianist Kevin Bales and a previously unknown vocalist to me, Keri Johnsrud, from Chicago, caught my attention. Titled Beyond the Neighborhood:The Music of Fred Rogers, the two artists came together two years ago when they discovered a mutual admiration for the music that was played … Read More

INTERVIEW & REVIEW: Textura Interviews Jonathan Barber and Reviews his Latest Release “Vision Ahead”

May 28, 2018Features, Interviews, Reviews

Ron Schepper, Textura Five Questions with Jonathan Barber: All of us experience turning points in our lives, drummer Jonathan Barber no exception. A particularly devastating one occurred in November 2016 when the Hartford, Connecticut native learned of the death of his only brother, an event that prompted Jonathan to struggle with life’s meaning and his … Read More

KNKX Features Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s Upcoming Seattle Shows

May 24, 2018Features

Robin Lloyd, KNKX Steven Kroon was raised in Harlem and Queens, and what he learned there has taken him on 15 world tours and given him 50 years in the business of professional percussion. Growing up, Steve listened to his father’s mambo and Latin jazz records, then he’d hang out with his friends who were … Read More

Soulbounce Reviews Freelance’s “Yes Today”

May 24, 2018Features, Reviews

Soulbounce Harlem-based music collective Freelance dropped their debut album Yes Today and it is 13-tracks of spirited and inspired brilliance. The insanely talented and relatively young band consists of keyboardist Chad “Asuar the Ambassador” Selph, saxophonist Craig Hill, guitarist Yasser Tejeda, drummer Justin Tyson, bassist David “DJ” Ginyard and Tim “Smithsoneon” Smith on vocals. Individual members have played with the industry’s elite — including Takuya Karoda, Solange, Robert Glasper Experiment and Esperanza … Read More