by Alexa Peters, Downbeat “For the performance, each member of The Kaleidoscope Quintet brings fluency in the jazz tradition, as well as a taste for abandon.” Read the full review here.
Claudia Acuña To Perform Two Concerts at International Women Rising Festival on March 6th, 2021 Latin Grammy Award nominee Claudia Acuña, in association with Laudable Productions, will co-produce and perform a two-part musical celebration on March 6, 2021 in honor of International Women’s Day. The event will consist of two distinct concerts entitled “Wind from the South” … Read More
By Adam Budofsky, On The Drums Invitation, the debut album by saxophonist Dave Liebman’s Generations Quartet, features drummer IAN FROMAN (Rick Margitza, Gary Burton, Miroslav Vitous), bassist Evan Gregor, and pianist Billy Test. Froman and Liebman’s shared lineage goes back to Miles Davis and John Coltrane — the saxophonist played with Miles and with the … Read More
By Mike Jurkovic, All About Jazz He’s studied classical double bass with Ron Carter and he’s played alongside many of our most revered, among them Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey, andCassandra Wilson. Still, bassist/composer/arrangerLeon Lee Dorsey‘s name doesn’t roll off everyone lips when discussing the top ranks of today’s foremost, fearless bassists. But here’s breaking news: … Read More
By Elzy Kolb, Hot House The pandemic pause appears to be winding down far sooner than Brandi Disterheft expected. When the shutdown began, “I thought it would last five years, I was budgeting for the worst,” says the Canada-born, New York-based bassist, singer and composer. “I’m optimistic now. I hope New York will recover quickly, … Read More
By Ron Wynn, Nashville Scene Talking to the jazz sax champion about Symbiosis, Let It Shine and the persistent spirit that drives Ear Up Records. Read more here.
By Ron Schepper, Textura Like its creator, Flash of the Spirit spans multiple traditions. After his family emigrated from Panama when he was four, acoustic bassist Santi Debriano grew up in Brooklyn; later enrolled as an ethnomusicology graduate student at Wesleyan University, he read Robert Farris Thompson’s Flash of the Spirit, whose questions about the … Read More
Vocalist/Pianist Lauren Lee Presents New Solo Venture The Queen of Cups, due out April 30, 2021 via ears&eyes “Lauren Lee is one of a new breed of singer-songwriter. She has all the bona fides of a traditional jazz singer and pianist, but she needs to do things her own way. As a singer and composer, … Read More
By Howard Mandel, Downbeat Papo Vázquez’s Mighty Pirates Troubadours are stirring. The precise, greased-gear ensemble moves through smartly arranged, post-boppishly interpreted jazz with a Latin tinge, and the first six tracks here all are highlights. The swirling syncopations, tart horn hooks and earthy choruses bind in a way almost scientifically refined over decades: The ballad … Read More
Consummate Drummer and Composer Ulysses Owens Jr. Announces the Release of His Eagerly-Awaited Big Band Debut, Soul Conversations, Out May 7th, 2021 on Outside in Music Outside in Music is thrilled to announce the May 7th, 2021 release of Soul Conversations, the fiery tour-de-force from jazz luminary Ulysses Owens Jr. Soul Conversations marks the renowned … Read More