INTERVIEW: Classical Queer Interviews John Minnock

March 11, 2019Interviews, Press Reel

by Jacob Caines, Classical Queer  John Minnock -He/Him – A new-breed vocalist who infuses diversity and modern interpretation into his jazz and blues show, John Minnock first gained popularity in Boston and is now a resident performer at the Metropolitan Room. He is the recipient of the “Hot House Jazz 2016 Fans Decision Metropolitan Room … Read More

REVIEW: MusicalMemoirs Reviews Chiara Izzi and Kevin Hays’ “Across the Sea”

March 9, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs CHIARA IZZI & KEVIN HAYS –“ACROSS THE SEA” Jando Music/Via Veneto Jazz Chiara Izzi, vocals/composer; Kevin Hays, piano/voice/Rhodes/composer; Rob Jost, acoustic and electric bass/French horn; Greg Joseph, drums; Rogerio Boccato, percussion; Chris Potter, tenor & soprano saxophone; Grégoire Maret, harmonica; Nir Felder, electric & acoustic guitar; Omer Avital, oud. … Read More

REVIEW: WTJU 91.1FM Reviews Jordan Pettay’s “First Fruit” and Jake Leckie’s “The Abode.”

March 9, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Dave Rogers, WTJU 91.1FM Jordan Pettay – First Fruit (Outside In Music): Alto and soprano saxophonist Jordan Pettay offers her first release, featuring three original compositions and spanning from John Coltrane’s “Straight Street” and Thom Bell and Linda Creed’s “You Make Me Feel Brand New” to several religious songs which are offered with similar … Read More

REVIEW: Greg Ward’s “Stomping Off From Greenwood” Reviewed by Point of Departure

March 8, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

by Troy Collins, Point of Departure Greg Ward’s latest offering, Stomping Off From Greenwood, is as eclectic as it is electric – a far cry from his previous acoustic endeavor. The alto saxophonist’s prior effort for Greenleaf Records, 2016’s Touch My Beloved’s Thought, was based on Charles Mingus’ The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Impulse! Records, 1963). Ward’s … Read More

REVIEW: Point of Departure on Gabriel Zucker’s “Weighting”

March 8, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

by Troy Collins, Point of Departure  Weighting, the fourth studio album by pianist Gabriel Zucker, was inspired by The Flamethrowers, a 2013 novel by Rachel Kushner in which the narrative alternates between the 1970s New York art world and Italy’s revolutionary politics. The session is composed of an expansive three-part suite divided into eight movements, titled … Read More

REVIEW: All About Jazz on Ellen Rowe’s “Momentum”

March 8, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

by Chris Mosey, All About Jazz An all-women jazz band playing songs about women—this is a CD whose time has surely come. Pianist Ellen Rowe has duly put together a collection of original songs lauding her gender. She says: “Each piece on this album is a tribute to women heroes of mine in disciplines ranging from music … Read More

NEW RELEASE: Steve Haines and the Third Floor Orchestra, featuring Becca Stevens, out 3/29 on Justin Time Records

March 6, 2019New Release, Press Reel, Press Releases

Steve Haines and the Third Floor Orchestra Join Becca Stevens for New Release on Justin Time Records, Out March 29th Justin Time Records is proud to announce the March 29th release of bassist, composer and arranger Steve Haines’ upcoming album Steve Haines and the Third Floor Orchestra.  The album features Becca Stevens on vocals, Chad … Read More