REVIEW: Leslie Beukelman Golden Daffodil – Making A Scene

April 24, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Jim Hynes, Making A Scene Golden Daffodil is the first vocal release for bassist/composer Matt Ulery’sWoolgathering Records. We covered Ulery’s most recent release as a leader, Delicate Charms, (a chamber jazz outing which in no way resembles this one) last October on these pages. This is Chicago-based vocalist Leslie Beukelman’ssecond full-length jazz release mixed … Read More

COMING SOON: ONWARD & UPWARD by Ralph Peterson & the Messenger Legacy [TEASER]

April 24, 2020Press Releases, Special Announcement

  Ralph Peterson and the Messenger Legacy is back with a historic new recording: “Onward & Upward”. Due to the current situation, this incredible new release will be dropping this Fall on Onyx Productions Music Label LLC. Spearheaded by Peterson, “Onward & Upward” features an astounding lineup of former jazz messengers including Joanne Brackeen, Kevin … Read More

REVIEW: Laila Biali: Out Of The Dust reviewed in All about Jazz

April 23, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz There’s no boxing Laila Biali in. A sharp-minded songwriter, respected pianist and celebrated vocalist who straddles jazz and pop with unusual ease and strength of vision, Biali is truly beyond category. Possessing clear eyes, a perceptive mien and a sharpshooters’s gifts in regard to emotional aim, she often expresses … Read More

FEATURE: Lauren Henderson in Downbeat

April 23, 2020Features, Press Reel

By Alexa Peters, Downbeat Contrary to popular belief, playing standards in 2020 doesn’t necessarily require excessive innovation. In fact, with a relaxed, straightforward and familiar approach to the repertoire, vocalist Lauren Henderson’s The Songbook Session excels at refreshing jazz and Latin standards for the modern ear. Read the full feature here.