OUT NOW: Reclamation by Thinkin’ Big!

January 8, 2020Uncategorized

Bandleader/Composer Jonah Francese Amplifies Unheard Voices on Reclamation,  the New Album from his Thinkin’ Big Big Band Digital Out October 3, 2019 Worldwide Release: December 9 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 … Read More

NEW RELEASE: Lakecia Benjamin’s PURSUANCE: THE COLTRANES out on Ropeadope on March 27th, 2020

January 8, 2020New Release, Press Releases

Saxophonist/bandleader Lakecia Benjamin Brings Together an Intergenerational Abundance of Jazz Royalty to Celebrate Alice and John Coltrane Pursuance: The Coltranes Features Jazz Icons such as Ron Carter, Gary Bartz, Regina Carter, Keyon Harrold, Marcus Strickland, Brandee Younger and more. Due out March 27, 2020, Ropeadope On March 27, 2020, the dynamic young saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin … Read More

REVIEW: Oran Etkin reviewed by L.A Jazz Scene

January 7, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Chris Walker, L.A Jazz Scene Educators, parents, child psychologists and musicians have overwhelming emphasized the importance of exposing children to music at an early age. One musician who’s in the trenches doing the work is reedist Oran Etkin. He was born in Israel and grew up in Boston, where as a teenager he studied … Read More

FEATURE: Where to Find Great Cabaret In NYC / Birdland

January 7, 2020Birdland, Press Reel

By Matt Smith, City Guide Located in the heart of midtown, the historic Birdland Jazz Club has been playing host to legendary concerts and musicians since 1949 (albeit in three different locations). Steeped in history, the brand has featured memorable sets by iconic artists like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, and, of course, its namesake … Read More

FINANCIAL TIMES: Ralph Peterson and Brian Lynch Favored in Article

January 7, 2020Press Reel

by Mike Hobart, Financial Times The jazz big band tradition remains niche, but continues to evolve. Drummer Ralph Peterson’s Gen-Next Big Band’s double album Listen Up!, released on the Onyx label, gives small-group modern jazz orchestral weight. Great arrangements, fresh solos and Berklee college students playing like seasoned pros. Trumpeter Brian Lynch’s literature-inspired The Omni-American … Read More

AQUARIAN WEEKLY: Yasser Tejeda & Ralph Peterson Reviewed in Aquarian Weekly

January 7, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

by Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly Not Your Father’s Big Band Listen Up! (Onyx Productions) is different from what you might expect of a big band. Sure, there’s five trumpets, four trombones, seven saxophones, two drummers, two bassists, keyboards, percussion, and vocals, but the arrangements on composers like Hoagy Carmichael (“Starlark”), Freddie Hubbard (“Down Under”), and Wayne … Read More

LLP @ WJF: Lakecia Benjamin, Brandee Younger, Eubanks Evans Experience and more!

January 6, 2020Press Reel, Special Announcement

Brandee Younger’s ‘Soul Awakening’ When: Sat. January 11th 2020, 7pm Where: Webster Hall, 125 E 11th Street, NYC Surfacing six years after its completion in 2013, Soul Awakening was recorded in 2012 under the direction of producer and bassist Dezron Douglas, and embodies the ambition, vigor and aesthetic ideals of The Brandee Younger Quartet, at and since its inception. A benchmark recording … Read More