NEW RELEASE: Bandleader/Composer Jonah Francese to Release New Album with Thinkin’ Big Big Band – ‘Reclamation, out 10/03/2019

September 17, 2019New Release, Press Releases

Thinkin’ Big: Kristen Dye (flute), Clay Lyons (alto sax), Mark Zaleski (alto & soprano sax), Jonathan Bean & Paul Melhus (tenor sax), Austin Yancey (baritone sax), Kai Sandoval, Danny Fratina, Jenn Zevos, Jesse Francese & Taylor Kelly (trumpet), Quinn Carson, Eric Stilwell, Myrish Spell & Rob Krahn (trombone), Caio Afiune & Marc Malsegna (guitar), David … Read More

INTERVIEW: Catherine Russell Interviewed by Art District Radio

September 16, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Serge Mariani, Art District Radio This week, Serge Mariani tells us about the American jazz singer, Catherine Russell. After putting her talents to use, in the service of David Bowie in the group that accompanied him in the early 2000s, Catherine decided to dedicate herself entirely to the production of her own albums. From … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Weekly Reviews Roxy Coss’ ‘Quintet’

September 15, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

George Harris, Jazz Weekly Last year’s release by saxist Roxy Coss had her addressing Women’s Social Issues. They’re still addressed here, as well as other political statements, but they don’t detract or add to the high quality of music that stands up even if all of the songs were titled after the Dodger starting lineup. … Read More

REVIEW: The Aquarian Reviews Chase Baird’s ‘A Life Between’

September 15, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Mike Greenblatt, The Aquarian (Rant ‘n’ Roll) Jazz Romanticism From A Radiohead Fan If German composer Robert Schumann [1810-1856] is rolling over in his grave right now, it may be because he somehow heard Chase Baird’s rendition of his classical gas called “Im Wunderschonen Monat Mai.” With the help of drums/piano/guitar/bass, composer/saxophonist Baird jams it … Read More

GLIDE MAGAZINE: Brian Lynch Pays Homage to Legendary Authors and Literature on ‘The Omni-American Book Club: My Journey Through Literature in Music’

September 14, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine Brian Lynch is one of the top trumpet players in jazz, equally comfortable in an ensemble hard bop/straight ahead mode, or in Latin jazz where he often plays with Eddie Palmieri, with whom he won a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album for 2006’s Simpatico. Lynch is not only a formidable and … Read More

REVIEW: Black Grooves Reviews Louis Armstrong: Live in Europe!

September 14, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Thomas P. Hustad, Black Grooves Louis Armstrong created magic throughout his career. One of many remarkable phases occurred when he began touring and recording with the All Stars, featuring Jack Teagarden and Earl Hines, in 1947.  The recordings on Live in Europe include performances from two European tours made by Louis Armstrong in 1948 and 1952, a … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Journalist Michael Bailey Reviews New Releases from Kenyatta Beasley and Dot Time Records (Louis Armstrong)

September 14, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Michael Bailey Frank Foster Songbook by the  Kenyatta Beasley Septet  Kenyatta Beasley Septet ArtvsTransit, 2019 Frank Foster Songbook by the Kenyatta Beasley Septet is my vote for one of the finest straight-ahead jazz recordings of 2019.  Recorded live at Jazz 66 in Brooklyn in 2012, the recording features vocalist Carla Cook, guitarist Mark Whitfield, tenor saxophonist … Read More