VIDEO PREMIERE: NextBop Features Curtis Nowosad’s “The Water Protectors” from New Album!

May 31, 2019Features, Premiere, Press Reel

Sébastien Hélary, NextBop Drummer, social justice advocate, and NYC jazz staple Curtis Nowosad has a monumental new album, his third has a leader, coming June 14th to the Sessionheads United label. The eponymous release, unapologetically focused on social justice, features five originals, four of which are named after notable activists of the past and present, … Read More

OUT TODAY: Josean Jacobo & Tumbao Integrate Afro-Descendant Folkloric Idioms on Cimarrón

May 31, 2019New Release, Press Releases

Hailed as “The Ambassador of Afro-Dominican Jazz”, pianist, composer and arranger Josean Jacobo is proud to release Cimarrón on E7 Studios –  a 10-track collection of compositions brought to life by Jacobo’s sextet, Tumbao. Featuring saxophonists Jonathan Suazo and Rafael Suncar, bassist Daroll Mendez, drummer Otoniel Nicolas and percussionist Mois Silfa, Cimarrón testifies the explosive … Read More

NPR FIRST LISTEN: Brandee Younger’s “Soul Awakening”

May 30, 2019Features, Press Reel

Nate Chinen, NPR Listen to full album here. The title track of harpist Brandee Younger‘s new album, Soul Awakening, begins with a gathering stir, like some momentous weather moving in. Dezron Douglas plays the first decisive notes on upright bass, joined shortly by a flutist and three saxophonists. The song never locks into a tempo, but it … Read More

MUSIC OF THE DAY: Mediapart (France) Features Brandee Younger!

May 30, 2019Features, Press Reel

Mediapart La harpe n’est pas un instrument très côté dans le domaine du jazz, et les harpistes de jazz, en très grande majorité des femmes, ne rempliraient pas un minibus. La plus connue est Alice Coltrane, veuve de John Coltrane. Une des dernières arrivées est Brandee Younger, native de New York, qui s’est faite connaître … Read More