By Dee Dee McNeil, L.A. Jazz Scene The Spanish Harlem Orchestra blends Latin fire, sparkling, percussive energy and traditional jazz in a multi-colored spotlight. The leader of this Grammy Award winning congregation is Oscar Hernandez. Read this full feature here.
By Downbeat Urban(e), a new recording from the Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra due out Aug. 28 on Greenleaf Music, grew out of a singular notion: the marriage of the classical and jazz idioms. Check the full premiere here.
Por Humphrey Inzillo, La Nación La cantante italiana Mafalda Minnozzi traza una auspicioso puente entre la impronta de su tierra natal, la improvisación jazzística y el cancionero de la bossa nova y la MPB. Leas esta reseña aquí.
By Ayana Contreras, Downbeat Sarah Elizabeth Charles’ heritage manifests itself in her music in ways that both surprise and delight her. Read this full feature here.
Washington, D.C., July 27, 2020 – The 16th Annual DC JazzFest is coming to you live from our Nation’s Capital with five days of world-class jazz programming from Thursday, September 24th to Monday, September 28th. We’re bringing some of our favorite musicians together for a virtual festival experience like no other! Festival-goers will be able to tune in … Read More
By Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine Swing States: Harmony in the Battleground, is the latest from multi-GRAMMY nominee, MacArthur Fellow, and Doris Duke Award recipient, violinist Regina Carter. For this momentous release, Carter has assembled her Freedom Band, a first-rate ensemble of consummate musicians including multi-GRAMMY award winners John Daversa (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Kabir Sehgal (bass, percussion), GRAMMY nominees Harvey Mason Jr.(drums) and Jon Batiste (piano) – renowned … Read More
New York-based pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton is thrilled to announce the release of her highly-anticipated new album Birdsong. A celebration of Charlie Parker’s centennial, Birdsong features saxophone luminary Scott Hamilton along with Fulton’s long-standing quartet made up of bassist Hide Tanaka, drummer Fukushi Tainaka and her father, Stephen Fulton on flugelhorn. Birdsong will be … Read More
By Lance Liddle, Be Bop Spoken Here Legendary saxophonist and composer Charles McPherson recently took part in a question and answer session with BSH’s correspondent Russell with some interesting and informative answers. Charles McPherson’s new album Jazz Dance Suites will be reviewed on BSH shortly. Our thanks to Lydia Liebman of Lydia Liebman Promotions for setting this … Read More
“A soulful intellectual with a velvet sound and uncommon ability” – NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath Flutist-ethnomusicologist Dr. Katchie Cartwright is excited to announce the September 18, 2020 release of her latest project as a bandleader, Rainy Afternoon. This 4-track EP highlights Cartwright’s playful virtuosity on the flute refracted through a Brazilian lens. A … Read More
By S. Victor Aaron, Something Else! Michael Olatuja primarily does work as a sideman, but one that’s in-demand from the likes of Shakira, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Terence Blanchard. The composer and bandleader sides of this uber-talented, New York-based bassist from London and Nigeria only come out in his solo projects, and until now … Read More