LISTEN: Ben Wolfe on the Chicago Jazz Audio Experience Podcast

September 22, 2019Interviews, Press Reel

Mike Jeffers, Chicago Jazz Bassist Ben Wolfe talks with Mike Jeffers about his new recording “Fatherhood” a self-produced recording that is dedicated to his father’s memory. Ben discusses how the recording came about, his father and his relationship with music, the musicians that are featured and much more. Here is an excerpt from the Chicago … Read More

REVIEW: Midwest Record Reviews New Releases by Svetlana, Yellow House Orchestra, Oscar Hernandez’, Kenyatta Beasley Septet, Oran Etkin and Sumitra

September 22, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Chris Spector, Midwest Record SVETLANA/Night at the Movies: Yep, thoughts become things. We thought rock ‘n’ roll and blue jeans brought down Russia but apparently it was movies and movie music. That’s what motivated this Russian lass to leave the austerity behind and come across the pond to be successful enough in business to … Read More

FEATURE: Oscar Hernandez in El Expresso

September 21, 2019Features, Press Reel

By Vicente Toledo Rohena, El Expresso El pianista, compositor, arreglista y director de orquesta radicado en California, Oscar Hernández, regresa al ambiente musical con la producción ‘Love the moment’, un disco que presenta junto a su quinteto compuesto por Oskar Cartaya (bajo), Justo Almario (saxofón y flauta), Jimmy Branly (batería) y Christian Moraga (percusión). Además, … Read More

VIDEO PREMIERE: Svetlana’s “Cheek to Cheek” featuring Wycliffe Gordon Premieres on JazzTimes

September 17, 2019Features, Press Reel

By: Mac Randall, JazzTimes JazzTimes is honored to present the premiere of the video for “Cheek to Cheek” by Svetlana featuring special guest Wycliffe Gordon. The Russian-born vocalist’s new version of this Irving Berlin chestnut from the 1935 film Top Hat will appear on her upcoming second album Night at the Movies, a 14-track collection of songs that span a … Read More

REVIEW: Skip Wilkins’ ‘Czech Wishes’ Reviewed by Jazz History Online

September 17, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Thomas Cunniffe, SKIP WILKINS QUARTET FEATURING DANIEL WILKINS: “CZECH WISHES” (Newport Line 18-20) Pianist Skip Wilkins splits his time between Pennsylvania and Prague, performing and teaching jazz in both locations. His new album, “Czech Wishes” features a quintet drawn of players from the US and the Czech Republic. Wilkins’ son Daniel plays tenor sax on the … Read More

REVIEW: Kenyatta Beasley Septet’s ‘Frank Foster Songbook’ Reviewed by Making a Scene

September 17, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Jim Hynes, Making a Scene Trumpeter Kenyatta Beasley leads an explosive session with his septet, through the compositions of renowned saxophonist, the late Frank Foster, Beasley’s mentor. These burning cuts, stretched over twos discs, were recorded during a two night stand at Brooklyn’s Jazz 966 in 2013.  There are only 11 compositions with most … Read More