FEATURE: Walter Smith lll & Matthew Stevens in WBGO

April 28, 2020Features, Press Reel

By Nate Chinen, WBGO Jointly led by tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matthew Stevens, the post-bop unit In Common released its self-titled debut in 2018. The success of that venture led to a sequel, with a different handpicked rhythm section: Linda Oh on bass, Nate Smith on drums and a newcomer, Micah Thomas, … Read More

REVIEW: Charles Pillow Ensemble – Chamber Jazz / JazzTrail

April 28, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Filipe Freitas, JazzTrail Even if Charles Pillow’s name doesn’t immediately ring a bell, you have probably heard him playing with central jazz figures as Maria Schneider, Dave Liebman, John Scofield, and more recently Brad Mehldau. Outside the jazz scope, the list of collaborations is equally vast and includes Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Chaka Khan, … Read More

INTERVIEW: Aubrey Johnson in Bleu Bop

April 28, 2020Interviews, Press Reel

By Shae Fontana, Bleu Bop Aubrey Johnson’s debut album, Unraveled, marks the jazz vocalist’s arrival as a composer, arranger, and bandleader. Johnson is joined by a group of amazing musicians: pianist Chris Ziemba, drummer Jeremy Noller, and bassist Matt Aronoff, all of whom she met during a session. Adding striking orchestral textures are Tomoko Omura … Read More

REVIEW: Lauren Henderson The Songbook Session – Making A Scene

April 28, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Jim Hynes, Making A Scene Vocalist, arranger, and multi-lingual Lauren Henderson is back with her sixth musical alliance with pianist Sullivan Fortner – The Songbook Session. Fortner, considered one of today’s top pianists, has been visible lately on a few online performances with Cecile McLorin Salvant. Truth is, though, that he has worked longer, over a decade, with Henderson. … Read More

JAZZ REVELATIONS: Lakecia Benjamin on ‘Pursuance’ and the Coltranes (Feature Interview)

April 27, 2020Features, Interviews, Press Reel

Ally J Steel, Jazz Revelations Pursuance: The Coltranes is the latest project from the charismatic New York-based saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin. For the record, Lakecia surrounded herself with a collection of jazz masters and jazz nobility, such as Ron Carter, Gary Bartz and Dee Bridgewater (to name a few), and united them under the mystical music … Read More

REVIEW: The Dave Liebman Group: Earth – Jazz Times

April 25, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Michael J. West, Jazz Times Even at its most accessible, Dave Liebman’s music can be quite challenging … and Earth does not capture it at its most accessible. The fourth and last installment of a 23-year project that the soprano saxophonist and composer has based on the classical quartet of elements, Earth is structured … Read More

FEATURE: Lakecia Benjamin in JamBase

April 25, 2020Features, Press Reel

By Aaron Stein, JamBase So much great jazz music and “jazz” music as well. I’ll wrap it up with one more, but may have to drop another set on you in the near future (maybe next week?). For now, I’ll leave you with Lakecia Benjamin, a keep-your-eye-out young saxophone player from New York City. Read … Read More

SINGLE RELEASE: Spanish Harlem Orchestra Releases “Latin Perspective” To ArtistShare Project Participants

April 24, 2020New Release, Press Releases

Spanish Harlem Orchestra Releases First Single from The Latin Jazz Project “Latin Perspective” is Available to ArtistShare Project Participants “Latin Perspective” is the first single off of Multi-GRAMMY® Award Winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s forthcoming release The Latin Jazz Project. Extraordinary vibraphonist and jazz luminary Joe Locke joins SHO vocalist and flautist Jeremy Bosch on this spirited … Read More

INTERVIEW: Lauren Henderson in Simply Timeless

April 24, 2020Interviews, Press Reel

By Jay Daniels, Simply Timeless This week, Jay Daniels bring you a recent interview featuring vocalist Lauren Henderson and pianist Sullivan Fortner. Their 5th release together, The Songbook Session, is set to be released on April 24th. But the story of Lauren Henderson and Sullivan Fortner doesn’t begin there. During this interview, you’re going to … Read More

THE WEEK IN JAZZ: Oran Etkin in Jazziz

April 24, 2020Features, Press Reel

By Matt Micucci, Jazziz Oran Etkin Launches New Initiative: Musician/composer Oran Etkin launched a new initiative titled Open Arms Project on April 17. The series sees him releasing a new single recorded/filmed on location at a different international locale. Read the full article here.