By Eddie Myer, Jazz Views UK listeners may not be familiar with Richie Goods’ name, and more shame them, as he’s amassed a truly remarkable CV that includes work with everyone from Milt Jackson, Russell Malone, Vincent Herring, the Manhattan Transfer and Walter Beasley to Brian McKnight, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Whitney … Read More
By WGBH The Curtis Brothers grew up in Winsor, Connecticut. These gentlemen studied in Boston at the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music. Zaccai and Luques perform with many of the grand musicians and bands of jazz such as Donald Harrison, Eddie Palmeiri and Cindy Blackman Santana. Listen to this feature here.
By Marilyn Lester, Cabaret Scenes There’s a certain thrill to be had when emerging young talent comes on the scene. Such was the case with 24-year-old Melinda Rose Rodriguez, making her Birdland debut with original songs and standards. Rodriguez has a clear, bright tone—a quality reminiscent of Jane Monheit, one of her mentors. She’s by … Read More
By Ron Forman, Cabaret Scenes Is Jane Monheit a jazz singer or is she a cabaret singer? She meshed both identities together marvelously in her latest show at Birdland. Monheit brought a unique interpretation to every song, making each selection from the Great American Songbook feel new and delightfully different. She is a true jazz … Read More
By Dave Cantor, DownBeat A bassist equally comfortable backing up vocalist Kurt Elling as he is occasionally performing alongside some of Chicago’s avant crowd and helming his groovier ensemble Lens, Clark Sommers coats post-bop with a veneer of 21st-century exceptionalism and adventure on Peninsula. Full review here.
C. Michael Bailey, All About The flute as the lead instrument in any jazz combo relies on an empathic and sensitive rhythm section that will not overpower the wind instrument’s delicate voice (Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson notwithstanding). Flautist Andrea Brachfeld happens upon a dandy rhythm section in pianist Bill O’Connell, bassist Harvie S and drummers Jason … Read More
Leslie Beukelman’s Golden Daffodil is out April 21 on Woolgathering Records Woolgathering Records, the independent label and direct-to-artist web store under the direction of bassist/composer Matt Ulery expands its catalogue with its first vocal release: Golden Daffodil by Chicago-based vocalist Leslie Beukelman. To be released on digital and CD on April 21, Golden Daffodil features … Read More
3x GRAMMY® Award Winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra to Release First Latin Jazz Album, The Latin Jazz Project, on May 22, 2020 on ArtistShare Multi-GRAMMY® Award Winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra expands their repertoire with the release of The Latin Jazz Project, due out on ArtistShare on May 22, 2020. After flashing glimpses of their Latin Jazz … Read More
GRAMMY® Award Winning Drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. Embarks on a Spring Tour with New Ensemble ‘Generation Y’ This April, celebrated Drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. hits the road with a new crop of excellent young jazz musicians. With a nod to the legacy of Art Blakey and Betty Carter, (both of whom led long-standing bands which … Read More